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Fractale episode 3

I came back from the gym, tired and weary, ready to watch some anime. Upon opening my anime folder I thought to myself “I don’t want to watch Madoka Magica right now, I’m too tired. I need something more pleasant and easy to sink into. Ah yes, Fractale!”. This is not a thought process I foresaw myself having prior to this season beginning.

Fractale is incredibly easy to sink into though. I’m not sure whether this was down to ignoring the nonsense of Yamakan or that I was tired enough that I probably would have accepted whatever happened in even Rainbow Gate, but the cynical moe levels that bugged me in the last episode didn’t seem to be present in episode 3. It definitely felt more like the whimsical adventure it had been promising from the start.

The plot of Fractale appears to be one of ‘stick it to the man and fuck the system’ in a very anti-establishment manner. I know it seemed very black and white in who was meant to be the bad guys in this episode, but something felt off. The goofy level of the brother’s speech suggested they really weren’t quite sure what they were doing. Although a more likely reason the speech came off goofy was to highlight how Clain was incapable of taking them seriously so they could offer the contrast later on with the gunning down of old ladies and brain washing. It’s just in the earlier part of the episode, I found myself siding with the Fractale system. Deliberately rebelling against free health care annoyed the left wing part of my psyche. That is, until my left wing psyche was totally overruled by the chef part of me.

You’re telling me you only eat from tubes in the Fractale system? Where’s that gun, I’m joining the rebellion. Their not taking my joy of cooking away without a fight. Especially if my only companions were doppels who couldn’t taste my cooking (not that anyone eats my cooking anyway ;_;). Speaking of which, I wonder what senses Nessa actually has. Obviously she has sight and hearing, but would the system bother with giving her a sense of smell. They did give doppels the sense of touch, or at least the ability to tell the difference between hot and cold, judging by Nessa’s cry of ‘so warm’ when she hugged Clain.

“Here, take these Kamina sunglasses. They’ll give you the ability to kick reason to the curb. Your doppel will be the doppel that pierces the heavens etc.”

One part I liked about the episode was how it presented danger. Clain was a delighted captive, in ecstasy at the idea that someone had a gun trained on him using something so antique as optical sights. Even the attack on the religious ceremony never felt particularly dangerous, even when they had bullet proof vests on and submachine guns. But when the old ladies and goofy sidekicks start dying, I was jerked out of my trance and realised ,much like Clain himself, that shit had suddenly gotten real. It was very skilfully done, which isn’t something I’ve really had the opportunity to say about Fractale so far. The third episode charm, it’s become a thing this season.

Final note: The faces of the praying folk when they were being brainwashed looked awfully similar to mine when I’m watching the Fractale opening. The Fractale system is brainwashing them by showing them the opening on repeat, you heard it first here!

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  1. Posted January 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Fairly certain she has a sense of smell, since she kept leaning over Clain’s shoulder towards the food.

    I felt the same about the calm and then the sudden violence…basically the entire time they were in those bullet proof vests I was comparing them to the Naruto vest things and hoping Fractale would be better than Naruto…and then oh hey, suddenly blood.

    I laugh at those who gave up hope in this show after episode two! Muahahaha, so much more for it to bring!

    • Scamp
      Posted January 30, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

      I think she was simply leaning over to get a better look at the food

  2. Posted January 29, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    That was an unexpected episode. So many good winter shows now~ <3

  3. neko
    Posted January 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    “The Fractale sys­tem is brain­wash­ing them by show­ing them the open­ing on repeat…”

    LOL, that’s pretty much the face I’d have if I was forced to watch the op repeatedly

  4. imananon
    Posted January 29, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    I thought the same thing during the brainwashing scene: Shit. Just. Got. Real.

  5. Posted January 29, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I like that the Lost Millennium dude looks like Cyclops from X-Men.

  6. luffyluffy
    Posted January 29, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    I’d eat your cooking :I

    • Posted January 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Permalink


      • luffyluffy
        Posted January 29, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

        I’m rather like an anime character in my own little way. I eat tons and tons of food, but never gain any weight. Not fun man. Constantly hungry </3

    • Scamp
      Posted January 30, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

      That sounds like a euphemism for something

  7. Posted January 29, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    I knew those bumbling guys would end up being “the resistance.”

    I’m kinda disappointed that Fractale 3 steered the plot towards “religious conspiracy” territory. Does EVERY utopia have to be a conspiracy? Are we really so grounded in modern social values that we must assume ANY alternative is “inhuman’? Fractale is turning into exactly the kind of reactionary show I love to hate. The “internet = brainwashing” comparison in particular made me groan. I can already predict what direction the story is going, and I’m not happy about it. Fractale THINKS it’s deep commentary about human interaction, but it’s black and white morality makes it little more than a “technology is evil” hellfire sermon. And the last thing science fiction needs is another hellfire sermon.

    As a counterpoint to watching Fractale, I suggest reading Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke. This novel examines a dramatic alien-caused social shift that changes humanity forever… and this change is presented as a POSITIVE thing.

    • Posted January 29, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

      For a show that’s as anti-technology as you claim it to be, it sure is focusing a lot of time on developing Nessa, a seemingly purely technological being, and endearing her to the viewer.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

      SDS beat me to the punch, but it’s not as black and white as you’re making it out to be. I’d also like to add that, if the revolutionary group are such good guys, why are they gunning down old ladies?

      Admittedly it could still go on to present the story in a very black and white format, and if it did that I would be disappointed. Especially when you consider Yamakan is essentially ripping off Miyazaki here, and we all know how much he loves technology. But judging on evidence so far I don’t think it will go that direction

  8. Posted January 31, 2011 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Man, I liked that guy…

    And now I’m sure which show’s third episode has disturbed me more this season. Although by the time I got to Madoka 3, her death had been spoiled…

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