Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 14, 2011 to Apr 1, 2011
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.141 (scored by 19018 users)
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SynopsisThe story takes place on an island, where a "Fractale System" is beginning to collapse. One day, Clain finds an injured girl called Phryne under a cliff. She disappears leaving a pendant. Clain sets out for a journey with the girl-shaped avatar Nessa to look for Phryne and discovers the secret of the Fractale System.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Fractale
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I'm gonna come out and say that Fractale isn't that bad... and all the hate people have for it is kinda unjustified. The problem is that the show didn't manage to become the kind of masterpiece Yamakan wanted it to be, and that failed promise put the show in a very negative light. At least he's a man of his word, and "retired for the time being". It's a pity if he actually goes away for good because I still think he's still someone with plenty of talent, and even some of that does show in the flop that is Fractale.
I've said this on more than one occasion, that I'd like to compare this series with Last Exile or Allison to Lillia, because I strongly feel that that is Yamakan's vision for Fractale. It isn't so much about the story, but it's about the fabulous combo of pre-industrial age technology meets young man's (or girl's) adventure. Series like these usually focus a lot more of the setting of the story, like the common people's way of life, community relationships, the environment, the history than most other shows do. This is probably Yamakan's take on the cincept, with a little furturistic element to it. And I really like that. Fractale shows the fun in a frugal and simple way of living, clean and honest community life, its conflict with furturistic technology, and a young man's adventure in his role and approach towards this conflict.
Whereas the show fails hard on its execution and characters. First of all, there is too little revealed about the Fractale system itself, and we the audience are left with too many questions about practically everything that is going on. That won't be a problem if the characters are interesting enough to drive the show along, but they aren't. Clain is constantly being led by the nose by everyone around him, and his actions are always a result of how the story drives him, when it should be the other way around. Phyrne and Nessa are as mysterious as the Fractale system itself, and everyone else is there just to fill up the screen time. In the ending, there's wasn't a resolution or anything. It feels like it all happened as a matter of course. I'll keep this spoiler-free, but it's a happy, but really dumb ending.
Another thing that's sorely missing from Fractale is satisfying animation, which is something I'm expecting to see from an anime using this concept. I'm totally expecting spectacular backgrounds, detailed characters or equipment, or at least smooth animating, but Fractale delivered none. I can't explain how disappointed I was.
So in all, Fractale is okay. If you understand and love the concept of animes I was talking about, you'll enjoy Fractale to a certain extent. Otherwise, it probably isn't something for you.
Story Style: Miserable
Value: 6 read more
Fractale is a show full of surprises and twists; I was hooked from the very first episode.
The concept of Fractale was fascinating. Far in the future, humanity lives in an Eden, but their paradisiacal lives are just a high-tech optical illusion comprised of data simulations. Fractale terminals ensnare complacent humanity in this intangible dream world. Humans no longer interact with one another and are completely dependent on the system and the Temple, the mysterious organization that rules Fractale. The only exception to this is the Lost Millennia, a rebel faction determined to reunite man with nature, hard-work, and each other. Naturally, Clain, Phryne, and Nessa become involved with the Lost Millennia, and many ethical questions are raised. Nature vs. Technology. Whose ideals are correct? Is violence ever justified? What is the innate state of man? Good stuff.
The problem is that some aspects of Fractale are never explained very clearly. If another episode detailing its origins and those involved had been squeezed in somewhere (perhaps between Barrot’s revelation and the final episode?), this show would have easily been a 10. Well, if not for that and Clain’s whacky choice of underwear. The ending is satisfying in terms of Enri and the Lost Millennia. It was ambiguous when dealing with the main trio, but not necessarily in a bad way, depending on how you perceive it.
Fractale is populated by a cast of interesting, fleshed out characters. I can’t think of one I disliked, and that’s saying a lot. One of my favorite things about Fractale was that it set up many of the characters to fill some very stereotypical anime roles, and then did a complete 180. This is true with the lead protagonist, Clain. I initially pegged him as the archetypical Nice Guy. But after a few episodes, I found out that Clain is pretty quirky. He likes antiques, firmly decides to fight despite the tragic cost of human life, and he stands beside his love interest even after he discovers some unpleasant things about her. Phryne was fantastic. She never fell into the role of Innocent Girl Who Can’t Do Anything and Constantly Needs to be Rescued. Phryne was tough, fought her own battles (even though her motives were not always clear), and even saved Clain a couple of times. She had a good heart coupled with an engaging inner darkness. At first, I was disappointed when Nessa entered the scene and hogged some of Phryne’s spotlight, but even I even warmed up to her, too. Enri was another notable character whose likeability surprised me. At the onset of the show, she was a spoiled brat, but by the end she had become a strong and responsible individual.
