Time for repairs leads to understanding life outside of the Fractale system.
What They Say:
The Granites land their ship out of range of the Fractale system to make repairs. Clain and Phryne take in an eye-opening view of the effects of Fractale's failing structures after they meet a lone antique collector.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the events on board the Granites ship that had Clain showing he had some use and ended up turning everyone into friends on some level, the ship is at that stage where more must be done to get it back on track since the band-aid fixes are done. Having reached a place outside of the Fractale system as was their original goal, they're able to set the ship down in a very pleasant area with some beautiful scenery and a sense of warmth and calm. At least it's calm until the men start working on the ship and the women spend their time doing chores as the younger ones get involved in playing in the water. Which at first includes the free spirit Nessa and then Phryne as well.
Unsurprisingly, as we get out of the system more, we see different aspects of how the world works. One of those aspects is a group of people who have found themselves on the outside of the Fractale's radio signals so they end up becoming wanderers in search of another signal. But since they've been outcast, it's not something that they'll find. They have the mindset of those who have been beaten down and worthless so they huddle together and make their journey. But there are those out there that want to take advantage of that as we see a man named Dias arrive that gets them to follow him. There's some connection between him and Sunda though as the two know each other and certainly look like they have a history. What the story does with this though is more to let one of the loners who got caught up in the nomads journey take center stage as he has a small place where he keeps to himself near where the Granites ship landed.
The loner that they deal with, who Clain takes to easily since he's an antique collector, has quite the elaborate plan to bring the Fractale system back to the area. With the area having been lost, he knows how to try and capture some of it on certain nihts but wants to make it real all the time and shows it off to Clain and Phryne. Where the problem comes is that he shows it off when Dias and the people he brought in are there and it reveals the true motives that Dias has. Though Clain has seen some positive to what Dias does, there's such a dark side about it that really shows exactly what kind of person he is. The showcase of life outside the system when things break down and the people are abandoned shows all too clearly just how dependent everyone is on it and how they can be taken advantage of by those who can survive outside of it.
Fractale offers up an interesting look at the world outside of the system but doesn't answer too many questions. It gives us another piece of the puzzle about how people are so completely connected to it that the majority of them become less than human afterwards in a way and are simply wandering around looking for a connection even though it's essentially impossible. There are some interesting moments to be had here, and some surprising fanservice as well with naked Phryne, but Fractale continues to be something of a large tease about what it is while not following through enough to make it truly engaging. It's a show with a lot of potential that's hard to reach with the short run that it has and the languid pacing.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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