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「最果ての町」 (Saihate no Machi)
“The Farthest Town”

“Shut up Enri. Phryne can strip all she wants.” That’s admittedly the first (sarcastic) thought that came to mind when Enri started flipping out about our mysterious priestess taking off all her clothes in record time to go skinny dipping. More so than the actual fan-service, that scene showcased the tomboy side of Phryne yet again, and how she’s not shy about being a girl, let alone an attractive one, which is always fun to watch. It’s a refreshing change from the stereotypical “guy falls into girl’s chest and is perceived as a pervert”, since Clain is simply strung along by Phyrne and her impulsive easygoing ways. I’d definitely like to see more strong-willed characters like her in the future, who don’t get flustered by the teenage boys around her.

It almost seemed a bit too early for Phryne to reconcile with Nessa, though I guess it was more of a subplot that was never intended to be dragged out. The introduction of the Kilda-based Alabaster group whom there was no mention of on the official site seemed to suggest as much, in conjunction with their leader Dias’ (Maeno Tomoaki) radical and deceitful ways of achieving Lost Millennium’s goals. I can’t say I’m too surprised they aren’t as righteous as they seemed at first, given all the signs from the “vaccinations” to Phryne’s distrust in them; however, it wasn’t until they gunned down someone in cold blood that it really sunk in. Tricking people into removing their Fractale terminals is one thing and in line with what I’d expect from them, but coercing Fractale-dependent people into joining them is something else altogether.

The real questions this episode were the ones surrounding the man from the antenna tower, who was alluded to being Clain’s father. The photographs that Phryne stole hinted at that possibility, so I went back and double-checked the seiyuu who plays him. Lo and behold, it’s Kimura Masafumi in both roles, albeit with a bit of a typo in the credits of the first episode (木村雅文 instead of 木村雅史). I wouldn’t say that confirms it, but it doesn’t seem too far-fetched for Clain to not recognize him after living apart all these years. There were other signs as well, such as the common interest in antique technology despite how much Clain’s father had deemed that stuff as junk, and how they’re both mistaken as perverts. I’d like to believe the latter wasn’t merely a coincidence, even though the whole idea raises questions about why Clain’s father would keep this from him and why he’d lie about living a carefree life in Luimnigh after quitting the trading business five years ago. Anyway, it’s something that I’m keeping at the back of mind, which had me wondering if the man was going to curl over and die once Clain and the others left on their Danan airship.

Interestingly enough, Clain’s mother and Tsunami Granites (far right) are played by the same person too, namely Yoshida Ayuko, though I’m less inclined to believe those two are the same person since she also played a nameless priestess. I did dwell on the possibility for a bit, since it would change my perception of the series if Clain’s parents were secretly involved with all the stuff he’s been dragged into. I may be reading into it all a bit much, but I’m giving the series the benefit of the doubt in that it’s not as straightforward as it’s trying to come off.

 

February 25, 2011 at 5:00 am
42 comments »
  • February 25, 2011 at 5:17 amBossun

    Can someone verify this for me: What are doppels supposed to be? Are they supposed to be like AI clones of people?

    • February 25, 2011 at 5:29 amPhryne

      I was wondering the same thing
      Is there a reason why parents live apart from their children? The doppel is controlled by Clain’s dad or it’s just something created to take the role of his father?

      What exactly is the fractale system? Why are some people abandoned by the system?
      So many questions and there’s only 5 episodes left… wonder how many of them will be explained?

      • February 25, 2011 at 7:43 amkoja

        You can read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley to understand why children have to live apart from their parents :) It’s a type of social engineering in the dystopian world

      • February 25, 2011 at 7:53 amReddyRedWolf

        Actually if you watched Caprica it is pretty much close to that. People with terminals supposedly uploads data to the Fractale system with Doppels taking their roles. Not everybody that has a terminal chooses to have a Doppel like Clain. If he is the father then this suggest a form of transhuman immortality as well in the form of Doppels in the Fractale system. Doppels being facsimiles. Given what we saw in episode 1 Doppels having also participating in illegal activity as well as legal they’ve pretty much replaced functioning society. Thus it is odd that the Doppels have free will such the love and concern of Clain’s Doppel parents while there is slight brainwashing for real people. Happy thoughts and such.

    • February 25, 2011 at 5:51 amDivine

      Doppels are avatars controlled remotely by real people (like in the case of Clain’s parents). There are also autonomous Doppels such as Nessa (or so it seems at the moment).

      The reason for living apart is freedom of lifestyle, even when raising a family. The Fractale System is like a super computer network that people interface with via terminals installed into their body (nanomachines), which can monitor their health and administrate vaccines and such too. For the most part, it allows people to live in a holographic paradise.

