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.