From the studio behind Black Butler and Fairy Tail soars a sci-fi adventure sure to make you ponder how much control you really have over your own future. In a near-perfect society, humans enjoy virtually anything their heart desires by simply staying connected to Fractale - a centuries-old technology on the verge of collapse. One day, Clain, a teenage boy who collects antique electronics, saves a girl on the run from dangerous pursuers. She disappears in the night, leaving only a pendant full of data behind. Suddenly Clain's quiet life turns to chaos when he's caught between the religious order determined to save Fractale, and the Lost Millennium - who want to destroy it.
In the sci-fi adventure series Fractale (2011), humans have been injected with nanomachines, linking them to a global technological network that provides everything they need. A person can live in one place and be present in another as an avatar or "doppel." But the aging Fractale system is failing; its satellites crash and some people can no longer contact the network. Teenage Clain is only vaguely aware of these problems. He lives by himself, minimally supervised by the doppels of his parents, pursuing his fascination with old technological devices. But Clain's life is turned upside down when Phryne appears, followed by her alter ego/doppel Nessa. They're fleeing from adherents of the Lost Millennium, an organization that rejects the benefits--and restrictions--of Fractale. To aid Phryne and Nessa, Clain joins the struggle between Lost Millennium and the hierarchs of the Temple who control Fractale. The tone and characters of this series may remind viewers of Last Exile and the earlier, more entertaining episodes of Eureka Seven. Clain is an appealing hero, although neither he nor the audience really understand Phryne, Nessa, or their significance to the Fractale system. The story moves very slowly until the last few episodes, and Enri, the obnoxious sister of one of the Millennium leaders, mistreats Clain ad nauseam. But Fractale remains an enjoyable series despite these flaws, and in Xanadu, a city where Fractale technology enables its inhabitants to create anything they can imagine, the filmmakers offer a vision as unsettling as it is garish. (Rated TV 14: violence, violence against women, brief nudity, toilet and risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
(1. Encounter, 2. Nessa, 3. Granitz Village, 4. Departure, 5. Journey, 6. The Farthest Town, 7. City of Pride/Veneer Town, 8. Secret of the Underground, 9. No Way Out, 10. To the Monastery, 11. Paradise)
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