Posts on Fractale

12 Moments in 2011: It was actually child molestation all along

People said a lot of things about Fractale. Like Guilty Crown later, it was decried as the harbinger of noitaminA’s doom, and as Yamakan’s downfall, or the reason why otaku-cum-academian Hiroki Azuma should never touch anime from the inside ever again. It was also called confusing at the end, but honestly was it? It was […]

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A little late: Spring in one sentence

Before I block all memories of it in order to save my mind: Fractale: potentially subversive critique of the otaku lifestyle was ambitious in superficial ways but ultimately joyless and, at times, just dumb. Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka?: Everything wrong with modern anime can be fun as long as it includes a few things […]

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Looking inward, looking forward

Ruminations on the future, or: how are we gonna dig ourselves out of this hole? We have to look into the abyss of squickiness and let it stare back at us, of course.

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Why Does This Season Fail So Hard? (Fractale 9?)

Winter seasons are usually the weakest season of the year for anime, sure. But this season fails in such a big way. It started off looking like it would be one of the better winter seasons and turned out as one of the worst, with only about four noteworthy new shows (Madoka Magica, Hourou Musuko, […]

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Fractale 8 – MOE TETSUO!

  Fractale 8 continues to be messy but fun. If I considered a show’s success to be measured in how many people can truly come to love it—not just enjoy it to some degree—then Fractale is a failure. I’d assume that it doesn’t have the qualities to make people call it a favorite or watch […]

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Fractale 7 : Xam’d 2

I didn’t intend to pick up Fractale—I’d been downloading the episodes, but I’m low on HD space right now, so I decided to see if it was worth keeping. I ended up catching up instead and I’m quite happy with it, so I’m going to blog it weekly now in place of Yumekui Merry. Early […]

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