- Member: Kai Stromler
- Studio: Shin Hatsubai/Kuroi Kenshi
- Title: Verlorene Herkunft: Sakana - The Process of Calcification
- Premiered: 2011-01-13
- Dissection Feathers Fell
- Dissection No Dreams Breed In Breathless Sleep
This is SH117, 'Verlorene Herkunft: Sakana' and SH118, 'The Process of Calcification', put into a single package, both because they're kind of short individually and for nostalgia purposes.
These videos were done as a technical proof of concept, to see if I could take the DVDs I'd transferred my VHS collection to in Q4 2010 and use them as source. That worked, and I have a much better idea of what a converted-VHS project is going to involve technically and time-wise now than I did when I started.
The 'nostalgia' end of the block-packing should be familiar to anyone involved in anime before about 2000. The two titles used in this video were packaged on the same fansub release (Team Abcb for the real anoraks -- edit: holy shit their website is still live, wtf) along with a bunch of other random junk: the opening for the fifth Agent AikA OVA, half a jpop music video, and the cold open of some Namie Amuro live-action show. This is the way it was: you got O(2 hours) of mostly anime with some tangentially related stuff, and it was a real crapshoot as to what of it, exactly, the person one step up the generation chain from you bothered to write on the tape label. The process of going from 'wtf is this shit, that's not what I asked for' to 'wow, if I knew about this, I definitely woulda asked for it' is the essence of the old school.
Shin Hats self-grade [SH117]: B. Decent but short; some parts could be a little tighter, but what's there is what the available source supports.
stats: # clips: 33. average length: 1.18 seconds. total time: 4 hours.
Shin Hats self-grade [SH118]: B/B-. Most, but not all of the notes are covered. One effects cut works, one maybe not so much.
stats: # clips: 60. average length: 1.43 seconds. total time: 8.75 hours.
About the music: Dissection are wicked awesome. The songs used in this package are the outros from, respectively, The Somberlain and Storm of the Light's Bane, their two canonically-great albums. If you don't own these yet, seriously, record store. Git. Now. The music under the credits is sampled from "At The Fathomless Depths", the intro to SotLB.