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Arranged roughly in order of personal preference, ascending:
Any torrent I download, I seed forever. In my opinion, the High Definition Scene-Quality® rips that get uploaded to trackers don't deserve this treatment. To explain my stance, I'll do up a little timeline of anime encodes from broadcast to shelf.
1. An anime studio edits and masters the next episode of their running franchise and sends it to different broadcast stations across the nation. It's probably in 480 or 720p, or somewhere in-between.
2. Japan, being a small, dense island nation, has network infrastructure ahead of anywhere else in the world. Looking at the Wikipedia article, it seems like the NHK offers both a 4K and an 8K television channel. I don't think they do anime so that fact isn't strictly relevant, but basically 1080p is their "Standard Definition" at this point. So those probably 480 or 720p or somewhere in-between masters are stretched out to that resolution before:
3. That new 1080p upscale is broadcast to each locale's local television station. Configurations vary wildly at the local level, so you'll have a bunch of anime video streams all butchered in their own, unique ways. Effects can include:
- Another round of rescaling (up or down)
- Conversion to interlaced video
- Filtering to try to make the video look less awful
- Putting the audio through a vocoder because it's funny
- Somebody spilt coffee on the film reel
4. Somebody in Japan records this broadcast through their cassette player. Both the television and the V.C.R. rescale and re-encode this video yet again according to their own default settings.
5. This cassette is scanned (okay, I'm probably being a little cruel here. I'm sure the Japanese use CDs already.) and uploaded to a blog somewhere as a .wmv in a 20-part rar archive, just as the Scene Roolz say.
6. A budding translacoder group and/or Crunchyroll downloads this file and crops it to its relevant sections, HOPEFULLY keeping the opening and credits sequences in tact. Then, they upscale this final 240p file to 1080p again and try as hard as they can to make it look good. They succeed more or less, but not without substantial losses. The remaining pixels make a desperate run onto the evacuation copter and are lifted to the safety of their home torrent tracker. As a sick joke, the translacoders might decide to convert the audio to FLAC or something.
(7. Another group picks this file up, upscales it to 4K, changes all instances of the phrase "Transform!" to "Henshin!", comes up with some funny and creative chapter titles at their favourite parts, puts their name on it, and uploads it to a public tracker.)
Also, the translation group embeds their Google-translated
subtitles/Crunchyroll's Bing-translated subtitles into the file as a bloated ASS with unnecessary rainbow effects on their JIBUN WOOOOOOOOOOO romanji karaoke lyrics and they tell you that this "translation" only comes as a set with that Babylonian artefact of a video file, but that's an entirely separate issue.
I'm okay with watching seasonal anime that's been put through that whole mincer because it's not that much worse than catching it on live TV, but with the quality of the video combined with the sheer ego of these translacoder groups really makes me want to avoid giving them what they want. I'm not going to commit to downloading a torrent file like that when I can wait for an untouched scan of the DVD/BD (which goes through one or less two layers of Digitally-Enhanced Remaster® fuckery) to release instead.
You can find these on any choice of torrent tracker, but it's probably better to stick to public ones like Nyaa, Pantsucat, and Tokyotosho, unless you want to hold onto those things for long, for their sentimental value or whatever.
Look up "watch anime (anime name) free" in your favourite search engine or whatever and you'll probably find one.
Take web streams, but without those disadvantages. Unfortunately, most with the technical know-how will tell people to torrent it instead of rehosting it theirselves.
Use very specific search engine queries. What you'll find is either:
People who misconfigured their webservers and are sharing their own files by accident ("Directory of...")
A web frontend for an FTP server. I think a site called "weebftp.org" used to have this, but it's completely down now.
Both of these are documented on the "opendirectories" Reddit page as people find them, if you don't have a lethal allergy to that site. Alternatively, if you're willing to go through pages and pages of crap and DMCA notifications, you can use a couple of simple search engine templates to find what you're looking for. Here's a website that used to be hosted at "scrpe.com", just paste the data into your address bar: https://pastebin.com/5df2mEa7
Just be warned, it makes its queries through Google.
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