Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Vandread (DVD, wmv, mp3) (Show rating: 9/10)

I freaking love this show. I love everything about it. Sadly, you can't get a decent version anymore.


So far, I have found four other versions of this: KTYM, Baka-Anime, Exiled-Destiny, Arigatou and ZX.
Mine's a custom version made with some R2 raws I found on Japanese P2P years back. They look better then what I have ever seen from R1 rips.
You be the judge:

KRYM VS DmonHiro
Baka-Anime VS DmonHiro
Exiled-Destiny VS DmonHiro
Arigatou VS DmonHiro
ZX VS DmonHiro

My conclusion: Baka-Anime is filtered though hell and back and looks horrendous. ZX is an old Divx5 .ogm version, and it shows. KRYM looks as bad as ZX without the excuse of being old. Exiled-Destiny is decent, but even more cropped then mine. Arigatou looks about the same as mine, better in some cases, but when your watching it, it seems a little off, I can't explain why. Also, they have the only styled .ass subs, but they are very poorly styled, hugging the bottom of the screen. If you want the English audio, go with Arigatou.

Video: mkv, 640x360,WMV3
Audio: Japanese, mp3 128 kbps
Subtitles: English, R1, srt

Torrent: Vandread (DVD, wmv, mp3)

27 comments:

  1. how do they fare against B-A?

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  2. Shouldn't be too hard to get hold of the zx version.

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  3. The ZX version has WORSE video then the KRYM version.
    As for BA, check above, I upped the screenshots.

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  4. i like the colors of b-a better

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  5. The filtering on the B-A release is horrendous. Thanks for the upload.

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  6. Exiled-Destiny released another rip by the end of 2010, which is far better than what i saw before. H.264 video with AC3 english and japanese audio. The only drawback are the srt subs.

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  7. I nevser knew ED released Vandred. I'll check those out.

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  8. Hmm
    ED encodes are never good.
    If you want dual audio, it would best to go with Arigatou who also has h264 encodes and styled subs instead of srt/vobsubs.

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  9. Oh, for the love of God, how many more releases are you going to make me compare to? Jeez... :D

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  10. lol
    none because dual audios shouldn't be compared to single audios.

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  11. Screw that, I'm going to compare to everything I can find.

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  12. The last Arigatou release i saw was terrible in both audio, video and subtitle (Kashimashi). Exiled Destiny is a lot better even without post processing, and their audio can be upscalled to dolby digital, while Arigatou's cant without tons of noise.

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  13. I have Anime-MX's version, they are outdated unfortunately, but I remember it was much better then zx's.

    This show really needs some new love, like some other oldies. :)

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  14. After seeing all the screenshot comparisons. E-D wins, but Dmon's release is still better than any older one.

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  15. @ Croix: I don't see why .srt subs are a disadvantage in this case -- there are virtually no points in Vandread that *need* any text formatting or typesetting, and you can easily set them to be whatever style you want. Besides, styled .ass subs in dual-audio rips are typically "glorified .srt" anyway, since most groups don't do any text positioning or alternate styles with them. Check out Arigatou's Magikano to see what I mean.

    I saw B-A's awhile back, thought it looked okay but didn't have anything to compare it to. I deleted it once I got the DVDs, but the version I *really* want to see is the Elite-Fansubs TV-rip of 2nd Stage (I did manage to find E-F's 1st Stage).

    Too bad Vandread wasn't produced in anamorphic widescreen, so all the rips are cropped down to 400p or 360p.

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  16. I don't see ACX's version on there.
    http://www.animecorpx.com/weblist/releases.php?group=VD

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  17. Will you release your version of s2 anytime soon aswell?

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  18. This is both S1 and S2.

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  19. And just after I finished watching the show...grabbing it anyway for posterity, Ftw.

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  20. PLease SeeD~!! :D TY!! Just found out this anime awesomeness.

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  21. thanks for this awesome release! brings back good old memories when i first watched it in public school! i'm gonna seed this with my monster seedbox

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  22. Compared to my SSX/AOD encodes from 2002 (season 1), your encodes are missing the extra translations that the DVD source didnt have. As for season 2, zx has slightly more saturated colors than yours but with also English audio track, same subs and less file size, zx still trumps for me.
    I would only pick this up, if I didnt have old encodes.

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  23. Hey mate, I'm looking for this anime to download. I loved the series, but unfortunatelly, I watched it streamed. Now I want to archive it.

    Could you tell me what is the best option to look for right now?

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    1. What kind of dumb question is that? You're asking where to look for a download link, on the page WITH the download link.

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    2. No, mister genius. I am asking you what is the best version in terms of video quality, TL etc. And one that possibly has a number of seeders, so I won't stick to downloading forever.

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    3. You are asking which version to get on a page where someone released a version. What possible other answer other then "My version is the best" do you think you can get? It's still a dumb question.

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    4. Fair enough. I got the impression that you were debating about the quality between versions and thought for an instant that you said another version is better than yours at some points. And since I don't know when this was all written, I went ahead and thought that maybe there were some fixes in some versions.

      To sum up, I thought you had some re-checkd version and wanted to know which one was the better. Will check what I have in hand for now. Hope there are enough seeders.

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