      People like Lost Millennium are abandoning the system because they feel it’s turned mankind into a bunch of lazy mindless drones who don’t know how to do anything for themselves.

      All of this has been already explained (or at least heavily alluded to) if you pay close attention to the story.

      • February 25, 2011 at 6:55 amBossun

        Yeah, I already understood most of that, I just wasn’t sure if there were two types of doppels (like Nessa and Clain’s parents) or if they were all the same. That cleared up some confusion, thanks.

      • February 25, 2011 at 6:55 amPhryne

        Thank you Sir
        So is there a reason why the doppels looks like a “doppel” instead of the person himself? (think StarWars’s hologram?)
        Wouldn’t that be a more effective way of communication or at the very least ensure that Clain would remember how his dad looks like?
        Doesn’t seem like the most effective way to achieve “freedom of lifestyle”

        I’m still not quite sure what exactly is the direction of this series, but it continues to stay interesting enough for me to tune in every week and Phryne’s tendency to strip certainly helps :)

      • February 25, 2011 at 7:11 amBossun

        The whole idea behind Fractale is freedom. If the people don’t want their doppels to look exactly like themselves, they have the freedom to change their appearance. Think of it like those Miis on the Wii. Some people make theirs look like themselves while others just want them to look cool.

      • February 25, 2011 at 10:12 pmsherry

        This is also what I thought from the start: that doppels were indeed controlled by the people they impersonate. Still, how come we saw Clain talking like normal with both his dad and mom together, while we see know that his father lives on his own? Or does this ‘freedom’ of theirs actually included from the very start that his parents weren’t actually at the same place?

    • February 25, 2011 at 11:50 amWatcher

      Doppels are independent AI that make decisions based on how the original person would have made them. Then, they report the data to the person at regular intervals. This would explain how the father doppel could have existed even while his real father was outside an active zone.

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      • February 25, 2011 at 2:19 pmBossun

        Wow. Good find!

      • February 25, 2011 at 3:22 pmJusta_Dream

        Yeah O.O amazing find! I never caught that and would never have even known about it if you hadn’t brought it up so thanks! I’m gonna have to re-watch the other episodes and pay more attention.

      • February 25, 2011 at 5:27 pmDivine

        Okay, so not controlled by a person, but reports back to them.

      • February 26, 2011 at 5:47 pmstarss

        Holy cow! Someone spent too much time looking at screencaps! :D

  • February 25, 2011 at 5:18 amjrj

    +1 to the old man being Clain’s father… or at least that is what the show seems to want us to believe.
    fighting your enemy and killing is one thing, but forcing powerless into fighting and killing the innocent is another thing all together… now I really hate the Dias group.
    and nice job for Phryne striping… a fast strip too XD

  • February 25, 2011 at 5:39 amprejsu

    At the beginning i was not really convinced about this show, but now i am genuinely digging it. Great story

  • February 25, 2011 at 6:52 amTomer

    They are way overdoing the pervert jokes.

    • February 25, 2011 at 7:12 amkabayongtao

      Agree, Enri is the real pervert.

  • February 25, 2011 at 7:22 amTan-Tan

    Still, shouldn’t the old man been able to recognize Clain? Not point him with a gun?

    • February 25, 2011 at 7:32 amTehJawknee

      I think he was trying to keep Clain from recognizing HIM. Also, with Dias’ people just out there, it’s not too strange for him to try and protect his place, including his antenna.

  • February 25, 2011 at 7:30 amTehJawknee

    This episode reaffirms the Fractale system is decaying. Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly how far ahead this society is. But what I do know is that Clain seemed VERY excited to find a 21st century phone. This made me LOL.

    Also, naked Phryne is naked. That really caught my attention.

    • February 25, 2011 at 11:00 amewok40k

      The decay of the system may lead to forced peace between church and LM, as both sides will eed each other to save humanity from collapsing. LM know how to live without Fractale, church has resources and following of the masses.
      I was amazed when I was able to operate old Morse telegraph in tech museum!
      Phryne is great character, not being the usual blushing and kyaaa-ing (followed by fist or stomp) anime girl.

  • February 25, 2011 at 8:20 ammario2man

    I think Dias is doing the same thing the fractale system is doing. He is controlling people by giving them things they think they are too lazy to get themselves. I would not be surprised if his real objective is to put up a new system where he is in control.

  • February 25, 2011 at 9:07 amZangkin

    Ahh I love Phryne. She’s such a tomboy and I love how she doesn’t care that she’s a girl. That always adds a good plot twist.

