Japanese Sailor Moon R Blu-Ray Collection Volume 1 review

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Cover

The Sailor Moon R Blu-Ray Collection Volumes 1 and 2 have now been released in Japan. These are my thoughts on volume 1, which was released on October 4th. I delayed getting this review up so long that volume 2 was since released on December 6th. Some of you expressed interest in seeing the quality, given some issues with the Viz Blu-Ray releases of Sailor Moon R, so I’ve included a lot of screenshots within the post and at the end of it. This collection includes Sailor Moon R episodes 47 to 68 in Japanese and Japanese only! There is no dub and no subtitle track on this release so it may have limited value to English speaking fans. Be warned!

Sailor Moon R episode 59 - Viz Blu-Ray - Young Ail and An

Viz Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 59 - Japanese Blu-Ray - Young Ail and An

Japanese Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 59 - Japanese DVD - Young Ail and An

Japanese DVD

The video quality in this release is what I would again call good but not great. To see examples just click through on the images and then on the 1920×1080 link to see the full picture. There is a bit of loss from JPEG compression but it should give a decent idea of the relatively quality of the releases. Basically, as with the first season, what we have is an upscalled or upconverted and cleaned up version of existing standard definition masters. So while the video here is 1080p, Blu-Ray resolution, this was not obtained from going back to the film source (film is used as an intermediate in animation from this era) but instead the old video sources were used and with various filters these were extrapolated into high definition video. I’m not a fan of this technique. I’d just as soon see a good quality standard definition release than pretend this is “really” HD, but your mileage may vary. The techniques used to upscale these is fairly impressive and the image we get is probably the best we’ve seen for the original Sailor Moon anime, but it still isn’t what we’ve seen for things like the Sailor Moon R Movie which was released on Blu-Ray earlier this year.

Sailor Moon R episode 61 - Viz Blu-Ray - Usagi cries

Viz Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 61 - Japanese Blu-Ray - Usagi cries

Japanese Blu-Ray

All that said Viz used a similar technique when they released their Blu-Rays a few years ago but they seem to have had significantly inferior quality master video sources to work with. The actual techniques they used to convert the video to high definition were likely different as well, as we’ve seen minor differences in the various releases they had as the series was, and continues to be, released. I don’t think it’s fair to put the blame solely on Viz for the poor quality release we got from them, as they have done great work with high quality source material as we’ve seen with their Sailor Moon Crystal releases and their release of Sailor Moon R The Movie on Blu-Ray which is considerably nicer looking than the Japanese DVD. That said their releases of the Sailor Moon TV series are so bad that the Japanese DVD release and many other international releases are of much nicer video quality.

Sailor Moon R episode 60 - Japanese DVD - Chibiusa points a gun at Usagi - Interlacing artefacts

Japanese DVD screenshot with visible interlacing artifacts

Sailor Moon R episode 60 - Japanese DVD - Chibiusa points a gun at Usagi

Japanese DVD screenshot without any visible interlacing artifacts

Sailor Moon R episode 60 - Viz Blu-Ray - Chibiusa points a gun at Usagi

Viz Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 60 - Japanese Blu-Ray - Chibiusa points a gun at Usagi

Japanese Blu-Ray

One reason for which I was more excited for the Sailor Moon R release than the first season was that the Japanese DVDs for Sailor Moon R and beyond had interlaced video. What does this mean? A standard TV signal is interlaced, meaning the signal is sent one field at a time. Every second scan line is refreshed every 30th of a second but only one field is sent every 60th of a second. This means when you look at a still you’ll often see these lines in it looking like saw teeth or a comb. The images above illustrate this by looking at the interlaced DVD image. This isn’t really noticeable on older TVs or even modern HDTVs but if you’re watching video on a computer screen, pausing, getting screenshots or trying to convert the files for download, like many fan subs you may have downloaded, this can be a problem. You probably noticed this back in the VHS days when you’d pause a film and sometimes there would appear to be a double image while other times there would not. For a show which was at some point on film, like Sailor Moon, this isn’t visible in all frames. For shows that were shot on video, like the live action series and the musicals, there’s no getting around the fact that every frame will have visible interlacing. Because of this I often need to find scenes with little motion for my live action screenshots or to use a filter to remove odd or even lines. The DVD standard supports progressive scan, which does away with this interlacing problem, and the first season DVDs were converted to progressive scan which made them look a bit nicer on an HDTV. The deinterlacing process does not negatively affect picture quality because all of the information is there. For whatever reason, probably cost related, this was not done for Sailor Moon R, S, SuperS or Sailor Stars on DVD. Now that the video is going through all kinds of post processing to upconvert to HD resolutions, removing any interlacing artifacts was the first thing that was done. So much to say this is one way in which these Blu-Rays are objectively better than the Japanese DVD release. The upconverting is a bit of smoke and mirrors but the deinterlacing is one aspect which is a real noticeable improvement.

