Simon Wolfe of Capsule Computers writes:
"Dystopian futures aren't really new when it comes to anime since everyone has a different idea of how society will come crumbling down around us. The future portrayed in Fractale however has a bit less crumbling of society and a bit more atrophying in a world where people are hooked into an augmented reality, while others try to free everyone from the system. While that idea may sound incredibly familiar to a lot of people, the adventure seen in Fractale is very special and unique. It all comes down to who will win, those for the system or against it."