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I've noticed in older anime (70's-early 90's), before each cut a black line on the bottom (or white scratches on top) would appear in the picture, and I've noticed this in tokusatsu as well. Does anyone know what this is? I've mainly seen anime and toku from Toei, so I'm not sure if this was a thing unique to them.

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  • I'm not sure if this is related specifically to anime because I think old Western movies/recording also have this kind of phenomenon. But I'll let the community to decide. – Aki Tanaka Nov 27 '17 at 2:05
  • If they only appear for a fraction of a second between scenes then it could be tape used to splice the film together. – Ross Ridge Nov 27 '17 at 3:32
  • Perhaps some info in here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_transition – Michael McQuade Nov 27 '17 at 5:40
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    It looks like an artifact of the show having been recorded on video cassette and then transferred onto another medium - it can happen if there's something wrong with the read heads, or if the tape inside the cassette has degraded a little (which can often happen both due to time and if the tape has been used many times). – ConMan Nov 27 '17 at 22:38

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