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Thread: The 4th and Final DVD-Box for Appmon is out! Breakdown, Scans, Screencaps, Discussion

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    The 4th and Final DVD-Box for Appmon is out! Breakdown, Scans, Screencaps, Discussion

    The fourth and final Appmon DVD-Box is out!



    It's been a few months since we saw the third Appmon DVD-Box (and around the same time the series ended it's run on TV.) With the release of the fourth DVD-Box the entire series is now on DVD, not to mention the Box is the last scheduled Appmon release for the time being.

    This box contains the last 15 episodes of the series, 38 thru 52.


    Decent amount of scanning but minimal editing on this one.

    As normal, I won't be reviewing the show itself, just going over the actual DVD release.


    Where appropriate text may be reused from prior reviews.



    Any screencaps from the DVDs are lossless PNGs. My normal screencapping program was having major issues so I used another. Looking at the captures it appears they are reasonably the same as far as quality goes.

    All images in the article are smaller copies from our gallery (to keep loading sizes smaller for everyone), but link to the full sized versions when clicked.


    Scanning was done as high quality as I could do, and compressed and shrunk to reasonable sizes, along with reasonable quality JPG compression. I've explained my workflow in my personal thread and will answer any questions involving it or the processes used. Scanning generally went well.

    First up will be all the physical stuff. Everything included with the DVD was scanned minus an instructional insert that was scanned with a prior release.




    We start with.... an obi card!



    This obi covers 3 sides completely and the bottom portion of the front, it's made from some decent card stock, and has all the information for the release. Much like the tri. discs, this means that once it's removed, the box is almost completely clean of random information.



    The packaging for the discs themselves is a 'brick' style DVD case (also known as a fatpack.) A bit unique to see in a Japanese anime release, but not unheard of. I actually rather like this packaging style minus two things:
    1. It tends to mean less art than if you had separate cases for each disc.
    2. Because it's a pack with only one double sided 'disc page' inside, it means one of the discs is underneath the booklet. This time around there is a second page attached to one of the pages inside, rather than going with two separate pages (or having discs on top of each other.)



    The front and back cover for the DVD case are relative simple.



    The front cover (at the top of the article) is new artwork of the 5 kids and their Appmon in their God forms. It also features each of the kids holding their AppliDrive DUO prominently. Perhaps most notable with this piece of art is all the kids are smiling. I quite like this art, with my only issue being is that it feels like Haru's head is a bit low... probably just the pose.





    The back cover basically emulated a smartphone interface with Appmon icons featuring various Appmon that appear in these episodes. The icons for the Applidrivers' Appmon in their Standard forms are in the dock at the bottom.

    Because it was an insert, I also was able to scan the side easily. It's just clean text along with a DVD-Box 4 at the bottom. While not new for this release, I still find it interesting how various bits of the DVD-Box use a very clean English logo instead of the normal Appmon logo.



    The DVD-Box came with a very nice slipcover that covers 5 sides. The slipcover is a soft and glossy black paperstock, with Gaiamon drawn in gold foil.








    I finally got ahold of the material I needed to help me scan this better (if you've read previous Appmon DVD breakdowns, you'll know this glossy black combined with foil has scanned terribly.) I'm quite happy with how things came out. It isn't perfect, but it shows off the slipcover reasonably well. The slipcover required more editing than others due to side effects of the methods I used to get them properly.



    The black is a nice inky black and the gold foil is a a fantastic rich yellowy gold color. As mentioned above, it isn't shown off perfectly, but it came out decently.


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    Included here is a press image of the cover, which just uses a flat black and yellowy-brown.

    Next to the press image is the front of the slipcover scanned normally, to show how it would appear when scanned without anything special being done.




    The five physical DVDs use the standard Appmon logo, along with a design that emulates a flat 3d surface (not unlike the old SNES Mode 7 to my eyes.)



    The discs are roughly identical to the discs from prior boxes. The main difference this time is a 5th disc that is green.

    Each disc has it's own color and part of the flat 3d motif actually is used in the next bit of scans...





    A booklet was included.



    The cover uses the Appmon logo, along with a nice digital design. It also specifies it as the book for DVD-Box 4 and includes the kids' and their Appmon (God grade) in silhouette.




    The first two page spread goes over short story descriptions for the episodes on discs 1 and 2.




    The second spread covers the episodes on discs 3 and 4.




    This spread goes over disc 5 (the end of the series) along with detailing the different characters' versions of the AppliDrive DUO that are used in these episodes.




    Here we get profiles and images of the God grades of the four primary Buddy Appmon.




    This spread is detailing characters on Leviathan's side in the final episodes, including two more God grades.




    On this one we get various allies and friends of the main characters.




    The last internal pages shows off other new Appmon that appear in these episodes, with the final page being dedicated to Agumon and WarGreymon.




    The back cover has cast and staff information for Appmon.




    DVD-Box 4 included no ad inserts, but did include something else. It had a non-branded instructional sheet on playing DVDs, but since it was identical to prior sheets I did not scan it.




    And that's it for the physical... onto the disc contents itself!




