Yo! I once read an article about how humanity, thanks to new technologies and thoughts tendencies, is “evolving” slowly but surely to a society where we won’t need anymore to be physically in touch with anyone; where the community nucleus would be no other than each one himself. After watching these first 2 episodes, I think Fractale authors hit the same link, too…
In Fractale we arrive to a sci-fi world (which actually resembles the actual one a lot… except for the airships) where people runs away from anyone or anything that may tie them down, call it having a house, a job or even their own families!. In such world, there’s a “Fractale System”, which remunerates the people for uploading their lives info (with what purpose?, dunno… perhaps it’s sponsored by some stalkers company). The case is that since everybody gets enough for living they just keep moving from one place to another, with no worries or conflicts in a relatively peaceful way.
Another important detail that we’re introduced to is the use of Dopplers, which are kind of 3D avatars representing people themselves (but in totally psychedelic shapes..) and that carry on the function of keeping people communicated between them. This dopplers, apparently can’t be touched by people, they’re only an image projected somehow. (I know, too many technical details, but I feel all of them will be important within the story.. believe me, I already watched episode 2.. :D).
In this world, we find Clain, a boy with a passion for old things (yeah right!… old for them, but I would give my right hand for the music player and the computer equipment he has…). Contrary to the rest of the people beliefs, he owns a house and lives near a small town located in the middle of nowhere, meaning he doesn’t like the roaming way of life the rest of the world is enjoying.
One day, while doing the morning prayer (which apparently is the way the Fractale system fetches the live information from people…) he meets a girl being chased in her airship. After helping her, he takes her to his house,where they have a brief but deeply interaction, and the girl, who is named Phryne and resembles a classic RPG priestess character, secretly approves him for taking care of a small jewel she carries on. Next morning the girl has gone (Man, this sounds soooo familiar! *sniff*).
From that jewel emerges a little girl named Nessa, the moe character and most probably the one to take care of during the rest of the series. Clain finds out that, even if he thinks she’s a Doppler from Phryne, he’s able to touch her, as well as she’s able to touch the rest of the dopplers around.
Nessa knows nothing about the way of living of that world, probably because apparently both her and Phyrne come from a different (town, continent, world, time, dimension.. pick whatever suits you better…). After Clain found out that when he felt uneasy with Nessa’s smile he wasn’t able to touch her, leaving Nessa in charge of social security agency, been captured by
team rocket the gang that was chasing Phryne during the first episode (come on!, don’t tell me you didn’t think it, too…), going back home and running half a marathon back when he realized that he felt lonely without her, she finds him and both reconcile (means, he was able to touch her again..) just to fall in a classic Pokemon-ished trap (see?.. we’re back to that again, it’s not just me…).
As a final comment, this is supposed to be one the biggest project this season, considering the people involved in its production, I’m looking forward for a great deep classic story behind it. And don’t get me wrong, the elements are all set: a potential utopia involving moral dilemmas, a one-in-his-kind boy (at least for the context, since I can remember at least 10 similar characters…), an out-of-this-world moe heroine sent to save us all, and an evil antagonist capable of scary evil acts to avoid it (no, it’s not the “dumb, dumber and dumberette” gang I’m talking about..). The art is high quality, just a little old styled for my taste. I really liked the soundtrack and the episodes moved on in a good pace… I just want to know if Fractale will live up to our expectations.
Over and Out!