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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED HD Remaster – Ep. 1-10

Batch 1: Episodes 1-10

It’s baaaaack! Finally, almost 2 years since we released Episode 8, we’re back with more Gundam SEED! The biggest reason for the delay had to do with my unhappiness with the upscaling I was having to do from the DVDs to fix some of the scenes I couldn’t edit mouthflaps for or those that had their runtimes changed. However, a few months ago, I stumbled upon a new upscaler called Waifu2x and the AVISynth port for it. While it is slow as hell, even on my brand new i7 6700K, the results it provides are superior to my previous efforts, to the point that I was happy with how the upscales were turning out. In turn, I returned to work on new episodes.

 

So, what has changed? Quite a few things actually, which is why this is a batch that includes the first 10 episodes. The changes are:

  • All-new encodes using superior filtering based on the G-Reco encodes compared to the old releases that preserves more detail and keeps the colors correct (turns out one of the old filters was altering the color profile quite a bit without my realizing). As before, these are 720p only because I was unhappy with the final results of the upscaled sequences at 1080p.
  • All encodes are proper VFR encodes. The HD remaster was converted to 24p, but the old DVDs were 30i. The previous encodes had the upscaled areas forced to 24p and they stuttered during playback because of this. Any upscaled sequences now display at 30p, keeping playback looking smooth.
  • All upscaled sequences have be re-upscaled using Waifu2x.
  • The OP/ED lyrics have been updated. The fonts remain the same, but no longer use the plain green/blue colors we used to use. They now use white fonts with a glowing outline, similar to how the lyrics for G-Reco and GBF were presented. The insert song lyrics on the full subs track in Episodes 7-9 remain the same because I like how it looked.
  • The audio has been re-ripped and retimed. This is mostly because, in order to keep everything as closely matching the DVDs for purposes of syncing, the episodes start off with ~1 second of black.
  • Some scenes in earlier episodes have had the mouthflaps adjusted further or scenes that I was unhappy with the edits I made replaced with upscaled sequences. Several other sequences were replaced due to the timing being off on the new encodes.

So, that’s about it for the revisions since the last releases. For those of you new to these releases, these are re-edits of the HD Remaster that restore shots that were shortened or removed in favor of footage usually taken from the Special Edition movies. This resulted in the dub no longer syncing up. In some places where it still would sync, the mouthflaps were altered and so characters would talk while their mouths were closed, or be silent while their mouths were in motion. While I can’t promise that every sequence is 100% perfect with the mouthflaps, I’ve made my best attempt to match things as close as I can to the original DVD version to allow the dub to sync.

 

You might be asking yourself “Why is this necessary? I’ve seen encodes of the BDs that include the dub!” and you would be correct. However, if one listens closely to those versions, the music and effects tend to have jumpcuts where things were edited to sync the dub. My method avoids that. While it very likely means I will have to alter or excise new sequences like the Perfect Strike battle later in the series, due to heavy adjustments to the sound effects timing, I’m fine with this. Those of you who aren’t, that’s what those other encodes are for.

 

Releases for these will come out as they are done. That’s all I will commit to right now. We are coming up on one of the spots where the HD Remaster cut an entire episode (Episode 14), so I have to figure out how much was altered in Episode 15, billed as Episode 15+ on the BD menu, as a result. Thanks to the new methods I’m using for these edits though, the work is quite a bit easier to approach, so I hope to be able to keep these going fairly regularly.

 

So, with that, to keep things going as they were before, here are the episode synopsis blurbs for Episodes 9 and 10, followed by the batch links. You can also click HERE for an archived copy of the posts (plus revised data grids) for Episodes 1-8. Enjoy!

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Episode 9: The Fading Light

The Archangel ’​s escort to meet with the 8th fleet is attacked by the Le Creuset Team. Flay witnesses the death of her father when Kira fails to protect the escort ships. In desperation, the Archangel reveals Lacus is on board the ship, causing the attackers to withdraw. 

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Episode 10: Separate Ways

With everything that has happened, Kira becomes depressed. He is comforted by Lacus, who is strolling around the ship without permission. Kira returns Lacus to Athrun against orders, but refuses Athrun’s invitation to change sides.