Sailor Moon R Part 1 Japanese Blu-Ray - Easy to read credits!

As an indication of the quality of the video in this release we can finally read the text in the Sailor Moon R credits with some success! If you’re like me you pass the time listening to “Otome no Policy” while trying to read some of this text. I’ve always been able to make out some words on the laserdisc and DVD releases but it seems like much more is visible now. Note that the quality changes as the season goes on and while it was harder to see the words in the early episodes this becomes easier with some of the later episodes. So what does this text say? It’s mostly nonsense. These are sentences which are grammatically correct english which seems to have some meaning but the text has no bearing on Sailor Moon. “CONVERSATION is impossible as the open topped rail diesel car clatters into the 3/4 mile Trebelica tunnel” … “For Bedimir the Trebelica tunnel is a masterwork, three years in building”. Web searches for terms like “trebelica” and “bedimir” don’t identify this text as being anything important or even references to real people or places. Others, however, like Stari Bar in Montenegro, appears to be references to a real things. This could be an actual magazine or newspaper clipping but the exact source isn’t something that is terribly obvious, even when the text is mostly legible. Often in movies and TV shows fake newspapers are used and this could be an example of such a thing. This is not Lorem ipsum, which is a sort of real looking but totally nonsensical pseudo latin text which is often used for fake newspapers and such in films.

Sailor Moon R episode 59 - Japanese Blu-Ray - The Moonlight Knight

Japanese Blu-Ray

As for the content on these Blu-Rays we have pretty much the first half of Sailor Moon R, episodes 47 to 68. These are episodes I have some fondness and nostalgia for! I got into Sailor Moon when there were only 65 dubbed episodes which included the first half of Sailor Moon R and I didn’t see the second half until I got some fansubs some time later, before they were eventually dubbed. It’s probably due to this that I have a greater level of nostalgia for those episodes which include only the first half of Sailor Moon R. My bias makes me want to argue that they are somehow of better quality but I simply can’t trust my own opinion on this issue to be unclouded. The first half of this release is the Makaiju story arc, known as the Doom Tree saga in the original English dub. I really enjoy these episodes even if they aren’t based on any manga story like the rest of the season. Ail and An, the villains, are compelling characters and these episodes tie in nicely to Sailor Moon R The Movie, though no one present seems to notice the similarity between these nearly identical looking enemies. The rest of the episodes introduce us to Chibiusa, the time traveling girl lost in time, and some of the Black Moon Clan. This set includes episode 67, the swimsuit episode where Chibiusa somehow befriends a plesiosaur, which for a long time was not available to English speaking fans but this episode has since been released to stream and on Viz’s release so its inclusion is less exclusive than it once was.

Sailor Moon R Part 1 Japanese Blu-Ray - Disc 4 menu

Not much in the way of special features here! Aside from the episodes themselves we have the same usual extra. “Clean” opening and closing credits which means the opening and ending theme animations without the actual credits. The picture quality for these is not too great, and not as good as the rest of the Blu-Ray. Also included are the 15 second commercials! These originally played on Japanese TV to advertise the next episode and they are not the same as the next episode previews, though they are quite similar. These weren’t included in the Sailor Moon R laserdisc release, as the only special features in those releases were on the first season discs, but they were included in the Sailor Moon R memorial. These aren’t terribly exciting but it’s better than nothing as features go! I’m including the disc 4 menu above, which includes those extras. The rest are available at the bottom of the post. The menus are basic. Links to the episode with an image showing the disc art in nice quality.

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Episode guide episodes 58 to 60

Also included is a booklet with episode descriptions. Each description includes a bit of production art for that episode which is a nice touch!

