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Fractale episode 6

Man, this guy is loaded but has no friends at all. The only number on this phone belongs to someone called Juiz.

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.

As for the rest of the episode? A bunch of jokes about perverts. This is still Fractale you know.

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  1. teo
    Posted February 26, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    I love your description!!

  2. Posted February 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    I guess the biggest thing I got from the episode was that Clain didn’t even recognize his father. That is a quantum gap of personal disconnect when a child doesn’t recognize a parent, no matter how many years it has been. I want to believe the subtle social comment was intended, but given the way Fractale handles everything else with leaden mittens I’m afraid it was meant as a plot twist and not supposed to be thought about beyond that.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 27, 2011 at 11:29 am | Permalink

      Yet the dad did recognise Clain, but didn’t want to say that to him. I guess that was because he was dying. Probably says more about how little Clain cared about his parents than anything else

  3. Posted February 26, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Well, the one thing I find weird about the old man being Clein’s father is that the old man lives outside of the zone “blessed” by the Fractale System. Why is it that the old man was able to use his doppel to talk with Clein early on in the series then? I mean, unless that doppel in the beginning wasn’t really his father, or he had some other method of staying connected to the system, there’s a slight contradiction there.

    Assuming the man really is Clein’s dad, it was a rather unexpected touch that did a rather good job of showing just how disconnected people are under the Fractale System. I mean, Clein didn’t even recognize his own father. Society must have become really fragmented for that to happen. =.=

    • Scamp
      Posted February 27, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

      PLOT HOLE!!!

      Or not. My guess is the Doppels just need to be turned on and then work normally from there on. Makes me wonder how much the owner of a doppel knows about what his doppel is doing. Or even how similar the personality switch over is. We still haven’t seen much of how these doppels work or how they’re created

      • Posted February 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

        So you’re saying the doppels work autonomous of the actual owner/user? That would make a lot more sense. In the end though, it’s the lack of info on the doppels and how they work that is still a big question mark.

        If I am remembering right, though, in an earlier episode there was an explicit connection between the doppels and having the blessings of the Fractale system. Clein said something like “if you don’t attend the festival, you lose your blessings and you doppel could stop working” or something like that.

        I guess Clein’s dad still has the blessings, he just chooses to live in an area where those blessings are not in effect. ヽ(´ー`)┌

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 1:40 am | Permalink


  5. Posted February 27, 2011 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    meh, getting more bored with each ep ;/ ah well, i’ll try to see it to the end.

    like kadian, i also don’t believe that this ep was trying to be as deep as you say, but i like your interpretation a lot better 8D is it just me or does this series seem like a weird blend of a bunch of related vignettes? i just hope the main plot manages to get somewhere by the end. otherwise this just seems like a silly slice-of-life series in a fantastical sci-fi setting.

    not sure if i buy the clain’s dad thing. fractale will have to explain that one to me later.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 27, 2011 at 11:32 am | Permalink

      I do hate that disconnect when you doubt the intelligence of the series. It means you can’t take any revelation at face value because it might just be the series itself being stupid. There’s nothing worse at taking you out of the experience than that.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Good point on the fact that the end results of either the gun or the brainwashing is the same. Also the differing views of repairing the system (Clain’s dad), destroying the system (lost millenium), sustaining the system (the priestesses) and just running after the system (refugees) is interesting. Thie ep was much better, they need more eps like this for the series to be good.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 27, 2011 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      The actual baseline behind Fractale still has a fascinating world to explore so it’s not like the core is rotten. Hence there’s always room to work, unlike something like Ore no Imouto where a rotten core would always take over the show

  7. Posted February 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    I was way more into the Clain’s dad story than anything with the other Lost Millennium group. The Lost Millennium vs. Fractale conflict has been built in such a silly way that I can’t take it seriously anymore. In ep3, the violence was shocking in an intriguing way. In this episode? It just made me laugh, because it’s obvious to everyone but Clain that this new group is the Evil Lost Millennium and gives the original group the opportunity to take the moral high ground.

  8. Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    Your caption for the first picture made me laugh so hard.

    Really enjoyable episode. An interesting thing I noticed is Nessa sleeps. I think I’ve given up trying to figure her out.

  9. Posted March 1, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Fractale is still boring…

  10. Posted March 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Wow, till today, I thought that “Ask not what your country…” quote was said by Gandhi. Misquotes, misquotes…

    The ecchi jokes and innuendos are what prevent Fractale becoming a truly memorable anime. When I was writing my review of the first 6 episodes, I ranted on that for about 500 words. Then I felt stupid and just took screenshots of all the (stupid) jokes and made a slideshow and posted it.

    Shows like Fractale all come down to the ending,when everything is explained and you feel like your time was well invested. It’ll be interesting to see whether they make ecchi jokes then too. They probably will.

    Nice Juiz line btw.

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