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Old 2007-09-21, 09:44   Link #121
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Ordered the limited edition of the movie DVD from CDJapan a few days ago and it was shipped today (yay!). Cost me over $120AU but it's worth it for me. I thought I had almost missed out on getting the first press edition that comes with a bonus poster as they put my items on hold when they needed my approval on an updated shipping charge and all the first press editions were sold out when they notified me. Luckily I emailed them and got a reply saying my item is the first press edition so I'm happy.

I've yet to get the movie soundtrack for it though, so I'll probably order it sometime later but I'm disappointed that the piano rendition of "Hishoku no Sora" isn't on it and it'll probably never see the light of day now. Can't wait to see the new shana-tan on the bonus disc lol.
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Old 2007-09-21, 12:59   Link #122
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The movie was nothing special more so I was annoyed by the fact that they completely ignored the
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Overal, its really nothing great but a few cut short Shana scenes and a few additional Yoshida scenes... Also the last battle was done differently and I liked it better. The best thing about this movie is that I didnt wasted my money on buying it.

TV series are better than it (with an exception of the last battle). Even the animation isnt all that better than TV series.
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Old 2007-09-21, 14:42   Link #123
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With the caveat that I just quickly browsed through it, stopping on the interesting parts... I really liked the changes they made to a few scenes (especially the Yukari ones), as well as completely torching all the Ramies stuff and assorted long/boring exposition. Pretty much the entire final episodes between Margary, Shana and Friagne were totally reworked too. Most of the first half looked 100% ripped from the series though, completely down to the halfassed 'fight' scene between Marianne and Shana.

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Old 2007-09-21, 17:12   Link #124
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While the first bit of the director's cut was largely the same, I did notice a couple of subtle differences slipped in here and there.

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I'm rather curious about how many scenes were rehashed for the theatrical cut. If I recall correctly, I think someone noted that the theatrical version started off after the first fight and such.
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Old 2007-09-21, 22:56   Link #125
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I've gotten an impression that they tried to make Yuji more distant to Shana and closer to Yukari than in TV. Basically because Shana scenes were cut and Yukari scenes were changed to give her more focus than in TV animation. And Being a Shana fan, I didn't like it all that much.

The last battle scene was good though.
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Old 2007-09-22, 00:54   Link #126
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I've gotten an impression that they tried to make Yuji more distant to Shana and closer to Yukari than in TV. Basically because Shana scenes were cut and Yukari scenes were changed to give her more focus than in TV animation. And Being a Shana fan, I didn't like it all that much.
I've always felt sorry for poor Yukari (anime). The photo scene made me . Again...

But the Shana-tan bonus was great. Absolutely.
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Old 2007-09-22, 01:32   Link #127
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Can anyone make a comparison to the original material and point out whether the TV series or the movie was more faithful story-wise? My copy of the movie is still shipping. ;p
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Old 2007-09-22, 17:29   Link #128
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Can anyone make a comparison to the original material and point out whether the TV series or the movie was more faithful story-wise? My copy of the movie is still shipping. ;p
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Old 2007-09-25, 16:39   Link #129
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Just watched it. The battles indeed are far better than the anime and Yuji actually of good use! The sequence of events seem to make better sense as well.

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I was hoping for better animation but it's about the same standard as the anime. Since it's a movie afterall, I was hoping for more colours to take the standard closer to Ghibli. The CGI is much improved over the anime series nonetheless which was good to see.
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Old 2007-09-25, 22:17   Link #130
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A lot of people are saying it's pretty close to the TV series. I offer my own opinion that it is drastically different in terms of quality.

I rewatched the TV series shortly before watching the movie, so I had it fresh in my mind. The movie's first half is more or less taken straight from the TV with cuts and small additions here and there, most notably the new Yoshida scenes and redrawn Shana in almost every cut. If you don't see it, compare the eyes.

Once they left the TV realm, the animation quality actually took a rather impressive boost in terms of detail. Perhaps the framerate was not too much better, but there were certainly more flames, more embers, and in general more background details. If the color palette was lacking, it was because this is Shana, not a Miyazaki film. It's meant to be both dark and flamelit.
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Old 2007-09-25, 23:41   Link #131
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I've gotten an impression that they tried to make Yuji more distant to Shana and closer to Yukari than in TV. Basically because Shana scenes were cut and Yukari scenes were changed to give her more focus than in TV animation. And Being a Shana fan, I didn't like it all that much.