I’m also a huge fan of Castle in the Sky, and it is quite evident why the two are so often compared. The art in Fractale is very reminiscent of Miyazaki’s style (not to mention the opening scenes of Castle in the Sky). The characters’ have realistically proportioned bodies, expressive eyes, and intricate costumes. The many machines are meticulously detailed and the backgrounds are bursting with vibrant colors. In fact, the show’s masterful use of color is part of what makes it so memorable and charming. Positive pastoral scenes are brimming with lush hues, whereas sinister locations like the Temple and Xanadu have a much darker palette.
At first, I was not impressed by the show’s choice in music. There isn’t much variety, but the songs are powerful and well-chosen. By the end of the show, each of the pieces really grew on me, especially the opening theme.
Fractale is really something special. Yes, it has clearly been influenced by Miyazaki’s works, but not so much that it cannot stand on its own. The viewer cares for Fractale’s diverse characters, and the concept is deeply thought provoking. Visually, it is a delight and the soundtrack turns out to be pretty darn catchy. I enjoyed every episode, and it was genuinely bittersweet to finish the series. Definitely worth watching.
The stories are based around a future with high level technollogy that allows a select group of huimans to live in peace. Yet there is a dark secret behind the societies that they are living in. Both happen to feature young males whose perspective of the world is naive, not to mention innocent of the way the world looks. But when someone suddenly shows up, a person very mysterious, suddenly, their lives end up being turned upside down.
Stories set in a possible future that deal with the gradually revealed Orwellian control exercized over the people by government institutions and involve advanced technology for everyday use.
Both are about a world that is ideal in some way, and both of these ideal worlds have a dark secret behind. In no.6 a chosen ignorant group of people can live in bliss, and everyone who dares to have a different opinion are eliminated, reminds me of communism a bit. In Fractale everyone lives in a so called free world and receive a brainwashing frequently, so that no one would have doubts or questions.
I think no.6 is deeper, darker and I personally liked it more. Fractale is a lot more light and childish, but enjoyable nevertheless.
Both anime present a technologically advanced, seemingly utopical world, with a lot more going on behind the curtain. The main characters are teens who accidentally find out about these secrets and oppose the authorities.
Both are noitaminA shows with a "social sci-fi" feel, with some similar themes. The difference is that No. 6 is a more blatant dystopia from the beginning while Fractale makes a point of showing both the good and the bad of the society it depicts. Also No. 6 has more yaoi.
The plot revolves around some kind of ideal city and the main character founds out about it's secrets.
The story focus on characters fighting against a utopian city that once they thought it was a safe and normal place. Both main characters slowly discover the secrets of the city they live in and stop being ignorant after finding someone who teach more about the world to them.
If you've seen Fractale you will agree that they give off a really similar feeling, and are surrounded by technology, and don't need to worry about safety because they are protected by the system. Even the art style is somewhat similar. Later on when the story progresses, it reveals the flaws in the cities "perfect" system. These series even have the same number of episodes.
Both series are rife with inconsistancies and plotholes which are never fully explained. they start out great presenting this idea of a utopian world, but soon shows that all is not as it seems. the worlds and styles are very similar, but could have benefited from a longer run time and more character development
- Idea of utopia world/city.
- Character development in both anime.
Both Series are based on some really high tech that allows most people live the way they wanted, both series has amazing plot and character design if you like the one you'll like the other
A youthful romance develops on a rebel airship with an eccentric crew and a charismatic captain. Although similar, they are not "alike." Still, if you enjoy one, you are likely to enjoy the other.
The main protagonist joining the 'terrorists' and later finding out that they are actually the good guys etc etc and many more similar things. Both shows just give the same feeling, you'll know when you whatch ;D
Both TV shows main character relationships progress is similar and some parts of the show was of the same kind.
The protagonist of both these shows is a young boy. They're introduced to a rebel group, a group seeking to oppose the government/system controlling them. There is also a similar art style as well as setting with the plains being the large surrounding setting.
Rebels and Terrorists are a main point in both of these anime's. Both have rebellious youth males and females.
Fractale has a striking similarity to Eureka Seven in many ways.
The first big thing I noted, was the world in which both anime took place, had a similar, peaceful, post apocalyptic feel to them. Although in E7, the world seems to be more vibrant and technology driven, as there is no mecha in this anime. The people of the world of Fractale are nomads, which is the main difference.
Another big resemblance is the plot. It runs around the same lines, although much shorter, it still feels very similar.
Finally, the romance between the two main characters, while it was way stronger between Renton and Eureka, is still there, and in the end, is heart warming.
Do not watch this if you are looking for something as good as E7, as there isn't really anything out there that is as good. Do watch this if you enjoyed E7, and want something that isn't as serious, or just want something that will help you "get over" E7 in a short amount of time.
Opening Theme"Harinezumi (ハリネズミ)" by Azuma Hitomi
Ending Theme#1: "Down By The Salley Gardens" by Azuma Hitomi (eps 1-4, 9-11)
#2: "Salley Garden "(サリーガーデン)" by Azuma Hitomi (eps 5-8)
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