Level E 3

Another triumph of quickly-paced, well-timed humor with a little MiB style interstellar relations blended in for extra flavor. I love how the apparently extremely aggressive rival aliens are baseball fans and so agreed to help Prince with a very convoluted scheme to piss people off. They do this because their race just happens to know Tsutsui is a rising star and want his autograph.

Apparently that’s what Prince does: cause suffering in extremely convoluted ways. He’s a genius, but he only wants to screw people over and make them regret ever knowing him. The film insults just about everyone we know so far, and despite essentially being a recap, it’s remixed nicely and littered with hilarious slogans and narration, as well as funny reactions from Tsutsui, Miho, and Craft.

So now Prince has been put in charge of security on earth, which is not part of Dogura’s domain. Most of humanity is unaware of their protectorate status, but that’s okay, as it isn’t as if they can do anything about it. Just like that, the introduction arc concludes. Rating: 3.5

Fractale 2

Fractale doesn’t break any ground in its second episode, but it’s enjoyable enough. Picking up where it left off, it introduces Nessa (voiced by Kana Hanazawa, who plays it like a caffeinated Kobato), a lifelike doppel that you can touch. Clain shows her around, showing us around in the process.

The city he lives near is all but deserted, while the few citizens around live in RVs. We ask ourselves…why? Where is everyone, and why don’t they want to live in such a gorgeous, Ghibli-esque place? Clain says he likes his home because “he likes old things.” Will technology make us all nomads like this?

What is obvious is that Nessa had a profound effect on Clain, though he doesn’t realize it at first. Her friendly, affectionate nature and inquisitiveness are a tonic of sorts, and when she’s gone, she misses her. When his doppled parents scold him for “not acting normally”, he shuts them off. Clain can’t go back to the way things were. He wants to know what Nessa – and Phyrne – are all about. Rating: 3