My most anticipated anime of the Winter 2010 season: Fractale.
The series takes place in a world where the Fractale system manages everything. No one has any responsibilities and everyone is free to do whatever they want. This setting of a “working” utopia instantly captivated me.
I had a feeling I was already familiar with the story when I started watching the first episode. Then I recalled I read the first few chapters of the manga during the Fall of last year. Even though this is an anime original with A-1 Pictures doing the animations, I wonder why the manga was released before it even started airing?
Anyways, the main character is a young boy named Clain who prefers to live in a house. In his era, the norm is to not stay rooted down at one location. Everyone keeps traveling as if to affirm their freedom. He also has a hobby of collecting old artifacts (e.g. computers like the ones we use today).
The big role technology plays in their society is fascinating. People use “doppels”, which are essentially virtual avatars, to appear in different locations. Clain’s parents use doppels to check up on him, but he still feels lonely because it’s not the same as them actually being there.
My only minor issue so far is that the animation style reminds me of Toward the Terra, which I neither like nor dislike. I guess it’s a nice change from all the usual art styles though. Other than that, I hope the plot turns out to be as intriguing as the premise.
Rating: Very Good