Oricon reports sales of the first volume of Macross F in Blu-ray have topped 35,000 since its release in late July, making it the 1# selling Blu-ray disc in Japan for 2008.

Sales of series receiving simultaneous DVD and Blu-ray releases such as Code Geass, Macross F and Gundam 00 have been difficult to accurately track, as Oricon (the main Japanese tracker of statistics on CDs, DVDs, etc.) has not yet begun releasing timely charts of Blu-ray sales as they do for DVDs…

Macross F’s impressive sales bode well for the future of anime releases on Blu-ray to accelerate in pace, especially as anime has been the most successful genre of Blu-ray in terms of sales for 2008.

Only premiere titles such as Gundam and Macross have been receiving simultaneous Blu-ray/DVD releases (Strike Witches is notable for its lack of a Blu-ray version), but this should eventually change as more and more anime releases convert to the new format.

Some notable new Blu-ray releases include older anime classics, such as the Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer movie, and a special edition of the 1995 Ghost in The Shell movie entitled Ghost in The Shell 2.0.


Comparison of Blu-ray (left) and Terrestrial Digital (right) versions. Personally, I can’t see any difference, but I assume some people can?

Via Oricon.

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    Comment by magistery
    03:25 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    does anyone know where i could find the full version of the image of ranka lee? im guessing it was made by tony taka(which i could be wrong)

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    Comment by Quen
    04:43 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I linked the "Macross F" link in the first paragraph to the pool for the doujin in the Channel, but it seems not be properly inserted into the pool...

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    Comment by Humberto Saabedra
    11:35 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    The reason you haven't seen Eva 1.01 on Blu-Ray is due to Gainax themselves not committing to the format as of yet.

    This was confirmed on the Studio Khara page when the 1.01 release was first announced and released.

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    Comment by Quen
    12:48 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Interesting, thanks for that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:03 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    As people have already mentioned, a shrunken JPEG is useless for comparing broadcast HD with BD.

    That aside, probably a lot of people are satisfied with their recordings off HDTV, despite the compression noise. It's more a matter of, if you ARE going to buy a disc version for whatever reason, you want it to be at least as good as the TV broadcast, which DVD is not.

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    Comment by Riot Gear
    02:39 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    they should do a complete BD of Lum Urusei Yatsura TV series.It's one of the classic comedy series ever.

    Comment by Chris
    13:59 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Find me png screenshots of both, and I can reliably tell you if there's a difference. Doing quality comparisons with jpg doesn't quite work in this case.

    But yes, the BD version does look a bit better. An action scene would've been better for comparing

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    Comment by Shuu
    02:05 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, the difference will hardly be noticeable on a downscaled image...

    But this is not a good still frame for comparison anyway, not enough high-frequency detail. Out of all scenes in the three ep1 versions, the difference in quality is most noticeable when Sheryl's Galaxy Liner passes through the Frontier Fleet around 1:10, that was truly jaw-dropping O_O

    Comment by FOG
    01:24 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course you can't tell any difference when you've already RESIZED the BluRay version. The native resolution for BluRay is 1440x1080.

    Comment by notaname
    22:44 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean 1920x1080. 1440x1080 (nicknamed 'hd lite') is used by some broadcasters when they don't have quite enough bandwidth available, and would rather use non-square pixels than drop the bitrate.

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    Comment by Humberto Saabedra
    03:37 22/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    A lot of the terrestrial broadcasters use 1440x1080 in lieu of the complete 1.9 megapixel image due to bandwidth issues.

    As far as the comparison goes, get a lossless PNG and then do the comparison.

    Comment by Mr. Rawr
    19:16 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, also on the glowy blue lights, theres some pixelation/dithering in the right side whereas on the left it looks pretty clear

    Comment by Zelgadis4tw
    19:06 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmm...only difference I can tell is the colors seem to be smoother on the Blu-ray, only slightly though, I find it's easiest to see on Klan's pink headband.

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    Comment by takuya13
    19:15 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    tru that for me though its the hair? the blue seems to contrast more ... but thats probably just me.. XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:54 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't tell the difference either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 30/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The right one has a little bit sharper colors

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:25 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's cleaner obviously. Looks at the outlines of characters, the blue lights and BD has less macroblock problem. You can blame your panel/HDTV if you didn't notice any. Still I don't think the quality is not that high for a BD release. But I need to see the whole thing to compare accurately

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:54 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    The comparison should be done between Blu Ray and the DVD version. The believe the Terrestrial Digital version is also high-def (while DVD is not).

    Comment by notaname
    06:26 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    The hi-vision broadcasts for the first 10 episodes were upscaled rather than native HD. As the Blu-ray doesn't looks significantly better than the broadcast (look at that aliasing!) I can only assume that someone fucked up royally when mastering the first few episodes. Either that or the screenshot is REALLY poorly resized from native, but even that shouldn't cause such a pronounced drop in detail. Looks like a major mastering fail to me, though not as bad as Gonzo's tragicaly bad Yukikaze BD (upscaled from 480i. Yes, INTERLACED).

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:33 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't believe it's not Eva 1.0

    Is it not in BD?

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    Comment by Quen
    00:08 21/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, Eva 1.0 is not in BD yet.

    I was surprised too when I was researching this, as I thought it had gotten one by now.

    I must admit that I do not own a BD player yet...

    Comment by SnooSnoo
    22:38 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Blu-Ray is just another way for them to leech more money.

    Comment by JockeII
    22:32 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gief Urusei Yatsura BD rip NOW!

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