So, my class is over with and Himitsu’s back from vacation buuuut they’re now recovering from medical complications. Welp. I actually don’t know how long this will last. In the meantime, I’m doing everything on my end of the workload, so when they’re able to edit, they can and afterwords I can immediately QC and release. Other than that, I’m now working minimum 40 hours a week Tuesday-Saturday, so future MGS episodes might be delayed a bit if/when we catch up. Not sure how bad the delay would be yet though. Piano no Mori should be unaffected because it airs on Sunday when I don’t have work.

Also, if you happened to have bought the second Junji Ito DVD volume, get in touch with us as it comes with the OVA that we plan on subbing. Thanks.


GRAIN, GRAIN, GLORIOUS GRAIN

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

  1. It’s 900p and with grain.
  2. 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.
  3. The grain is dynamic.
  4. I kept the grain.
  5. 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.

Torrent

TL: Crunchy Roll
Edit/TLC: 秘密
Song TL: 秘密
Time: KoolKidsK
TS: KoolKidsK
OP/ED Styling: Colgatto
OP/ED kfx: Leona
Encode: KoolKidsK


H-Hawt?

tl;dr first episode should be delayed a couple days and also we plan on doing the two-part OVA bundled with the last two DVD volumes. Ramblings and details below

 

Due to staff unavailability, the first episode of Junji Ito: Collection should be delayed a couple days after air. Now that that’s out of the way, we’re a little confused as to what’s going on with the series.

So it airs 1/5 at 22:30 JST on the satellite channel WOWOW and WOWOW’s site proudly displays that it will be airing an R15+ edition of the anime. Junji Ito: Collection’s official website states that it will be put up on several Japanese VOD streaming services and having an airing on Tokyo MX two days later followed by an airing on AT-X three days after that.

Now, I have no idea if Crunchy Roll, Tokyo MX,  AT-X or any of the Japanese streaming services will be getting the uncensored/non-R15+ edition but I secured a cap from every station along with a Hulu web-dl to compare and see if any source has any less censoring than another source. A buddy of ours has confirmed listings on the epg and found that WOWOW’s listing specifically states it will be an R15+ edition while the AT-X and Tokyo MX listings don’t mention any R15+ edition wording. MX is usually super censored and PG as far as I understand so I don’t really understand why it’d get a non-R15+ edition. AT-X’s website also doesn’t have any wording to suggest it will be getting a special copy that no other stations are getting.

Another thing that confuses me is that fact Tokyo MX seems to be getting priority in the show’s marketing despite WOWOW airing it two days early. I’d think if WOWOW has presumably paid a premium to have the series broadcasted on their channel first, they’d also get preference in the show’s marketing (see: twitter account tweets, twitter account bio and even the show’s own website acting like Tokyo MX is the only thing that matters and WOWOW’s kinda just there also) but idk. I really don’t get it. We’ll be using the highest quality source we can get and I plan on splicing uncensored scenes from an inferior source with the superior source if things turn out that way.

Oh, another thing. So a two-part OVA will be bundled with the last two DVD volumes of the series and yes, we plan on doing them, presumably with an original TL because I doubt CR will get them. And yes, DVD volumes. What the fuck it’s 2018 why have they only announced DVDs I don’t get it fuck you Japan they’re even the same price as regular BDs

 

Anyway, see you guys later.