For the most part, anime releasing on Blu-rays have higher quality than when it aired on TV since the animators and producers have more time to produce the show, fix up problems or add new things. But of course, not all releases are better, and when there were news that the Japanese Blu-ray release of Ordet and Tatsunoko Production’s original anime Wake up, Girls has been delayed to May 27 so that they could improve the quality, something must be wrong.
While we have previously focused on the censorship differences between the TV and Blu-ray editions of Pupa and Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga, we will be looking at quality differences.
So how bad could the Blu-ray release of Wake Up, Girls! be to warrant the delay?
From the above image it doesn’t seem too bad. All the changes seem quite subtle and may or may not have been improved.
But how about we take a closer look at the atrocity that was the initial Blu-ray release of Wake Up, Girls! before the delay?
Click on the images for the full resolution. The images on the left are the TV version and the images on the right are from the Blu-ray release
It’s not great is it?
Wake Up, Girls! is an original anime series produced by animation studios Ordet (Senyuu., Black★Rock Shooter) and Tatsunoko Productions (Ping Pong The Animation, SKET Dance). The series aired from January this year for a total of 12 episodes, in conjunction with an animated prequel film Wake Up, Girls! Shichinin no Idol. The idol anime was directed by Yutaka Yamamoto (Senyuu., Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku) with Touko Machida (Lucky Star, Amnesia) handling the series composition.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
Green Leaves Entertainment is a tiny production company on the verge of going out of business in Sendai, the biggest city in Japan’s northeastern Tohoku region. The agency once managed the careers of magicians, photo idols, fortune-tellers, and other entertainers, but its last remaining client finally quit. In danger of having zero talent (literally), the president Tange hatches an idea of producing an idol group. On the brash president’s orders, the dissatisfied manager Matsuda heads out to scout raw talent. Matsuda makes a fateful encounter with a certain girl…
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