31 CommentsFractale / By Scamp /

Fractale episode 8

I do enjoy how Nessa floats through the air like a kite when Clain grabs her and pulls her away from the baddies. I guess she is a doppel and therefore real physics don’t apply to her. Either that, or they’re applying Gundam space physics here. You know, Gundam space physics. The one where you can have someone walking next to someone else floating.

I swear he’s becoming more and more like Hamdo from Now and Then, Here and There with every episode. The scene where he drops to his knees and buries his head into Phryne’s chest was picture perfect the same scene frequently from N&T,H&T where Hamdo buries his head into his female supervisors stomach. It’s gotten to the point that I think it must be a deliberate reference to that series. Either that, or the pudding bowl haircut nutjob villain is a historical character archetype in Japan. The murderer in Tale of Genji had a pudding bowl haircut. It’s a well known fact. Certainly better known than what N&T,H&T is about in the first place. I got a bit of flak from people when I called that series ‘obscure’ but I bet about 80-90% of my readers haven’t seen that series. For the sake of argument, I’ll hold a poll.

Have you watched Now and Then, Here and There

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Back to Fractale, I quite enjoyed listening to Bandaged Phryne and her unusual logic system she used to view the world. I’ve always liked characters who don’t think the same way as regular humans, such as the Kyubey’s, the Chi’s and the Lafiel’s of this world. The argument might be brought up that it makes them difficult to empathise with when they don’t think like a human, and you can certainly see that happening with the sheer unbridled hatred directed towards poor misunderstood Kyubey. I say nuts to you folk, watching someone follow the same regular old thought process is boring. That’s the same thinking that has given us the generic male harem leads of this world, or the eternally nice shojo leads. Far better is to watch a different thought process. Better yet if they fall in love. Not that I’m expecting Kyubey to do that though. That would kind of shit on the whole point of his character.

Hmmm, I really should stop referencing other anime and stick to Fractale.

The big plot reveal of the episode was that Phryne is a grown up version of the younger Phryne things that look like Nessa. If you can follow that train of thought, then that means that Phryne was broken somehow yet let to live until she reached this age. The question is obviously ‘why’? The obvious answer is because her dad, the Hamdo lookalike, is in love with her and loves to cuddle her belly and put her in birthing tables or whatever the word for those things in maternity wards is. Come to think of it, how is he her dad when she was born in a test tube? Or have I followed the events of this episode incorrectly? As I’ve learned in the past, it’s pretty easy to muck up when trying to follow what’s going on in Fractale, because you’re never entirely sure if what we’re concluding from events is what the creators had intended. They’re far too busy making ecchi jokes to bother with making a coherent plot obviously.

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  1. Nop
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I think she mentioned Hamdo not being her real father at one point. He just brought her up.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 15, 2011 at 12:11 am | Permalink

      Ah yeah, she did say that. Wonder why Hamdo says she’s his daughter then

  2. Dad
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Dear son,

    I cannot vote enough times to be properly represented in your poll thingy. It’s a well-known fact that everyone has seen Now and Then, Here and There. Just like everyone has seen Akira, Nausicaa, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun and Utena, to name a few.

    If you haven’t seen one of the shows/films I mentioned, you’re not a true animation fan.

    Your father.

    • fathomlessblue
      Posted March 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

      Thus spoke the voice of reason.

    • Posted March 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

      Sir? I would like to shake you virtual hand.

      • Scamp
        Posted March 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

        Don’t encourage him =(

      • Posted March 17, 2011 at 9:36 am | Permalink

        Dude, your dad knows his anime? That is sweet :O

    • Posted March 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

      Good to know that I have my true animation fan’s card ready to go!

      • Posted March 15, 2011 at 4:53 am | Permalink

        OH THANK GOD i’ve seen three of those.

        i was afraid for a second that i wasn’t measuring up ;(

  3. fathomlessblue
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    While I’d imagine quite a few people haven’t seen Now and Then, Here and There, I’d certainly not call it obscure, at not with the online anime communities. I’ve always viewed it as one of those underrated series’ which have enough cult status that most people are at least aware it’s existance, just like shows such as Planetes, Haibane Renmei, Mushishi and Honey and Clover… ok, I haven’t seen the last one, but we all need a rainy day anime! XD

