>> Fractale: The Complete Series (BLU-RAY) (2012)

Show: Fractale

Season/Volume: The Complete Series

Genre: Action/Adventure, Anime, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Starring: Yu Kobayashi, Kana Hanazawa, Minami Tsuda

Studio: Funimation

Runtime: 275 minutes

Release Date: July 17, 2012

Format: BLU-RAY, DVD

Discs: 4

Notes: Limited Edition

Rating: 4.50 (out of 4.00)

Grade: A+

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The world of Fractale is one in which some humans choose to enter the world as dopples (think the 2009 Bruce Willis film Surrogates), computer animated versions of themselves. In this world there is a system known as Fractale, a network that keeps the peace for humanity, but there might be something sinister at work behind the Fractale network.

Clain, a young man who has a love for old technology and who traverses his world in human form, meets up with Phryne, a girl he first encounters as she’s being chased through the air by unknowns. Clain rescues her from being captured and hides her at his house. As a thank you she gives him a pendent which turns out to hold a very unique dopple named Nessa. The next morning Phryne has disappeared and Clain, along with Nessa, head out to find her. What they uncover along their travels will change their worlds forever.

AnimeNewsNetwork.com claims that Fractale is Science Fiction As It Should Be, and I have to agree one hundred percent. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how social networking has effected us as a whole. The way that random rumors can spread like wildfire, the smallest pop culture references can create entire new cultures with the click of a mouse, and how the anonymity of the internet helps create a flow of negativity that quickly manifests from snide remarks on a website to real world attitude misalignments. If anything Fractale is a social commentary on where we’re heading at the rate we’re going. I really do believe that if the technology was in place where we could stay at home and traverse the world in “dopples” a large chunk of the population would do it and corruption and apathy would follow behind in the blink of an eye.

Fractale manages to give us an engaging sci-fi adventure with lots of strange new technology and amazing things to see while still making some huge comments on our ever growing on-line culture that alienates us from one another, provides a world almost without laws, but more importantly elevates the process of our becoming docile and unwilling to stand for anything, literally and figuratively. Match that with such a beautifully done animation presentation and excellent dubbing, it’s a no brainer, Fractale is a must see.


Funimation has done it once again. Everything from the color to the definition to hammering out any foreseeable flaws seems to have been handled with kid gloves. There was not a single scene in this anime I felt could have been done better. The series meshes well a hand drawn animation with CGI placement here and there which works fantastically. Reference all the way.

Audio is just as fantastic. The score for the series is simply amazing and beautiful which, with the awesome full surround spectrum that had me jumping a few times, makes the film not only sound great but if you own a good surround sound system you will enjoy a full cinematic experience with Fractale. So get your popcorn ready and enjoy the amazing release.

~DVD Version
~Limited Edition Art Case: The case for the two Blu-ray slipcases (one holds the BD version and the other the DVD version) is gorgeous. The actual slip cases and discs also boast very impressive artwork that boosts the quality of this limited edition set even higher.
~Commentaries for Ep. 1 & 7
~Promo Video’s
~Original Preview
~DVD & BD Commercials
~Fractale’s Art Sanctuary
~Textless Opening and Closing Songs
~Shobi Wind Orchestra, Tokyo: Watch this.



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