We are back with another comparison between the TV and Blu-ray releases of J.C.Staff’s Witch Craft Works. Since the Blu-rays are released after the original TV version, studios have additional time to reproduce scenes of the anime that may have been rushed to make schedules, deadlines and meet TV regulations. They may redraw scenes, add new ones, include flashier effects, remove censorship or just improve the general quality of the anime. It’s always interesting to see what animation studios change for their “directors cut” of the series.
We will be checking out the 6th Blu-ray volume of Witch Craft Works, which contains episodes 7 and 8. So let’s see what changes J.C.Staff have made between the TV and Blu-ray release.
Note: There are spoilers for episodes 7 and 8 of Witch Craft Works
Here is a video comparison between the TV and Blu-ray versions of episodes 7 and 8 of Witch Craft Works, from QtQ at Niconico. The TV version is on the left and the Blu-ray on the right, and each scene has footnotes on what the differences are. If the video does not play click the following link: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm24037939
For a closer inspection on the differences, here are some comparison images. Click on them for the full resolution.
Witch Craft Works is a manga series from Ryuu Mizunagi that serialized in 2011 in Kodansha’s good! Afternoon magazine. To date there has been a total of 6 volumes released. The most recent volumes have all reached the top 30 on Oricon’s weekly top selling manga, during the first week of release. An anime adaptation of Witch Craft Works aired earlier this year. It was animated by J.C. Staff (Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, Toradora!) and is written and directed by Tsutomu Mizushima (Another, xxxHOLiC).
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
Takamiya Honoka is a regular student whose only problem seems to be that he sits next to Kagari Ayaka, the school’s #1 beauty. They have never spoken to each other before and any small interaction between them immediately results in her fanclub beating him. Yet when a falling part of the school’s building is about to send him to the afterlife, it’s Kagari that comes to his rescue. Only… she’s dressed as a witch, carrying him in her arms and floating on a broom?! Kagari tells him it is her mission to protect him and that now she can finally protect him openly rather than undercover.
All the images are from the fourth Blu-ray volume of Witch Craft Works. The Blu-ray is currently available from Amazon Japan for a total of ¥5,594 (~ $55.94 USD), which contains episodes 7 and 8. Volume 5 is currently available and 6 will be release on August 27.
“Witch Craft Works”, images and all associated brands and titles © 2014 Ryuu Mizunagi, Kodansha, J.C. Staff and Witch Craft Works Production Committee