Tuesday, September 7, 2010

What 'bout my star? Macross Frontier マクロスF Blu-ray Disc Vol.6 review (preliminary)


Trying to catch up this time…  


1. Packaging, goodies.

This release is a new start after last one with the BD-BOX. The second half of the series start from this volume. show/hide

The first press goodie continues from the ones in volume 3. This time is the Part 2 Ranka Version. And it’s from May to August, contains year 2009 and 2059. The illustrations are nothing special, they all appeared in TV before unlike Sheryl ones.


Vol.6 include episodes 14 to 16. The story continues to be weak, episode 14 is somewhat like episode 7, which has awesome fighting involving saving Ranka. Episode 15 the first half is summary, second half the story continues to move on. While the summary isn’t boring, the story still drags on. Episode 16 is the experiment of Ranka’s sound force against Vajra, after this episode, the role of Ranka and Sheryl completely switches...

Back to packaging of this volume, the jacket picture has Luca and Nanase on the front, Luca’s VF-25 and Ghost on the background, which doesn’t quite depict what these three episodes showing. The relationship between Luca and Nanase isn’t developed well in this series anyway:



Disc label:



The booklet is all over the place this time, it has some mecha VF-27, UN spaceships, and last four pages are all scenes (so called art gallery) in the series.






2. Spec, Video Quality, Audio Quality, screenshot comparisons...

Here is the spec:


Codec: mpeg4 AVC

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1


Japanese: LPCM 2.0

Audio Commentary

Japanese: LPCM 2.0


BD 25

Bandai/honneamise manages put 4 episodes (acutal content is 3 episodes, but the way of authoring the disc is that they duplicate the video of episode 4, and put the audio commentary on that one, so it counts as four episodes of space) But anyway, the video bitrate doesn't drop because of that. It still got a beautiful full 40Mbps full bitrate transfer.

2.1 The Video: A-

The videos this time remain the same quality. Episode 14 feels much like episode 7 which has awesome fighting. Episode 15 shows some bad animation, I believe the Blu-ray release didn’t redo the scene when Ranka and Sheryl sing What ‘bout my star in front of Alto.


2.2 The Audio: B+

The audio is again clean and clear, that's all I can say. It has not too much dynamic range. There's very little if not at all channel separation/directionality are present... LPCM 2.0 seems to be standard nowadays, but for this series, 2.0 is really limiting the Blu-ray capability...


2.3 The Menus and Subtitles: B

Same as the last four volumes, the menu of this release includes both non pop-up, DVD style always-on menu. Menus are static with no background music; as well as Blu-rays pop-up menu. The pop-up menu is missing the music chapters, the only way you can access the music chapters is thru the always-on menu, which defeats the convenience of what Blu-ray offers. The menu is simple and effective (Not so for the pop-up menu!), navigation is easy and intuitive. But again I would prefer a more Macross related theme...

And again, there's NO subtitles.


2.4 The extras: B

Audio Commentary (haven't listened yet..)

Other extras (ads)    . Bandai related ads   . It's not an extra feature rich disc, but there's a 16 page booklet, I'd rather prefer to have an actual print-out of the "extras".


3. Content:

needs more work

Final thoughts:

     add later.

Lastly, booklet scans:

JPEG version:

Uncompressed TIFF version (5 parts):





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