LOSSLESS (not) SAKURA TAISEN COMPLETE SONG BOX 2002-2006!!!!!!!

If you remember I was the one who uploaded the 192kbps version of the ST CSB 2002-2006 first. It held me (and a lot of other people too i imagine) over until the 320kbps version was uploaded by a commenter.

And thanks to a kind guy on Hongfire: just get the torrent here and help upload.

EDIT: It’s not lossless at all – in fact, it seems to be the 192kbps mp3 rip that I posted up here. Connection’s unreliable at the moment so check the screenshots on Hongfire instead.
http://www.hongfire.com/forum/showthread.php?t=80242&p=2319588#post2319588

Evangelion VOX songs

I’m not the guy you ask when it comes to classifying songs, but I think this is some great R&B we’ve got. Groovy, laid-back, you could listen to this all night, ignoring the lyrics. The cheese factor in JPop songs is mostly unnoticed because weaboos don’t understand Japanese, however when the cheese is translated, cue the horrible reviews!

But VOX could certainly lose the rap. It’s the cheese factor turned up a notch, but without the groovy chords and background vocals to back it up. Yuck.

Jax’s Masterpiece Wallpapers

Thanks to my friend Jax, who helped set me up with a maxed out SGI Indy R5000, I now also have some RAWs from a Canon Rebel XTi. Just playing around with Photoshop’s RAW import reminds me of how much I need a proper DSLR that doesn’t take shitty noisy pictures when I don’t use flash.

This one was pretty hard to get right, and even then I’m still not satisfied. I’ll play with this later when I have more time.
Widescreen 2560×1600 PNG:
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4:3 2048×1536 PNG:
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This one I’m satisfied with. It’s called Jax’s Masterpiece, and I played around with the temperature to make it look colder than it actually was.
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Lupin III – Castle of Cagliostro Seeding Now

It’s not like me to ignore… 3 commenters, but I’ve had my job, and just got my PSP after walking around Bukit Bintang for 3 days, so I hope you’ll understand. There’s also the fact that I have tons of DVDs I have to go through to find this one.

But in any case, I’m finally seeding Cagliostro, and I will be doing so indefinitely. If you haven’t watched it yet, go check out the screenshots and download the torrent here. I’m plugging my own post on my own blog! Man, have I grown, or what?

EDIT: on second thought – did I overfilter this movie or what?
EDIT2: Please forgive the abysmally slow connection. I give no excuses, except that I’m usually unwilling to pay for more bandwith than the basic ADSL package gives me. Exercise patience, like I always do when I download something in Malaysia (grr)

Liszt – Totentanz (Krystian Zimerman)

To demonstrate that I have good music taste, and to educate y’all in good music taste, I’ve uploaded Totentanz! Yay Liszt! Yay Krystian!

I like Krystian’s version because he plays at this freaking breakneck pace. And I gotta tell you, Totentanz is a hard song already. Just look at the first page, where he tears through it without a single mistake. The version where you don’t play with the orchestra is even harder, because you don’t get a chance to rest. And sounds worse, because some things just sound better with the orchestra, but naturally, no orchestra would want to play Totentanz with you unless you can play the solo version.

Don’t listen to the sample on Wikipedia. Samples are for sissies, and whoever performed it must be a sissy too.

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Galaxy Angel – Dotabata Angel Loop

Okay, so this really isn’t scoring high on the ‘refined taste’ scale here but I heard this song was rare (Galaxy Angel Season 3 ending). Plus it sounds much better than most GA songs, and even manages to squeeze in the entire cast. EDIT: plus when you think about it the concept of ‘refined taste’ is a bit retarded.
EDIT2: great to see my old theme isn’t so fragile that it’d break after CSS Naked Day.
(if you ask me, it’s even better than Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society’s OP… Heartsdales totally ruined that song, yes, it’s better than a Yoko Kanno song, flame me)

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(release) Lupin III – The Castle of Cagliostro

You see, I wasn’t really studying that much.
There used to be a lot of noise here.
Fujiko needs more screentime, but hey
Impossible in RL
The most famous scene from CoC
Awww
You can stay if you want…

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Video: x264 (I remember around 1800kbps but with 10% Bitrate Variance), 720×480 anamorphic 16:9
Audio: Original AC3 2.0 (the DVD had ‘Original’ and ‘Stereo’, but once demuxed, I found they were both stereo, so I picked the higher bitrate one)
Subtitles: from TOMA, edited for consistency, grammar.
Chapters: direct from DVD.

