YMMV / Fractale

  • Angst? What Angst?: Though this is the first time Clain has witnessed people getting killed in Episode 3, Clain is only mildly bothered by the events of the previous episode and quickly regains his composure in Episode 4.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Applies to several of the characters. In Fandom, Nessa is either loved or hated. On a lesser note, fans either see Clain as a decent audience surrogate or annoying in general, and Phryne as an interesting character or a bitch. And then there are viewers who just despise Enri for constantly mouthing off that Clain is a pervert, only suddenly show concern for him in Episode 8.
  • Complete Monster: Barrot is one of the highest-ranking figures of the Temple, a society which has enslaved the world to the Fractal System, and is the second-in-command to Archpriestess Moeran. By nature a perverted sociopath, Barrot is the current head of the Temple's cloning project, which has manufactured hundreds of thousands of identical clones all under the name of Phryne for the purpose of experimenting on them to see if they are worthy to become the key to restarting the Fractale System; any that do not meet the qualifications are disposed of. Barrot has defiled and disposed of these clones over and over, and fixates on one particular Phryne clone, raising the Phryne as his own daughter and subjecting her to sexual attentions. After Phryne escapes from the Temple, Barrot orders a wide search for her, fully willing to assault a village linked with Lost Millennium and pay immoral clients should they be capable of turning Phryne in. Barrot later retrieves Phryne, and forces her into a virginal check under the threat of Clain's life, and later boasts that he himself raped Phryne in order to emulate the experiences of Phryne's first body and make her suitable to become the key, gloating that she was "the finest vintage I ever matured." Barrot is narcissistic enough to view himself as the world's savior for his immoral research, and takes in any opportunity to soak in his own ego and sick sense of self-satisfaction.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Fractale - 1st Movement by Sohei Kano.
  • Ear Worm: The opening theme is pretty catchy. Also, the "day star" song.
  • Ending Fatigue
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Nessa. Sunda also gained an increase of fans after a particular badass moment in Episode 10.
  • Foe Yay: Very, very one-sided on Barrot's part towards Phryne.
    • Either obvious or played with between Dias and Moeran moments before he detonates the explosives his last two friends planted in the room.
  • Genius Bonus: The opening. Those are all real well-know examples of fractal structures.
  • Hype Backlash: The director of the series, Yukata Yamamoto, said that this would be the anime that would make Kyoto Animation regret firing him and would create a show that didn't feature Moe that could appeal to a wider audience - so he put in as much effort as you would expect. While the show wasn't seen as bad by most...it did not live up to his claims, and many reviewers actually found that it was a prime example of a Moe show, so as a result, not only did this drag down his career, but it was pretty much overshadowed by a
  • Moral Event Horizon: Pretty much everyone hates Barrot for attempting to force a virginity check on Phryne and wants him dead for embracing/fondling Phryne and licking her cheek in front of Clain and Nessa, no less.
  • Nightmare Fuel: See page entry.
  • Signature Scene: Phryne falling in Episode 1 is one. It's a scene showed in the preview commercials of Fractale when the title appears.
  • Squick:
    • Megan turning out to be Gail's doppel and Gail's attempted rape on Phryne.
    • Barrot hugging (and smelling) Phryne by the stomach and later attempting to check if she is still a virgin.
    • It gets worse in Episode 10, where he fondles Phryne in an embrace, licks her cheek, and claims that they're bound by "abundant love." And he does this all in front of Clain and Nessa.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Some people feel this way about the anime character designs versus the original promotional ad designs.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Again, some people feel this way about the plot itself.
  • What an Idiot!: Barrot in Episode 4:
    Barrot: Phryne! Don't let her get away! Follow them! Follow them! Follow them within three seconds!
  • The Woobie:
    • Nessa in Episode 4 when it appears Clain accidentally leaves her behind. Subverted in that Nessa turns up on the Lost Millennium airship in Episode 5, and she easily gets over her disappointment in Clain and her anger towards Phryne during a game of hide-and-seek.
    • Phryne, Phryne, Phryne. She almost gets raped by Gail in Episode 7, and who knows how long her father-like figure Barrot has been acting all touchy-feely around her and just what exactly he has been doing to her prior to her escaping the temple.