January 28, 2011

Fractale -- ep 3

After watching this episode, my reaction was, "Wow! Holy shit!"

Which is not very eloquent, I have to admit. But at least it was heart-felt.

I really wish I could watch the next episode right now, but of course I'll have to wait for next week, like everyone else.

Nessa definitely is a doppel. And this episode provided a bunch of answers and background. Spoilers below the fold.

It turns out that people who are part of the fractale system, including Clain, have surgically implanted "fractale terminals" in them, presumably in their brains. It is possible to remove them, and a person who has no fractale terminals cannot sense doppels unless they wear special visors.

At the end of ep 2, Clain and Nessa were captured by Enri and her two clownish henchmen. In ep 3, they are taken to the village where Enri lives. And the people there cannot see Nessa, unless they wear their visors.

Curiously, with the visors on, some of them can touch Nessa, feel her. But Enri's older brother is not one of them. His hand passes right through Nessa's hand. Nessa says that it means he doesn't like her. Only those who like Nessa can feel her.

I won't even try to describe the things that happen in this episode, especially at the end, because I don't fully understand them. But I do believe we'll get explanations that satisfy before it's all over.

In the mean time, this ep ended with a cliff-hanger, in a sense. Who is it that Nessa was made to look like? Is she real, or another doppel?

Wow! Just... wow!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 09:20 PM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 The politics on display here intrigue me.


About Nessa:


Weird (mildly spoiling) resonances:


There's an odd common thread between Fractale and Dragon Crisis through episode 3 (spoilers for both follow):

Wow indeed. This series has real teeth. I'm eager to see just how brave the creators are.

Posted by: refugee at January 28, 2011 10:24 PM (auErC)


The director of Fractale has been having tantrums in interviews, saying that the whole industry is in a rut, and he's trying to shake things up with this series.

And if it isn't a hit, he'll quit the business.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 28, 2011 10:39 PM (+rSRq)

3 Screen grabs of dopple "wiki" Episode 2.

Uh, ugly. I'll fiddle with them some more tomorrow.


Steven, if this series is about something, if it asks hard questions, as it appears to do, Yamamato has my vote. Unfortunately, I bet it turns out to be almost as popular as Haibane.

I have the feeling that Yamamoto stole a bunch of tropes and styles, such as the Miyazaki styling and devices, only to suck people in. I think he plans to break our expectations.

This is where we find out, not only how brave Yamamoto is, but how brave his audience is.

Posted by: refugee at January 28, 2011 11:20 PM (auErC)

4 Just thought I'd mention that the word is "doppel", not "dopple". It's short for doppelgänger.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 28, 2011 11:54 PM (+rSRq)

5 "Doppel"

Stupid fingers, doing what they want instead of what they're told.

Posted by: refugee at January 29, 2011 05:55 AM (auErC)

6 You don't want to bungle or bobble the Fingal dopple.

Posted by: Wonderduck at January 29, 2011 07:23 AM (W8Men)

7 Totally irrelevant, off-topic, sea-battle Doppelgängers.

I swear, I didn't look for that. It was just there in my usual morning linkage.

Posted by: refugee at January 29, 2011 09:10 AM (auErC)

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