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Fractale - The Complete Series (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From the start of this show I constantly got vibes between this show and a Studio Ghibli Film made by the master story teller Hayo Miyazaki! Read morePublished 6 months ago by HonestToCritic
Good story and artwork. It bite more for kids then adult. It's world 500 to 700 years ahead. Were we lost most high tech. The people make do with what they got. Read morePublished 15 months ago by 8888
Best anime series ive ever seen. I loved it from beginning to end <3Published 18 months ago by lezlie Michelle matos
This is one of those anime titles that completely comes in under the Radar.. the story is very unique.. Worth a watch if your looking for something different,Published 21 months ago by R. Manno
I good never figure out the plot and what was going on. It fell apart for me after 5 episodes, since I still didn't understand it.Published on March 22, 2014 by Myrna Lofthus
this future film is so exciting i find myself totally intrigued with so much action and good relationships where love comes and friendship growsPublished on December 6, 2013 by pamela
I really love love this story its amazing but short i was really hoping to be longer then 13 episodes 3 really sad tear breakers this i would say i recommend to people who ever... Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by daniel lee
Fractale is a great anime. I thought there would have been more than 11 episodes, but it was not as rushed as I thought it would be. Read morePublished on November 11, 2013 by WestSideMonteBoy
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