    I think the series gets referred to as obscure so much is because some people view it as cool to bandy around the names of slightly-under-the-radar anime, sorta like those pretentious indie kids who are always raving on about some unsigned band, that in actuality, most people are aware of.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 15, 2011 at 12:20 am | Permalink

      Best way to test: Check the MAL popularity

      Mushishi: Popularity #84
      Honey and Clover: Popularity #135
      Haibane Renmei: Popularity #166
      N&T,H&T: Popularity #525

      Definitely more obscure than those you mentioned. It’s a level or two below the likes of Mushishi. Closer to its level would be the likes of Crest of the Stars, Akagi and Kaiba. I haven’t checked the popularity of those shows yet, so my choices aren’t pre-determined by that. Let me check now…

      Akagi: Popularity #621
      Crest of the Stars: Popularity #837
      Kaiba: Popularity #708

      So slightly above those I mentioned but well below the ones you referenced. Anyway my point stands. It’s below the radar of the less experienced fan

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted March 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

        I rarely use MAL, and while I don’t believe it necessarily paints that accurate a picture amongst certain older anime, or among particular demographics of fans, I really would have expected it to score much, much higher than in the 500’s. Thats pretty depressing, the series was practically pushed in my face by my friends and in certain anime communities so I really thought it was pretty well known. Bah!

        Also, I’d never heard of Akagi before, so I’ll check that out :P

      • Scamp
        Posted March 17, 2011 at 9:49 am | Permalink

        If anything, I’m surprised at the 60-40 rating it’s got already. I didn’t think it was quite that well known

  4. Posted March 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    History has a tendency to remember the most outstanding and most terrible and forget everything inbetween. In 3 years, Fractale will be forgotten, but NTHT will still be remembered.

  5. Posted March 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Guess I (or well, all of us) should watch that movie at some point and reread these posts.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 15, 2011 at 12:22 am | Permalink

      TV Series. Only 13 episodes long but rather gruelling to sit through. Also has considerably less ecchi jokes than Fractale

      • Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

        Ha, oops, sounded like a movie for some reason.
        Anyway, I downloaded it already, whee.

  6. Posted March 15, 2011 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    The thing that Phyrne was on wasn’t anything special, just something erm, well,

    It’s a table that gynecologist use for exams. Least what I know of them.

    Yeeeeeeeah. Let’s never talk about this again.

    • Thrashy
      Posted March 15, 2011 at 3:47 am | Permalink

      Reeally high squick-factor in this episode, for sure.

      • Posted March 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Permalink



  7. Posted March 15, 2011 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    ok, just when i thought i couldnt cringe enough at the villian/phryne feel-up scene, THEY HAD TO BUST OUT THE GYNO PELVIC EXAM TABLE. THEY HAD TO. *nightmares come back of the freaking table*

    *more nightmares over the fact that i will soon have to visit this table once a year* AHHHH

    in other news, plot, where have you been all my life D: NOW it seems we’re getting somewhere.

  8. Scamp
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Oddly I didn’t get too much squick from this episode. I know everything that happened should have been squick, but I’m not emotionally invested in the anime to get grossed out by anything that happens

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      I hate to play the sex card but…um, unless something happened that you didn’t tell us about, you’re a man, and may not be as squicked/horrified by the table as you, erm, aren’t reminded of personal experiences by it.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

      that’s cuz you’ve never experienced that table. nor will you ever have to at any point in your life. just the sight of that table strikes fear into the hearts of many a woman. probably not as painful as a mammogram but MAN is it humiliating.

      male equivalent is probably a prostate exam, but even those aren’t once a year? *has no idea*

      • luffyluffy
        Posted March 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

        This makes me wonder exactly how many of your readers are men and how many are woman..

      • Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

        I think men get em when they’re older.

      • Posted March 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

        I guess that Scamp has more fangirls since he reviewed Hetalia. But what do I know.

  9. Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    This post has reached the point where Conan would say, “This show is officially broken folks.”

  10. Posted March 16, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    When did Gundam have that walking/floating thing? I seem to remember most of the UC shows being pretty accurate with their microgravity physics.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 17, 2011 at 9:50 am | Permalink

      I’ve seen the original Gundam, Gundam Seed, Gundam 00 and Gundam Unicorn. Every single one had broken space psysics

  11. Philippe
    Posted March 17, 2011 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    > how is he her dad when she was born in a test tube?

    isn’t the older Phryne actually the original ?
    did she actually say she born on test tube ?
    it seems she is the real one and the rest is clone

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