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September 09 2010

Scan featuring some of Fractale's character designs. it's looks very typical A-1 Pictures, but I like!
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August 10 2010

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Setting art from Fractale. It certainly looks intruiging, especially that really evocative image (top right).
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August 09 2010


Yamakan Ultimatum, Fractale

Well-known rogue director, Yamakan (Yamamoto Yutaka) is making a return to anime after his live-action film director debut! It was announced in Newtype a few days ago - an interesting collaboration between Yamakan, an anime critic as the storywriter, and the producer of R.O.D and other major titles: "Fractale". But, he's done something very strange, yesterday sharing an open letter that reveals he's committed to retiring from anime if this new series doesn't do well.

This is definitely very unusual. He says he's going to put everything he has into this show, so if it doesn't succeed then the anime medium isn't for him. Unlike many anime directors, he probably has a safe route to a career as a live-action director, hence his willingness to bail from anime. But he also says that he's worried if anime will be able to survive and grow in the near future, so if he can't lead the way with a succesful new series, he may as well quit. Of course, this could also be a response to his critics. It's fine that he chose to make this anime a personal ultimatum, but the fact that he publicised it suggests at least some degree of attention-grabbing. I like that Yamakan is able to cause a storm (and he said years ago that he wanted to be an outspoken force in the anime industry), but I think it's stupid to pin his hopes on this one anime.

August 06 2010

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Finally my curiosity can be satisfied! The collaborative anime project headed by Yamakan, Okada Mari and an otaku critic Azuma Hiroki, has a title and is confirmed to be the January noitaminA series! The title is, "Fractal" (nice name!), and further information was also announced in the latest Newtype:

(Via MAL)

Director: Yamamoto Yutaka
Series Organizer: Okada Mari
Original Concept: Mandelbrot Engine
Original Script: Azuma Hiroki
Original Character Designs: Hidari (light novel "Usotsuki Mi-kun to Kowareta Ma-chan")
Production Studio: A-1 Pictures Inc.

The story takes place in an island, where "Fractale System" is beginning to collapse. One day, Crane finds an injured girl Phryne under a cliff. She disappears leaving a pendant. Crane sets out for a journey with a girl-shaped avatar Nessa to look for Phryne and discovers the secret of Fractale System.

The synopsis really doesn't give much more than a few undefined keywords away, but it still seems intruiging. Coming off the back of BRS, given the noitaminA timeslot, and with the involvement of Azuma Hiroki, this is bound to be a very 'different' and interesting series indeed. The designs seem great!

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