12 Moments in 2011: It was actually child molestation all along

People said a lot of things about Fractale. Like Guilty Crown later, it was decried as the harbinger of noitaminA’s doom, and as Yamakan’s downfall, or the reason why otaku-cum-academian Hiroki Azuma should never touch anime from the inside ever again.

It was also called confusing at the end, but honestly was it? It was actually about child molestation all along, which is really fucking disturbing but ultimately almost rescued it.

Was Fractale, in the end, supposed to be a musing on Azuma’s theories of “animal” attribute consumption, the replacement of character with chara-moe, and the loss of the “grand narrative” — just a failed attempt at it? Did Mari Okada finally drop the ball? Should Yamakan give it up? Who the hell knows. But that bizarre twist at the end actually made things feel a little more tied-together and conceptually smart than most people will ever give Fractale credit for. And they probably shouldn’t give it too much credit, but it proves to me that there’s sometimes a lot to think about even in the anime we laugh off because of other things that it does clumsily (which was, you know, pretty much everything in Fractale’s case).

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  1. omo says:

    I think ‘child molestation’ is giving it too much credit, and I’m pretty much a Fractale apologist when it comes to the topic.

  2. Martin says:

    ‘Clumsy’ is an apt way of describing that show. In some ways it’s a textbook example of how NOT to go about a project like this, but it’s always a shame when you look forward to something but later remember it for what it did wrong. I wanted to enjoy it and wish that things had turned out better than they did. I loved the opening theme, by the way.

    I’m sure quite a few factors contributed to its failure. I respect Azuma as an academic, but it would seem that he’s more comfortable when writing non-fiction. I know it’s therefore not entirely his fault, but I like to blame Yamakan because he’s a smug little wanker who needs to think more and talk less.