Tag Archives: Toei
By Jonathan | January 27th, 2011
As a new reviewer for the site, I just wanted to quickly introduce myself to readers. My name is Jonathan R. Lack, and I’ve been writing film and TV reviews for eight years now, much of that time spent at Denver Post subsidiary YourHub.com where I publish most of my work. Anime isn’t an interest of that reader base, however, which is why I’m excited to write for The Fanboy Review and share my interest in anime with fellow ‘fanboys.’ Enjoy!
By Marc | May 5th, 2010
After doing the review of Dragon Ball Z Kai on Blu-ray I decided to check the DVD. Very quickly I noticed a difference in colors in the remastered Z footage. When I showed some screen shots to a friend to find out about the Japanese Kai Blu-ray, he actually ran it over right then so I could take a screen shot for a comparison.
By Marc | May 4th, 2010
The franchise that will never die returns, but on Blu-ray in a new ‘refreshed’ version.
By Marc | September 8th, 2009
It appears Seifer misread. Thanks to A PR rep from Funimation who checked the trailer frame by frame Digimon Frontier definately does not appear in it. Fanboy Review regrets the error, and Seifer is currently getting his 12 lashings.
By Marc | May 14th, 2009
Digimon in the USA has always had an odd history. Never quite getting a real release for any of it’s seasons on DVD (minus a single DVD for the first season released nearly a decade ago that had over 10 episodes stuffed onto it and the first three films in their ‘edited into one film for the USA’ version on a different DVD) Well Go USA has teamed up with Toei USA to bring boxsets of the newest season to the USA.
By Marc | August 14th, 2008
As everyone knows Toei started doing stuff OnDemand via Direct2Drive.
After getting a few of these, and being underwhelmed by the horrid video quality, I now need to ask this very serious question.
Is Toei USA committing fraud?
I show you this screenshot that is on the Pretty Cure sales page. This is supposed to be a screenshot from the show, to be used as a gauge on the video quality, to help you decide if you want to buy it or not.
Relatively nice picture quality isn’t it?
So what is the problem?
Well… here is the same picture, taken by me, from the first episode of the series, as it is available to buy.
Ignore the credits, afterall, it would be fair for them to use a scene from the opening, but remove the credits to help people gauge the video quality.
Compare the actual picture quality. The resolution is bigger, but let’s ignore that. The screenshot they have as an example has bright vivid colors and is very clean. The episode itself has rainbowing, artifacing issues, is pixelated, and may have very well been copied from a VHS tape. Compare stuff like the girls’ hair, the sunlight, the pipe in the bottom left.
This is dishonest advertising at it’s worst. This is an unacceptable way to do business, especially when you are trying to sell a show with an extremely niche audience anyways. The video quality for Toei OnDemand’s other three shows: Digimon Adventure 02, Slam Dunk, and Fist of the North Star, is also very poor, but the screenshots from those shows are at least accurate in showing that.
I suggest fans of Pretty Cure and anime in general vote with their wallets and not purchase episodes of the series to show this isn’t acceptable.
So what do you think? Is Toei USA committing fraud by being dishonest like this?
By Marc | August 9th, 2008
By Marc | August 7th, 2008
In February Toon Disney will be rebranded as Disney XD (which is the same name as Disney’s online video viewer service). The new channel will have a general focus on the 6-14 year old boy market.
It will continue to have a good majority of the current shows it has now, like Batman the Animated Series and likely Power Rangers.