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Update: Regalia producer gives explanation for anime’s broadcast halt

Infinite’s original Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars anime, produced by Girls und Panzer studio Actas, announced on July 28th that the series would halt all broadcasts and streaming after that day’s fourth episode. The show then relaunched on Thursday, September 1st, restarting from the first episode for all TV broadcasts. The staff previously cited a “recognisable difference between the show’s planned quality [and the current quality]” as their reason for cancelling on the series’ planned schedule, and said they would adjust the structure and schedule of production in order to deliver better production quality. But producer Takayuki Nagatani recently gave an interview explaining the reasons for the decision in more detail.

Saying that the production staff were dissatisfied with Regalia‘s animation, direction and sound at the beginning, Nagatani realised that conveying the story accurately in 13 episodes would be difficult. He said, “I prioritise making the studio do the best it can within its limited budget,” and so chose to halt production and revise the episodes that had already aired. While leaving the story unchanged, he hopes additional lines and scenes and alterations to the existing content will ensure that that “themes and intentions we were trying to convey” are more strongly emphasised in the remake.

Nagatani denies feeling any embarrassment or shame, but says the relaunch is much closer to “what [the production staff] wanted to make,” and the impact on viewers should be stronger. Details regarding future availability of the original episodes are unclear, but while he believes the Blu-ray releases should have enough room for both versions, he’s leaving this decision to the staff according to their own wishes. He told staff to “be careful” taking into account the stresses of the extended production schedule, concerned about the state of morale and acknowledging that producing a hand-drawn robot anime “burned a lot of calories.” Given that many mecha anime are now animated using CG rather than traditional techniques, he wants Actas to “do its best as one of the few studios making hand-drawn robot anime.”

However, Nagatani admitted that he doesn’t recommend his leniency over revision of the earlier episodes. Though many creators were jealous of his attitude, having wished to revise opening episodes of their own anime after they had been done, he said “you must be thankful to staff who let you do this,” remarking on the loss of trust and money he ultimately caused. As a final note, he confirmed that the title of episode 5, ‘Counterattack’, was decided before the broadcast halt and wasn’t intended to have an ulterior meaning.

The anime directed by Infinite Stratos series director Susumu Tosaka premiered on July 7th, and was originally intended to run for 13 episodes. Due to this broadcast being discontinued, the Blu-ray and DVD home releases of the show’s first volume will be delayed by a month. They were previously scheduled to hit shelves in Japan on October 4th.

FUNimation stream the series as it airs in Japan through FunimationNow, and they give the story the following summary:

In the country of Rimguard a mysterious event shook the country and its people just 12 years prior. As time passed, memory of the incident began to fade while peace reigned over the land. Sisters Yui and Rena live a quiet life in the Enastria Empire until a large mecha suddenly attacks their peaceful home, changing everything. The girls become caught in a vortex of destiny and godly revival.

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