Director Yutaka Yamamoto gave an interview to Matt Lauer last night which has drawn quite a bit of publicity. Yamakan spoke very frankly about his time as a director in the Japanese entertainment industry, but what garnered the most attention, and the most criticism, was his reaction to the comments of young, American anime fans upon the release of the first episode of Fractale, which very well may be the last series he directs-if any gravity whatsoever is assigned to their opinions.
Yamakan stated that he “didn’t appreciate” some of the comments about Fractale, which included such biting remarks as “really boring,” “generic mainstream mediocrity,” and “Yutaka Yamamoto doesn’t care about white people.” Yamakan proceeded to state that these remarks, which painted him as a shitty director, represented “the most disgusting moment of my career,” a statement that has drawn a great deal of media ire.
Members of the media believe that Yamakan, by declaring these comments to be “an all time low” of his career, gave far too much weight to the opinions of a few dumb Americans, and in doing so, seemingly brushed off far greater travesties, e.g. Lucky Star and “that fucking awful series about some guy’s wooden statue turning into a bitch with a toy wand and shit”. Lauer himself was so surprised by Yamakan’s reaction that he interrupted his guest, grabbing his microphone and declaring to viewers his belief that Yamakan was “the worst director of all time…of all time.”
This comes after only one episode of Fractale. We expect to have even more information to report after the airing of episode 2.
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