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Carnival Phantasm – EX Season

Five Ren Cats
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Too much awesome in this episode. While each section was hilarious in their own right, my personal favorite was Five Ren Cats.
A little tidbit worth mentioning here so you guys get the joke at the last section. The letter H (ecchi, or エッチ) pretty much means sex in Japanese by default. I chose not to include this in a TL note in the episode because the term should be quite familiar to any seasoned anime viewer.
Encoders Note:
[spoiler]This h.264 release is 10-bit, so update your codecs/etc. if necessary or if you haven’t already done so.
The reason this is in 10-bit while the other episodes aren’t is simple; every one of you should be able to watch softsubbed 10-bit 480p regardless of what CPU you have. If for some reason you can’t or refuse to get 10-bit working, the resolution of the XviD release is only slightly lower than the h.264 release, which replaces any need for an 8-bit h.264 480p release.
Now onto why we haven’t re-released the Blu-ray episodes in 10-bit: a fair amount of people won’t be able to render the heavy typesetting with 10-bit 1080p in realtime. We’ve already had to tone down some of the typesetting for the Blu-ray releases, and it wouldn’t be worth it to tone it down any further just so it can play back reasonably in 10-bit video.[/spoiler]

74 Thoughts on “Carnival Phantasm – EX Season

  1. Dave P. on December 15, 2011 at 6:56 am said:

    You guys have really made my day with this release. Most especially since I’m feeling a combination of anger/depression/sadness after exposing myself to the god-awful Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky OVA over the past hour.

  2. martinez on December 15, 2011 at 7:10 am said:

    ohhh finale!

  3. rpgman1 on December 15, 2011 at 7:14 am said:

    Thank you so much. So this is suppose to tie us over until Season 3 of Carnival Phantasm comes out?

  4. thanks as always guys! will there be a 720p release of this one like the other ones?

  5. @anon
    No.
    This was only released on DVD, so 480p is the highest resolution you’ll get as a release unfortunately. It’s a shame, but that’s how they chose to do this special.

  6. I hope there will be a 720p release 😐

  7. There cannot be a 720p release because this is a DVD only release by Type Moon. Understand this guys.

  8. @blues:
    Me too, mate. Me too.
    If they ever release a Bluray, I’ll grab myself the RAWs and mux my own personal HD release 😀

  9. If there is ever a Blu-ray release, we’ll release a 1080p/720p, but considering the bad quality of the DVD I doubt there will be.

  10. You do know a lot of us use our GPUs for encoding and 10 bit ain’t even starting to be a problem…

  11. Mr.Bushido on December 15, 2011 at 8:04 am said:

    lol dat ending

  12. nINJAkECIL on December 15, 2011 at 8:07 am said:

    This is a volume bundled with special edition Take Moon Manga, so there’s no chance that this will get a Blu-Ray treatment (Japanese people sure like anything special, eh?).
    @Mew
    Imo the quality of x264 GPU encoding won’t match x264 CPU encoding. Sure the speed is there, but with a group like UTW, I doubt that they will use GPU for encoding x264.

  13. matrixEXO on December 15, 2011 at 8:43 am said:

    Mystic Eyes Sealer part… reminded me of Doraemon.

  14. Dave L. on December 15, 2011 at 9:01 am said:

    Thanks for a great release

  15. macxxx007 on December 15, 2011 at 9:02 am said:

    WHEW!
    Awesome! Thanks so much!
    Thanks again and have a good night!

  16. 😀 5 Rens! Is this a dream? Thanks for the release!

  17. Wasn’t there a crossover one-shot of Nanoha/FateStay?
    The phantasmoon movie reminded me of that. It would be really awesome to have a crossover in anime format.

  18. Chuckled at the fact that they were playing Zelda in the last part with the screaming into the 2P Controller. (^.^;) Wonder how many people got that one?
    @ avb: There was? The only one I know of is a 5 page manga short… could have been a doujin.

  19. @Actar
    I was wondering what that joke was, but I did get the howling joke, which was from when Shiki would hear the howling dogs in the middle of the night in Tsukihime (and lol that it turned out to be Kohaku and Hisui! <33)

  20. Can I ask, what is it with heavy typesetting that just devours a system’s resources? You can play very high resolution video comfortably… and then when you put some heavy enough typesetting, the performance just goes to absolute shit.
    Surely this is something that can (should) be optimised?