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Disc 1 art comparison Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Disc 2 art comparison

The cover art for this release and the included discs is mostly reused from the laserdiscs which were again reused for the DVDs. I’ve included a lot of images showing what art was reused for what. One exception is the image of Chibiusa on the cover which is a bit awkwardly out of place as it’s not from any laserdisc art for Sailor Moon R. The main thing which I liked about this release was the inclusion of Ail and An as well as the Moonlight Knight. These characters, unique only to the first 13 episodes of Sailor Moon R, dominated three of the laserdisc covers but were completely absent from the DVD cover art. Similarly they are generally absent from other home video releases as it seems like most people would rather just treat Sailor Moon R as “Chibiusa and Black Lady”. Though they aren’t featured on the cover art itself we see them on the disc art which is quite a nice inclusion! These are characters featured in a quarter of the season after all! It’s half of this set!

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Back Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Sailor Venus's shoe mistake on the Blu-Ray
Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Sailor Venus shoe mistake laserdisc Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Venus's show fixed on the DVD

Also of note is the return of a Sailor Venus shoe error on the image on the back of the box. This error dates back to the laserdisc days but it was corrected with the Japanese DVD release. For whatever reason this error creeped back up! It’s clear that the DVD art wasn’t actually reused here but that we’re seeing laser disc art. The DVD art had modified colours that aren’t seen here. Basically the shoe problem, as discovered by Twitter user Sailor Mikey, is that Sailor Venus should have an open shoe with the top of her foot exposed but in this image it’s orange across the top of the foot.

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Inner back art comparison

Also notable is the art on the back of the box itself, inside the sleeve, which is actually an amalgam of two laserdisc covers. The individual art is used for the discs, which you can still see, but this image is a new composite of the two. We have Sailor Mercury, Mars, Venus and Jupiter put together but the Ayakashi Sisters are removed. Again we don’t want the outside box art to actually represent characters restricted to these episodes! This was mostly seamlessly done as the Sailor Guardians were in front of the Ayakashi Sisters for the most part however if you pay close attention there is a bit of an odd point at the end of Sailor Jupiter’s hair as this was previously covered by Calaveras’s neck.

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Inside back

All in all I’m not sure this set would appeal to most English speaking fans however if you’re a real completist and want the series in its best possible quality, and don’t have the Japanese DVDs or some other comparably nice looking international release, this might be worth picking up. It’s not cheap! Both collection 1 and collection 2 can be ordered from sites such as Amazon Japan. These will set you back about $150 US dollars plus shipping a piece! I’ve already gotten my second set in the mail though I haven’t had much of a look at it yet besides taking a few photos of the box art. It stands to reason that it’s more of the same but I’ll put together a nice review if I have a bit of time.

Keep reading for more screenshot comparisons, photos of the box art, the included booklet and the menus.

Sailor Moon R episode 60 - Viz Blu-Ray - Chibiusa kissing Mamoru

Viz Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 60 - Japanese Blu-Ray - Chibiusa kissing Mamoru

Japanese Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 60 - Japanese DVD - Chibiusa kissing Mamoru

Japanese DVD

Sailor Moon R episode 60 - Viz Blu-Ray - Chibiusa

Viz Blu-Ray

Japanese Blu-Ray

Japanese Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 60 - Japanese DVD - Chibiusa

Japanese DVD

Sailor Moon R episode 59 - Viz Blu-Ray - Ail and An

Viz Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 59 - Japanese Blu-Ray - Ail and An

Japanese Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 59 - Japanese DVD - Ail and An

Japanese DVD

Sailor Moon R episode 56 - Viz Blu-Ray - Makoto's talent

Viz Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 56 - Japanese Blu-Ray - Makoto's talent

Japanese Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 56 - Japanese Blu-Ray - Snow White and some animals with their masks off

Japanese Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 56 - Japanese Blu-Ray - Snow White and some animals

Japanese Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 59 - Japanese Blu-Ray - Ail holding An

Japanese Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 61 - Japanese Blu-Ray - Mamoru shocked

Japanese Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 67 - Japanese Blu-Ray - Rei and Minako

Japanese Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 67 - Japanese Blu-Ray - Chibiusa, Usagi and Ami doing homework

Japanese Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 67 - Japanese Blu-Ray - Beach volleyball

Japanese Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R episode 67 - Japanese Blu-Ray - Chibiusa and Kirin

