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Who ever said a little piracy never hurt anyone? Just last week we were happily telling everyone that Funimation was going to simulcast Fractale. Now Funimation has no choice but to stop. Funimation told ANN that the Fractale Production Committe has told them to stop simulcasting until Funimation can reign in internet piracy. In other words... we may never see the rest of Fractale simulcasted.
That means there will be no second episode for now at least. You can give your personal thanks to groups that like to rip simulcasts and redistribute them online via torrents, file sharing sites, video streaming sites and file sharing networks. (I'm looking at you HorribleSubs.) Commonsense isn't so common after all when people steal things that are free.
Funimation Marketing Director Lance Heiskell had the following to say:
"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."
I'm not going to lie to you. This is a magical girl show. (But this one doesn't have a zombie unfortunately.) Hopefully that's not a problem but... I'll tell you now, I don't know much about magical girl shows but this one is quite strange. The art is a cross between Anime, Tim Burton and a Magical Girl show. And the opening sequence is pretty cool... but I'll get to that after the jump. Note: Spoilers lie ahead.
A zombie show? In winter? I hope there's no fanservice! So we start yet another first impression... Spoilers lie ahead but you already knew that. This series sounds pretty good from what I've heard so let's take a look.
Ah, Dead or Alive, didn't know you guys were still alive. Dead or Alive, the popular fighting game series whose claim to fame was an entire physics engine dedicated to boob movements, has a new title coming up for the Nintendo 3DS. This makes it the first Dead or Alive game on a Nintendo system.
So what makes Dead or Alive: Dimensions different from it's predecessors? Not only is it the first DoA Game on Nintendo system, but it's also the first on a handheld. According to Famitsu, the new game will feature Chronicle Mode, a mode in which the story will be developed and hidden scenes that can only be obtained after learning new moves will be displayed. Think of it as a sort of recap of the entire series. Famitsu also revealed that the 3DS's touchscreen will have attacks on the bottom that a player can tap in order to automatically use them during battle. However you can still use manual inputs to perform the moves. I'm not much of a fighting game expert but that sounds a bit cheap (especially when you play against other people).
Helena, Ryu Hayabusa, Christie, Hitomi and Bayman will be returning in this game for those who are curious. I probably won't have to ask this but... thoughts, share them below and go easy on the flaming.
Tommorrow Fractale premieres in Japan on the Noitamina programming block. As expected, Funimation will be simulcasting it starting Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 11:45 EST. We have high hopes for this series since shows on Noitamina have never let us down before. Check out the trailer and description below.
Fractale is an 11 episode original series produced by A-1 Pictures and studio Ordet. Fractale's story is set on an island at the far reaches of a continent where the "Fractale System" is on the brink of collapse. A boy named Clain embarks on a journey to search for Phyrne — a girl who disappeared, leaving behind only a pendant. Clain will eventually learn the secrets of the "System."
A show with the word dragon in the title... I expect to see dragons but I'm certain I'll get lolis instead. Let's dive in and take a look at Dragon Crisis! I don't think I'll have much to rant about this time... except for the fact that it felt like nothing happened in the 20 mins I spent watching it. Expect spoilers ahead!
It's only been a few weeks since Oreimo ended and it seems it's time for another anime that pushes the acceptable limits of a brother-sister relationship... except this one is clearly incestuous. Nao is a middle schooler and a brocon, who is absolutely determined to make her older brother, Shuusuke see her as a woman. I can't help but wonder why I'm reviewing this, I only can expect to have a headache afterwards. Anyway, check out the review below the jump and note there will be spoilers and ranting ahead.
Crunchyroll is at it again! They've announced 2 more of the anime series they'll be simulcasting this winter. On Thursday, they announced they'll be simulcasting both Level E and Hourou Musuko. Check out the trailers below. Level E looks pretty strange but very interesting especially if you're in to aliens and science fiction. If don't remember Hourou Musuko from our earlier article on it, be sure to check it out.
Hourou Musuko (The Wandering Son)
The series is based on the manga series by Takako Shimura. It follows a young boy named Shuichi Nitori who wants to be a girl, and his friend Yoshino Takatsuki, a girl who wants to be a boy. Unlike a lot of the light and fluffy series out there, this one will deal with serious issues such as transsexuality, gender identity, and the beginning of puberty.
Crunchyroll's doing pretty well for themselves these days. They've announced that they'll be simulcasting 10 shows this season. That's almost half! So which shows will they be getting? We don't know. However, they've started announcing a few of the titles they'll be simulcasting. Check out our nice list with trailers below!
A normal high school boy Kisaragi Ryuji's peaceful life is turned into an adventure by the return of his second cousin Eriko. Ryuji and Eriko seize a relic box from a black broker. In the box they find a red dragon girl, Rose. In order to protect Rose from the black organization, Ryuji decides to fight using his power as a relic handler.