I swear this was a scene from Now and Then, Here and There. I was just waiting for the Hamdo lookalike to turn around and give his faithful female follower the back of the hand treatment. I should probably stop referencing N&T,H&T since it’s rather on the obscure side and I doubt many of my readers are getting the references. Do watch it though. I’m far from the biggest fan of it, but it’s certainly better than Fractale.
That was a fairly unusual way of introducing the new digital city, and not in a good way. Start the episode normally, make a few ecchi jokes etc. then suddenly boobs and flashy lights everywhere. Not the greatest way to move the plot along, but at least it’s actually moving the plot. So we now have Clain inside a mega city set permanently in the night time where shady deals go on in the background. Suddenly got very early 90’s OVA in here, hasn’t it? If anything, I’m surprised that it took so long to reach a super city like this. The Fractale System was meant to introduce a world a post-scarcity, so why was everyone living in lovely cottages? Actually this isn’t post-scarcity at all. If it was, then why are they talking about Money the whole time in this episode?
I don’t really understand the doppel system anymore. Do you feel what your doppels are doing while simultaneously feel what your original body is doing? How does that even work? The old guy/big boobed women lived as a doppel and in city at the same time, but obviously enjoyed living in the city more. Could he disconnect what his human form felt or something? And then there are a few more basic questions about how can doppels touch Clain when he’s a human. Why was Clain afraid of a suit of armour swinging an axe at him? Where did Clain get the women’s clothes from in a city that was merely concrete beneath the Fractale created digital system. I’d guess it works the same way the cyber world works in Dennou Coil, that you have a cyber body on top of your real body. The problem there is how did a suit of armour create a gun out of nothing that was capable of harming Clain? There was blood and everything. A similar system to how Nessa works? Or is that giving Fractale too much credit?
These plot holes are exasperating, especially when there’s genuinely fascinating plot points brought up by Fractale as well. The old guy in this episode was one of the most disconcerting characters I’ve ever seen. His doppel is an G-cup women who dresses up young boys in dresses while making sculptures of pregnant women and near-raping someone who dares criticise his work. That is one seriously messed up mind, but one that could only fully explore itself with the use of the Fractale doppel system. But when Fractale puts such little effort into other parts of the plot construction, you start to also doubt whether it thought out these character’s actions as well. It’s a horrible place to be in because it takes you out of the viewing experience. There’s a great anime in here. It’s just not well put together.