Anime needs more dancing, so thank you Yamakan and your insistence on putting dance scenes into almost every anime you work on. Black Rock Shooter would have been much better if there was dancing. The dancing in Fractale is a bit on the blobby side, with the animation hardly being top tier. It certainly pales in comparison to the CGI dancing in the Suite Precure ending song…oh crap, I think I might have revealed that I’m watching Suite Precure. Quick, talk about Fractale more to distract readers attention away from the fact I watch fluffy magical girl anime.
Two middle aged ladies force-stripping down an underage boy to ogle at his unusual yet revealing underwear, followed by a later scene where they force him into a alternate coloured version. All fun and games, until you take the viewpoint of “what would it be like if this anime was genderswapped“. Two muscley middle-aged men grabbing hold of a young girl, stripping her down to reveal some sexy underwear and then taking even that off so they can put on another pair that they prefer the look of. Not so funny now eh?
The sex jokes in general are starting to get on my nerves. I rolled with them originally because the show felt like it was trying to play up Clain’s lack of real life interaction with women. But that aspect has been steadily falling by the wayside as the series goes on while the pervert jokes remain as consistent as ever. It’s appearing more and more like the creators simply don’t know how to make a joke that isn’t about being a pervert. Saying “you are a pervert ewww” or showing someone taking off their clothes isn’t funny by itself, yet Fractale sets up these scenes as though they’re supposed to be funny. The above shota rape + crotch shot, as slightly unsettling as it may have been to genderswap, was actually funny because it worked with Clain’s obsession with old stuff. Just saying “you are a pervert” over and over again isn’t funny. Stop it Fractale, or at least do something with this pervertedness.
This episode was about Clain, Phryne and Nessa all becoming good friends with the people on the ship. Does that mean Fractale is now advocating a healthy relationship between the new and the old? Nessa representing the Fractale new system becoming friends with the folk who rigidly stick to pre 25th century technology. If that’s the case, I would be fully behind such a story. Love crossing all boundaries, I’ve always been a sap for those sort of stories. But it needs to bring these elements together to form a more coherent story. There’s certainly the bones of a good story for the making here, but they haven’t tied the elements together well at all.