First Look: Angel Beats! Vol. 1 Limited Edition – Japan
Jun 25th 12:17
Nur in englisch!
Angel Beats! is the series that I decided to buy for this season. I also enjoyed a lot of other shows of this season but I will wait for US releases for the other ones, and Angel Beats! offers a very nice packaging and also some extras that probably won’t be available when it’s licensed.
The back is just a piece of paper (pic 3) and the back looks like pic 4. I really like the cover illustration and I want a high resolution scan of the shooting Yuri that is on the back of the inner case *_*. The material used is quite good, however as visible in Pic 4 it’s quite sensitive to pressure. Unfortunately, the Amazon.co.jp packaging is not very safe…
There’s also some promotional material in the set – because of the large number of available merchandise and limited stuff this doesn’t surprise me at all^^.
The 12 pages booklet consists of small introduction to the episodes, the sheet music of the opening “My Soul, Your Beats!” / the ending “Brave Song” and credits at the end.
Region Code: region free
Disc type: BD25
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 38057 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: Japanese / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: Japanese / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit (Commentary)
The menu is quite simple but the nimation in the background has some style and goes on for about 5 minutes.
There’s a commentary by the characters (similar to Bakemonogatari) for both episodes, the creditless OP/ED and the web previews (instead of some flying like the on-air previews they have some scenes from the next episode). There’s also a bonus CD with an audio drama (~32 minutes). It’s seems to be more funny than serious…
Some scenes look really great and some seem to have some slight issues, but this mostly seems to be related to the source material which sometimes looks very clean and other times has some digital noise or it looks a little bit blurry (which might be intended sometimes). It’s similar to drawing quality of the show which also varies between awesome and average^^;.
I think this shows could have benefitted from a 5.1 mix because of the music and the action and concert scenes. At least it’s 24bit PCM stereo mix.
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