  21. @Harimau
    The problem is vsfilter is mostly single threaded, so rendering typesetting is slow. There is a couple of fork projects working on multi-threaded vsfilter. They are quite buggy, but they do work somewhat ok. We do all we can to make typesetting render as fast as possible, and typically test stuff on a dual core laptop, and if it passes that test. It’s usually fine for release for almost everyone, unless perhaps you are using a single core cpu. There’s not much we can do there in that case. VSFilter is just slow in general.
    Here is one if you are interested (and you have subtitle rendering problems). Read all the information before downloading and know that it MIGHT be buggy. But it definitely is faster than the regular vsfilter. We cannot and will not offer support if it causes bugs with anything, but you can always log a bug report there. I have watched EX Season with it, and it plays back A-OK.
    http://code.google.com/p/xy-vsfilter/

  22. 20 min Carnival Phantasam makes me happy in the pants!

  23. Geez my computer cannot even run Half-Life and I’ve been watching your Hi-Ten 1080p Fate/Zero episodes fine.

  24. @avb yes, there was; it was more of a fate/kaleid liner x nanoha crossover though, so not many people might know it.. for the record, fate/kaleid liner is a mahou shoujo parody playing in an alternate universe in which the 5th holy grail war never happened, and kiritsugu and iri survived. i guessht esettign is that they fled and took ilya with them? he still adopted shirou in it, though. sealed ilya’s memories of anyhtign magi-related and ilya becomes a idn of type-moon mahou shoujo, which is pretty interesting. BTW in it, issei loves bazett. its actually really good, especially if you like both mahou shoujo and type moon. and if your even also a huge ilya fanboy liek me, its just awesome.

  25. @Break:
    Well, I actually didn’t like that one much.
    I liked the premise of the other five-page crossover more. Rin summoning Nanoha and Fate instead of Archer is hilarious, imo.

  26. thanks for release! will there be another carnival phantasm ep or is this the last one?

  27. @OREO~
    There is season 3 which comes at the end of the month, and then that will be it. So another 4 more blu-ray episodes to go.

  28. nINJAkECIL on December 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm said:

    @Harimau
    There’s a solution: Hardsub. But we all know the quality.

  29. Thanks! 😀

  30. @ar
    thanks! and yay more XD

  31. Spinarakk on December 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm said:

    Wow this is the first time I’ve seen a 1mb .ass file. That is truly a shit ton of typesetting.

  32. Harimau on December 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm said:

    @ar
    Thanks, I’m actually running a fairly decent quad-core (Core i5-2500 at 3.30GHz) with 4gb RAM (not sure how much RAM affects video playback). It’s not necessarily an issue with UTW’s releases (still haven’t yet started Carnival Phantasm to have a look at your 1080p stuff), but just something I’ve noticed and thought I’d make a general comment on, you know, try to get an explanation. Whenever there’s a large, clusterfuck, karaoke font (e.g. at the end of FFP-Hiryuu’s releases of Towa no Quon), despite watching the entire (10bit 1080p) episode perfectly fine, the performance just goes to shit during the ED karaoke. On my previous Q6600 PC, I couldn’t even watch Ayako’s 720p Seitokai no Yakuindomo properly, since all the transitions would have these massive special typesets which would just screw with the playback. Whenever I encounter shit like this, I just think, seriously? How much cash do I have to spend to get a PC that can play these things comfortably?
    Would xy-VSFilter possibly help in this case?
    @nINJAkECIL
    I simply hate the idea of hardsubs, even if I never watch shows without subs. They’re inflexible, unmodifiable and they tend to look shit.

  33. @Harimau
    Yeah you can give xy-VSFilter a shot, it’s definitely far more multithreaded than the regular vsfilter. It’s got a few bugs, like a 2 pixel green line on the right hand side of the screen with 10-bit videos that are encoded 852×480. It’s stable enough for most uses though. KFX (Kara Effects) can be terribly slow to render, I’m still not sure why people try to softsub these but a lot of the time they are far too slow.
    I watch stuff on a 3.5ghz Q9550 and it rarely ever has issues with rendering heavy typesetting. So yeah, your’s should be ok. Give that MT vsfilter a try if you like anyway. Just follow the instructions to register it. As worst you can always go back to a standard build of VSFilter if you need to.

