Puella Magi Madoka Magica Batch

Delays

OK. Wow! Yes, I am still alive and we finally got this done.

Dear lord, these past several weeks have been hellish for me and Strike. I’m seriously on the most fucked up schedule. But I was determined to get this batch out, so I cranked out the last four episodes AND the v2 of the second episode (due to the recall).

Let’s go over the timeline real quick:

  1. March 2011: Puella BD’s announced
  2. June-August 2011: Puella volumes are released steadily as they come out
  3. September 2011: Strike goes to Grad School and dies finds himself preoccupied
  4. October 23, 2011: Helios takes over and finishes the series along with the v2

That means we had a delay-factor of 7 months from the onset of the announcement and a 4 month delay-factor from the start of the series. Actually, that’s pretty good considering the delay-factor of other anime we’ve encoded, like Code Geass and Black Lagoon.

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Side Notes

  1. All of the tags on the file names have been changed. If you haven’t noticed recently, we’ve been tagging our work with “H264” instead of “X264” because the x264 project plans to release an MPEG-2 encoder using the x264 framework
  2. Episodes 1, 3-8 are the exact same ones Strike released over the summer
  3. Yes, this does have the correct version of Episode 2

[Helios Edit @ 20:32 10/24/2011]: Don’t mind the file size of the download. It’s totally worth it. But we haven’t fully uploaded it to the server so be patient.

K-On!! 17-18

Come on, you know you wish you were that bed too. Anyway, here’s K-On!! 17-18 a little late since I was retarded and forgot that after uploading, I actually have to post it on the site. Anyway, enjoy the maid goodness and Mio freaking out as always. By the way, Guilty Crown definitely has Azu-nyan in it, and… SHE HAS CAT EARS! /WIN!

Aww, poor Ui! I’ll nurse you back to health!

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Kara no Kyoukai 3-4

OK, so a series of obnoxious events have delayed this release. First, life stepped in and said “fuck you, helios. It’s time to take a bunch of tests and spend 30+ hours on a project proposal.” Then, our seedbox was taken offline for upgrades. But now, we finally have Kara 3, 4 ready for release.

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Fortune Arterial Batch

Hokay, finally got this batch together. Sorry for the delay on this series but I was hoping that the OVA would come out in BD format. It never did. Therefore, the OVA is a DVD upscaled to 720p. TADASHI, it’s still awesome! For example:

If that’s not enough, it’s the long awaited obligatory hot springs episode! WAI! Enjoy!

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End of September 2011 Report

Overview

If you thought August was uneventful, this month was probably the “deadest” month we’ve had since we’ve started. We can thank college for that.

Regardless, we actually were able to push out some material this month—approximately 12 pieces of media. If you think about it, a “small amount” of material for us would be astounding for another group. Then again, we don’t have the overhead of translating and copy-editing so it’s like comparing apples and oranges.

Anime Summary

Picked Up

Seitokai Yakuindomo Blurays

OK. I love this series. I’ve been wanting to encode the Blurays for a long time, but haven’t gotten around to pulling the trigger. Well now, I am officially picking these up and will be encoding these.

Re-encoded Anime

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

Back in December 2010, my team spent over 50+ man-hours timing and encoding The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. At the time, N LogN EG’s main focus was file-size, compatibility, and subtitle-correctness. Our staff didn’t really begin to prioritize the quality of the video over file-size until about March 2011.

Thinking back upon how much work and hell doing this movie was, I fired it up on my Playstation 3 and admired the fantastic timing work. After finishing the movie, I thought to myself,

“This movie really deserves better”

and thus, the 13 gigabyte behemoth of delicious Haruhi Nagato was born. We’ll be seeding this particular release for a long time, so there’s plenty of time to grab it. We’ll also be putting it on Fileserve, but, as some reports have indicated, you may not be able to get it due to the incredibly large size.

BTW, the Fileserve premium account is seriously money. $60 for a year of unlimited everything? I’m loving it!

Administrative Developments

Strike MIA

Strike is only releasing K-On!! He says that he’s so busy that he can’t even find time to sleep—like me. But the difference between me and him is that I’m about to graduate and his graduate-school hell has just begun, so he’s basically only going to release 2 K-On!! episodes every other week.

I will be taking over Strike’s other projects and finishing up all of those by the end of November. The Puella batch is first. After I release Kara 3 and 4 this weekend, I will be working to push that batch out as soon as possible.

Kaichou wa Maid-sama [BD] On Hold

This series is on indefinite hold. That doesn’t mean we’re dropping it. It just means we’ll get around to it whenever we have some free time.

New Seedbox

OK, so we got a new seedbox for our group despite the lack of releases to populate it.

We now have twice as much space on our new seedbox and 1 gigabit/second (125 megabytes/second) of bandwidth as opposed to 100 megabits/second (12.5 megabytes/second). That’s a pretty incredible upgrade.

BDMV Priority

So, I dunno if you guys know about shareraw, but man that site is awesome. A premium Fileserve account + Firefox + DownloadThemAll = all the damn BD raws you want. Seriously, I’m running out of space on my machine just downloading all the BD raws for the upcoming anime I plan on encoding.

Basically, this means higher quality RAWs for N LogN EG and less diskspace for everyone else. Luckily, space is cheap.

Well, that’s all I got for the month of September 2011. Seeya soon with Kara 3 and 4.