Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Touka Gettan 15 - Tsundere Time Loop

So here we are at Touka Gettan 15, which offers us this show's take on the "time loop unknowingly caused by individual with reality-warping powers" plotline. Thankfully it's only two loops instead of 15,000+. Next time: Catgirls!

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

To Heart ~RmM~ 07 - Now Sasameki Koto

After the events of the tournament in episode 5, Aoi Matsubara becomes the darling of the school and the media. That puts her friend Kotone Himekawa (pictured above) in a tight spot, as she's still looked on with fear for having rather cool telekinetic powers. Perhaps a transfer to Academy City is in order? Anyway, episode 7 of To Heart ~Remember my Memories~ actually shows signs of plot advancement in the form of several love confessions. So the pleasant days of being able to watch nothing happen for 24 minutes may be at an end.

Also, I think this was the first episode where I didn't get any 3-line subs during my test watch. I wouldn't intentionally create them, but the anamorphic squishing to 4:3 tends to make weird things happen.

Batch (Nyaa) || Batch (BakaBT)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Kimi ni Todoke - is it worth it?

Just a little question for anybody out there reading these posts... Amidst all the other projects I want to take on, I had the idea of doing Kimi ni Todoke. It'd be Eclipse subs with improved styling (since Eclipse never mastered the concept of "padding" in their 5 years of existence), the occasional spelling/grammar glitches fixed, and some different approaches to karaoke and typesetting. But when I DLed some of the Zero-Raws DVD-rips, I discovered that several eps have audio/video desynch issues, which would require extra time and trial&error to correct. So that's the first obstacle.

The second obstacle is this: Is Kimi ni Todoke one of those shows where the HDTV broadcasts are better quality than the DVDs? As always, I watched the low-res version, so I wouldn't know. If 720p-HDTV is better, it'd mean that any DVD-rips would only be an upgrade over Eclipse's 400p-XviD release. And even that looked pretty good to me. But softsubs/h264 are theoretically an improvement, and I always like working on good shows with good scripts. As opposed to good shows with bad scripts (Touka Gettan), or bad shows with bad scripts (Strawberry 100%). (I guess some might consider TH~RmM~ a bad show with good scripts, so that completes the 4 possibilities.)

But anyway, Kimi ni Todoke DVD-rips+Eclipse subs -- is there an audience for them, other than low-enders looking for a marginal upgrade over Eclipse's XviD release?

And in other news, I finally started doing some more work on editing and TLCing the Shin Koihime Musou OVA, so expect that in glorious 480p before too long.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Touka Gettan 14 - Caught up in the Crossover

I now bring you a break from your irregularly/randomly scheduled Touka Gettan releases to bring you Yami to Hon to Boushi no Tabibito episode 5.5. In this story, Hazuki and a hungover Lilith journey to the world of Kamitsumihara, wherein they search for Hatsumi across present and past. Ken-chan's also along for the ride, spending time with the lovely ladies of the Kamiazuma household while trying to avoid traps, bats, and knives. Overall, this episode (which also qualifies as Touka Gettan 14) was a brilliant idea with masterful execution. As stated on TT, it's quite possibly the best episode of anything ever.

Torrent [CRC=8DEBE55B] || DDL

P.S. Astute viewers will see what I did there with the styling.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

To Heart ~RmM~ 06 - Was this trip really necessary?

Aaah! It's a Diclonius! Run for your life, kid!! Sadly no, that's not true, but that would've made this episode slightly more interesting. The gang goes to Kobe and... watches soccer tryouts, visits shops, looks at skylines, and talks about stuff. Oh, and there's a return appearance by former class rep Tomoko Hoshina, if you remember her from previous seasons.

Batch (Nyaa) || Batch (BakaBT)