Not All Blu-ray Releases Overhaul Anime

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It’s become expected that the disc release of an anime will go back and fix any spotty animation that the show let slide during the broadcast. That’s not always the case!

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As pointed out on 2ch, Japan’s largest bulletin board, the Blu-ray release of The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotoubun no Hanayome) didn’t exactly clean up some of the bad animation of character Nino Nakano. (Later episodes had better quality animation, but the earlier episodes were rather rough.)

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See? There are changes, especially in the last image, but they are minimal and are in stark contrast to more extreme overalls we’ve previously seen (for example, below). Perhaps, that’s because the show needed less work?

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There is a precedent for this—for example, the disc release of My Sister, My Writer. See how it stacks up with the original broadcast (disc release is on the left, while the broadcast original is on the right).

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

amoracchius
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The animation quality of Quintessential Quintuplets has been average. It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen, and conversely it’s not about to make me weep from the beauty of any of its shots. As the quoted tweet points out, it’s clear they spent most of their budget on the voice cast, which as a whole, has been pretty good. It’s been a nice refresher of a rom com this season, similarly to Wotakoi last year (which also had some pretty bad animation). If you want a rom com/drama with great voice acting and impressive animation from this season, I’d recommend Kaguya-sama: Love is War.  There’s only one episode left at the time of writing, and it’s pretty clear it’s not going to meaningfully resolve the driving arc of the manga, but it’s been an entertaining watch week after week.