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Fractale episode 4

If you’re going to make an evil character, there’s few characters better to base yourself off than Hamdo, the crazed dictator from Now and Then, Here and There. Pudding bowl haircuts are to anime what the toothbrush moustache is to the real world.

It bugged me last episode why everyone suddenly stopped shooting when Phyrne walked in on the scene. I thought the chant she was doing was something special, but it turned out to be simply a continuation of the ceremony they were performing in the first place. Everyone stopped to look at the pretty nun, then carried on fighting as though nothing had changed. Not the best wartime tactics in the world. Then again, neither side has particularly struck me as capable fighters in the first place. The Lost Millenium would get outwitted by Team Rocket while the Star Festival guards average age is around 65.

What is the relationship between Nessa and Phryne anyway? Clain assumed Nessa was Phryne’s doppel back in episode 2 so I just went along with that. However it’s all a bit fuzzy by this stage. If she was Phyrne’s doppel, then the fact Nessa can’t touch her is a sign of Phyrne’s hatred of the Fractale system and doppels in general, which all fits in with the story quite nicely. But then why was there another Nessa at the Star Festival? Better yet, as Kabitzen points out, why were the old ladies so keen on leaping in front of her to protect her from bullet fire if she was a doppel? That implies Nessa mark 2 is a human (or the old ladies are incredibly dumb).

That said, I’m starting to doubt the intelligence of Fractale in general. How can the granny suddenly hear Nessa sing just because she turned her glasses on? Would the kid run into an invisible Nessa when her glasses are off, or does putting them on turn on their ability to see, hear and touch doppels? There’s some fuzzy technology going on here. It wouldn’t matter so much if it was just passing points, but it becomes more apparent when you’ve got dumb old ladies jumping in front of holograms to protect them from bullets that can’t harm them anyway. What are we supposed to believe here?

I’m getting generally lost in what Fractale is trying to achieve. All the talk of Clain being a perv is to put the whole idea of interaction with real girls at the forefront of both his and the viewers mind. In the Fractale system of hikkikimoris, human touch is something they can’t replicate. But that message seems to have been sort of lost recently. What’s also getting kinda lost is what they’re trying to say about the Fractale system, which Shinmaru alludes to better than I can. Is Fractale aiming at too many points here? Wouldn’t it be better off, with it’s 11 episode length, to focus on one more solid point? It might all come together in the latter parts of the series, but there’s also the niggling worry that the writers simply don’t know what they’re doing.

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  1. Posted February 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    The Nessa that the grannies protected is real. She even called Phryne sister at one point. I think Phryne created a doppel of her sister to store some important data shit which explained why she took the form of a real human being instead of a lampshade with lips.

    At least that’s what I think.

    Btw, Clain and Phryne pissed me off. Just saying

  2. Fulluphigh
    Posted February 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    The other Nessa was definitely real. Phryne’s sister. I say Nessa is was just modeled physically after her sister. Then again, she seemed to hate her sister as well, and that may be one reason she hates Nessa.

    So let’s see, she hates Fractale, love, Nessa, I thought she said her sister, and being clear about her intentions. Suddenly I find her a lot more annoying than in the first episode. Not to mention Nessa really makes Phryne seem like a bad guy with a hidden agenda. And leaving Nessa behind was probably a really bad idea.

  3. Posted February 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Haha, I didn’t even make the Hamdo connection while watching this episode.

    I really hope this doesn’t turn into Eden of the East where it takes on WAY too much for 11 episodes (and Fractale probably isn’t getting two movies to make up for it), but if you’re four episodes in and the viewers are still going, “Huh?” that’s kind of a problem.

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted February 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Told you it was shit

  5. Posted February 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I’m pretty sure the Nessa at the Star Festival is human and is Phryne’s younger sister. But when you look at the Nessa doppel and the Nessa human, you see a huge difference in personality.

    I’m guessing that the Church did something to human Nessa which completely sapped her personality/memory/whatever in order to help prevent the Fractale system from collapsing. Phryne, disgusted with the treatment of her sister, then steals that data (of old Nessa) and encrypts it on that pendant which she carried with her. So I’m thinking that the Nessa doppel never belonged to Phryne in the first place.

    Not too sure on how putting on glasses suddenly allows you to see, hear, and touch some virtual data. Must be some pretty snazzy glasses.

  6. Posted February 6, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    The female characters piss me off.
    Oh, and the male characters too. Actually, all the characters piss me off.

  7. CS
    Posted February 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    In a post-singularity world vibrating cochlea externally should be a simple task. Grandmas classes are rather on the small and lightweight side so I understand the issue there.

    Can the little girl touch Nessa? So far Clain is the only one that can and it has yet to be shown if a person without implants is able to. But hopefully the fact that the Nessa at the Fractale worship site was an actual person will clear up your annoyance a bit.

    One of the issues in Fractale seems to be exploring the current state of Japan in regards to people becoming more and more recluse coupled with a declining a birthrate and soaring population of elderly.

    The guards apparently having graduated from Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy also seems to extend from their shit weapons being designed to look like religious objects.

  8. Scamp
    Posted February 7, 2011 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    So I guess I was the only one who thought when Nessa mark 2 said “sister” that she was referring to Phryne as being a nun. You know, sisterhood. You get me?

    …just me then…

    • Posted February 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      In that case, wouldn’t she have said shista instead?

      • Scamp
        Posted February 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

        Damn Japanese and their engrish

  9. Son Gohan
    Posted February 7, 2011 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    I think that all the people in Fractale’s world have nanomachines injected into them at birth. Those nanomachines work according to the Fractale’s terminal. The people in Granitz village have disconnected their terminal from the Fractale’s network but they couldn’t remove the nanomachines. When they put on those “augmented reality” glasses they are able to interact with doppels again.

  10. Posted February 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    The animation is really jittery at times, and the music is misused/unfitting for the action on screen. Even on a sensory level, it’s not quite there. If this was on Anime no Chikara like it was slated for originally, this would be technically the worst produced show on that block thus far.

  11. Posted February 9, 2011 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    I feel like the only point accurately being made is that nothing is black and white. Otherwise, I can’t figure out what’s what.

    I just feel sorry for Nessa. Forget everything else. The world is ending anyway. Just make Nessa happy.

  12. Duelit
    Posted February 9, 2011 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    I’m enjoying the series, but would enjoy it more if it wasn’t delayed so often…

    • Posted February 10, 2011 at 3:37 am | Permalink

      Snowpocalyspe shut Funi down yo. There’s no much they could do about that.

      Seriously. Even UPS closed.

  13. Posted February 9, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink


    fractale = facebook’s future?! DUN DUN DUNNNN

    /random thought

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