May 29, 2012

Anime Review: Fractale

Imagine a world that is controlled by technology that has woven into the fabric of reality. This is the Fractale system; a system that merges what is real into what is fake.


The 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.


Set out in a mysterious futuristic world where science and the supernatural have merged into one, this is a simple story about a boy named Clain that stumbles upon a girl called Phryne. Wondering why she was being chased, Clain sets out on a journey of discovery with the girl-shaped avatar named Nessa to find Phryne after she disappears and leaves him with a pendant. Clain slowly discovers the truth behind Phryne and the secret of the Fractale System. Whether he will accept the fate he encounters will bring determine the rebuilding or collapse of the world. The story is rather easy to follow through as it is quite linear. You have a beginning, a few complications, and then a dramatic end. I would consider this as a "light-weight relaxer" anime for those who just want to watch something easy going and enjoyable.

The art was a mixed selection of high detail to blurry background images. The characters did have some detail on them but they were mostly backgrounded by the amazing sceneries throughout the anime. There were some heavy use of CG in some episodes which clearly felt out of place for most of the other illustrations. The animation wasn't that fluid during certain segments (something you'll notice even during the first episode) and there are several frames in which the characters (especially their faces) not in focus or farther in the background are poorly drawn. Overall, you disregard these minor details and solely focus on the adventure and story at hand.

The soundtrack was good, especially the theme songs that caught my attention when I first watched the series. Some background music felt similar to old adventure games (such as Final Fantasy) whilst others leaned towards Studio Ghibli style. The voice acting was decent although I would say though that some characters really didn't suit their voice actors that well.

The characters were rather generic and unmemorable. Perhaps Phryne and Nessa were the only ones worth mentioning here. It seems the whole Fractale system revolves around Phryne and Nessa as they are the "keys" to rebuilding the system. Everyone else are just pawns or supporting characters to get the deed done. Other than that, you do not get to find out much background information regarding the rest of the characters.

Overall, it was enjoyable to watch from start to finish. I would say that even though the story was rather linear and predictable, the emotions and feelings shown through the characters made the anime interesting to watch. If you are a sci-fi fan that just wants to watch something then Fractale is a good place to start.

Rather linear and predictable. The idea was great but I felt that the creators restricted their imagination a bit too much. I would have loved it if the story was expanded a bit further.

ART: 6
Decent and acceptable. The sceneries were great but the characters lacked in fine detail.

Some enjoyable classical soundtracks along with catchy theme songs.

Rather generic with no special features. Only Phryne and Nessa will catch your attention.

It was refreshing and enjoyable to watch after an intense action anime for me. 

This is one example of a great idea but poor execution story. Missing details and linear storyline makes this an average anime to watch.