Toradora! Blu-ray vs. DVD

Toradora!

It’s only a few days left until the Toradora! Blu-ray box goes on sale.

To commemorate the release of the Blu-ray box, there was an early preview for lucky select fans on December 13, 2011.

Even on the big screen, the quality difference was noticeable right from the OP. To drive the point further, Impress AV Watch compared the quality of Toradora! SD against HD.

Blu-ray

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DVD

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Considering Toradora! was made in Standard Definition, the team went to great efforts to upscale the original images. And it seems the effort has paid off.

Remember, the Toradora! Blu-ray box also contains an OVA made just for this release.

Grab your Toradora! Blu-ray box set for 29,000 yen at Amazon Japan.

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Why Little Busters! won’t be animated

News, Visual Novels

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It seems that a seminar hosted by President Baba/Vava of Visual Arts’ has evaded my knowledge up until today.

The topic discussed is simple:

Why isn’t Little Busters! being animated?

This question has dogged fans of Key for a long time. Let’s see why this is the case.

Kanon – animated 2002.1 by Toei Animation, again in 2006.10 by Kyoto Animation.

AIR – animated 2005.1 by Kyoto Animation.

CLANNAD – animated 2007.10 by Kyoto Animation.

CLANNAD ~AFTER STORY~ – animated 2008.10 by Kyoto Animation.

It doesn’t take long to realize that out of Key’s major visual novels, only Little Busters! has not yet become animated (ignoring Rewrite, which was only recently released on 2011.6).

This question “where is a Little Busters! anime?” is a years-old one, and up until now Key has not provided a very clear answer – other than stating that there isn’t a definitive plan to animate Little Busters!.

That was the case, until today.

Today, President Vava and others from the animation industry held a seminar at Kyoto University on this topic.

Here are the reasons as to why animating Little Busters! would be difficult.

1. Unique scenario of Little Busters! – a world that repeats in a cycle, with the protagonists growing and maturing each cycle.

This is actually a relatively obvious issue that many foresaw, and it turns out this is one of the major stumbling blocks in constructing the storyline for a Little Busters! anime. Though, according to President Vava, there are ways to solve this – however it’s a secret.


2. Negotiations with Kyoto Animation never progresses.

For quality control purposes, Kyoto Animation only has one production line. Which means excellent quality anime as we see with works such as CLANNAD, AIR, KANON and K-ON!.

But at the same time, this means that the studio is only working on one anime at a certain time. Which makes discussions difficult if not impossible due to Kyoto Animation’s overwhelming popularity and the presumably huge backlog they have.


3. Cost and animation quality concerns.

This ties in with Point 2 in some aspects. Key has traditionally employed Kyoto Animation; to use another studio would be unlikely, but not entirely out of the question. President Vava himself says:

I don’t think it’s absolutely required to employ Kyoto Animation. There are other good animation companies out there. It’s also important to raise the skill of our own company as well.

The cost is also a big factor. To make an anime series, it would cost approx. 300-400 million yen. That’s about $4 million CAD – not a small amount of money by any standards.

In the end however, President Vava does recognize that 30% of Key’s sales have been from Little Busters! alone – and certain characters from the series are hugely popular inside & outside of the industry, such as Noumi Kudryavka. So he does see a big market for a Little Busters! anime if these issues are resolved.


Lastly, President Vava leaves behind these words:

In conclusion, we’re currently negotiating. There are a lot of issues and problems to solve, but I think our desire to see Little Busters! animated is strong. With that said, it all hinges on support [from the fans].

That statement above has given me hope that one day, just one day, we’ll see Little Busters! play out on the TV and LCD monitors worldwide.

Source of these on Togetter: http://togetter.com/li/217951

Sasasegawa Sasami -Alter Ver- Review

Purchases

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It has been two months since my review of the Aisaka Taiga -the last episode- by Kotobukiya in September 2011.

See the review: Aisaka Taiga -the last episode- review.

As I said back then, I decided to pool my money into buying a PVC figure every now and then. I’ve seen figures before thanks to Kaionlriu who owns a roommful, but I’ve never realized that owning one is actually quite nice. So when the Sasasegawa Sasami -Alter Ver- was restocked at HOBBY SEARCH, I immediately ordered one.

Anyhow, let’s start the review of Sasasegawa Sasami -Alter Ver-.

All photos are taken with Canon EOS 1000D with Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.7 lens.

Toradora! BD-Box Specials Announced

Toradora!

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Its now less than two months until the release of Toradora! in Blu-Ray Box. As first reported by myself several months back, the BD-Box will come with a new OVA episode.

Today came an announcement of the retailer-specific specials that will be bundled with the BD-Box. Take a look below!

 

Amiami

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Amiami packs a telephone card featuring Taiga, Minori and Ami in Christmas wear.

 

HMV

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HMV provides a special sleeve for the BD-Box.

 

Chara-Ani

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Chara-ani features a microfibre towel.

 

Animate

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Animate version comes with a small pillow.

Angel Beats! Kanade Bed Sheet

Angel Beats!

It’s been relatively quiet on the Angel Beats! front recently. The anime ended over a year ago and the last Blu-Ray discs went on sale about a year ago.

However, fans rejoice! We have another destructive product coming out this winter featuring Tachibana Kanade.

Cue the Kanade Bedsheet!

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I’m reading that it’s an official product of VisualArts’/Key, but details are scant at the moment.

This awesome bedsheet is slated to go on sale anytime this week.