Posted by psgels on 25 March 2011 with categories: Fractale




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. Starting with the bizarre city episode, this series grew a beard that thankfully made it much wore worthwhile than I imagined.

It’s a good thing, because I was really getting Kannagi Flashbacks at that point. This episode again though: it did what an adventure climax is supposed to do. It’s exciting, the characters have become a lot more interesting to watch. Sopme of the scenes here, like with Phryne and her parents, really kicked ass here. This really could have been much, much worse.

On a more serious note, this piece of news just popped up, confirming that Fractale is very out of place on Noitamina (heck: this means that it had lower ratings than Sarai-ya Goyou). In terms of the long run though, I still think that this is good for the time-slot if it can manage to recover from this dip: experimenting with new formats and reaching out to new audiences was definitely an interesting idea, and something is telling me that upcoming summer will be especially good to the Noitamina Ratings. Which only leaves the rather risky Spring Season.

Oh, and on a side-note: I consider a good OP song to be a song that I can listen to over and over: one that remains fun to watch throughout the entire airtime of its series. At this, Fractale’s OP really succeeded with its simple but unique visuals and surprisingly catchy song.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

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  1. Firechick says:

    Yep! This episode of Fractale rocked! And I’m also surprised with the really low Noitamina ratings! You’d think that with Hourou Musuko they’d spike up a bit. What also confuses me is how they’ve survived even though their DVD sales kinda stunk. But I hope Noitamina doesn’t die within the next year or so. I want to see Anohana and Bunny Drop!

  2. m says:

    The Nausicatrix’s world has no signs that any thought was put into it, its narrative is an aimless mess driven by character insanity and stupidity, and its visual direction actively undermined the story by screwing with the character designs. Unless they tie the knot with the revelation of the nature of the key, I doubt it will even manage to hold its setting together. I want to compare the badness of its writing to that of Origin: Spirits of the Past, but I am not sure that is insulting enough.

    I really do not think the show matured any this episode. It became darker and edgier way back when the Luddites murdered innocent people and justified it with an appeal to nature. Since then its only deviations from the gritty world are when the Luddites’ home lives are depicted favorably, when Clain spends time with his father, and when the main characters bond. The rest of the show is sexual violence, cloning horror, a war of extermination, an even more sinister group of Luddites breaking everything, and the continuous failure of the infrastructure underpinning human existence. This episode just provided more of the same, only with the extra special duct tape of using sentimental idiocy to bring together the components necessary for the climax.

    I’ll definitely grant that the OP song is good, though. Best thing to come from this entire project.

  3. Yeah, I agree that the OP is great. Probably my favorite theme music of the season.

    I also enjoyed the episode. It was interesting to see the true mental state of the arch priestess, and her motivations for renewing the Fractale System. The stuff with Dias still running fast and loose with LM’s principles got my attention as well.

  4. DmonHiro says:

    Awesome episode… just one little thing: SOMEONE SHOOT HER ‘FATHER’!

    Come one Dias, you seem to love blowing shit up, blow THAT ship up.

  5. ahelo says:

    Oh come on that op sequence was horrible. I couldn’t bear waste a minute+ on such boring visuals. I do waste my time though cus the song is okay-good. My problem with noitaminA is that they only give eleven episodes for a series. Heck Hourou Musuko had to skip elementary so that it can fit eleven episodes and they’re even cutting episode 10 and 11 into one.
    Fractale didn’t feel as much of an adventure too because its only 11 episodes. If we go back last year, I loved Kuragehime but its only 11 damn episodes.
    Imo they should stop the 11 episode format cus that block gets the most interesting anime.

  6. Solaris says:

    This time I only agree the op is awesome. And, by the way, it’s the only reference to fractals, as I still haven’t got what do fractals have to do with this show in the first place.
    This show is another train wreck. It does gives hints to serious business, but yet any topic development is rather shallow. I can somewhat agree at least these last episodes have some adventure in them, but it’s pretty little to call it a win.
    Well Clain growing some balls and go save his princess is some nice development after 9 episodes of chars running left and right aimlessly.
    If noitamina were to deliver serious busines, it’s crystal clear Fractale failed pretty hard at it.
    Now I expect the producer to keep his own word and go the fuck out of the business as he said before this crap aired. Luckily he’d not ruin any more show in the future.

  7. jzar says:

    It was another show of painful jumps and added depth that came from nowhere and felt slapped on. Did they have a script to follow or did they just make it up as they went along.

    Grrr, ….with so many good manga’s out there how can they produce such bad stories. I am not surprised at the low rating.

    I really wish they would remember that good art needs a good basic story. Did they think the bad story would be overlooked?

  8. hoiut says:

    The depth of the story and Fractale system itself are lacking, I agree. But as an adventure series with a good bit of wandering and some really gripping climaxes, it succeeds. This episode really is excellent when taken alone.

  9. Solaris says:

    Yes, Hoiut, but again, this is pretty low level for noitamina’s standards.

  10. rever5e says:

    If i not mistaken it was Hourou Musuko who got the bad ratings, base on the early few episode. Fractale ranting not that bad. since the Notamina is the average of the two

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:42 PM)
    @Bam: There was this bizzaro Joan of arc slide show arthouse erotica anime from the 70s that recently got a re-release, its somewhat tied to Tezuka, really trippy shit, Kanashimi no belladonna.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:35 PM)
    As a book I could see it flowing better. Oshii or Kamiyama could more effectively adapt such density of material to screen.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:32 PM)
    Ultimately I think it got too ambitious and had too much on its plate.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:31 PM)
    I have yet to see genocidal organ, although yes Harmony was pretty below average and that was putting it mildly. I will consider re-evaluating it if it gets dubbed/when the dub comes out.
    Admittedly its a film of big ideas, my problem with it that the movie itself is just so plodding and I found it too overstuffed to properly focus on/fully develop its themes and the exposition was particularly heavy handed.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:15 PM)
    @Bam: yeah, heard about the Project Itoh, from what I heard they’re not that good thou, with only Empire of Corpses has a slightly favorable reviews. I believe Kaiser watched Harmony alrready and he gave a very negative rating.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:55 PM)
    For those who have somehow managed to miss the hype for Harmony:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC-6U8HCF8c
    The visuals are intriguing, the palette very sharp, and the CGI relatively well integrated. The early reviews been scathing tho, and given my experience with Empire of Corpses I can guess why.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:49 PM)
    Each piece of the trilogy is handled by a different cast and company. Empire of Corpses was done by Wit Studio, Harmony by Studio 4°C, and Genocidal Organ by Manglobe (or Geno Studio as they are called now).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:43 PM)
    Anybody seen Empie of Corpses? I watched it to get primed for that Harmony feature film anime, which is part of Project Itoh trilogy. Studio Wit went all out here. The animation is great, and the premise has potential, but the delivery was just botched.
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    @Mario, you were worried that you would be covering too much slice of life style anime this season, at least with this I will likely be taking one off your hands. I don’t want to cover it but hey if the public says so…guess I will have to suffer.
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    Also it’s nice to see there was heated arguments on EVA even before I start to do any post review. The way I see it thou certain films/ series are classic/ influential for a reason, if they are brilliant I certainly can still see its sparks. Like I can still amazed of Potemkin Battleship on its montahe editing, or It Happens one night fot its influential on romantic comedy. So I really look forward to see how I feel about EVA hahaa

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