CLANNAD 01 Widescreen Comparison

Yay! CLANNAD 01 Widescreen was aired by bs-i! Too bad it wasn’t in true HD quality :(, but hey, it’s 16:9!

Out of boredom, I spent an hour doing comparison shots between the normal pan-scan version and the widescreen one. Be warned, the following post is not 56k friendly :P. Click on each picture for the real deal version. All the widescreen shots were downscaled to 853×480 to facilitate easier comparison.








Did I mention that Kyou has the best faces ever?




This looks way more deadlier in WS.


Spectator View for the LOL


More Tomoyo!





Sanae SHOKKU!!



Akio is so GAR.




  1. The Hordesman Said,

    October 28, 2007 @ 12:14 am

    It isn’t much, really. But somehow, it feels as if Ive gone missing of something now when I know there is widescreen

  2. kiryuu Said,

    October 28, 2007 @ 1:15 am

    Not sure if it is the capture quality or what, but the WS version seems washed out a bit :(

  3. Deranged Said,

    October 28, 2007 @ 2:00 am

    I would have preferred in widescreen for the subtle different viewing experience but the quality of it is just not that good, plus, it is behind and really, I can’t wait for the next episode…

  4. bakaneko Said,

    October 28, 2007 @ 4:12 am

    I can’t detect the difference in quality from the posted pictures since they’re all scaled down. I will have to watch the actual video for comparison.

    Anyway, does anyone have a good explanation why KyoAni decided to air Clannad in 4:3 instead of 16:9?

  5. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    October 28, 2007 @ 4:32 am

    This was not meant to be a comparison in quality anyways. Just a comparison of the difference between the amount of detail left out from cropping the 16:9 source to 4:3 for the TV airing.

    Again, as I stated at first, 16:9 CLANNAD wasn’t aired in real HD quality. Most of the “HD” raws are practically upscales. Even the HD rls of SS-E’s 16:9 CLANNAD was acknowledged by the encoder to be an upscale. Trusty me, the supposedly 1280 raw I have is way worse.

    As for why KyoAni decided to air CLANNAD in 4:3… this still remains something of a mystery. So far, all of their works from AIR(1st KyoAni series I followed in real time) have been aired in 16:9. Why did they suddenly make this “air 4:3 first and 16:9 later”… I really have no idea.

  6. Syaoran Li Said,

    October 28, 2007 @ 6:33 am

    I’m glad for the WS version. I can die in peace now.

  7. Aren D. Said,

    October 28, 2007 @ 9:57 am

    Baaah… WS looks a lot better, can’t explain it, just better =] gotta look for HD 16:9 now…. guess I should reconsider buying WS monitor as well *sigh*

  8. wildarmsheero Said,

    October 28, 2007 @ 11:30 am

    Wow… it looks so… good.

    Need to get to watching that.

  9. meganeshounen Said,

    October 28, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

    The WS screens just look… wider (doh). I mean, it just looks more spacious around everyone. That’s a good thing, instead of seeing everyone getting crammed into small frames.

    Also, Tomoyo~! \o/

  10. Kinny Riddle Said,

    October 28, 2007 @ 4:09 pm

    Well, there can only be one reason why they decide to air the first run in 4:3, and then the 16:9 in non-HD quality: To sell more DVDs.

  11. sagematt Said,

    October 29, 2007 @ 7:59 am

    Tomoyo! \o/

  12. Kotarou Said,

    October 29, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

    Ne, ne, Kurogane-san, any thoughts on what might happen if:

    Sanae Bread + Akiko Jam?

  13. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    October 29, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

    Uh.. Uh~~~

    I prefer not to imagine that.

  14. Ipsod Said,

    October 29, 2007 @ 7:22 pm

    You guys seem to be assuming the animation team have absolute control over what’s shown. It’s a wild guess, but perhaps some group having nothing to do with KyoAni wanted them to make 4:3 first and foremost.

    Quite a lot of spoiled animu brats out these days. *sigh* -_-);

  15. Owned4eva Said,

    October 30, 2007 @ 2:26 am

    oh well i don’t really mind, its just that all my kyo ani collection has been in widescreen, so i thought it would be better if this one was. But seriously, if it means watching and not watching i would watch any size or version of this ^^

  16. The Coke Machine » Why does Kakashi prefer 16:9? Said,

    October 31, 2007 @ 12:02 am

    […] every single blogger in the world has posted about this, and because you miss important stuff when you watch CLANNAD in […]

  17. Mac Said,

    October 31, 2007 @ 5:38 am

    This isn’t KyoAni’s fault.

    It has everything to do with the stations airing the content and the formats they choose to run. They deserve the blame–and they deserve a LOT of it for doing such crappy work.

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