Haruhi Never Looked So Good – DVD vs Blu-ray



Haruhi fans are in awe of the image quality on offer in the just released limited edition Blu-ray box set edition of the series.

The comparison (in lossless png – it will obviously be necessary to view these images in full size to see just how overpowering the difference in image quality is):


The set consists of the entire 28 episode series on 5 discs, running to 650 minutes, and a further 430 minutes of extras on an additional 3 discs. English subtitles are included on the discs.

The set is available now, and seems to be proving popular in spite of its high price – it is Amazon’s 2nd best selling BD, beaten out only by the power of Nanoha.

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    Avatar of Piecake
    Comment by Piecake
    19:29 26/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Way too high for my wallet. What the fuck. Those are some fantastic quality improvements though.

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    Comment by Accoun
    19:40 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I second that. But still, do want...

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    20:31 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I wonder if it's an actual quality improvement, but rather, putting the original source into true high definition screen resolution.

    Because the actual art doesn't seem to have been changed at all. Kind of like what some older 80's and 90's movies were filmed in very high resolution onto film but were crammed into very small screen resolution for VCRs and then we saw the benefit of them being released on DVDs. And nowadays, we see them re-encoded into high def format and they actually look sharper.

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    Comment by Bond Travolta
    21:18 26/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Having worked in a production studio once, as I see it apparently that's what's going on. See, when studios work on video files they tend to be done at a very high resolution unless they're vector. This ensures the highest quality of master copy should they expect to release said works in better definiton than what the initial release allows at only a certain extent of quality, among other reasons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:31 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry, but you're wrong in this case. And probably, in many cases in the anime industry. Haruhi is an upscale, however they completely re-did the OP and/or ED, which is why they look so good.

    Even FMA: Brotherhood is sourced at "only" 540p, despite being broadcast in HD.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    15:54 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cool. Thanks for the insight!

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    Comment by Dia
    19:36 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The quality different is huge. What the fuck. I thought this would be one of those sarcastic articles.

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    Comment by Piecake
    19:30 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Seriously though. I think they would sell much more if they would just price these discs at rates comparable to American television season releases. I'm not business major though, so prove me wrong.


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    Comment by Megidola
    21:23 26/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I imagine the prices are so high because the anime fans will still buy it anyway, and everyone else wouldn't buy it even at a lower price.

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    Comment by Artefact
    20:46 27/11/2010 # ! Questionable

    It's called price elasticity of demand. It's a valid pricing strategy.

    A bunch of cheapskate Americans who can barely keep "niche" shows like Futurama and Firefly in production have no business criticising a business model which sustains an entire animation industry on the backs of a few hundred thousand consumers at best.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:25 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I don't think you can compare Japan and America like that. Here, the broadcaster typically shoulders the entire cost of a show, and usually reaps nothing from the DVD/iTunes/Bluray sales. In other words, in America ratings are the ONLY thing that matters. If a show does not perform well enough, it will be canned. It doesn't matter how much money the DVDs make.

    P.S. your example fails hard. Firefly had excellent DVD sales, enough to get a movie made, which, like the show itself, barely anyone watched.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    09:43 28/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "This is nothing more than another way to get stupid peoples money."

    It's been going on around the world since money was invented, friend...

    It's just how you make it work in the end that counts~

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    Comment by erochichi
    05:28 30/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 04:26, who are normal people, when it all comes around? I am not saying that only otaku`s are, but surely there`s more of dangerous sorts running free, or spending their money on stupid things. New car every year, weapons, drugs...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Artefact, the shit is too high of a price regardless of how you swing it.

    It is a strategy called exploitation.

    If you go to Japan, normal people don't give a crap about anime. This is nothing more than another way to get stupid peoples money.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    20:07 26/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Facepalm in HD. Perfect.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    21:25 26/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Nagato Yuki and Co. waki exposure in HD...

    Totally worth the price~

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    Comment by KomariMax
    00:02 27/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)


    Comment by Anonymous
    06:03 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Comment by Anonymous
    07:34 17/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Chiaki H
    11:26 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, there's no "sunday market" for anime goods and pop culture in Japan anymore. People either will buy it or they won't.

    For stuff like this, you milk what you can and cut and run when the interest dips for something else.

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    Comment by alidan

    its hard to explain what buying anime in japan will do to you if anyone ever finds out.

    many people, you employer included may actually be more understanding of you if you raped a kid, were caught on video, and the kid died in the hospital from internal bleeding, than if you have any anime product.

    that said, per disc of k-on was 100$ right?

    for the content you get, its relitivly cheap, considering they remastered everything, and to tis extent,

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    Comment by emry
    22:25 26/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This statement is wrong in so many ways.

    Just buying anime, in and of itself is not likely to get noticed.

    Buying certain types might get noticed if anyone actually cares.

    As for your statement about rape being more forgivable, that just brings up stereotypes that kind of piss me off.

    As for prices, I haven't seen anything here for $100 a disk. :P Most I ever saw was about $70. hehehehehehehe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:09 27/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'd buy it for 100 dollars. Why? Investment. Wait till' it has sold so fast there's a demand, then pawn it off to some otaku for more. Heh.

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    Comment by alidan
    16:58 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    k-on bluray came out for 100$ per disc for 2 episodes each.

    and besides, its funny how people still think thats a stereotype, that you are completely fucked socially if you are found to watch anime after a certain age.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Nanoha movie's $100 depending on where you buy it.

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    Comment by AiEm
    20:11 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No plans on buying this but I Agree... These things are financial nightmares.

    In any case can't wait to see the bluray rip of the OP. That is one sweet quality bump.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    20:31 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I find myself curious about the subtitle accuracy. I wonder if they got them from their American counterpart to guarantee higher quality in the translations.

