Paripi Koumei / Ya Boy Kongming / パリピ孔明 BDRip
10-bit 1080p HEVC + FLAC, MKV format. ~ 1.15 GB / EP.
This project is in cooperation with **Nekomoe kissaten**. Thanks to them for elaborating Chinese subtitles.
TL;DR: This project is a hybrid encode with the lines from the BD published by DMM and the flat areas from the B-Global 1080p AVC web release. PP to the lines: descale and reconstruction to eliminate the aliasing. We also took extra effort to fix the escaped serious aliasing in some cuts of the OP. PP to the flat areas: de-banding, compensatory sharpening and extra grains added to improve the viewing experience. We also fixed the overall 0.5px shifted down in some episodes, as well as 1 blending and 3 combings. See below for more details.
DMM has long been known for its pathetic bitrate and lack of bonus content, but this time they've come up with a brand new surprise. This series comes with 3 BD50 whose content bitrate is 35Mbps. Just as we were exclaiming that DMM had finally been generous, we discovered that the actual content bitrate was 18Mbps after remux. This means that the 3 BD50 are full of m2ts padding thanks to the lunatic DMM and the actual content could have been packed into 1 BD50. As it happens, the poor bitrate leads to invincible colour banding.
We had no choice but came back to the B-Global web release. Although it is also AVC 8bit with even the bitrate 1/3 of BD, colour banding is much less due to the protecting ordered dithering made by B-Global. Thanks to it, we took less de-banding effort and got a better result while maintaining more details. On the other hand, the B-Global web release features much DCT noise and bad-encoded lines, and the lines appear to be processed with AA and obviously sharpened. Therefore, for those scenes with serious colour banding, we replaced the flat areas of the BD with the B-Global web release based on our results of banding evaluation. The lines are still taken from the BD whose native resolution should be 827.6p except for the OP. We adopted descale and reconstruction to the lines and applied strong AA to some cuts of the OP. Then we performed adaptive de-banding to the flat area based on banding evaluation, to eliminate banding while maintaining details as we can. Finally, compensatory sharpening and extra grains added to improve the viewing experience.
As some audience may be aware, this show suffered a lot from interlaced syndrome during its webcast. In detail, there are:
1\. Severe aliasing due to half-field loss. This had been fixed by the official during the broadcast.
2\. Blending at 22:11 in the ED part of episode 7. There was a combing version of this blending scene when webcast, which was of course featured in the BD NCED of episode 7. The annoying part of this artifact is that each field/composite frame is independent without any reference frame in the neighborhood. We took the unedited frame in the same episode as a reference and fixed this issue without destroying the screen text. The last pair of screenshots are for your reference.
3\. Combing at 22:00 in the ED of episode 12. This was simply fixed with the traditional vertical direction blurring since it was scaled.
4\. Overall 0.5px shifted down in Episodes 6 and 7. This was fixed when we processed the lines.
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Thanks to all resource providers:
CD: Ronny@U2, Mashin@nyaa, paicianer@TSDM, TSDM合购区
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Comparison (right click on the image and open it in a new tab to see the full-size one)