Here is the Avisynth script:

# Set DAR in encoder to 9113 : 5000. The following line is for automatic signalling
global MeGUI_darx = 9113
global MeGUI_dary = 5000
DGDecode_mpeg2source("D:VTS_01_1.d2v",info=0,cpu2="xxxx00",idct=5)
crop( 32, 20, -34, -24)
tfm(order=-1).tdecimate(mode=1,hybrid=1)
hqdn3d(1.14)
ApplyRange(4061,4325,"frfun7",0.8,6.0,2.0) #purple scene noise reduce
#gap here, the rain mustn't be filtered
ApplyRange(4485,4929,"fft3dfilter",2,1.0,4) #sky and girl, noise in sky
ApplyRange(4930,5075,"Tweak",0.0,1.0,-15.0,1.0) #car with train too bright
ApplyRange(5210,5849,"fft3dfilter",1,1.0,4) #stars, mosquito noise
gradfun2db(1.2)
Lanczos4Resize(720,480)

There was a lot of noise in the DVD9 source, probably to hide the banding. Damn, the banding was horrible, especially in dark scenes. I tried turning up the denoising filters, but it totally ruined things. In the end, I decided that part of being an old movie was to have some grain in it, so I let it be. There are also halos around the characters, but… sigh…
This is the only Lupin III movie I’ll do this for. Probably the only Hayao Miyazaki movie I’ll do this for, too (niizk has Nausicaa covered). Long live the gentleman thief spirit!

(release) Sakura Taisen Complete Song Box 2002-2006

Spread the Sakura Taisen love!!! And screw those selfish Utatane bastards.
Torrent Download
Filenames: Romaji
Tags: UTF-8 ID3v2|APEv2; Replaygain Scanned
Languages: Romaji, Japanese, English (default)
Codec: LAME 3.98a MP3, 192kbps CBR Joint Stereo
Size: 609MB
Scans not included.

I spent a sleepness night tidying up the tags. A few songs were tagged incorrectly in CD7. Using my rudimentary Japanese skills I was able to figure that one was called ‘Watashi ga Aruku Michi’ and tried to type that in Japanese. Conveniently, Sakura-Taisen.com doesn’t completely list all the songs in the box. Thanks for nothing.

How to convert to Romaji/Japanese Tags
By default, when you first download them, they look like this:
English tags are used by default

I’m using foobar2000 here to copy the tags between ROMAJITITLE, JAPANESETITLE and ENGLISHTITLE.
right click on tags, manage script

Get it? Credit goes to a nice guy from WinNY.
EDIT: HOLY SHIT 76 peers!!! and… 6 seeds?
EDIT2: Oh this is better… it’s actually 100 peers and 28 freaking seeds… I’m a hit! 😀
EDIT3: I’m surprised how many people from Japan are downloading this… you’d think since they’re closer to the scene, they would’ve gone ‘ah, old news’. I’m also surprised that people still use Bitcomet… it’s filling up my error logs quite quickly.

Continue reading (release) Sakura Taisen Complete Song Box 2002-2006

Featured Song: Yes, Together (Vandread ED2)

Well, let’s see: the last time I did the random featured song thing was a month ago, I think. The Carpenters’ Because We Are in Love. I thought this was was the shit, so I uploaded it. Then I read a bit more, and found that Karen Carpenter divorced about a year after that, so that really cheapened the song.

Needless to say, I don’t listen to it much today.
Download removed. Too bad latecomers.

Better known as the second ending theme to that weird anime that involved females versus males, Vandread. I remember watching it when I was young. Really young. 7th grade, 8th grade, like that – I used to watch Vandread religiously. Kinda like the same way I watched Edens Bowy and took photographs of the last episode (the real screencaps, taken with pride and love, take that you anime bloggers!), except that I didn’t take photographs.

I liked the premise, liked the characters, liked the graphics, yeah, and there wasn’t much not to like about Vandread as a whole, except that it seemed to drag out a bit during the second season (13 episodes) and the opening themes just seem to get cheesier and cheesier. Of all the songs I heard from Vandread, this song is the best, and the second best is SiLC’s Himegoto, the first ending theme. Or was it because the ending scenes all showed Dita floating around in space? hmm.

The slightly muffled background, unstable chords and really groovy bass make this a great song. Sure, the Engrish sucks, but everyone knows the chords are more important cuz who can understand her anyway?

I know, I usually have really high quality songs, but it’s kinda hard to get songs from anime of that era of good quality, you know? I’ll try find a better one next time – I really love this song.

EDIT: WHERE THE HELL DID MY EDENS BOWY MP3S GO TO!??????