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This project is to create an English Dubbed HD production of the ARIA The ANIMATION TV Series and release it on Blu-ray!
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The patches are in!

Posted by Nozomi Entertainment (Creator)

Hi everyone!

We're really excited to announce that the patches have arrived!

It's hard to tell from the picture, but the patches are sized to for cosplay and are large enough that they can accurately be worn on your official undine uniform! What? You didn't select the cosplay tier?? It's okay, you can also use the iron-on backing to apply them to any other gear of choice as well.  

Beyond the patches, we're also hard at work on the ARIA The ANIMATION Blu-rays. We're running into all sorts of odd things with this show, like this fun fact - did you know that season 1 is composed of both progressive and interlaced video footage? It's an odd thing that we've seen pop up from time to time on older shows, but this season seems to do it more than most we've seen.  

There have also been some questions about the slacker backer closing down. As we get nearer to shipping season 1, the slacker backer option to add season 1’s Blu-ray onto your order will also close. We'll give you a firm date in the coming weeks so that you can plan for it. Why do we have to close it out? The reason for the lockdown is that we are only producing these one time with the replication plant (people who make the physical discs) and so once we tell them how many to make, that's it.

But don't worry, the slacker backer will continue for remaining seasons as well as the book. Those will remain open until each part is closer to shipping. This gives our backers the opportunity to spread out the costs of these sets as much as possible.   

And remember! If you need to update your shipping address, do it soon here:

Until next time!  

- Kris, Senior Producer

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    1. Nozomi Entertainment 2-time creator on

      @Joe It was actually the original SD footage itself that's mixed. It's strange because you can just be in the middle of the episode and suddenly the video footage switches and then switches back. Previously, we'd seen this occur with OP/ED or eye catches (obviously because they're done by different studios than the rest of the animation), but it's odd to have it within the episodic part of the show itself.

      - Kris

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      EternalRain on

      Never mind - please disregard my previous comment. The extras on the discs are probably 23.976 fps, which would require the whole disc to be stored as 1920x1080 60i with some telecine and fake_interlaced magic depending on the original frame rate of the masters.

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      EternalRain on

      @Daniel Savoy The first season shouldn't have that issue though, unless the ending credits are 23.976 which doesn't seem likely (from a brief look through the DVD and the Japanese BD of season 1). The openings transition into the show itself, which is 29.97 fps progressive. And even if the ending credits are 23.976 fps, they're not truly "interlaced", but telecined.

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      Daniel Savoy on

      @joe: it is how the show was made: some things were done at 30 fps and others 23.976. The easiest solution unless variable frame rate is supported by the blu-ray standard is to do the entire series at 1080i. If the standard supports variable frame rate per episode, then the new master should be variable frame rate.

    5. Joe on

      Wow, these look great!

      > Did you know that season 1 is composed of both progressive and interlaced video footage?

      Wow, why would this be? Simply missing original masters, or is there something more to it?