The North American anime distributor Funimation has informed ANN that the Fractale Production Committee — the Japanese copyright holders of the Fractale television anime series — has forced the company to halt its simulcast of Fractale after only one episode. According to Funimation representatives, the committee requested that Funimation eliminates unauthorized videos of the anime on the Internet — including streaming sites, file-sharing networks, and file servers — before its simulcast will be allowed to continue. As a result, there will not be a simulcast of the second Fractale episode tomorrow, and the rest of the series’ simulcast is on indefinite hold.
Funimation Marketing Director Lance Heiskell told ANN, “We are disappointed that this series has been distributed illegally, and we’re actively working to remove the first episode from illegal streaming and downloading sites; we’ve got a dedicated anti-piracy team in place that works on controlling all of our simulcast material. However, our Japanese partners for this series have decided that since this episode is currently uncontrolled and is available illegally in all territories, they don’t want the episode online.”
Source: Anime News Network
America: “Wait, this is retarded!” “So you mean the only way now is to watch the show illegally?” “We understand your frustration, but it should be directed towards the speedsub groups that created this problem.” “I’m prepared to send you the name and address of at least one prominent member of a speedsubbing group who did Fractale.”
The rest of the world: NOT A FUCK WAS GIVEN THAT DAY.
UPDATE: Looks like they got it back somehow. Nice try, marketing.