  • February 25, 2011 at 9:56 amZaku Fan

    Strong episode this week. They need to keep this up.

    As for Alabaster, i’m guess those “free” people will soon be toiling as slaves on a farm, to keep the war machine running strong! :p

  • February 25, 2011 at 11:39 amwandering-dreamer

    About the doppels, I think it was explained a few episodes back that doppels AREN’T avatars of people that they use to get around. Rather, they seem to be made from data from the original person but have some sort of AI as well (remember, Clain’s father has lived outside Fractale for awhile now so there’s no way he could’ve updated his doppel).

  • February 25, 2011 at 1:51 pmxcswmboy

    Why would you point a shotgun at your son? To scare him off? Meh.

    I’m more confused about where Nessa’s brooch went. Last we saw of if was Clain leaving it at a police box. It was something Phyrne gave him too. I would think you would want to keep something that a girl you like gave you even if Nessa is already around.

  • February 25, 2011 at 2:26 pmRockmanshi

    The pervert jokes are still funny for me so I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of them.
    I also think the man was Claine’s father, and they showed it at the episode end, still alive and tweaking his stuff, so maybe he’ll come back. And nice job checking the seiyuus, and even spotting a typo.

  • February 25, 2011 at 3:43 pmP0NCH

    It was cute to see Phryne and Clain racing each other up the hill :)
    Overall a good episode, looking forward to next week!

  • February 25, 2011 at 5:28 pmThe Story You Don’t Know

    Well, less Nessa in this episode but still great nevertheless. http://randomc.net/image/FRACTALE/FRACTALE%20-%2006%20-%20Large%2006.jpg
    this one looks great, yeah it’s fan service but it feels a lot different from the “real” fan service. Somehow that shot looks pure and innocent lol

  • February 25, 2011 at 5:45 pmOtaku_Brawler

    Yo Divine, the 25th episode of Durarara recently came out online. Is anyone gonna do a summary for it?

  • February 25, 2011 at 7:11 pmChocolate

    I probably had a lot on my mind when I was watching this, but I did not realize that the man could of been Clain’s father judging by the photo at the end :O That explains why the man took photos of Clain when he saw him, but I don’t know why he would point a gun at his son.

    Interesting look at different lost millennium factions, and Phryne being a tomboy really adds to her attractiveness :)

  • February 25, 2011 at 9:42 pmtanukichan

    I just noticed that the clock in the old photo is the same as the one in that man’s house. So Clain was born in that house, not the house he’s currently living in. Too bad h can’t remember about that.

    • February 25, 2011 at 10:55 pmThe Story You Don’t Know

      Wow, I didn’t notice that until you said. Nice catch there. Now I really think that man is Clain’s father. The only thing not clear to me is why is that he pointed a gun at him and is that how he should act when he sees his son? Surely, he must have realized that Clain is his son, right.

      Or let’s look at it in another way. Because of the convinience of the Fractale System, and the fact that everybody wants to be “free”, families live apart from each other. And this is what happened, even families couldn’t recognize each other anymore because of they live away from each other. They lost their bond as a real family. They are only family by blood.

    • February 26, 2011 at 4:10 amvigoroso

      Interesting thought or maybe he moved and took the clock.

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  • February 26, 2011 at 10:09 amawesomeness

    Raise your hand if you think the direction should retire.

    *Raises hand*

    • February 26, 2011 at 8:02 pmKarmafan

      I do like this series but to be frank…. I was expecting more. I thought it was gonna be much better then the laidback snorefest this has turned out to be. But on the flipside I had no intentions that Madoka would turn out to be the BEST anime of this winter season. Look what happened there.

  • February 26, 2011 at 10:09 amawesomeness

    Sry typo last post, direction should be director

  • February 26, 2011 at 2:15 pmjay

    If that’s Clain’s father, and Tsunami Granites IS his mother, where does the blonde hair come from? It could be dyed.. but where would he even find the dye to do that to his hair?

    • February 26, 2011 at 4:17 pmredlupine

      recessive genes?

      if dad had black/blonde genes and mom had brown/blonde genes then there is a 25% chance of their child having blonde/blonde genes making him blonde

      more likely scenario… its anime their hair can be whatever color they want

    • February 27, 2011 at 8:50 amZaku Fan

      Actually i have a stronger vibe its the head priestess who’s the mother.

  • March 7, 2011 at 6:48 pmanishuma

    The existence of Phyrne overrides her being a girl WTF!? Oh Phyrne, how I love your unique personality for a female protagonist.How I wish to see the day that you punch Enri in the face and double team her with Nessa, possibly doing some stomps to her stomach.