Obsessive Anime Comparisons Between TV And Blu-ray Versions

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Of course, the home releases of anime programs often look better than the broadcast versions. Anime studios have more time to tweak their art, and they can also make some extra scratch on the Blu-ray.

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Previously, Kotaku showed comparisons between the disc releases and the TV originals. And for a while now, YouTube folks have been going further, obsessively comparing the differences. Some changes can seem like minutia, while others are anything but.

Note: These clips below might have spoilers in them. Also TV版 means “TV version,” while BD版 means “Blu-ray version.”

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Attack on Titan

Mekakucity Actors

Wake Up, Girls!

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

Gonna be the Twin-Tail!!

Squid Girl

Tiger & Bunny

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

If you love a certain anime series, it might be worth buying the Blu-ray. 

Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

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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chrisgama
Chris Gama

Ah, the benefit of modern digital animation! Don’t have to go back and re-draw on celuloid, just maybe clean up some lines digitally, re-color things prettier, etc.

I still say that while we have some amazing anime today, many with amazing artwork and animation, there’s something.... missing. With digital animation, it seems like there’s a lack of “soul”. Back in the day with celluloid animation, having to physically draw the cells, paint on the backs of them, photograph them, there were flaws, imperfections, shakiness to the frames, real grain, etc. But all that seemed to give the animation life, especially if it was well done animation!

That’s just my humble oppinion though as an old fogey of an anime fan that has a soft spot for late 80's, early to mid-90's anime!