Have you noticed the screen darkening slightly all of a sudden during high speed action scenes in certain anime?
I've heard this is an anti seizure precaution form a fellow anon.
I'm not sure how relatively new this feature but I've noticed it being used quite heavily in anime this season, I've so far noticed it in Strike the Blood and this weeks episode of Witchcraft Works at 18:32~
I find incredibly disorientating and distracting as the dip in brightness/contrast is quite marked. Are there any methods of circumventing this?
I think likely there aren't since the studio is probably enforcing this feature at the base levels of the video file.
You may have better luck in /jp/ or somewhere more familiar with Japanese television in general.
FWIW, I'd like to see something similar to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commercial_Advertisement_Loudness_Mitigation_Act done for all the intentionally obnoxious white flashing put into commercials and constant light to dark cuts in programing. Perhaps something like that has been done for sleepy salary men.
>I'm not sure how relatively new this feature
Not new at all. Google Pokemon incident. That's when it started.
Yeah, it's really annoying. At first I thought it was something the TV-stations did to hide compression artifacts during scenes with lots of movement, but the anti-seizure explanation makes more sense. I can see why you'd want to get rid of the full-screen flashing that was sometimes used in older anime, but is it really necessary to dim the screen just for a quickly scrolling background?
It's been around for ages (Porygon) but for some reason it's been even more noticeable in the last year or so.
Who knows why.
You want a seizure?
BUY THE BLURAYS
Originally, in fact it's very noticable in the early Pokemon anime, they would darken the screen in order for the light effects to show up better(releasing from Pokeball, electric shocks now and then). Unfortunately, then Pokemon had the infamous Porygon episode.
Now the darkening would occur during bright flashy bits and very high speed things, not to show the action itself but to dull it to prevent any possibility of seizure.
Funnily enough, if you like dark humor, the Porygon incident itself sent roughly 800 or 8000 children into seizures, and when covering it on the news, several news stations showed the very clip that caused the seizures...thus causing even MORE seizures.
>several news stations showed the very clip that caused the seizures
I thought Japan would be smarter than that
We all make mistakes.
And some people just want to watch the world burn.
I don´t think its just for high speed action scenes. I clearly recall it during the first episode of Idolm@ster when the Futami twins and Hibiki are presented.
How do they decide it is necessary? Do they show the scenes to epileptic children before airing?
It should be pretty easy to reverse, just extra work i guess.