The last battle scene was good though.
Well that sucks since I found Yukari very annoying in the TV series I was hoping she have less screentime in the movie.
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Old 2007-09-26, 00:39   Link #132
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Well that sucks since I found Yukari very annoying in the TV series I was hoping she have less screentime in the movie.
I hope you mean Yoshida. Yukari is the name that Shana took to blend in with the school.
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Old 2007-09-26, 00:50   Link #133
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Well that sucks since I found Yukari very annoying in the TV series I was hoping she have less screentime in the movie.
wait, you mean Hirai Yukari?
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Old 2007-09-26, 02:27   Link #134
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My copy of the limited edition DVD was delivered today! Yay! I watched about half of the theatrical cut before dozing off since I haven't had much sleep since yesterday morning. Gonna rewatch it sometime later but the parts that I saw, I noticed they added some new bits and pieces in the fight scenes (most particularly the one between Shana and Marianne). Couldn't help but feel like the movie was rushed through but I guess it's because I've seen the TV series already that made me feel like that.

I gotta say the packaging of the DVD is great and it's heavy too with the extras that comes with it like a whole booklet of character sketches and designs and a separate booklet of promotional art drawings. They also included a 4 frame film reel of a random scene in the actual movie as well. The first press poster is also kind of big as well and it's the same picture that's used as the front cardboard slipcase for the DVD inside.

I just checked out the bonus disc of materials and it contains a 30 minute making of/behind the scenes of the movie, the premiere of it and the anime convention held at Akihabara that featured Shakugan no Shana as well as theatrical trailers, promo spots and interviews. There's also a new 6 minute shana-tan of the movie. I guess the producers and writers are running out of jokes for the first season as many of them weren't really outrageously hilarious, just a few of them made me laugh but the rest I was just staring blankly at it. There wasn't any sexual jokes in this one although the closest came to Yuji and panties. I took a few screencaps of the shana-tan omake below.

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Oh yeah, I also received this Shana DJCD where it's claimed that you can only get this with the DVD if you pre-ordered the movie. It contains the Japanese VA's of Shakugan no Shana on a special radio program for the movie I think and it runs for 30 minutes.



There's also one where you can also get a special 3D card from pre-ordering it but I didn't get it with my order. I think obtaining the 3D card depends on where you pre-ordered the DVD. I ordered mine from CDJapan and they had a poster as their special first press item.

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Old 2007-09-26, 05:21   Link #135
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finally finished writing my thoughts about the movie...

for me it was better than the anime... and shana's character was less annoying...
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Old 2007-09-26, 06:13   Link #136
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There's also one where you can also get a special 3D card from pre-ordering it but I didn't get it with my order. I think obtaining the 3D card depends on where you pre-ordered the DVD. I ordered mine from CDJapan and they had a poster as their special first press item.
Where was this mentioned?
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Old 2007-09-26, 11:20   Link #137
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I originally found out about the card from doing a search on Yahoo Japan Auctions and the DJCD and the card were being put up. The seller stated both were special extras that came with the DVD if you pre-ordered the movie. That's also claimed in this blog as well (scroll down to the fifth picture to see the card). I don't know where you would get the card though or which place has that but both places I found it from have claimed they're special pre-ordered DVD extras.
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Old 2007-09-26, 11:58   Link #138
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I originally found out about the card from doing a search on Yahoo Japan Auctions and the DJCD and the card were being put up. The seller stated both were special extras that came with the DVD if you pre-ordered the movie. That's also claimed in this blog as well (scroll down to the fifth picture to see the card). I don't know where you would get the card though or which place has that but both places I found it from have claimed they're special pre-ordered DVD extras.
Very interesting, thanks for the details and the link.
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Old 2007-09-27, 07:25   Link #139
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Is anyone subbing this movie? I can't find anyone who is...
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Old 2007-09-27, 08:08   Link #140
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I hope you mean Yoshida. Yukari is the name that Shana took to blend in with the school.
Doh! Meant to say Yoshida yeah.
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