(Constipated Nessa is moe).
Do I even need to compare this guy to Hamdo anymore? Gripping the sides of his head and yelling hysterically just puts him even more on the path of the Hellywood dictator. Plus my poll from the last episode showed that a good 40% of my readers had seen at least part of Now and Then, Here and There, so I don’t have to worry about the reference flying straight over everyone’s collective heads. Might lose a hell of a lot more people if I said the spikes protuding from the Lost Millenium Airships reminded me just a bit of Captain Harlocks ramming spaceship weapon. Probably better if I simply compared them to the Last Exile airships. Now there’s an anime I can recommend with no hesitation. I’m honestly not that big a fan of N&T,H&T, despite referencing it in practically every single Fractale post. I think it loses it’s way around the halfway mark and becomes a bit too preachy for its own good. But Last Exile is an awesome anime made back when Gonzo didn’t suck. They’re even reviving the franchise sometime this year, so now is a good time to start watching it.
Back to Fractale, it appears the series took a look around, realised this was the third last episode, and decided that welp, might as well kick the finale into gear. Which is a Good Thing. At least this series is bringing the finale to the fore in regular fashion and not introducing plot twists at the last minute. Well, there were plot twists, like Phryne revealing that due to EVEN MOAR ENTROPY, the Fractale system is collapsing that that she and Nessa are the keys somehow. But we already knew all that, so that doesn’t count as shaking up the plot or anything. Neither does the temple and the Lost Millenium launching all out attacks on each other count as plot twists either. They’re regular end-of-series events. This is also around the sort of time I’m supposed to be predicting what’s going to happen in the end, but that’s kinda hard to do. That’s because Fractale hasn’t a clear theme throughout so it’s difficult to tell what direction it will go in.
The most obvious ‘theme’ would be the one of family and relationships. As in, they set up this theme by giving Clain a harem who would all be perfectly fine with sharing his loincloth-clad crotch between them. Lost Millennium supports polygamy for humans, clones and doppels alike. A little part of me found it amusing that Phryne referred to Nessa as remaining eternally beautiful in that young form. Because lordy me, we wouldn’t want our women with boobs or anything horrible like that. Who’d want a dirty old women like Phryne when you could have lolis like Nessa and that one who keeps calling Clain ecchi that I haven’t bothered to remember what her name is.
On the family theme, there’s the contrast between Clain’s fractured mess of a family life, Phryne’s rather squicky relationship with her ‘father’ Hamdo, and the apparent family atmosphere when Nessa, Phryne and Clain were together. As in, Clain and Nessa were the mummy and daddy while Phryne was the old granny sitting in the corner in her rocking chair whose hearing aid had fallen out. Only joking, Clain had a heartfelt (lol) declaration of love for Phryne and went off on his
bicycle airship to chase after her dad that had taken her away. I wonder if Clain even knows what love is, seeing as he lived alone for his entire life. I wonder how babies were made in the Fractale system if people were meant not to meet each other? Were the Star Festivals also massive orgies? I guess the babies could be all test tube created, but that doesn’t explain how Clain has a mummy and daddy.