  34. Enamelthyst on December 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm said:

    Sssssooooo… whose hand IS Saber reaching for in the ED?

  35. Thanks for the hard work, UTW.
    Say, did I miss something? Did Bazett work for both the Church and the Association, like Kirei?

  36. myman88 on December 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm said:

    It wouldn’t be a Carnival Phantasm without Lancer suffering, but at least he did get some appreciation before he suffered.

  37. You should redo the other episodes in 10 bit since one of the many reasons I bought a new computer was to play heavily typeset 10bit anime. My i7-3930k is ready for whatever you can throw at me…I dare you to make my 4.0ghz Sandy Bridge hexacore lag.
    If you can do it, bravo…you have bested a 600 dollar CPU.

  38. MagiaErebea on December 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm said:

    Am I missing something or did [spoiler] Lancer just survive through an entire episode?[/spoiler]

  39. @H~
    Considering I watch most of my anime on either a 3.1 GHz Conroe Core2Duo, or on a 2.6 GHz Athlon II X4 and neither one has ever given me any typesetting lag, I’m honestly not sure what would need to be done to lag out that 3930k. Maybe a rendition of sparkly moving karaoke covering over the entire screen? While decoding something at 3840×2160 resolution in 10bit?

  40. martinez on December 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm said:

    can someone tell me why mplayer2 can handle almost everything, including heavy typesetting video?
    i want to buy Phenom X6 >_>

  41. As always, a great episode. Carnival Phantasm’s probably the best official fan parody work I’ve ever seen. Beautifully-animated … funny and relevant sketches … what more could you want? Favorite scenes this episode were definitely:
    [spoiler]Caren Ortensia’s and the PhantasMoon movie[/spoiler]

  42. alex0714 on December 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm said:

    Thank you very much 😀

  43. 七四三 on December 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm said:

    WOOTS!! Have not been connected to the net for the past few days; thank you as always UTW for the great work!!
    Haven’t read F/HA at all, but, I love how Caren is “awakened” to a “whole new world” thanks to Lancer and some money, hahaha
    p.s.: re-posting this in case anybody here does not follow Gosick post: http://www.mediafire.com/?zz3bofj3wbjh8

  44. hehe, pimp slap with a wad of cash xD

  45. leo@uhw on December 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm said:

    @MagiaErebea Nope, you didn’t miss anything. IT’S THE FIRST TIME THIS HAS EVER HAPPENED.
    No route… WHO NEEDS ROUTES WHEN YOU HAVE SEVERAL DOUJINS OF YOUR OWN?!

  46. Checking back every day, it’s defiantly worth the “weight” as Gabe would say.

  47. @743
    Nice compilation job! :thumbsup:

  48. 1st anon ever on December 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm said:

    THANK YOU ar, Raze and the other folks (if any)

  49. Nero short skit, oh gods, my sides. That was gold!

  50. Anonymousse on December 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm said:

    > every pretty cure in a nutshell

  51. @avb well true, though the main-manga is pretty aweosme, i mean thre kaleid liner manga.
    @everyone seems like GSC i splanning to produce a Phantasmoon Figma!

  52. Is 480p the only resolution available?

  53. I say good future to the UTW group, great sub group that you are, the last hurrah is here all thanks to the protect ip act.

  54. Unlimited on December 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm said:

    There doesn’t appear to be any sound for the 480p version.
    I’m currently using MKV.

  55. Is this the last season of Carn.Phantasm?

  56. Leon-Gun on December 16, 2011 at 6:20 am said:

    @joker: no, this is an OVA extra for buyers of the latest volume of the Take-Moon manga, which just so happens to be the original material that spawned Carnival Phantasm. This is also why it’s only 480p, since it is a DVD. Upscaling it to a larger resolution won’t magically make it look better I think.

  57. YES!! thank you very much!
    as a side note… shouldn’t ‘Nero’ be spelled as ‘Nrvnqsr’? ┐( ̄ー ̄)┌

  58. @martinez
    I believe mplayer2 uses libass to render subtitles. As libass is not vsfilter, it behaves generally different. And it happens to be much faster. While there’s a reason it’s not used in CCCP and such in place of vsfilter for ASS rendering, I can’t remember it. I’d ask ar; I believe he might know.

