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5.0 out of 5 stars It's like a series made by Studio Ghibli!, 13 Dec 2012
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M. J. Stackhouse (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fractale [DvD] (DVD)
I've just finished watching this in the original Japanese as this was all I could get hold of at present, and what a ride!

With lush background animation, and a compelling story, the only letdown was the shortness of this series which unfortunately resulted in a rather 'quick' ending, but the rest of the episodes more than makes up for this.

I'll try and sum it up; it's the future, pretty much everyone is connected to the Fractale system, and it's been like this for around a thousand years. Fractale makes life easy for everyone that chooses to use it, making the world look like a better place, as well as taking care of any dietary / medical requirements the users might have. There's no war, and people are generally content. Few people communicate in person anymore, instead opting to use virtual odd-looking 'dopples' of themselves (which is a shame, as most of the story seems to be set somewhere with lush green rolling hills and lovely blue skies!).

Fractale is naturally not all sunshine and roses, and there is a more sinister side lurking. There are of course people who resist Fractale who want to bring it down, but then you have the people who are hopelessly dependent on it (like an opt-in Matrix!).

The story revolves around a boy who likes antiques from the way we used to be. He gets mixed up with two girls, who turn out to be very important to Fractale, and some freedom fighters called Lost Millennium.

It's just a shame it's only 11 episodes long, as fleshing out some of the characters a little more, as well as explaining Fractale with some more detail would have saved this series a few unfair negative reviews online.

As a whole, this series impressed me. The art style, elements of the story and even the personalities of the characters are all similar to things you might have seen in other disparate works, but they all come together very nicely here.

There might be little plot quibbles, but these aside, just stand back and judge the series as a whole - the writers should be proud of this accomplishment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, 29 Sep 2013
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Fractale is the augmented reality that almost everyone is now dependent upon, and it's slowly failing. With Fractale, there is no war, no hunger and no need to work. Clain is a boy with a love of antiques, and no digital "doppel" who must decide if he wants to try and save it, or destroy it for what it does to our humanity.

Although this series is quite confusing for the first few episodes, it's a fun examination of if being "connected" disconnects us from others, and if becoming too dependent on technology leads to us being reliant on it and stops us from striving. Probably deserves to be seen twice to absorb properly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fractale [DvD], 11 May 2013
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D. G. Slade "anime fan" (hazlemere uk) - See all my reviews
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Is the world around us real or is it made up to be reformated every 100 years. The series follows a young boy as he trys to save the world and two young girls.Aided by a terrorist sect that lives of the grid so to speak.
A fun filled adventure for all the family to enjoy with plenty of twists in the story and a happy ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fractale - a downloaded world of dream and reality, 21 May 2013
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Imagine a peaceful world where you can live in your own house away from bustling towns and that your parents as avatars (inc the dog) can visit you for lunch; but somehow doesn't all this seem fake, a bit lonely? Then in drops (literally from the sky) a mysterious girl who gets you fired up, who is being chased by what seem inept characters until you realise these are free humans with no Fractale knowledge being implanted in your head through a daily prayer to a star! Exit the girl only for a new one to emerge from a cube is she real or an evolved avatar? Will love and intrigue be explained? Watch this short series for the answers :)

I love the artscapes and the characters are all endearing in their own ways, even the baddies :P
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story start to finish, 6 May 2013
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Highly recommended. Watching this always feels like one of those amazing anime you watched when you were young but do t quite remember. It's familiar, yet a masterpiece of an adventure.

Characters are brought to life beyond what you can normally expect in anime. The protagonist boy has to save the world with the help of two beautiful yet complicated girls. Great yeah?

Plenty of nice twists and like able characters.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice but, 30 Dec 2013
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Simon D. Jones "mavmaramis" (Somerset) - See all my reviews
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I was looking forward to seeing this series as the premise interested me and sure enough the series was very good. It seems that most people are plugged into some kind of virtual environment called Fractale. There are two factions - those who want to keep Fractale going and those who wish to destroy it. The main character becomes involved when a princess ends up befriending him. Although I really enjoyed this series I have to make mention of the fact that although the option to turn off the subtitles was available from the menu it didn't seem to work and I was forced to watch the whole thing with yellow subtitles (not the best colour in the world for them) which were completely different to the spoken English dub making the series extremely hard to follow as you ended up half listening to the dialogue and half reading the subtitles which would occasionally disappear too quickly.

Amine purists would probably tut-tut at me for not watching it in Japanese with subtitles but hey I like English dubs so sue me.

If the option to turn off subtitles is available at least make it work and not force us to watch it with horrible yellow subtitles.

As with most Japanese anime the ending is left ambiguous.
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