Here’s our pick of the season! Sorry it took us a while.The first episode of series usually do but this time even more so because the editor/tlc was away on vacation until a couple days after it aired and then had stuff to do when they came back.
Video sourced from Crunchy Roll’s crf stream with spliced Hulu for decensoring. Audio is from WOWOW. Next week should be a more reasonable release time now that kinks have been worked out and the editor/tlc is back. We’re doing crf CR spliced with WOWOW and WOWOW audio next week and if it turns out Hulu’s “complete” edition has more content than WOWOW, we’ll v2 but in episode one, I saw no difference between the two. Hulu is two days delayed by the way. The show was animated in 900p hence the 900p encode.
I feel like this is going to be asked a lot so let me explain. The encode is 2GB+ because
- It’s 900p and with grain.
- I added grain in an attempt to recoup the grain that CR killed from the master to closer match the amount of grain present in WOWOW (what would be the superior source if not for the MPEG2 artifacts) which I believe is closer to what the studio intended.
- The grain is dynamic.
- I kept the grain.
You could argue it’s 1GB of added bloat but my stance is that it’s closer to what the studio envisioned/intended. It’s not grain added by the studio to hide banding; it’s grain added as a stylistic effect and I believe a horror series is better with the dynamic grain kept if the studio added it themselves. I believe denoising/degraining and replacing with static grain would be doing the animation an injustice in this specific case.
TL: Crunchy Roll
Song TL: 秘密
OP/ED Styling: Colgatto
OP/ED kfx: Leona