Fractale Production Committee Halts N.A. Simulcast

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.

35 Comments

  1. Hogart Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    ..and nothing of value was lost. I’ll just re-watch a few eps of Nadia, then Nausicaa, then resume my regularly scheduled streaming on Funimation et al.

  2. ARQ Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    The stupidity of this is almost amusing.

    GUYS!! We have a solution for ending crime in the world! We’ll do it by….PUNISHING EVERYONE WHO OBEYS THE LAW. Thatl show them criminals….

    I feel pretty bad for Funimation actually, since they were finally catching on to the idea that if u cant beat em, join em. Legal simulcasting is a great way to at least make some kind of profit off of what would otherwise be wasted money. And now? Its two steps backwards again.

  3. Athos Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    Thanks for making my day.

  4. Haesslich Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    And the entertainment industry wonders why people pirate, when something isn’t legally available elsewhere at a reasonable price… I’m guessing the iTunes example didn’t make an impression on anyone.

  5. Kaisos Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    Wow. They’re actually expecting a single American company to be able to control the content of the entire internet?

    There goes Funi’s simulcast. Guess gg will sub it now…

  6. Kaisos Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    @Haess: No, people pirate anime because it’s available for free online. Why pay for something you can get for free? Legality has nothing to do with it.

  7. Haesslich Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    Kaisos: so that’s why fan subs were out in the eighties as well? Wow. That’s very enlightening, knowing that people were pirating shows way back then on VHS because there was an Internet, and that the fact the shows weren’t legally available in their areas in their language had nothing to do with it.

  8. Doddler Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    Well, it makes sense though, in a way. Funimation likely secured a contract by promoting simulcast as a method of fighting overseas piracy (which is hugely normalized in overseas fan culture), but piracy of fractale doesn’t stop, so they decide it’s not worth the effort. And I imagine it is effort, it requires delivering a final product a fair bit in advance of the broadcast date so it can be subtitled, probably earlier than they normally would for domestic broadcast only.

    One could be forgiven for not even knowing Fractale is being simulcast, or that there’s even an effort to curb piracy, it’s present on pretty well every major anime tracker out there. I guess the big issue simulcasts and such face is that even though there is a demand for simultaneous broadcast, piracy is still easier and everyone is used to it.

  9. yanipheonu Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    Wait, so their idea of fighting piracy is to make pirating it the only way of watching it online?

    Well done.

    I always get the feeling so many companies are out of touch of how the world works now that the internet is around.

  10. roast-beefy Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    When asked what the odds were that they would re-obtain permission to simulcast Fractale, a spokesman for Funimation responded, “about the same odds Yamakan has of finding another directing job after this.”

  11. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    When asked what the odds were that they would re-obtain permission to simulcast Fractale, a spokesman for Funimation responded, “about the same odds Yamakan has of finding another directing job after this.”

    Oh fuckin’ ICE BURN there baby.

  12. Kaisos Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

    @Haess: Well, I was more referring to why people pirate even when there is a legal alternative readily available.

    Apparently I need to work on my reading comprehension.

  13. Maserbeam Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    Please tell me this is their strange way of doing viral marketing, or some kind of PR stunt they think will get people talking about Fractale.

  14. Haesslich Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    Kaisos: Notice that iTunes has done fairly well, despite the fact you could also download MP3′s illegally, because quite a few people WILL buy it if you put it out there… even if there are always asshats who won’t. But when you don’t have a choice (say, you’re in Malaysia, or even outside the United States depending on the situation) to watch it legally via Funi or CrunchyRoll… well, guess what happens? They’re not usually going to wait for the DVD’s to (maybe) be released in their country.

    So now that there’s no legal alternative besides not watching… I’m going to guess that the speedsubbers will be getting more business.

  15. Skribulous Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    lol America.

    >When asked what the odds were that they would re-obtain permission to simulcast Fractale, a spokesman for Funimation responded, “about the same odds Yamakan has of finding another directing job after this.”

    WIN

  16. shinkirou Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

    i kinda confuse here… so currently now we cant download or watch streaming for all the incoming anime or just apply to this Fractale anime?? could someone clarify for me please.. thanks

  17. Benigmatica Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    Good thing I didn’t watch Fractale… It was a bit terrible for me.

    I guess it’s sucks now that Funimation pulled the plug due to illegal streaming!

