Posted on July 13, 2012 AT 01:27pm
As an anime lover, sometimes I find it difficult to find an anime that is new and fresh. So many of them deal with the same topics, like demons, evil spirits, or malevolent powers. Fractale took the theme of evil and wrapped it into the modern world of technology…well sort of.
Fractale takes place in the distance future. The world is run by a massive computer system called Fractale. Computers have become so integrated into society that it has come to the point people are not longer interacting as themselves anymore. The vast majority of them use holographic avatars called Doppls.
Within the network of Fractale, there is no longer hunger, there are no wars, and every need is met. However, this mindless bliss is not without cost. Families no longer live together, people don’t touch each other, no one knows what people really look like, and the most basic of human interaction is gone. All this is achieved through a guise of giving humans complete freedom but are they really free?
Then there is Clain. Clain forgoes using a Doppl and is obsessed with “antique” tech. He still utilizes Fractale but to a lesser degree than his friends and family. Clain runs into Phryne and his whole world is turned upside down. Phryne is a Priestess of the Fractale system and she is carrying a secret burden…Nessa. Nessa is a Doppl of Phryne when she was younger and more innocent. They are two halves of “The Key” to Fractale.
Fractale is slowly falling apart. Large gaps in the grid are forming, leaving communities of humans lost without Fractale to care for them. Not everyone is upset about this though, The Lost Millennium is a ragtag group of “terrorists” that are determined to bring Fractale down once and for all, and to force mankind back to a day when they had choices and actual freedom.
Fractale was thoroughly enjoying. This colorful world of modern technology far more advanced than what is available now mixed with a decidedly old-fashioned look was captivating. The animation was a general style of Japanese animation but the richness of the characters and story kept me from being bored with it. The whole concept of what was actually happening, the secret behind Fractale, was slowly played out throughout the entire series but not in such a way that will leave you fleeing toyed with. The timing behind the the unveiling was perfect. It kept me wanting to watch more and I didn’t feel tired of watching.
The writing was so well done, I found myself actually caring about what was happening to the characters. I would feel sad when something terrible happened and delight in Nessa’s unharnessed energy. It’s rare for an anime to illicit that kind of emotion with such a short series. It even had me questioning whether or not this really is a future we are all headed for. We are extremely dependent on our tech already.
The music was certainly catchy, since I found my 2 year old daughter trying to hum and singalong with the theme song. The voice acting was cast perfectly and I didn’t even mind Enri’s screeching voice since the actress that voiced her made you feel that really is what Enri would sound like.
Fractale is a series that any anime lover would want to own. It has everything an anime needs to be a really goo anime and they managed to do it all in a way that is surprisingly sweet. It’s beautifully cast, written, and animated. It deserves a place on any collector’s shelf.
The set I reviewed was the Fractale Limited Edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack. It contains all 11 episodes and has a runtime of 275 minutes. It has English dub, Japanese, and English subtitles. It will be released by FUNimation on July 17, 2012.
The Good: Everything is so well done and the story is fantastic
The Bad: If you like gratuitous sex and violence, this isn’t the anime for you.
The Ugly: N/A
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