After TV Anime Shamed Online, Bad Parts Get Fixed

After TV Anime Shamed Online, Bad Parts Get Fixed

When some anime first appear on television, parts of the actual animation might not be quite up to snuff. Fans notice this and even complain. This was certainly true of Gonna be the Twin-tail!!

Last December on 2ch, Japan’s largest net forum, two images from the TV broadcast were pointed out as being especially clumsy and bad. “Terrible,” wrote one commenter. “This is like something I could do,” wrote another.

In particular, this image:

And this one:

But as Twitter user Arutosu note, the home release (see below) fixes these images to the point where some people online are saying this is like a completely different anime. I don’t agree with that, but the tweaked art does look better, especially for the character Erina Shindo.

Here, via Arutosu, is a comparison:

TV Version

DVD Version



As any anime fan will be quick to point out, this sort of thing isn’t new (examples here and here) and helps ensure diehard fans buy the DVDs and Blu-rays. I am glad stuff gets fixed for the home release, but it makes you wish animators had a little more time to get everything just so for the original broadcast. But with their gruelling schedules and paltry pay, that might not be possible.


  • The blonde TV one looks like one of the human characters from the 80s Transformers G1 cartoon and that’s saying something.

  • This was just a bad anime from the get go. Guy has pig tail fetish gains powers to turn into a girl with pig tails? Yeah no thanks. Couldn’t be stuffed giving it the two ep benefit of doubt.

    • I dunno, I found the sheer insanity of the premise gave it legs.

      Not so much a matter of suspending disbelief, as of tying rocks to its ankles and tossing it into an oceanic trench.

      They certainly didn’t spend any effort on making it easier to believe in later episodes. Think of it as the “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” of anime…

      Anyway, of these two shots the redhead one looks mostly OK to my eye – the main problem being the detailing on the costume. The yellow-haired example is simply horrible, however. I can see the person who animated that frame being respectfully declined opportunities to participate in future anime…

  • You can always pick random frames during motion sequences that will look bad / distorted. Sometimes it’s a deliberate choice to accentuate movement or speed or momentum.

    Sometimes it’s just low budget though I guess

  • This happens ALL the time. In fact almost every single BD release of anime goes back to improve the worst frames of their (necessarily) hastily drawn in-between when racing towards a weekly TV-deadline.

    This is as newsworthy as reporting that water wets.

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