    The video is encoded using MPEG2 at an average bitrate between roughly 6.2 and 7 Mb. This is reasonably decent for animated content, a bit below box 1 and roughly similar to box 2 and 3. Unlike the first box, I didn't do multiple sets of screencaps this time because the overall difference between filesize was minimal and shifts between episodes didn't seem to happen despite some minor filesize difference, rather than there being 2 'specific' types of encodes used ala box 1. There may be minor difference between video quality, but I don't believe it's noticeable while watching, similar to box 2 and 3. The video for the episodes is encoded at 480p.

    The video is encoded properly in anamorphic widescreen. The screencaps are provided stretched to the proper aspect ratio to emulate how they would appear during watching (raw screencaps from the DVD would not look correct.)

    The DVDs are encoded at 30fps, but the pulldown was done properly, and any player should be able to reverse the pulldown to get clean 24fps playback.

    Screencaps were taken from the first episode in the boxset. The average bitrate for this episode was on the higher end, but it was a good episode to capture due to it's importance to the plot and in general feels roughly the same as other episodes in the set as far as image quality goes.





    The audio is a 2.0 Dolby track at 448k. That's on the higher end of the scale for compressed DVD audio and everything sounds rather nice.


    Each episode overall is 1.13 to 1.26 GB, which is generally good for DVD content. As mentioned above... these are roughly equivalent (or a touch lower) than the lower bitrate encodes from DVD-Box 1 and similar to DVD-Box 2 and 3.

    Everything above suggests a good DVD (which isn't always a given when dealing with Toei, who has had some modern show releases on DVD that simply stunk.)





    No subtitles are included, which is expected.



    The video quality overall is reasonably good, but I still wish the show had gotten a Blu-ray. The resolution bump, to say nothing of a much better video codec, would certainly have lead to a much richer picture all around.





    Appmon looks about as good as could be expected for the show on DVD. Hopefully when the DVDs are done Toei will decide to do Blu-rays, as the clean art and very vivid cartoony colors would benefit.




    The menus are basic, perhaps a touch overly basic even (at least some music would have been nice.)



    The menu is a static screen with a play all option, along with each episode. Disc 5 additionally has a special features button.

    If you click All, it plays them all. If you click a specific episode, it pops up a tiny screencap and an episode title, you click again to play the episode. If you click SPECIAL it gives you a list of special features to play from (in this case a single item.) Simple but it works well.

    While there is no chapter menus for the episodes, there are chapter markers everywhere you would want them to be on the episodes themselves.





    Time for extras!

    Well... extra.

    The extra this time around is a clean version of the fourth and final ending theme, Perfect World.






    Appmon DVD-Box 4 is a pretty good DVD release for Appmon, at a reasonable price considering some DVD prices in Japan. The extras are minimal, but not unexpected. The only real shame is that Appmon could really benefit from a Blu-ray release.

    These 15 episodes finish off the good, but basic, series of DVDs the show has gotten. It's a good release with simply no real issues. As mentioned above, Blu-rays would be nice, as would more extras, but there isn't anything to complain about here as Appmon continues along with a reasonably nice DVD release.



    That's the end of Appmon on DVD. Overall I'm pleasantly pleased by the generally competent releases, but have to reiterate I'm disappointed at no Blu-rays. Hopefully someday.



    With the end of Appmon's DVD release in Japan that's basically the end of any further Appmon stuff that we know about minus international releases. Hopefully we get more details of those soon, along with products and home video releases!

    It was a good series and hopefully this won't be the end of seeing the Appmon.





    Screencaps were taken largely at random while jumping around the first episode in the DVD-Box, which is episode 38 (although if I knew a moment was coming up I wanted a cap of, I'd wait.)

    Screencaps from DVD-Box 4

    The scans can all be found in the gallery.

    The scans are very small compared to the master scans I did (the work and backup folder structure for the scans and screencaps is just under 25 gigs.) I will try and make wallpapers if people are interested. If you want to see a specific screencap of something give me the episode and a rough timecode if you can.




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    If you have any questions about the release feel free to ask.


    All 4 DVD-Boxes for Digimon Universe: AppliMonsters are still available to order. (Affiliate links.)
    Digimon Universe: AppliMonsters DVD Box 1
    Digimon Universe: AppliMonsters DVD Box 2
    Digimon Universe: AppliMonsters DVD Box 3
    Digimon Universe: AppliMonsters DVD Box 4


    Our Breakdowns for the prior boxes can be found here:
    Box 1 Breakdown
    Box 2 Breakdown
    Box 3 Breakdown


    Appmon is also receiving rental DVDs in Japan. The discs began one per month and later moved to two per month, and the episode count per disc seems to match up with the consumer box release. We do not know if special features or video quality is different on these, but we expect they are identical.




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    oh my god.. Rei is smiling...

    *holds hand over heart*

    after so many months... Appmon still hurts my heart. The feeling of despair and hope in those last weeks was amazing to experience. Apppmon has truly been a series I'll remember for a long time.

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    Really good scans!! So many fond memories after seeing them...<3

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