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Fractale - The Complete Series (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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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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  • Actors: Yu Kobayashi, Kana Hanazawa, Minami Tsuda
  • Directors: Yutaka Yamamoto
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Limited Edition, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 275 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007V9EAH2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fractale - The Complete Series (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo)" on IMDb

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Format: Blu-ray
Note: I got this from another source ten days before official release to my immense surprise.

Funimation pulled out all the stops for this wonderful box set of Fractale. Set over 1000 years from now, a future utopia is decaying as the Fractale system begins to fail. A classic tale of a naive boy pulled into events beyond his experience begins when a sad eyed girl falls into young Clain's life. Initially cheery and bright, this complex anime series becomes progressively darker and emotional. Often acid in its social commentary, this is not a show for those wanting mindless entertainment. I recommend it to serious science fiction fans and anyone who enjoys a well crafted anime. It has its flaws, but the sum total of its parts made this my favorite anime of all time.

The box set itself is impressive. A glossy and sturdy slip case holds two Blu-ray cases, one for the DVD's and the other for the Blu-rays. Each disc has distinct artwork so you will not mix them up easily. The original promotional paintings are used for the case covers, inside the case lids, and on both sides of the slipcase. Do not be alarmed by the lavender hair on the girls, that is not what is in the actual videos. Picture quality is excellent and this series truly needs to be seen in 1080p to appreciate the nearly Studio Ghibli quality.

DolbyHD soundtracks in both languages sound fantastic and even though I hate dubs, I have to admit the American voice actors did a great job. The English language script does take liberties, but does not change things too much. It will probably be easier for people to understand, since the series did go over some people's heads. The commentaries will either amuse or infuriate you, you will understand after hearing them.
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But don't let them put you off from checking this show out. Fractale has the story and the characters to keep going for many episodes. In fact, it is a shame it is so short.

To give you an idea without ruining much. The story sets in a distant future. The internet has advanced in a massive way and is referred to as the Fractale System. Most people in the world are hooked on it to the point they spend their lives in it rather than in the real world. Doppels are what you would call, the person's avatar in the real world. For those that choose to live more in the real world but take advantage of the Fractale System's benefits, they can view relatives or friends as Doppels.

That all might sound a bit complicated but really the concepts are simple once you get into the story. Fractale is very much a utopia society and like most, it isn't perfect no matter how hard it is portrayed to be perfect. During the course of this series you will discover that and see that not everything is perfect in this future.

Aside from that, the characters of Fractale are decent. They won't win awards for being the most original but they each play their parts well. The biggest surprises involve the antagonists as the story goes on. Despite how cheery and idealistic the story starts as, the anime does go into some dark areas later which some may not expect.

Art and sound are both excellent. As this is a Funimation release, expect an English dub. How well done it is, that remains to be seen. Hopefully it will be on par with some of their other recent works like Okami-san.

In the end, Fractale serves it's purpose. It wraps up the story well and leaves you with an overall good feeling of time well spent. Hopefully there will be a big price drop because the $70 list price is way too much for a show this short. Which I'm sure it will have. Enjoy it! At the very least, give it a rental.
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Fractale was introduced in the 22nd century to promote a peaceful society. It is a network containing billions of computers. Humanity has become complacent and lives their lives through doppelgangers. Very few actually live their lives with their real bodies. Clain is a young man that lives with a fascination of old technology. One day, he meets a girl named Phryne. She is a priestess of Fractale, which has now become controlled by a religious cult. She disappears and leaves Clain a pendant. Out from the pendant comes a cheery girl named Nessa. The connection between Nessa and Phryne is a mystery, but they are very important to the future of Fractale, and are pursued aggressively. The 3 are reunited and join a group of anti-Fractale freedom fighters. With their new friends, they discover the truth, and start a war to liberate humanity from the tyrannical Fractale "religion".

This anime is very interesting. At first it seems like something that Miyazaki would come up with. Then as it progresses it reminds you of The Last Exile. It's kind of a mix between Castle In the Sky and The Last Exile. It has action, comedy, drama, and mystery. There are lots of great characters with good voice actors. The animation, and soundtrack are also very good. The series has potential to be 5 stars, but I think it needed to be longer. It doesn't seem rushed or anything, I just wish that they has developed the relationships between the characters a bit more than they did. That's my only complaint, and the only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars. It's got a little language, so I recommend it to viewers 11 and up. I really enjoyed Fractale, It's an extremely well done series, and every anime fan should check it out.
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