Thursday, February 16, 2012

Iriya's Sky, Summer of UFOs 02 - The Hazards of Dating

Not quite in time for Valentine's Day, here's episode 2 of Iriya's Sky, Summer of UFOs. It's Asaba and Iriya's first date, and with it comes a host of thrills, chills, and dangers. A small chain of "stalkers stalking stalkers" develops, culminating in an action sequence that's worthy of the Back-to-the-Future-esque music. Later, we get a look into Iriya's past. And who else thinks that Naoyuki's younger sister Yuuko should've been played by Rie Kugimiya or Sakura Tange? Too bad the latter wasn't doing anime voice acting at the time.

Batch (Nyaa) || Batch (BakaBT)

Now, you may notice that the file for Ep 02 is a bit on the large side, especially for a 480p release. However, keep in mind the content of this episode. Aside from the constant flickering light of the theater scenes, there's a grainy flashback sequence... of a sandstorm. All of that drives video bitrate requirements through the roof. If you compare the flashback scenes (20:15-22:15) in this release with the 233 MB AnY-Spork file, or especially with the 154 MB Ayu release, I think you'll see a clear advantage. And fear not, none of the remaining 4 episodes are any larger.


  1. Thank you so much for your work.

    I can at long last begin to replace the terri-bad quality .avi files of another beloved series.

  2. For as clean as your encode is, I don't really care about the file size. Thanks for doing this series. It's a long time favorite of mine.

    1. Agreed, quality trumps size any day of the week, at least for me.

  3. Just to let you know ... the video isn't properly deinterlaced (ie. around 12:34).
    And what's with this:
    Frame rate : 23.976 fps
    Original frame rate : 24.421 fps

  4. As I don't do my own encodes, all credit for the encode quality this time around goes to Kaishakunin. Otherwise, I likely would've used shareraws like these or these.

    As for the interlacing issues: we are looking into fixing them for future episodes, and possibly eps 1-2 as well. While I do QC these episodes prior to release, I'm mainly focusing on the subtitles (and making sure I haven't introduced editing derps like "extended endlessly to horizon"), and not so much on video/encoding issues.