Lantis, Bandai Visual's music label, has posted the fourth 122-second promotional video for the Hana-Saku Iroha anime on its YouTube channel and on the anime's official website. The anime is the 10th anniversary work of the animation studio P.A. Works (true tears, CANAAN, Angel Beats!) The project features original character designs by Mel Kishida (So-Ra-No-Wo-To) and an image song, "Yumeji," sung by nano.RIPE. The story centers around Ohana Matsumae, a 16-year-old Tokyo native who ended up working at a onsen ryokan (hot spring inn). The new video is the first one with actual animated footage. The anime itself will premiere on television next spring.
The official website of the Fractale anime is streaming a 30-second preview video and a 15-second television ad. The 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."
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