「素晴らしき航海 I will remember everything that happened to me.」 (Subarashiki koukai)
“The Wonderful Voyage -I will remember everything that happened to me.-“
God this season and early airings. All ready and eager for Saturday viewing, but surprise, let’s just show everything a day early. What, I’m complaining? Bloody right I am, I don’t have the time to cram all these shows in on one night—I need my sleep goddammit! Honestly, however, I cannot lament these generous proceedings too much because I’m definitely liking what Re:Creators has to offer.
This show without a doubt for me was the biggest unknown of the season. Vague story at best, Aldnoah.Zero’s studio producers/director, and two confirmed cours are not the brightest of indications—remember Guilty Crown? Thankfully though, it appears the good aspects will outweigh the dubious. Besides Sawano Hiruyuki’s excellent soundtrack, Hiroe Rei’s influence is immediately apparent in our vanilla dweeb Souta (Yamashita Daiki), who like a kid called Rock finds himself caught up in a world completely beyond his comprehension. Yeah Souta certainly won’t be winning any character of year awards, but I do like the attention to detail. Surfing Pixiv fan art, drawing in Photoshop, hell losing his mind when the
computer tablet suffers from the blue screen of death. Probably not 100% otaku, but this boy be representing our hidden sides—don’t deny, you definitely can relate in some capacity.
On the other side we have resident wish fulfillment Celestia (Komatsu Mikako), whom to no one’s surprise winds up with our light novel-esque protagonist and sparks this story’s adventure. Nothing really special here, usual boy meets girl and shenanigans ensure plot—coupled with reverse damsel in distress trope—but again it’s the details that count. I got a huge kick out of Souta flooding the newly Matrix-released Celestia with his passions, and her responding only with a hand and an “I understand”—sarcasm at its finest I tell you. And the driving? Hilarious because it actually finds a civilian use for that mecha piloting experience. Well, at least I’m assuming mecha given that big giant robot fighting against our pint sized Gilgamesh. Too bad Celestia has nothing on Meteora (Minase Inori) who must be after my heart with those philosophical, deadpan jokes. Sweetie, you can lighten my heart anytime.
What the actual story is here though remains a mystery. We have the paladin loli Gunpuku (Toyosaki Aki)—yes, that’s her name—apparently bringing people’s creations into the real world for one reason or another, and Souta bearing some form of relation to her. This bit actually interests me, because Gunpuku’s surprise at Souta’s appearance suggests to me that Gunpuku might be Souta’s unrealized creation (recall his art blockage?) and maybe wants revenge against the “world of the gods” for Souta leaving her a literal figment of the imagination. Who knows, I’m just throwing out ideas, but Meteora’s search for her creator (bets on it being the girl who met the train head first) does indicate this will be a running theme throughout the show. The basis of Re:Creators leaves a lot of room for exploration, and with 22 episodes we certainly have the time for it. Of course this show could be unknowingly steaming towards full bore dumpster fire, but that doesn’t matter, my attention has been fully acquired. No idea what next week brings, but I’m ready and raring to see where Re:Creators goes.
OP: 「gravityWall」 by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Tielle & Gemie