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Fractale episode 7

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.

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13 Comments

  1. luffyluffy
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    SAVING ANIME ONE: Clain panty shot/G-cup cross dresser/Damaged goods AT A TIME

    • Scamp
      Posted March 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

      Please don’t remind me on Clain’s pantyshot. I’m trying to scrub it from my mind

  2. Posted March 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Wow, this is kinda late. Anyway…

    One of the most disappointing Fractale episodes so far. Ecchi jokes everywhere. And the worst part? None of them were even remotely funny. THere was only one, no not hilarious, but WTF moment and that was when Phryne appraised the old geezer’s sculpture to be a .. what was it, again… oh, yeah , “tapdancing neurotic worm”. I was just speechless. Took a screenshot having a o_O expression on my face.

    This episode had only 3 things that would actually affect the plot:
    1. Nessa’s powers have awakened.
    2. Clain was shot and directly under the Odis spaceship.
    3. Clain hasn’t gotten into Phryne’s pants yet.

    Alright, great, the Fractale system can make a new Las Vegas? Big fuckin deal. This series had (and still has) so much potential. They’re just trying to mix up too many genres.

  3. Posted March 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    There’s a point where less-than-excellent shows make me an uncaring viewer. Attempted rape? Someone got shot? I hardly bat an eye. Because really, if desperate attempts at sensationalism is all this has left to throw at us and barely trying to create some thematic core or atmosphere, why should I try? NTHT is a good comparison in this case: Where that anime made every ounce of blood and tear shed chilling, riveting, and purposeful, Fractale tosses them out willy nilly hoping just to catch our attention.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    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 NOT STOP. Saying Now and Then; Here and There is obscure is like saying Akira is obscure. Like Kadian said, it’s also relevant.

    Actually this isn’t post-scarcity at all. If it was, then why are they talking about Money the whole time in this episode?

    Money for greater luxury. Also the world is more like post-post-scarcity since the entire system is failing remember.

    Do you feel what your doppels are doing while simultaneously feel what your original body is doing? How does that even work?

    I think there’s an opt-in system for experiencing what your doppel experiences. Obviously if your real body gets stabbed you’re going to feel it because there’s nerves spasming telling your brain that you just got stabbed. Doppels can probably either go on auto-pilot or manual control, whichever you choose. And of course there’s little reason for there to not be a direct connection between a person’s terminal and their doppel.

    And then there are a few more basic ques­tions about how can dop­pels touch Clain when he’s a human.

    He has a terminal in him. If the user wants a doppel can touch them, not that mind-twisting. That’s why Meegan couldn’t touch him with her foot at first.

    Why was Clain afraid of a suit of armour swinging an axe at him?

    Because it’s a freaking huge suit of armour swinging an axe at him threateningly. Even though it was a doppel (the axe).

    Where did Clain get the women’s clothes from in a city that was merely concrete beneath the Fractale created digital system.

    Like you said, probably illusionary clothing, seeing as after Fractale gets shorted out in the area the clothing is gone.

    The prob­lem there is how did a suit of armour cre­ate a gun out of noth­ing that was cap­able of harm­ing Clain?

    It popped out of its fore-arm. Secret compartment shit. Was real like the suit of armour. We’ll probably learn more about the asshole in the suit next episode.

    Oh, btw, excuse me overdoing it again. I have too much fun trying to rationalize the unrationalizable.

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 8, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

      Apologies, I fucked up a blockquote tag apparently. Could use a preview button.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

      If I ran a poll asking how many people have seen N&T,H&T, I bet I’d no more than 15% of my readers have seen it. It’s relatively obscure. Relative to, say, Code Geass, and when I ran a poll asking who had seen Geass, 20-25% of people hadn’t seen it.

      Was the suit of armour really real? He said it ran “on it’s own system”, as in the guy had his own Fractale System running on a separate server. Also I’m pretty sure that gun popped out of nowhere. That might be down to shoddy animation, but I couldn’t see it pop out of his forearm

  5. Posted March 9, 2011 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    why didn’t this episode happen like, 5 episodes ago. suddenly, plot out of nowhere dumping us with a zillion new questions. not gonna hold my breath to see if they’ll all get answered before the end.

    plot is still pretty random and shoddy, though, especially if the hugest concern the show has is still “OMG IS CLAIN WITH PHYRNE OR NESSA?!” oh look, the bad guys showed up. big deal.

  6. Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    All this talk of comparing ‘Now and Then, Here and There’ to Fractale highlights how thoroughly the latter has been failing at doing anything meaningful or interesting.

    And everyone should really go dig up the former and watch it.

  7. Anon
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    now that I think about it, phryne/nessa is a more talkative lalaru, clain is that kid who kept on chasing her, the temple ship is helliwood, that guy is mr hamdo and one of those generic priestesses is the right hand of mr hamdo.

    and instead of water, they’re trying to get the girl(s) to fix the fractale system.

    way to go! referencing an obscure anime that was shown at least a decade ago!

  8. Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    I thought the suits just happened to be loaded up with tons of weapons.

    Fractale has turned into the type of show for me that is ‘just fun and don’t think about too hard’ that occasionally raises some really cool or interesting points. I. E. creepy guy. Not only do he try to rape Phyrne, he was pressuring Clain into doing the deed with his doppel.

    But I used all my thinking for Madoka, although after Kyubei opened his big mouth–that’s a whole another rant, but I would have preferred him to be pure evil.

    Mainly what I got out of the episode is I freaking love Nessa and she has made this all worthwhile. Hell yeah!

    • Scamp
      Posted March 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

      I could write an entire rant of my own as to why QB’s entropy conversation with Madoka is one of the single greatest scenes in anime of all time, but I’ll save that for my Madoka post later on in the month

      • Posted March 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

        I’ll look forward to it.

        To be honest, I have mixed feelings. I love it and hate it at the same time, if that makes any sense. I think the main reason I hate it though is I couldn’t have predicted it, and I was working so hard to put the clues together for everything, so getting one upped hurt my pride. In another sense, I think it works really well.

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