We value quality over everything else. Our v2/v3/v4/v∞ are generally for the sake of adding additional polish to things. We pick an anime and stick with it, continuing to improve on our releases as months or years pass by. While we think our very first releases were pretty good, there’s always going to be room for improving them. Being able to throw out version ups whenever we want and constantly revise things is a big part of why we started our own group, even though we don’t have many people and we’re slower.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka☆Magika got an entire v2 batch because of a coloring bug in x264 which gave the series a slight purple-ish tint. As of writing this (2012/03/14) every version of Madoka☆Magika has this issue except Elysium’s and our v2 batch. It’s mainly noticeable on grays, and only has any serious weight on a couple of scenes in the series (but it stands out a lot in them). A picture is worth 1,000 words (v1 on the left, v2 on the right):
Since we were re-encoding the series anyways, we took the chance to make some minor tweaks to the scripts and typesetting for a couple of episodes. Each Drama CD has also been improved, and we scanned the Blu-ray jackets ourselves, to give us higher quality scans than the ones we had before. Overall though, nothing really major changed except the encoding, so we won’t bother with a detailed changelog, but…
We want to encourage public QC and criticism here, just to see how it’ll go. Tell us everything we did wrong in the v2 batch using this article’s comments. Just remember, our goal isn’t to cater to you. We don’t answer to anyone except the original work itself.
Our v2 batch doesn’t have any major errors, doesn’t require anymore polish at all, and is an accurate, watchable, high-quality release. If that’s so, why would we try to encourage other people to give us input? Shouldn’t we just be proud of the release and not give a crap what others think? Well, we do think it’s great, and we don’t care what others think of it, but to call it perfect would be foolish. If out of 100 comments, only 2 useful minor suggestions are made that never occurred to us, then we’ll deem this worth it.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka☆Magika Notes
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