  59. @Synced
    To your question about Bazett,
    [spoiler]Bazett is from the Mage’s Association, sent to fight in the 5th grail war. She was originally meant to be Lancer’s master, but Kotomine tricked her, backstabbed her, cut her arm off and stole her command spells to become Lancer’s master instead. As she lay dying, she made a pact with Avenger who gave her a second chance at life, starting the events in Fate/Hollow Ataraxia. He kept her alive for about half a year in the loop’s artificial world, until the loop ended, and that was when Karen found her and nursed her back to health. So that was when I assume her relation to the church started. [/spoiler]

  60. Leon-Gun on December 16, 2011 at 8:57 pm said:

    @rei: Even Nrvnqsr has problems writing it so why make it harder. It’s Nero in English, Nasu’s pretentiousness aside.

  61. @Leon-Gun
    But the Nasuverse is all about Nasu’s pretentiousness. While we can’t have any real equivalents in English, it seems the Japanese text is full of weird words; Nasu apparently loves high difficulty levels for his writings.
    Nrvnqsr (did I even spell it right? -_-) is only but a small example.

  62. @Chan
    [spoiler]
    Yeah, I’m actually aware of Bazett’s position in the Mage’s Association and her role in F/HA. I just didn’t know her relationship with the Church and was a bit confused when she said that she was forced by the Church to get a part-time job. [/spoiler]

  63. so happy to see caren in this one

  64. @Chan: Nah, that’s just a translation mistake. The “association” in 魔術協会 is spelled “kyokai” as in “church”.

  65. saber-lion on December 17, 2011 at 11:52 pm said:

    ummm please help, i don’t see anything but just green on the my player vlc 1.1.11.0… what should i do fix this? my player works fine with all other mkv files.

  66. Stupid loli, Satsuki didn’t get a route and you don’t see her complaining. Okay, maybe you do but at least she does it quietly.

  67. Am I the only one who knew that Aoko was going a “Hikaru Genji” plan? This is Shiki we’ll talking here, no insane supernatural girl can resist.

  68. saber-lily on December 21, 2011 at 3:04 am said:

    @saber-lion: You need to download a nightly build of VLC 1.2.X in order to use VLC. The 1.1.X line does not have support for 10-bit video encoding.

  69. More 10-bit e-peen’ing. Which can only be played by “insert nightly/hand-compiled/bleeding-alpha” on Linux, or… well, nothing aside from Plex on Mac OS X.
    Yeah, Really glad all of you run Windows. Thanks for taking us back to the days of 10-hojillion broken and fractured video formats from the late ’90’s and early ’00’s. I thought with MKV/H264/AAC we’d finally gotten past that, but no, you have to find something to break or you just wouldn’t be happy…
    CPU isn’t the issue. Being able to play the file in question AT ALL is.

  70. martinez on December 29, 2011 at 9:40 am said:

    ^
    so?
    nothing will change.

  71. Hey guys, I found a 720p Version of Carnival Phantasm EX (though I don’t know, if it’s original 720p, or just upscaled)
    here’s the Magnet URI: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:LJYBCCOHNP3CDMH7TCXI4RZQH7BJMK6F
    @Hawker
    Funny, I don’t remember Apple Fans complaining about new (broken) iPhones every year…

  72. So, I went through the trouble of re-encoding Carnival Phantasm EX (to reduce size) as well as to include UTW’s subs. I also slightly modified the subs, to accommodate the new aspect ratio.
    Here are the Magnet URIs for my encodes:
    magnet:?xt=urn:btih:159CDB03AE77C07E964AED5504F8C1D1B599991E&dn=%5bANK-Raws%5d%5bUTW%5dCarnival%20Phantasm%20EX%20%5bDVDrip%5d%5bh264-720p_AAC%5d%5bB04877AF%5d.mkv&tr=udp%3a//tracker.openbittorrent.com%3a80/announce
    magnet:?xt=urn:btih:C3B3D7851EAABC5AD04887FA170BE5A93A0634BF&dn=%5bANK-Raws%5d%5bUTW%5dCarnival%20Phantasm%20EX%20%5bDVDrip%5d%5bh264-720p_FLAC%5d%5bHi10P%5d%5bFB7E3228%5d.mkv&tr=udp%3a//tracker.openbittorrent.com%3a80/announce
    Enjoy 😀

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