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Mobile Suit Gundam II – Dubbed

Mobile Suit Gundam II – Soldiers of Sorrow

The Federation’s battleship White Base and its precious cargo of prototype mobile suits have returned to Earth, only to find themselves in enemy territory. As the White Base struggles across the planet’s surface to safety, Gundam pilot Amuro Ray must contend not only with the Duchy of Zeon’s fiercest warriors, but also with his own doubts and fears…

      

Well, it only took me 16 months, but here’s the 2nd Mobile Suit Gundam movie with the English dub! While the first movie has been reposted below this one, I’ll repeat some of what to expect here, along with what’s new as well.

  • Newly ripped stereo audio from a brand new, sealed copy of the VHS release of Mobile Suit Gundam II.
  • Recreated screens matching those of the beginning of the VHS tape, albeit with some updated terminology and clips taken from the BDs. For those of you who don’t much care for a little VHS throwback, the title clips are chaptered, so you can simply jump right into the movie.
  • As part of the above titles, I’ve recreated the old Bandai Entertainment Outlaw Star trailer using the Outlaw Star BDs. To be fair, this trailer was actually on the 3rd movie, but I didn’t want to wait until February to get the BD sources to recreate the Gundam 0083 trailer that was on the 2nd movie. Look for that trailer on the 3rd movie.
  • English credits for both the dub production and original Japanese production. Following up on the first movie’s added music to the credits, this movie features Andrew W.K.’s “Soldiers of Sorrow” for the translated credits.
  • As before, the encode for the main portion of the movie is the same as the subbed version, just with the cut tweaked to sync the dub. Since some people may be interested in this release but don’t care about having it available in HD, we’ve included a 480p SD encode for this version.

So, that does it for this one. I don’t want to have the 3rd movie take another 16 months to complete, but I’m not making any promises at this point. Still, it will be completed sooner or later! Until then, enjoy!

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Mobile Suit Gundam I – Dubbed

Mobile Suit Gundam I

In the year 0079 of the Universal Century, the Earth Federation and its space colonies are engaged in an apocalyptic war. The rebellious Duchy of Zeon, using humanoid fighting machines called mobile suits, has all but vanquished the Federation. Now the Federation’s last hope is the prototype mobile suit Gundam. When a twist of fate makes young civilian Amuro Ray the Gundam’s pilot, his own battle begins – a struggle not only for the Federation’s survival, but for his own.

      

Ahead of the release of the 2nd movie dub, I’m reposting the release post for the first one to make the links easier to find. These aren’t new files, so if you already have this, don’t redownload it. Otherwise, we’re seeding it again on the seedbox. Here’s some of the important details for this release:

  • Newly ripped (ok, ripped in 2014) stereo audio from a brand new, sealed copy of the VHS release of Mobile Suit Gundam I.
  • Recreated screens matching those of the beginning of the VHS tape, albeit with some updated terminology and clips taken from the BDs. For those of you who don’t much care for a little VHS throwback, the title clips are chaptered, so you can simply jump right into the movie.
  • English credits for both the dub production and original Japanese production. To go along with what most people consider a terrible dub, we’ve added some music to the formerly silent credits in the form of a portion of the English recording of the movie’s theme “A Cross of Sand”, as performed by Andrew W.K. from his 2009 Japan-only album “Gundam Rock.”
  • Lastly, as these encodes were created using the same settings as the subtitled releases, aside from the above-mentioned additions at the beginning and end, the video is identical in both versions. Since some people may be interested in this release but don’t care about having it available in HD, we’ve included a 480p SD encode for this version.

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Gundam Reconguista in G Pulled/Batch Cancelled

OK, we’ve been getting a bunch of comments about this so hopefully this post will cover them so I don’t have to keep repeating myself. The torrents have been pulled due to the announcement of a US BD release. A UK BD release is also on the way. A future batch is planned with some bonus material I don’t expect will be included with the US/UK BDs as well as scans of the additional books I have obtained, but these will not be done until I can get my hands on an edge scanner for books as I do not want to debind the books. This batch will ONLY be bonus materials, not the episodes.

 

Also, in a slightly unrelated note that has nowhere better to go, the GBF releases planned for last week had to be delayed as I had to deal with a family emergency. It’s nothing super serious, but it has required my full attention. As soon as this is dealt with, I will get those episodes posted. Apologies for the delay, but as you might expect, family comes first.

