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.