This is yet another release of the AnimeCartoon copies of the episodes, but not released by AnimeCartoon. What’s special about this release is that it comes on only two dual-layer DVDs. It may read “Multi-aspect Include 16:9 Widescreen Digital Video With High Quality”, but don’t let that fool you. This is 70 episodes across two dual-layer DVDs, and at a much lower quality than the eight single-layer DVD releases out there.
I can’t seem to find anything about this “Ferrari Culture Communication” group, but they have other bootleg releases (advertised on the Cardcaptor Sakura bootleg packaging) which I assume follow the standard of “a whole series on one DVD” (although Cardcaptor Sakura has enough episodes to warrant two DVDs).
Box Art and Quality
There isn’t a “box” so much as a “paper cover”. Inside is a more sturdy paper sleeve which holds two DVDs.
Be sure to read the text on the back cover — it’s not to be missed.
Kinomoto Ying (Kosakura) was originally an ordinary fourth-grade students. The result of a lucky coincidence opened a card filled with the mystery books. Suddenly a strange to get rid of all the cards are, then this book, the patron saint. “seals beast” unimportant (Kei Road Aberdeen), emerged. These were originally known as “the Secretary Lofa card” cards represent the different forces of nature and life, if lost control, will bring to the world a wide range of disasters. Kosakura accepted the patron saint of the kind commissioned Mofabang with its patron saint. shoulder recovered “Secretary Lofa card” important mission through hard work, eventually recovered all the “Secretary Lofa card,” and in kind, with the help of Lee Reluctantly others become “the Secretary Lofa card,” the real masters so “the Secretary Lofa card” has become a “Kosakura license.” Since then, world peace can be restored.
DVD Art and Quality
The DVDs are dual-layer. This is expected as the entire series is spread out over only two DVDs.
The two DVDs seem sturdy, and in a test for errors, the first DVD passed. The only difficulty in error-checking was the move from one layer to the other, but this might be common. It was my first time testing a dual-layer DVD. The second DVD was not tested.
The artwork on the DVD is beautiful. It’s the highest quality item about this release. Both DVDs use the same artwork, featuring Sakura in her school uniform and rollerblading gear, with Toya and Yukito to one side, and Li and Tomoyo to the other.
Video resolution is 320×240 pixels (actual size 352×240). The official release (and other bootlegs) use a resolution of 640×480 (actual size 720×480). The video is brightened, leaving colors very washed out. This is especially noticeable as colors wash out into bright white areas.
In various instances, sections of the color red are filled instead with large, blocky green artifacts.
Audio was tested using sound-isolating headphones.
Audio quality can be compressed and lowered a decent amount without losing any noticeable quality. In the case of this DVD release, with about 35 episodes squeezed onto each DVD, the audio quality is unbearably lacking. Theme songs sound decent, but many times dialogue is scratchy.
There are no subtitles, although there is a DVD option for subtitles.
Episodes are called “Chapters”. There are four menu pages with chapters, nine to a page, for a total of 36 episodes on the first DVD.
The episodes on the menu are represented by video clips, a common method used on DVDs. What’s different about this DVD is all the episode clips appear to be from two or three episodes from the latter half of the series. Rather than a clip representing the content of the episodes, it’s essentially random. It’s impossible to tell which episode is which without manually checking them, or referencing an episode list elsewhere.
Chapters points are at the start of each episode’s opening theme song.
Extras and Omakase
There are no extras, and Kero’s Omakase is not included.
DVD Error Check
Error checking is done by doing a bit-for-bit copy of the DVD to my computer. If this is successful, then the DVD has no physical errors. If the process cannot complete due to inability to read the DVD, then there are physical errors on the DVD.
There are two DVDs in this set. The first is 7898 MB in size. After reading 48% of the DVD, errors were encountered, and copying could not continue without skipping data. I chose not to continue. One error is all it takes to make a significant portion of an episode unwatchable.
The second DVD is 7955 MB, and hit an unpassable error at 50% of the way through in copying. This DVD also came with a crack at middle, but nothing extended onto the data portion. This may be an unfortunate chance that mine is cracked, and not indicative of the general DVD quality from this “distributor”.
Verdict: The only things this set has going for it are 1) the ability to watch over 30 episodes without changing DVDs and 2) the summary on the back. Because these are the AnimeCartoon bootleg, with no subtitles, and at a low quality, this isn’t just a set to pass on, but probably one to actively run away from if you see it coming your way.