Fractale features some subtle, intellectual themes. Considering how these themes became much more explicit with episode 3, I am now convinced that Fractale
is intentionally exhibiting vibes of dystopian fiction, with the overlying technological sophistication of the apparently Utopian "Fractale system" actually being a facade for a socially degrading, repressive form of authoritarian control.
Our protagonist, Clain, feels conflicted between the past state of technology (with his fascination in "antique" analog/early digital electronics) and its present state, of which is isn't fond of. He does not utilize the omnipresent alias of a "doppel" that almost everyone in the Fractale system has gotten used to. Even more disconcertingly, he is distanced from his parents practically due to the present state of technology. They do not live with him and only interact with him through their own doppels. As such, while he was born into the Fractale system, he isn't receptive to it at all. This practically sets Fractale
up for being a dystopian fiction, as most dystopian protagonists start out that way - disillusioned by the dystopia to the point of being a borderline outcast.
Clain's everyday interaction with his "family" only occurs through their doppels. It isn't very familial at all.
With episode 3, we learn of other, true Fractale system outcasts through Lost Millennium, which is stated to be a "terrorist organization." Despite this, its members live in what is actually a very normal, self-sufficient settlement known as Granitz Village. With the unfolding of events surrounding a large-scale Fractale system "Star Festival" and Lost Millennium disrupting it, we are introduced to a more belligerent conflict between the Fractale system and Lost Millennium. Blood is shed. Through this, however, we learn of the Fractale system's darker side. Here, we experience a reversal on which party apparently exhibits malicious intentions. While Lost Millennium initiated the bloodshed, we quickly learn the malign intentions behind what the Fractale system was doing during the festival.
This isn't really a religious ceremony. It's social control.
Essentially, the Fractale system exhibits elements of repressing individuals to the point of brainwashing them, even policing dissenters by utilizing technological manipulation to the extent of disabling the doppels of those not present in the Star Festival. This is what accentuates the previously subtle dystopian themes behind the Fractale system.
Why would Fractale
take this approach? I suspect its underlying message will be warning about human reliance on technology for networking and interpersonal relationships. By relying on networking to bridge interpersonal relationships, we risk having our lives controlled by these networks rather than exhibiting control ourselves. I expect them to elaborate further on this by revealing more dystopic elements behind the Fractale system and how it affects the minds of its citizens, who are all mentally networked to the system due to technological advances that made the Fractale system possible.
Even if I am totally missing the mark, here, I am very impressed with the apparent intellectual weight behind this anime. It may be hard for those unfamiliar to understand from the onset (I am particularly fond of dystopian fiction to notice its elements), but we are only three episodes through its 11-episode run. I am almost certain they'll elaborate on these dystopian themes even more as future events unfold. As such, I am now especially excited about following this anime. It was rightfully one of the most anticipated series of this season!