 

OZC

Gundam Reconguista in G Gundam Front Tokyo Short

Gundam Front Tokyo Short – FROM THE PAST TO THE FUTURE

While on maneuvers in the Core Fighter and G-Arcane, Bellri and Aida approach Cyrano-5 where they are attacked by the Mask Corps. After Aida fights off a Mack Knife, the victory is short lived when she is attacked by Mask, piloting a Unicorn-type Gundam, the G-Phenex. As Bell rushes to dock with the G-Self and join the fight, Aida is forced to defend against Mask’s assault…

     

Time for a fun G-Reco short! This short was shown at Gundam Front Tokyo and recently released on BD in combination with a limited edition Gunpla of the Unicorn Unit 03. It mixes the traditional 2D animation of the series with CG mobile suits as seen above. Unfortunately, we don’t have any subs for this, but if that changes later, we’ll be sure to re-release it. Until then enjoy!

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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Frozen Teardrop Picture Drama

Picture Drama Episode “The Upcoming Battle – Epyon Ares”

This is the all-new Gundam Wing Frozen Teardrop picture drama included on the 2nd series BD Box. For anyone unfamiliar with Frozen Teardrop, it is a sequel set 20+ years after Endless Waltz, in the year 0022 of the Mars Century. To quote the narrator of Endless Waltz, “as long as mankind exists, there will always be battles”, and on Mars, a new conflict has broken out that sees the five Gundam pilots involved once more, along with brand new Gundams.

       

This picture drama reunites the voice cast of Gundam Wing and adapts a portion of the novel written by series head writer Katsuyuki Sumizawa. Like most picture dramas, there is minimal animation. Unlike our previous release for this picture drama, we have subbed this one! Subs were posted on YouTube some time ago. While the efforts of the translator (Amir Fikri) are certainly appreciated, the subtitles were a bit clunky and overly literal at times.

 

While I’m not a translator by any means, by using Amir’s subtitles as a baseline and cross-referencing the translations of the novel found at Inchoate Oeuvre, I’ve rewritten the subs to flow smoother and hopefully match the tone of the official subs the series and Endless Waltz use. Those of you who do speak Japanese, keep in mind that I wrote for flow and style rather than 1:1 translation, but I don’t believe I changed anything that impacts the story.

       

For anyone that has the raw versions included in the Gundam Wing series batches, I’ve created a patch to add the subs to the copy you have! You can get that below. Enjoy!

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Raw Version to Subbed Version Patch

 

Gundam Anniversary Shorts

Gundam Anniversary Shorts

The following is a collection of three shorts created for the 10th and 30th anniversaries of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, included in HD on the Mobile Suit Gundam Movie Trilogy Premium Edition set. A 30 minute feature called “The Impression of First Gundam” was included for the 20th anniversary, but is not included here. The first two are reposts of the previously released encodes from last summer, while Ring of Gundam is a new release with subs added.


10th Anniversary Short – All That Gundam

Released in 1989, All That Gundam is a short featuring the Gundams seen in the original Mobile Suit Gundam, Zeta Gundam, ZZ Gundam, and Char’s Counterattack, leading up to the reveal of the RX-78-NT1 Gundam “Alex”, along with the main characters of the soon-to-be-released Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket OVA.

       

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30th Anniversary Short – Gundam Perfect Mission

Released in 2009, Gundam Perfect Mission features the leading Gundams from nearly every main Gundam TV series, movie, and OVA from the past 30 years of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, including an appearance by the Unicorn Gundam from the not-yet-released Gundam UC OVA.

       

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30th Anniversary Short – Ring of Gundam

Also released in 2009, Ring of Gundam was Yoshiyuki Tomino’s return to Gundam for the first time since the Zeta Gundam: A New Translation film trilogy, and his first wholly new entry since Turn A Gundam a decade earlier. This CGI short stars a soldier, Eiji, who travels to the Ring Colony to search for the so-called “Beauty Memory”, which is said to contain all of mankind’s memories. Upon encountering Beauty on a hilltop, he is told that to decipher this data, he must obtain “Amuro’s Legacy”. Now Eiji continues his quest to discover the key to mankind’s salvation.

       

This re-released version features subtitles for the dialogue. These subs were originally done by MovingLines, but I’ve restyled them and made a few fixes for the spelling, punctuation, and tweaked a couple of words used in the dialogue. For those of you who downloaded the raw version last summer, a patch is included to add the subs. Enjoy!

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Raw Version to Subbed Version Patch