The end is near for either the Fractale system or Mankind as it's in the hands of a couple of young people.
What They Say:
Clain is helpless behind a clear wall as Barrot details Phryne's role in the system, but the priest's demented rant is cut short. As the temple begins to collapse and Nessa starts to fade, the future of Fractale'"and all of mankind'"lies in Phryne's hands.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Fractale draws to a close with an episode that tries to play things big but has lost the feeling and ability to do so quite a few episodes ago. The situation has now put Clain in a position where he's able to find out the details of what has gone on all these years as the forces of the Lost Millennium attack from the outside, giving us both the standard quiet yet serious moments with the revelations and plenty of action to balance it. The revelations are mildly interesting at this point as we learn how the priests and others operating the Fractale system have spent their time essentially trying to revive a god in the form of Phryne in order to find one that would truly awaken and save everything. Doing all this as Lost Millennium tries to free everyone from the system that keeps them bound, you can tell easily what approach the creative staff is trying to take with what they want to really say.
There are definitely things to like in the revelations as Barrot goes through all of it and how they've worked to create a god through the various Phryne clones. Clain's shock isn't terribly visible on his face as he's just sort of taking it all in, but Nessa at least has some reactions to all of it and a sense of disbelief over it all. The world has gone through such a change over the centuries and become so rigid in how the Fractale system operates with the people that are within it as the priests and the like that it all does feel quite staid. It does make you want to go back to the beginning of the whole Fractale project to see how it all truly came together, the forces that pushed it to become something and then to see how it became perverted over the centuries. And therein lies the main problem that I found with Fractale as the series progressed.
We've essentially walked in during the last five minutes of a movie. The events play out on the screen in front of us, and we can see the emotions of certain characters, the strong action at times and the sense of epic scale that it's all trying to promote and evoke, but we don't feel any of it because we've just walked in. What we see is Clain going through all of these experiences, himself lacking all the proper context like we are, and being thrust into a position to nudge, guide and influence how the entire world will change. There are pros and cons to each side here, but the Fractale system itself has been shown only in a poor light. I'm not a fan of it, but it feels like we got such a one-sided story here, or a story where there's so much more to it but it just never made it onto the screen, that it only helps to reinforce the distance the viewer feels.
Fractale is a show that started off with such potential and interest and found so many ways to stumble along the way. The further it went, the more interesting concepts it introduced but never followed through in a way that really resonate or made sense. It's a series that needed five times as many episodes in order to bring about this kind of scale to it, to truly deal with what's involved and the history of it. This is snapshot of it all that even has a brief look back to the distant past in order to try and connect the viewer with it, but it feels very weak in doing so. Fractale is that ever so frustrating kind of show that has immense potential to it but never is able to really capitalize on it. There's a lot to like here in individual aspects, but it doesn't come together as a whole.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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