Fractale: The Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review
“Fractale” is a beautiful, but deeply frustrating anime series.
In the 11 episode anime series “Fractale,” the futuristic story takes place on an island where a virtual reality system (Fractale) rules the land so to speak. The story revolves around a human boy (Clain) who encounters a Priestess (Phryne) which sets events in motion. From there on out, Clain’s life is turned upside down when he encounters a doppel in human form (Nessa), a gang known as the Lost Millennium who are rebelling against the Fractale system, an airship, refugees, a Temple, a city called Xanadu, clones, a deteriorating Fractale which needs to be restarted, and, yes, even romance.
“Fractale” is the type of anime series that presents interesting ideas, but doesn’t quite work as a whole. On the surface, it’s a thought provoking show about technological dependence that boasts incredible animation. Seriously, everything from the tech and doppel designs to the vehicles and environments are stunning here. Unfortunately, those elements aren’t quite enough to make this odd show a success.
As with just about any show, a series lives and dies with its main character and “Fractale” certainly loses points with its main character Clain. Clain is an annoying kid who talks to himself (there is no voice over narration here) and has awkward character interactions with clumsy dialogue. For a series with such a grand adventure, it’s disappointing to see the show failing to grab your interest from a character perspective. “Fractale” is definitely a series in which the ideas and universe are more interesting than its inhabitants and that’s a shame since there might be a good show here somewhere.
Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? The animation looks gorgeous in hi-def. It’s the best part of the series.
Audio Track: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0. How does it sound? Neither track is particularly strong as there is some mediocre vocal acting on display here. Still, the original language Japanese track is probably your best bet.
* Trailers for “Oblivion Island: Haruka And The Magic Mirror,” “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,” “Tales Of Vesperia,” “Shakugan no Shana,” and Funimation.com.
* Episode 1 commentary by the adaptive scriptwriter and a voice actor. Expect lots of praise for the show.
*1 textless opening song and two textless closing songs.
* “Fractale” U.S. trailer, original preview, 2 promo videos, and DVD and Blu-ray ads.
* “Fractale’s Art Sanctuary”- Still gallery.
* A laidback episode 7 commentary by the ADR director and a voice actress.
* “Shobi Wind Orchestra, Tokyo”- A nearly 5 minute performance of the “Fractale” score conducted by Souhei Kano.
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