fractalePosted: April 9, 2011
I was watching Fractale the other day and decided that it’d be a good idea to see what the internet thought of the show. How stupid of me!
As almost none of you may know, I liked Fractale. I thought it was a clever, well made anime. The setting and the premise were the biggest selling points, and the plot and characters weren’t bad. I also liked the (arguably simple) theme of nature vs. machines/countryside vs. city. It was complex enough to make a point and simple enough to keep the focus more interesting things.
And then I read Scamp’s post.
Now I’m not one to go out and say “You’re wrong,” but I am one who loves saying “I don’t like your post.” And I don’t like Scamp’s post. I don’t like Janette’s post. I actually did like Psgels’s post, though.
I don’t really want to spend this post discussing meta and how posts should be written (mostly because I’d never follow my own guidelines anyway), so I’ll get straight to the point. I think Fractale and Sora no Woto are very similar shows. The main difference is that whereas people had incredibly low expectations for Sora no Woto (“K-ON! ripoff!”), people had incredibly high expectations for Fractale. This also equates to “me arguing that Sora no Woto is a good show… along with everybody else” vs. “me arguing that Fractale is a good show… against everybody else.”
Once upon a time, I thought that people weren’t so easily influenced. But now I’m a more cynical, more oldfaggy person who knows better. Something like a half-mad, half-genius director claiming he’ll save the anime industry is enough to kill a show, even if the show isn’t actually that bad. Just look at the raging comments on Scamp’s post. It pains me to read them, because none of them offer a convincing argument why the show is bad. People just repeat what Scamp says in his post and offer nothing more. Plot holes? Specify please!
Yes, I’ve bashed quite a few series without offering any decent explanation in my time, but at least people refuted me. Here, it seems that everybody’s in agreement that “perhaps Yamakan should f**k off and retire already.”
IMO, Fractale was made with “saving the anime industry” in mind. It’s clear from watching the show and from the scathing reviews of the show that Fractale tries to do too much – Yamakan wants to stuff all of his ideas in there. It did not turn out like he planned. The ideas were not fleshed out and there were too many of them. Great. How does that make the show horrible to watch and the director “a total retard?”
Personally, I loved Kannagi. It’s one of my favorite shows and I’ve rewatched it a couple times. However, I did not like the last few episodes. They sacrificed comedy to bring closure to a shitty plot. I also did not like how the “God” aspect with the frog/lizard/spider/etc. impurities gradually vanished from the show. Kannagi showed, nice and clear, that Yamakan could do amazing things but was not consistent.
… so, what were you expecting?