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12 (Naughty) Moments of Anime 2011 No. 11 – Geriatric Groovin’

Posted in 12 Moments, Fractale with tags on 12/15/2011 by Shinmaru

Fractale may have been a mess overall, but if there’s one thing it got right, it’s the dancing.

You see, Yamakan was shackled by the conventions of “plot” and “character development” and “telling competent jokes”. But in this one moment in episode five, we finally get a taste of what Fractale is truly about: The power of dance.

Who is the most moe character? Nessa.

What does Nessa love? Love.

How do you channel Nessa’s love? Through dance.

Therefore, love = dance, and because the show has to be about the most moe character, Fractale is all about dancing.

If only Yamakan had the freedom to make the final battle a dance-off. If only.

Fractale 11 – God Is a Retard (END)

Posted in Fractale with tags on 04/02/2011 by Shinmaru

I think Enri had the right idea here. We should all have been watching Fractale with no eyes.

So, Fractale is over, and the ending is a hilarious mess. Nothing really makes any sense at all, but the characters are all happy, so I suppose we should be happy, too, although it does not seem to take much to make these characters happy. Give them some vegetables, a dog doppel they can tease with food, and a 16-year-old in a coma and they’re set for life. Good times. Or bad times.

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Fractale 10 – Stuff Happens

Posted in Fractale with tags on 03/27/2011 by Shinmaru

Hey, the older woman is jealous of the younger one? You never see that anywhere! That’s the kind of novel storytelling I’ve come to expect from Fractale.

So, uh, that was something. Instead of making the villains interesting, let’s make them all crazy and/or petty and vindictive. What reaction are you supposed to have to this stuff when the story has been built in such a shoddy way so far? When what’s her face drew Phryne in with the crocodile tears and then started choking the life out of her, I couldn’t help but laugh. The whole thing was totally predictable (even Goku doesn’t fall for this shit anymore), and we’ve seen so little of this priestess that the extreme behavior out of nowhere is ridiculous rather than shocking. She may as well have been force feeding Phryne dog food like in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

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Fractale 9 – God Is Tech Support

Posted in Fractale with tags on 03/19/2011 by Shinmaru

This is what I felt like doing to myself all throughout this scene . . .

(By the way, for anyone wondering where the new Kimi ni Todoke episode is, the next one isn’t running until March 21. I’m actually surprised any anime has been airing during this trying period in Japan, but then again, having some anime still on TV would probably help instill a sense of normalcy for some folks . . . the ones who stay up late watching cartoons, anyway.)

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Fractale 8 – I Can’t Believe I’m Saying This, But …

Posted in Fractale with tags on 03/12/2011 by Shinmaru

. . . more Nessa, please?! Or, to be more exact, more Nessa blowing shit up. I still don’t care about bouncy, happy-go-lucky retard Nessa.

I think Digiboy is basically spot on with his post about the episode. How is the audience supposed to care about what is happening when there are three episodes remaining, and we have but the vaguest idea of what is going on right now? There’s a lot of stuff thrown out there: The Fractale system, Lost Millennium, technology vs. nature, the key to the world, clones, virgin detectors, and so on and so forth. But that’s the problem right there — a lot of what’s used to cobble together the plot feels as if it’s just thrown out there with no regard to forming a coherent, cohesive narrative.

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Fractale 7 – Creepy Old Man

Posted in Fractale with tags on 03/05/2011 by Shinmaru

Damn this old man and his Master Asia cosplay! He dishonors the title of Undefeated of the East!

Seriously, though, I guess no matter how old a guy gets, he never loses his taste for the titties. His doppel is freaking stacked, my god. I suppose when your spinal column is comprised of data, then you don’t have to worry about the strain of carrying prize-winning melons around all day. But why is he seducing little boys and putting dresses on them? You gotta get action where you can, I guess. Yuck.

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Fractale 6 – Wait, Those Guys Are Actually Jerks!

Posted in Fractale with tags on 02/27/2011 by Shinmaru

I don’t know about you all, but I was absolutely SHOCKED that this faction of Lost Millennium violently coerces people to fight with them! What meanies!

With each episode, I find myself less interested in the big picture conflict (Lost Millennium vs. the Fractale system) and more interested in the personal stuff . . . when it’s done well, anyway. These new folks are just so melodramatically evil that I can’t help but laugh. When they gunned down the deserter in cold blood? HILARIOUS. They lure people in with soup and vaccines and force them into becoming freedom fighters. How is that not funny? The execution is just unbelievably silly. I can’t take it seriously.

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Fractale 5 – Dance Break!

Posted in Fractale with tags on 02/20/2011 by Shinmaru

Two things we need more of in this world: Random dancing and high fives. Fractale has taken care of the former; now, please, do the latter.

Fractale has been a frustrating series to watch because it feels as if it’s underachieving, wasting the good stuff it has. The show has this interesting setting with interesting technology and a potentially interesting conflict, and it’s content to fill it up with nonsense and stupid, unfunny jokes. It’s basically the A Certain Magical Index of noitaminA, right down to me giving it the benefit of the doubt for way too long and for no good reason. I’m actually glad for once that a noitaminA series is just 11 episodes. Who knows how long I would go hoping beyond hope that one day Fractale cashes in on its potential?

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Fractale 4 – Getting Mixed Signals …

Posted in Fractale with tags on 02/05/2011 by Shinmaru

I’m enjoying Fractale, but I’m not quite sure how to feel about how it is mixing tones — the end of last week’s episode was a sobering attack that saw both sides lose lives. It’s a fairly serious moment. But this bit at the end of Fractale 4 seems to be the polar opposite: It’s not really super serious; it’s part of a rousing adventure, and it comes off as if the audience is supposed to react like, “Hell yeah!” after Mr. Douchebaggy Priest Guy and his guards are blown up (and the priest gets up and shakes his fist like he just stepped out of The Simpsons). The guy isn’t hurt, so of course it’s hilarious! Just ignore the bodies strewn about the cliff . . .

I do wonder if it’s intentional. I’m liking the series, so I want to give the creators the benefit of the doubt, but it’s probably still too early to definitively say, “Fractale is trying to subvert (whatever)” or “Fractale is a giant mess that has no idea what it’s trying to do”. But it’s just weird to see a scene like that (complete with rousing adventure music) after last week’s ending and the opening of this week’s episode where the dead are being mourned. Wouldn’t anyone question it, even a little bit? I’d like to believe in the competency of the creators and hope that they figured the viewers would see that kind of thing and react like, “Huh?”

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Fractale 3 – Grand Theft Fractale

Posted in Fractale with tags on 01/29/2011 by Shinmaru

Seriously, that is pretty much how Lost Millennium approaches its mission against the Fractale system old lady mages: Just jump in and blast the shit out of everything. But clearly they did not take it far enough — they should have rode in one of those mobile homes and started running over people for maximum effect.

On a more serious note . . . uh, damn. I think that eases my concerns about Fractale‘s plot getting a move on. The conflict has evolved into one of the old standbys — security vs. freedom. As it is right now, the people in Fractale‘s world are secure: The computers take care of everything, and nobody has to worry about anything of major concern like money or health care or whatever . . . but it comes at the cost of choice, freedom, privacy, etc. because computers can’t really be in control of everything unless they’re really in control of everything. And on the other side, Lost Millennium is fighting back by “regressing” to where we are right now. They’ve got to work for what they have, and a good life is not a guarantee, but they actually are free to live how they choose (as long as they don’t get caught).

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