Japanese Blu-Ray

Sailor Moon R Part 1 Japanese Blu-Ray - Disc 1 menu

Sailor Moon R Part 1 Japanese Blu-Ray - Disc 2 menu

Sailor Moon R Part 1 Japanese Blu-Ray - Disc 2 menu

Sailor Moon R Part 1 Japanese Blu-Ray - Disc 3 menu

Sailor Moon R Part 1 Japanese Blu-Ray - Disc 4 menu

Sailor Moon R Part 1 Japanese Blu-Ray - Disc 4 menu

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Cover

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Back

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Ad

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Inside cover

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Inside back

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Disc 1 and 2

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Disc 3 and 4

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Episode guide episode 47

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Episode guide episodes 67 and 68

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Spine

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Cover art comparison

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Disc 3 art comparison

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Disc 4 art comparison

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Sailor Moon R laserdiscs 1 to 3

Sailor Moon R Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Laserdisc 2

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27 thoughts on “Japanese Sailor Moon R Blu-Ray Collection Volume 1 review

    • My only real problem with that arc is the weird shift from away from season 1’s fantasy to magical realism (i.e. the world “resetting” perfectly after each magical disruption) only to shift back to straight fantasy again with the Dark Moon arc. It’s particularly weird since An and Ail are distinctly less fantastic than the sort of mystical abominations the series usually goes in for.

  1. Fair enough! They really do stick out like a sore thumb, but my best friend and I have some wonderful memories going through that season, together.

    • Oops, sorry if that link doesn’t work. Here’s the full citation:

      Format:
      Abstract, Serial, Book
      Title:
      Montenegro: Yugoslavia’s “Black Mountain”
      Publisher, Date:
      NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine 1977 Nov.
      Description:
      662-683
      Subjects:
      Montenegro, Yugoslavia
      Yugoslavia
      NG
      Other Author:
      Hodgson, Bryan Author
      Bartlett, Linda Photographer
      Other Title:
      Montenegro, the “Black Mountain”
      Notes:
      Nov. 1977
      Control Number:
      3805
      Course Reserves:
      0

    • You are totally right.

      Here:

      The two right columns:

      https://imgur.com/cvYsgYR

      The two left columns:

      https://imgur.com/RHFsYWV

      Actually the text of the left two columns is from a different article from the same issue.

      No luck with identifying the text source from the first opening though. It appears that it is not from National Geographic, as the columns of the text that can be seen in the opening are separated by vertical bars, which are not used in the text formating of National Geographic, and the columns of the text in the opening are slightly wider symbol count wise. It looks more like a newspaper, I think. Any ideas? The text content itself suggests the date of publication of after 1971.

      I will post here the transcript for the sake of convinience.

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      [Column 2]


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      pack mule: we had
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      laroid prints to line up our position. Once
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      picture, we could figure by the angle of
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      man-made–where roads or reservoirs had b
      built. Sometimes a boulder was missing because
      avaalanche or a stream had changed its course
      but rocks don’t change a lot. A hundred years is
      really a small amount of time in geological terms
      When the project began, we wanted to see what
      changes had taken place and if we could locate
      the sites where the pictures were made. Then we
      realized that what we were finding was interest-
      ing in regard to photography itself.
      You can duplicate a person’s vantage point,
      the actual place where he stood. But can you real-
      ly duplicate his viewpoint? It’s such a personal
      thing. The project attempts to locate the actual
      physical vantage point, but it also attempts to iso-
      late the viewpoint. Why did the photorapher take
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      into play again in the delicate matter of retrieving Raphael’s bea[utiful]
      portrait of Eleonora Gonzaga from the Museum of Fine Arts in
      ton, after the painting had somehow been smuggled out of Italy.
      While Siviero surveys the art underworld from the heights
      tective Robert Volpe in New York sees it from the streets. Yet in

      • The text of the trascript got mangled, so there is the correct version:

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        [focussing my camera, return to the box, sensiti[ze a plate, hu]rry
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        [the plate into posi]tion and make the exposure. Next
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        [ately develop th]e plate. Then I would go through
        [the entire proces]s once more from a new position.
        [Under average c]onditions a “round trip” might use
        [up three-quarter]s of an hour. At Mammoth Springs,
        [however, there ]was so little shifting to do that I
        [was able to cut ]the average time to less than 15
        [minutes. Anoth]er thing that helped was the hot
        [water at our fin]gertips. By washing the plates in
        [water that issu]ed from the springs at 160˚F, we
        [were able to cut the drying ti]me by more than half.
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        ~nd the moral stan~ ~[p]er-
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        ~verexposed and un~ped
        [w]ithout regard to ~
        ~[ch]emicals. The art of ~[e]xpo-
        ~ertain that you prayed ev~ ~time
        ~apped, and no picture was ~ ~fe
        ~had been developed.
        ~many pictures that I had to take.
        ~fell before my camera. But many
        ~retted the lost ones deeply. Today
        ~spheric conditions—clear sky-
        ~air, clouds to punctuate the back-
        ~ays desired by the photogrpher.
        ~t weather was even more impor-

