First off, I’ll just be blunt and say, this is a very strange first episode. I think this probably will be a strange show. I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it, I did enjoy the first episode, but it was indeed strange. The ending of the episode had me wondering if the whole thing had jumped the shark, and then wondering if a series could jump the shark in the first episode.
The most fascinating part of the world is hands down the world of Fractale. It’s a futuristic world where the ideal of a utopia has been achieved, but at a cost. People, with everything provided to them, no longer need each other, and as such, have nothing to do with each other. While there is no explanation behind this (yet) the first episode leads to the conclusion that in this world, one can create one’s own friends and family–that, or rather then interacting in person, they interact through virtual avatars.
I’m not sure what to make of the story though. Maybe I’m still processing it. The boy runs into a strange girl on the run only for her to disappear and be replaced by another strange girl. Our main guy lacks any real personality at this point, and is going to have to develop more for me to like him. I felt like through executing the story this episode, they spent too much time on a couple of pointless things. I understand it makes sense for a guy to panic after seeing a girl for the first time nude and touching her. But at the same time, having to put up with the freak out process multiple tunes is annoying.
I absolutely love the animation. It reminds of Miyazaki’s earlier days, and the simplicity really works for me.
In the end, I can see this going either way. This could be a masterpiece. Or a disaster. We’ll know in ten episodes.
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