  18. Eriker Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    “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.”

    No one cares about Fractale anyway…btw good luck shutting down anime dll sites xD

  19. Mentar Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    I’m pretty sure that they knew it would only be for one episode. It’s just a marketing stunt to rage at the bad pirates again, while at the same time promoting the show a bit.

    *shrug*

  20. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    If this is viral marketing, it will be possibly the worse viral campaign ever.

    Well, it’s not anyone even downloads the stream rips of Funi’s “simulcast”. Even the iPod raws that come out from Japan within 2 hours of airing look better than theirs.

    So, in the end, NOT A SINGLE FUCK WAS GIVEN THAT DAY.

    Although, I will admit, it has made for some good lulz marketing. Maybe I will post how episode 2 is like right after watching the raws. From Japan.

    ( ゚∀゚)アハハ八八ノヽノヽノヽノ \ / \/ \

  21. They are Stealing! Make them Stop! « Thesu's Blog Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    [...] So, yeah… Fractale simulcast has been killed off by Japanese Copyright holder. [...]

  22. shinkirou Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

    there is a posibility that anime that is under funation wont be available to stream and download. then is the truth then it is suck !!!!!

  23. ahelo Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

    I guess I’d be expecting Fractale this Saturday, not tomorrow with Funimation gone. I don’t think anyone can stop subbing this cus it is one of the anticipated titles of the winter season even with its letdown first episode.

  24. The Hordesman Said,

    January 20, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    Gods, not even the scientologists can pull off a footbullet like this.

  25. FlameStrike Said,

    January 21, 2011 @ 12:33 am

    Hahaha, I wasn’t planning on watching Fractale, but maybe I will consider checking out an ep or 2 to see what all the buzz is about. But seriously, this is hilarious. They really think Funi can do anything about all the illegal downloading sites out their on the internet? The fact they they are removing the legal alternative just increases the incentive to fansub.

  26. Ruly Said,

    January 21, 2011 @ 2:40 am

    America: Damn you Speed Subs

    Rest of the World (Mexico) : NOT A FUCK WAS GIVEN THAT DAY.

  27. Hourou Musuko Episode 02 « The Kotatsu Said,

    January 21, 2011 @ 5:46 am

    [...] last week’s small disappointment with Fractale and thereafter drama involving distribution (but nobody cares about that), I believe that Hourou Musuko is the only show that is holding this season up. And oh, boy does it [...]

  28. EvilDevil Said,

    January 21, 2011 @ 5:47 am

    Shocking News: Funimation controls Teh Internet

  29. Digdri Said,

    January 21, 2011 @ 6:28 am

    I’m a the only one LMAO about the irony of this move after the people behind this were talking so big about how they understood the industry (and its problems) and thought they knew how to reach a western audience better then other studios (by providing good simucast etc.)

    (see here for the whole stuff: http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201101050206.html)

    Seems they were as ambitions as naive about their great business ideas to do everything better. XD

  30. Leee Said,

    January 21, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    The only way I can make some sense out of this is to see it as ingenious method to get Funimation to do Fractale Production Committee’s job for them.

    Basically it went down like this.

    The Fractale Production Committee whips out his dick and says “SUCK IT, BITCH”

    And Funimation responds, “Whatever you say, afterall, I’m your bitch”

  31. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 21, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-01-20/fractale-french-simulcast-still-continues

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    THE FRENCH ARE MORE TRUSTWORTHY THAN THE AMERICANS.

  32. avexmode Said,

    January 21, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    In b4 TT got DDOS’ed by Funi

  33. AKi Said,

    January 21, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

    Wow! just wow! such stupidity and naivety. not that anyone really cares. The japanese are probably the only ones who still care so much about piracy. Also Funimation has a anti-piracy team!? I hope not, such a waste of money lol

  34. Manabi Said,

    January 21, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    Well that’s just a genius move, no wonder the anime industry in Japan’s having trouble.

    Actually, especially given that the French simulcast is still going, I suspect the _real_ story is something else. Bet Funimation pissed them off somehow and they’re doing this to get back at them, since they know it’s an impossible demand to satisfy.

  35. ~xxx Said,

    January 22, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    Looks like my schedule is being ruined by that decision.

    I’ll wait.

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