        [Column 2]


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        with a~
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        We took chemicals~
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        till we got back to develop
        laroid prints to line up our position. Once~
        the place and the direction in which he~
        picture, we could figure by the angle of~
        and the way it was coming into the picture~
        er it was taken in the morning or afternoon~
        The most dramatic changes we fou[nd]~
        man-made—where roads or reservoirs had b~
        built. Sometimes a boulder was missing because
        ~avalanche or a stream had changed its course
        but rocks don’t change a lot. A hundred years is
        really a small amount of time in geological terms
        When the project began, we wanted to see what
        changes had taken place and if we could locate
        the sites where the pictures were made. Then we
        realized that what we were finding was interest-
        ing in regard to photography itself.
        You can duplicate a person’s vantage point,
        the actual place where he stood. But can you real-
        ly duplicate his viewpoint? It’s such a personal
        thing. The project attempts to locate the actual
        physical vantage point, but it also attempts to iso-
        late the viewpoint. Why did the photorapher take
        ~he did? How did he~
        ~Sometimes I foun[d] ~ that I
        ~differently. Some[times] ~ it
        ~tilting the ca[mera] ~ in
        ~horizontal ~d
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        ~
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        [Column 3]


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        Holmes~
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        with its ma~
        art, has been a~
        Goths. The Italian~
        thefts—as have Scot~
        covered more than ha~
        past five years. But whe~
        pears, it is presumed to hav~
        event, there is little the carab~
        man popularly known as the “00~
        the job. Siviero has developed enor[m]~
        formants. With news from the art und~
        upon him, his mind is like a war-room~
        noted and likely destination of missing~
        memory. Thus, when the celebrated Saint M~
        from the town of Visso three years ago, it took Si[viero]~
        cover its whereabouts, in a private collection in~
        ically. Siviero didn’t publicize the find or even bring~
        restitutes. Instead, he talked the Germans into giving b~
        and even allowed them to arrange the transfer to take pla[ce]~
        zerland so that the collector’s name would not be connect[ed]~
        theft. In a more famous case, Siviero’s diplomatic skills were~
        into play again in the delicate matter of retrieving Raphael’s bea[utiful]
        portrait of Eleonora Gonzaga from the Museum of Fine Arts in~
        ton, after the painting had somehow been smuggled out of Italy.
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  2. I recall hearing that Toei said that the film didn’t exist for the Sailor Moon anime TV series, as it was edited on tape… which would make sense as the English versions of Sailor Moon and Pokemon in the US were edited on tape and we’ll only ever get an upscale version, sadly.
    In saying that, they do have the original negatives for the films, and they come up looking amazing! I’m so excited to see the films for S and SuperS in full HD :3
    Madman have released Toei’s blu-ray version with English subtitles and Audio track in Australia 2 weeks ago for season 1 in a one box set. I’m waiting for a sale before I invest in it, since it’s not pure HD anyway.

    • I don’t buy it. The Make Up Sailor Senshi movie which played with Sailor Moon R The Movie in Japan used clips from a number of TV episodes. That special, in HD on Viz’s recent release, is better than standard definition. They must have used a film intermediate to get the footage to make this movie. This wasn’t something they got from video.

  3. Your understanding of video interlacing is wrong. First off there are different broadcast format for different region in this world. There are NTSC playing at 29.97fps, PAL playing at 25fps, and there are the film at 23.976fps.

    Anime are all make at 24fps, which lies in the “film” format. And while DVD in Japan and USA were standardized as NTSC format, in order to get the anime into DVD, they have to do something to convert film to NTSC, that conversion is called telecine. So for you on the client side, to get back all the progressive frames, all you need to do is to reverse it with something called inverse telecine (IVTC). You DO NOT deinterlace anime!

    For ivtc, you’ll need to look into vapoursynth or avisynth, they have ivtc filter that can do this easily.

    http://www.vapoursynth.com

    After ivtc, you’re video frame rate should be at 23.976fps, if you get anything other than that, you’re doing it wrong.

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