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  • Tables updated.

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    • https://jmaf-promote.jp/animation2021/

      via Japan Media Arts Festival Overseas Promotion YouTube channel (June 13):

      Expanded Animation Talk: "Animation That Grows Up With You: A Girl’s Anime Franchise Turns 20" https://youtu.be/_a4C0LTacW8

      SATO Junichi / Director
      FUJITSU Ryouta / Anime Critic

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      Expanded Animation Talk: "Live-Action Meets Animation: Creating On-Gaku: Our Sound" https://youtu.be/kSANLnvZSg8

      IWAISAWA Kenji / Director
      DOI Nobuaki / Animation Researcher/Critic/Producer

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      Expanded Animation Talk: "VR, AR, and MR: New Screen Possibilities" https://youtu.be/phrhU2lZRoI

      YUHARA Kazuki / Illustrator, Animator, Game Designer
      MACHIBA Katsutoshi / XR Content Producer, XR Strategic Planning Office, Supership Inc.

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      • After a lengthy delay, tables are updated again...

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        • Another quick tables update before Otakon.

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          • Christopher Macdonald (ANN) posted this detailed article earlier today: How Much Does It Cost to License Anime Series?

            http://4NN.cx/.175579

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            • Quick question: For the Unreleased Anime License table, shouldn't Aniplex streaming titles like Wandering Son and the first 2 seasons of Dog Days be included alongside titles like Day Break Illusion since they've also been removed from streaming recently?

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              • Originally posted by RM91 View Post
                Quick question: For the Unreleased Anime License table, shouldn't Aniplex streaming titles like Wandering Son and the first 2 seasons of Dog Days be included alongside titles like Day Break Illusion since they've also been removed from streaming recently?
                I included Aniplex Japan titles that were announced (or close to it) by Aniplex of America. Aniplex Japan titles like Wandering Son and Dog Days weren't handled by Aniplex of America (at least they never publicly announce it).

                Day Break Illusion was announced by Aniplex of America with home video release (of which never materialized).

                Titles listed on this Crunchyroll page: https://www.crunchyroll.com/publisher/Aniplex are not all Aniplex of America titles (that page use to say Aniplex before it was changed to Aniplex of America). One recent example to mention would be 86 EIGHTY-SIX (Aniplex JP titles handled by Crunchyroll only with no Aniplex of America involvement).

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                • Originally posted by WTK View Post
                  Another quick tables update before Otakon.
                  Quick update for the tables once more.

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                  • I will just note this info here...


                    https://twitter.com/worldofcrap/stat...72567404191746
                    Hey guys, are you ready to go to video nerd school? Got some stuff to explain about film grain, anime remasters, and HDR. Since I’ve done quite a few anime in 4K/HDR remasters at this point, I think it’s time for some explainey.
                    https://twitter.com/worldofcrap/stat...72965590441987
                    Virtually every 4K remaster out of Japan has been scrubbed clean of film grain, and like most fans, I assumed it was because most Japanese consumers don’t like it (or so Amazon reviews would indicate). While that is probably a factor, I discovered there’s a tech reason too.
                    https://twitter.com/worldofcrap/stat...73396026687491
                    It turns out, film grain gets BOOSTED, sometimes quite intensely, by HDR coloring.
                    You see, HDR (rec.2020) colorspace actually has a much wider range of both color and brightness than film does. And with anime being all about vivid colors, the expectation is to push those colors.
                    https://twitter.com/worldofcrap/stat...74155199909892
                    When making anime “correct looking” HDR (there is no actual “correct” since this is a new format), everything gets boosted. It's why the effect is so cool: it’s super intense without being blown out.
                    35mm color is closest to DCI/P3 color limitations. Not far from HD’s rec.709.
                    https://twitter.com/worldofcrap/stat...74712484491268
                    The problem is, that boosting takes the film grain from being “normal/as expected” 35mm grain to being SUPER INTENSE WHY IS THE SCREEN MADE OF SAND. Just how intense varies wildly based on film stock, generation of the footage, exposure, and what colors.
                    https://twitter.com/worldofcrap/stat...75563122896903
                    I discovered this on Robot Carnival, which we didn’t de-grain at all, but is softer than most 4K scans. We did have to apply some subtle filtering to get the grain to stand out a bit less, but some effects (most notable on Deprive) still have very harsh grain that isn’t ideal.
                    https://twitter.com/worldofcrap/stat...75958612213764
                    I’m pretty happy with the final result on Robot Carnival, but I can see why another producer would ask for it to be scrubbed clean. It is a little distracting in places and I expect at least one negative Amazon review because of it.
                    https://twitter.com/worldofcrap/stat...76338620350467
                    Anyway, this stuff is really hard and best practices are just now starting to be sussed out. I expect the vast majority of 4K anime remasters to be thoroughly degrained in the future, and TBH as long as detail isn’t missing, I’m fine with that. In some cases it’s probably better.
                    https://twitter.com/worldofcrap/stat...78067487293441
                    As for adding film grain back in once the HDR conversion is done… That might be an option but OMG I don’t even want to think about adding even more processing time. Maybe in 5 years when we’re all running super-optimized 96-core ARM CPU’s optimized for video.
                    https://twitter.com/worldofcrap/stat...80634124447752
                    So, in short, vintage anime does not exist in HDR originally, and film grain makes the conversion process much harder and less seamless. So, going forward into this brave new world of 4K/HDR remasters, we should keep our expectations in check. This is an inexact science. [FIN]

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                    • Tables are updated (primarily for the unreleased licenses).

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                      • Tables are updated. Release date table issue is fixed as well.

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                        • ‘Satoshi Kon, The Illusionist’: Anime Auteur in the Spotlight

                          https://www.animationmagazine.net/fe...the-spotlight/

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                          • Tables are updated again.

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                            • Tables updated.

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                              • Tables are updated.

                                Note: The Titan's Bride Blu-ray, uncut edition is on the hentai table and censored edition is on the general one.

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