Fractale Episode 10
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Series Premise: Fractale is an 11-episode weekly television series aired from January to March 2011 as part of Fuji TV’s noitaminA time-slot, an original story directed by Yutaka Yamamoto, developed by Hiroki Azuma and Mari Okada. Clain lives in a futuristic utopia world known as Fractale, and one day he comes across a mysterious priestess on the run named Phryne. After she disappears, Clain searches after her, with only Nessa, a computer-generated ‘doppel’ that emerges from a pendant she leaves in his care, to guide him. Along the way, he learns the secrets about the Fractale system, and that it may not be the utopia he imagined.
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ep. tl;dr review: Even though it’s an incredibly stupid idea, everyone goes to the temple; just waiting for the big finale.
Episode Summary: Clain and Nessa reach the airship as it approaches the temple, and Clain joins Sunda in his final assault. Meanwhile, Phryne meets the High Priestess, who in a jealous fit of rage tries to choke her. Phryne escapes, everyone meets up as the battle rages on, ultimately Clain finds Phryne but is separated from her by a glass wall, using Nessa as a medium to communicate between them as the lecherous Bardot taunts Phryne.
My Impressions: I have come to the conclusion that Fractale is just not very well written. For a series that had such high hopes at the beginning of the year, it certainly has turned out to be a disappointment. The concept behind the story is perfectly sound, but they developed it so haphazardly and Fractale has devolved into a disjointed mess. It seems they could not decide whether to focus more on the larger world-building aspect of the story (involving the dystopia of the Fractale system as it collapses), or turn inward and focus more on the smaller struggles of the individual characters as they try to deal with the world spinning out of control around them. Both courses of action are perfectly reasonable, but by jumping back and forth, they ultimately were unable to do either course well, leading to ham-handed characters I could care less about and an imperfectly-described setting that doesn’t quite make sense.
As far as this particular episode goes, it’s all just building up to the ultimate climax, but for the life of me I couldn’t really find a reason to care about what was going on. Instead, I was just struck with how cheesy and unconvincing the characters’ dialogue and actions had become, rolling my eyes as they gave high-minded speeches explaining why they were doing the most illogical, stupid moves. At this point, I’m only watching the show because it is one episode away from the conclusion, so might as well stick around to the end. But unless the eleventh episode ends up being the most epic twenty minutes since the creation of time, I would have to give Fractale a poor grade. Hindsight is 20/20, as they say, and in retrospect I probably should have dropped this show halfway through.
For more information:
- My earlier reviews:
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- Watch full episodes online: on Funimation
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “One episode left, and it’s not looking good. I feel like barely any questions have been answered which means next episode will probably be half infodump and half unfulfilling resolution. The Rhryne situation still makes almost no sense and why the heck did Moeran throw one of her earrings before attacking Phryne?” – Sea Slugs!
- “Okay, I have to admit: while this show may leave a lot to be desired in terms of building up, at least it knew what it was building up for. That’s not something you see every day. It’s true that the Fractale System completely lacks the depth that it could have had with the right execution, but the past few episodes… they really have been excellent adventures.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- READ THIS ONE IN FULL:“There’s no theme, no point, no purpose, no direction, no clarity and no continuity to Fractale. It hasn’t even thought about such things. It saw other stories had a post-materialistic world and thought it wanted to do something similar to that by putting in scenes where characters spout such lines. But these lines are in no connection to anything else that happens in the story, or who the character are or how they act. It’s just a massive fucking mess. You fucking suck Fractale.” – The Cart Driver
- “Fractale has begun to pick up the pace and seems on track to deliver an excellent finale. It had a deep dip in quality in the middle, but seems to have recovered once they came back to focus on the heart of the story.” – Draggle’s Anime Blog