I would never have expected this, but Nessa is really starting to grow on me. I expected her to be the umpteenth cheerful moe girl who always smiles cheerfully and likes to play games but is disturbingly polite. (most recent example – purple haired Ika girl from Yumekui Merry) These characters are too perfect and fall right in the middle of the uncanny. Kids should be selfish little brats. And Nessa is just that. Until this episode Nessa was also cheerful all the time, but this isn’t the part I object to in other characters – she’s still selfish in how she has fun, doing whatever she wants like screwing with people in the toilet and turning umbrellas into rockets. Clain’s relationship with her is great as well – he treats her how older people generally do treat kids, he plays along with her like she’s a kid.
But this episode really brought Nessa to the next level as a character with her strong, (seemingly) unreasonable dislike of Phrynne. It isn’t all rainbows and flowers anymore. I really like how it brings out the darker, less socially developed side of children that tends to be glossed over in anime. Because seriously, whoever thinks children are angels clearly has a pretty terrible memory.
With Phrynne’s return it certainly seems that things are moving along quickly. The temple people really do a terrible job at keeping an eye on her. And I’m not sure that the best way to capture her is by shooting at her? But whatever. I hope that the bogeyman that the temple sent doesn’t last very long. His voice and his face both piss me off for some reason.
My theory is still that Nessa is Phrynne’s sister’s original personality, which was replaced by the Fractale system. Still, I wasn’t expecting Phrynne to be upset that Clain had met Nessa. I’m with him on this one – if she leaves without saying anything and left some data behind, any reasonable person would assume it was left so that they could read it. Not the best of plans on her part.