Well... we bought these damn DVDs so long ago that almost the entire series was encoded just in time for a demoralizing hard drive crash. When recovery tools failed to grab the encoded videos, it seemed like hope was lost, and it was hard to muster the effort to start over.
And then MakaiSenki was announced.
Back when the first releases of this series happened, we were up front about not being particularly happy with the the quality of the DVD raws, so this time we've gone all out. The old releases are pretty tolerable if you're not big on the bleeding edge, but for those who are, we have a release for you of 10bit h.264 video (a show this dark bands like a motherfucker) with ordered chapters to cut down on redundant downloading of the OPs and at least first ED. This release has been in the pipeline for honestly too long, seeing as the first episode of the sequel is already out and the second has aired, but as comments and tweets to Over-Time suggest, there's still plenty of people who are not yet on board the great Golden Knight GARO bandwagon. So let's get them on, shall we?
Episode 01: http://www.multiupload.com/SSMAFNCX8W
You'll need a fairly modern player to deal with this, the easiest is to use CCCP on windows, or mplayer2 (or a gui program that is backed by it). The opening and ending play at the correct time automatically in a correctly configured system, no playlists or trickery required.
The upside of a rerelease like this is simple: the subs are done. Just need to slide them back around the now missing 2:30 and presto release-o. Also this gives a good opportunity to fix a few lingering errors (at least one instance of Guren Forest made it through QC of the DVD releases, for instance) at the same time.