If you ever want your mind scrubbed, just stare at the Fractale opening for a bit and every thought you ever had will fly away in the sight of the pretty colours. In a season of fantastic background music yet surprisingly disappointing opening songs (even Shaft produced a lacklustre one by their own standards for Madoka Magica), Fractale stands far and away ahead of the rest, both in song and visuals. I wish I could forget the nonsense that’s surrounded Fractale this week anyway.
First up, there’s Yamakan saying a bunch of stupid stuff again and generally being an idiot. There was a glorious moment on twitter that summed up the situation when someone accidentally wrote Yamakan instead of Shinbo when talking about Madoka Magica. Yamakan has become a presence bigger than the anime he’s directing this season, while Shinbo remains about as silent as ever. Yamakan could really do with taking a note of of Shinbo’s book and let his own show do the fucking talking. Shinbo’s reputation comes from the shows he directs while he himself says rather little. Yet after all these shows he’s made, people would actually listen to Shinbo if he came out discussing something. Meanwhile Yamakan has made fuck all (Kannagi is a cool show and all, but hardly an anime that makes a name) and then proceeds to blather on before his show even had an episode out yet.
The second piece of news surrounding Fractale is that Funimation had their rights to stream taken off them. While it never had an effect on me in any case because Funimation think I live in the wrong country, I smelled something fishy about this whole situation right from the off. I know the Japanese have proven to be pretty thick when it comes to rights for anime outside Japan, but asking Funimation to get rid of all illegal internet versions of it borders on the mentally challenged. The fact that the streaming rights for Fractale are still available in France give my suspicions a bit more ground, especially when backed by that rather unusual move at the start of the season for Wandering Son to be given to Crunchyroll instead of Funimation.
Someone wants out of the Noitamina/Funimation deal, and I’m pretty sure it’s the Japanese. Give Funimation a patently unachievable goal then yank the rights when they don’t achieve that goal. Why they’re looking to back out I do not know and speculation further is not a good idea seeing as this original conspiracy theory is not exactly proven to be true yet. But something is definitely up here. Ultimately it has little effect on me. On the bad side, the opening now has bloody karaoke, damaging the pretty spirally fractals that spill over the screen. On the good side, the first subs that appear will no longer be those stupid 320p versions Funimation had.
All this talk and I haven’t even talked about the episode itself yet. I guess the Yamakan statements were ringing in the back of my head while watching this because I became hyper sensitive throughout. Considering that twat has been ringing the “moe is the cancer that is killing the industy” bell, why does he then produce the first moe show for Noitamina? Nessa squawks and hops about in the typical genki girl archetype, the episode losing the ‘beginning of an adventure’ feel the first episode had. So I’m going to have to hold off saying anything more in this post. I swear from now on I’ll ignore everything Yamakan says. See, you twat? I want to actually enjoy your anime. Stop deflecting attention away from it.