Ah screw first impressions (despite putting this in the first impressions category anyway). I had set my sights of blogging Fractale long before the season started. Despite my endless fanboying over how great Noitamina is, I’ve yet to blog one of their series. I think I’ve already established that I’m not Wandering Sons target audience. Meanwhile Fractale is a proper adventure anime. The first episode didn’t exactly blow me away, but it was still extremely solid.
The obvious highlight of the episode is the world building doppelgangers. It’s a strange concept that I’m not entirely sure I understand. There is an original person behind these blobby creatures, but they live somewhere else and these are just holograms with their personalities attached to them. The ideal world created by the Fractale is one where you don’t have to interact with real people. A world in which everyone has become a hikkikimori. Seems strange to paint this as an ideal world, but the idea that you can turn your parents on and off at will is a rather appealing one. I do love how the police is capable of turning everyone off and the kid then proceeds to steal the memory card he was holding. He could have done that himself, but he’s so used to the Fractale system that he never considered doing the same thing himself.
The main character flipping out because a girl undressed is a typical anime lead character reaction and I’ve seen people whinge about that happening. But think about it for a second. It would have made far less sense for him not to flip out. The guy hasn’t had real human interaction in years. Faced with this much skin, the guy doesn’t know how to react and simply panics. That’s what is meant to make their relationship tick. A person he can’t switch off, which is why he gets so angry when she just ups and leaves. If he hadn’t flipped out, it would have made his character false. You can’t be a ladies man when the only ladies you’ve met are pink lampshades attached to water coolers.
That said, I still don’t really care about the characters yet. I get what they were going for but the characters lacked personality for me to care much. My thoughts prior to its airing was that Fractale would be a steampunk Spice and Wolf, which doesn’t look like a prediction that will be too far off the mark. It’s made a hell of a lot better job of making a fascinating world for the lead characters to explore, but that’s all for nought if they can’t make the characters themselves interesting. Maybe this new chick will create a better dynamic, because I certainly wasn’t feeling these two.
Final note. That opening song. Wooooaaaaaaaahhh acid trip woooooaaaaahhh