「僧院へ」 (Souin e)
“To the Monastery”
The hints about Phryne’s traumatic experience back in episode seven came about this week in a way that I honestly could have done without. It was already unsettling to see Barrot press himself up against Phryne while objectifying her body, so this latest endeavor made him out to be an even bigger sick freak. Surprisingly, I’m not entirely convinced that he’s gone all the way with Phryne after it was suggested that her virginity needs to be intact, but I sure get the impression that he’s probably done just about everything else to his “prized sample”. Phryne mentioning how she and her sisters continually get “defiled” suggests as much anyway. However, it’s almost as if Barrot is so obsessed with creating the perfect Phryne that he “basks in them”, meaning the act of molesting young girls is not the original goal but the end result. Of course, that afterthought isn’t intended to defend his messed up mentality. I, like many others, wish he died in the rumble back in episode eight.
Interestingly enough, Barrot is only part of the problem, as Moeran has some ill-directed hate towards highly regarded clones created after her. If the series’ goal was to make out the monastery to be the most messed up group of individuals thanks to both religion and science, I must say they’ve done admirably in that regard. Rebooting the Fractale System every few centuries is a cult-like obsession of theirs, whereas the science aspect is depicted as the means of doing so. There’s no shortage of old priestesses acting as martyrs to protect Phryne, even after everything that’s happened with her and Lost Millennium. Suffice to say, I don’t think anything they do will surprise me anymore.
At this point, I really don’t care what happens to the Fractale System. All I want to see are these corrupt individuals feigning benevolence to the world exposed for who they truly are and then taken care of in the quickest way possible. Even the likes of Dias appears to be a saint in comparison, which is saying a lot when he can hardly be trusted among Lost Millennium. His connection to the Fractale System did prove handy for hacking into the monastery’s defenses, but there’s really no telling what he’ll pull to achieve his goals. (e.g. Pretending to help Clain only to find Phryne and kill her.) In hindsight, the fallout from the all-out assault has made a garbled mess of the various subplots, whether it be Dias, Barrot, Moeron, or the Granites family. Everyone’s been demoted to a cog in the bigger story, so the only ones that I care about in the finale next time are Clain, Phryne, and Nessa.
Time is ticking for Nessa as she’s quickly fading out of existence as the Fractale System collapses, so I’m curious if our main trio will be faced with the dilemma I mentioned last week. If the series plans to finish on a lasting note, losing either Nessa or Phryne is the only thing I can see achieving that at this point. Of course, I’d be all for a happy ending where the three of them get to live their lives together like Clain’s hoping, with the obvious trade-off being that overall series will not have amounted to much. Poor Yamakan will be criticized to death if that’s the case (if he isn’t a walking zombie already). He has one episode left to prove otherwise.