Piyo-Piyo Productions presents:
Everything PPP-Raw releases is from laserdisc source. At the time of ripping, no DVD or Bluray souce is known to exist.
This looks pretty cool: Its the story of a young man’s rise through the ranks of the Yakuza. It based on the first two volumes of the fifty volume manga series.
“Maji” is a Japanese slang word, pretty much the same as “for real.” As it happens, our main character is also named “Maji,” so its a bit of a play on words. Or at least that’s what he’s called, maybe its like a Mafia nickname, like Sammy “The Bull” or something. My Japanese isn’t good enough for figuring all of that out.
The discs themselves... the visual quality was pretty good, but there was significant jitter, which I was only partially able to correct.
You may have noticed I’ve encoded these differently. I’ve begun the process of “modernizing.” I’ve wanted to switch to h265 for some time now, but my early experiments went poorly. It seems much better now! I’ve also switched from MP3 to AAC. If anyone thinks I should be encoding differently... well, feel free to speak up, I confess that I am a hack fraud who barely knows his ass from his elbow.
You may also be wondering why, if I have a Domesday Duplicator now, why have I not used it here? As it happens, everything I have released since The Heroic Elegy of Confucious has been Domesday’d as well. It just either hasn’t been processed, or it can’t be processed yet. For example, Can’t Stop Dreaming has some very specific errors in it that prevent proper decoding at this time (see https://github.com/happycube/ld-decode/issues/112). These will probably be revisited sometime in the future.
So for now, here’s the conventionally captured version, along with an unfiltered high bitrate DVD conversion for archival purposes.