Friday, August 3, 2012
Shinigami's Ballad 01-03 - Beyond the Grave, Beyond Tears
As hinted at before, this is a "secret surprise" batch release. I'd been doing some work off-and-on with this series for awhile, and figured it was finally time to throw something out there. Shinigami's Ballad (AKA Shinigami no Ballad, AKA Ballad of a Shinigami: Momo the Girl God of Death) is one of my favorite short series from the mid-00s. It's only six episodes, but few series manage to lay down a pervasively melancholy, tearjerker mood for so much of their runtime. But I shouldn't be surprised, as its director Tomomi Mochizuki has been involved with numerous other "strange and wonderful" series like Zettai Shounen, Twin Spica, Yami to Boushi, and Touka Gettan. So I hope you all can enjoy it as I did when it aired in 2006 (and when I rewatched it in 2007).
01-03 Torrent (ep 01 43BB3778 , ep 02 4B94AA3D , ep 03 8BD343A1)
More technical/subtitle stuff below.
This is the first ReDone "re-re-release," as it is a remux of files found here. Credit goes to Shirohamada and DmonHiro for doing the more boring work of extracting Triad's hardsubs. Fortunately, Triad are/were one of my favorite groups and one of the best in the scene, so the core subs were pretty good. But after hearing about some subtitle errors introduced in the DVD versions, I (eventually) decided to edit them. So I fixed everything I could find, from minor punctuation omissions to stuff like this. Other than that, I didn't do too much, aside from retiming, new karaoke, and some minor rephrasings to improve flow or pare down overly-long lines.
Again, video is the exact same as the -_-'/DmonHiro (originally HKG&X2 Chinese rip) version. I did find some h264 raws, but they're undercropped, only 396p, and have the wrong framerate. I may release some extras from them, though.