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Feb 18, 2013 12:49 PM
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For the longest time I've known, when an anime is taken from the TV airing it will often have a number at the top left corner of the video. For example I'm watching Tokyo Mew Mew now, and there's an 8:00, since the episode aired at 8am.

I've been watching a lot of newer shows like Chuunibyou and Precure and it didn't even occur to me that the timer isn't on them.

Now I must question why the clock doesn't show up in newer shows.

Does it depend on the station?

Has anime recording technology allowed it to be removed from the video?

Or have Japanese TV networks retired the clock altogether?
Feb 18, 2013 12:55 PM

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Wait, they overlay the current time on TV shows?
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Feb 18, 2013 12:58 PM

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It's still around (though almost every fansubber gets a raw without it for obvious reasons), but I think it's only on certain channels and during certain programming blocks - which is why the only place you'll ever really see it is children's shows and always in the morning.
Feb 18, 2013 1:10 PM
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gamer2710 said:
Wait, they overlay the current time on TV shows?

They do! See the 8:05 at the top left corner?
Feb 18, 2013 4:30 PM

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It still does show up in newer shows -- I remember people complaining that the clock in some Beelzebub releases took up a quarter of the screen, even though it actually takes up 1.25% of the screen.

The purpose of the clocks is to help people avoid being late for school or work, which is why they're found in morning broadcasts. But since most anime we watch are latenight otaku anime, there are no clocks on them in either the TV or DVD/BD versions.

EDIT: Though there is a complete DVD version of Tokyo Mew Mew out there that doesn't have any clocks.
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Feb 18, 2013 6:42 PM
Laughing Man

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Now that you mention it, I haven't seen the clock in a while...
Feb 18, 2013 7:55 PM
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BatoKusanagi said:
Now that you mention it, I haven't seen the clock in a while...

Last time I saw it I watched Smile Precure last year.
Feb 18, 2013 8:37 PM

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Forgetfulness said:
I don't recall ever seeing a clock while watching anime ._.

Probably because fansubbers don't use those videos anymore, at least not for most new shows.
Feb 18, 2013 8:40 PM

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I've seen that clock a few times when I caught a fast stream, honestly been wondering why it was there too.
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Feb 18, 2013 9:31 PM

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Interesting. I don't think I've ever seen it on shows I've watched.
Feb 18, 2013 9:35 PM

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I always figured it was something like that, though I didn't know about it being only for morning shows. Also I've sometimes gotten the hurricane warning or some other warning on the screen.