Now that’s more like it Fractale. No, not the naked Phryne. It’s not like this show needed anymore pervert jokes as it is. I’m talking about a more balanced view towards this shows overall plot and setting. It’s at those moments when Fractale shines the brightest. That was what made episode 3 work and it’s what made this episode work. Well, OK, it wasn’t the most balanced way of presenting the situation in the world. Getting fancy-pants here to come in, take people’s ability to interact with Fractale without them knowing and them gun them down was hardly presenting them in a moral grey area. However what his group did isn’t a whole lot different to what the Fractale System does with the star festival and brainwashing the citizens.
Where the episode hit best for me was the old guy’s dream to restore the Fractale System in his area instead of running around after the balloons, trying to find a working spot. “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”, in the words of JFK. Which is a hell of a different point of view from anyone else in this show and not something I had even considered myself. The Lost Millennium take the approach that, since the Fractale System is falling apart, that’s a sign that they should abandon that system. Those inside the Fractale System are too busy leeching the benefits. But this guy is trying to help the Fractale System. The system that is capable of providing free healthcare, amongst many other things. Who’da thunk Fractale would promote a message of patriotism?
Just in case you weren’t able to connect the dots yourself, this guy is Clain’s dad. Either that, or he’s a shotacon who just so happens to have had a son that resembled a young Clain. A little bit of a heavy move my Fractale, but it worked. What struck me about their conversation is that Clain doesn’t refer to the water cooler nor the pink lampshade as his mum and dad. They’re his parents doppels. How big is the disconnect between what a doppel does and what the original owner would do. Both Clain and his dad are big into 21st century artefacts, yet water cooler daddy insisted that he throw away all that useless junk. It just goes to show that lampshades and water coolers make for shit substitute parents.