    Either way, I'd be willing to spend perhaps 200 on this with all the extras if they were localized and everything. I'd prefer less of course, but that's as high as I'd be able to go for this based on its popularity and quality and the like.

    If the American branch were to release this, they'd be very intelligent if they were to get the English voice actors in to do their version of the extras and go for that amount. More is better in that regard.

    And if it had outtakes... well... they can have my first born. I'm a whore for outtakes (thank you, Berserk!).

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:08 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They use the same translations as the US Bandai releases for all episodes.
    Also, they include the dub too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:08 26/11/2010 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    If they were intelligent they'd sell a cheaper version without those worthless endless eight episodes, just my opinion.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haruhi copied Yurippe am confirmed :P

    Comment by flood
    16:44 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 4:57
    What you said was blatantly stupid, correcting you would just be a waste of time and energy.

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    Comment by Ciscotaku
    22:01 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    for $455 i rather either to wait for a US release of the blueray ver. or stick to the dvds and put them in an upscale dvd player.

    Comment by Anonymous

    is it really worth to buy expensive Blue Ray for endless eight?

    Comment by Anonymous

    too expensive for endless eight

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    Comment by Actar
    21:02 26/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    What I'm most curious about are those extras... Most of the time, with either fansubs or R1 DVDs, they just don't release all the awesome bonus stuff.

    On another note... YAY!!! ENGLISH SUBTITLES!!!

    This is the way to go Japan. Cut out the middle-man. Not to mention, I'm more likely to buy the BRs now that I know I have them direct from the source. Sometimes with the US BDs/DVDs, they do all sorts of funny edits. Case in point, the Eden of the East openings.

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    Comment by Ben
    21:24 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cut out the middle man and that also means your country doesn't get any money though... not that even I care, lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:17 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Heh heh, I'm just waiting for the delivery.
    But the price is cheap for the content imho.

    Comment by GodMan
    02:10 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The excitement in me was balanced out by the shock of the price, I'll still get!!!

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    Comment by Vanon
    23:18 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    can't wait that this beauty will arrive, just brought it this morning

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:10 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I wish to someday hold and watch the Blu-Ray edition of Suzumiya Haruhi. But it is likely to be only just that, a wish.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I would buy it but the cost is more than an entire month's salary for me. :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:09 28/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'd forgotten about preordering this, instead making one for the Shoushitsu BD, but I went ahead and got this yesterday.

    My poor wallet is hurting this week!

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    Comment by Maishida
    11:49 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Damn, I just spent most of my pay today and than I see this. God damn.

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    Comment by brningpyre
    05:32 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wow, it's ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS CHEAPER on Amazon.co.jp. That's a first.

    Only Play-Asia could possibly be more overpriced Amazon.co.jp.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i ordered. please kill me now ~___~

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:27 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    English subtitles? Hooray!

    I might have been interested in buying this if it didn't cost as much as a game console plus some games for it.

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    02:49 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Demanding the Lost Nagato Panchira~

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    Comment by Rehceel
    21:00 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    ....Whoa, wait, ENGLISH SUBTITLES?!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:34 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    same as the earlier dvd releases had, though this one goes further with the English dub as well (not that anyone will be using it probably)according to the info at cdjapan, I have an urgent need to win the lottery to get this box, well that or a deal with the devil.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:59 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i would like to know if kyoani is actually drawing anime using vector or normal mode. if they actually use vector mode, this can mean we can get infinity resolution anime, assume if we get super high res tv, it will be awesome.

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    Comment by Dia
    20:02 26/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I doubt drawing pads have infinite resolution.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:34 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    That's not how vector images work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:21 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe not the pick up pad, but with software you could virtually have infinite resolution.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 27/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    there are 2 kinds of graphic, one is raster(bitmap), once is vector.

    to make it easy to understand. imagine a triangle, because triangle is a simplest shape.

    to draw triangle using bitmap, u are actually drawing by pixels. and if u draw by pixel, your resolution of the triangle is limited by pixel(the square thingy you see when you zoom in).

    to draw triangle using vector, u are drawing by describing a shape(mathematically speaking).

    for example, draw a shape by using 3 lines, line 1 would be drawn from point a to point b, line 2 is drawn point b to c, and line 3 is point c to a.

    you will end up with a triangle.

    since you actually know how to draw this triangle(mathematically speaking), you can magnify 100x or 1,000,000x , it does not change what it physically looks like, so you have a unlimited resolution on this triangle.

    *** the example above i gave is a very rough idea how vector graphics works, but a real vector graphics is more complicated than that, if you want to know more, i suggest wiki the word "vector graphics"

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    Comment by Rakshasa
    23:01 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hello, my name is Benoist. Me and my friend Dia have no clue at all what vector graphics is.

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    Comment by Benoist

    sure,kid : any FBI agent has access to such technology since 10 years... in the movies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:17 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Next step, format supporting vector frame

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:19 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It would require a huge amount of processing power. There's so much post processing and CGI in anime nowadays you'd need a gaming rig to render that stuff at full speed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:14 26/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Vector video would be awesome, but vector graphics eat up a ton of CPU resources. That's why Flash movies get choppy during high detail scenes, especially if you've set it at max quality.

    Vector art also takes longer to draw, since there's so much fine tuning required to get everything right. It's very easy to accidentally leave a sliver of blank space between two objects that can't be seen unless you zoom in about 6000%. Since animators are on a tight schedule, they wouldn't time to fix those errors, and we'd end up with QUALITY on a whole new level.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:00 27/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Vector + Frame. Zone of the Enders?

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