Nur auf Englisch verfügbar!
Yesterday I thought that I finished my first Japanese series on Blu-ray singles and then they announced Kizumonogatari ^^;. And I think the other missing novels will also follow sooner or later, but I hope they will do OVAs or a complete TV series, because the wait after a release in cinemas would be really annoying…see The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya -_-.
Let’s start with the so far „last“ volume of the TV series…or shall we call it ONA series, becasue these episodes were never broadcasted on TV as far as I know…
A very cute cover illustration and I really like the „elements“ of the other girls that are „hidden“ in the pile of cookies. The packaging is quite sturdy and it fits the style of the series perfectly.
As usual, there are the instructions, the cards of the illustrations that originally were displayed after the preview, and the booklet.
Then there’s a lot of promotional stuff for all the products related to NisiOisin.
Araragi can show his „cool“ side on the cover and the booklet includes designs the rest of the characters this time.
Region Code: region free
Disc type: BD25
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video 35681 kbps 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: Japanese 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Audio; Japanese 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit (Commentary)
The typical clean opening and 2 endings are available this time and some kind of trailer for the TV series from 2008. Episode 14 gets a character commentary by Hanekawa and Kanbaru. Hanekawa stays for episode 15 but Araragi replaces Kanbaru. I really want a translation for these commetaries…but it looks like fansub groups are more interested in over-subbing certain shows -_-.
The CD contains the rest of the soundtrack (10 titles, 25 minutes) and an interview between Yui Horie (Hanekawa) and Hiroshi Kamiya (Araragi). The first „soundtrack“ had better tracks in my opinion.
The menu follows the trend of other anime Blu-rays: Fast, stylish and simple.
Here’s a screenshot of the background:
I’m not sure if this show is animated in 720p and something higher, because even if the lines are a little bit thick, the show often looks very crisp and sharp. It looks much more digital than other shows because the backgrounds look like something an architectual program rendered^^. However I really like the style of the show, expecially the many gorgeous „money shots“ that they use to keep the audience interested in the long dialogues. It’s probably one of the shows that really benefit from the high resolution of Blu-rays. The compression works great and only sometimes teps are visible in the gradients.
By the way, there are comparison screenshots on this Japanese website between the streaming and this home video version: http://rennka2.blog122.fc2.com/blog-entry-107.html
It looks like SHAFT still had to fix some parts even if they have months for each episode^^;.