OP: 「gravityWall」 by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Tielle & Gemie
「ダイナマイトとクールガイ …… that wasn’t funny.」 (Dainamaito to kuurugai)
“Dynamite and Cool Guy …… that wasn’t funny.”
Out of the frying pan and into the fire, I’d say that’s one way of describing Re:Creator’s second episode. Well, if you like info dump expositions like me. After throwing a ginger Asuna, a Prussia-meets-Gilgamesh girl, and one hell of a bland MC at us previously, this episode was all about the explanations. Reasoning for the world meshing, raising questions of creation, hell even revealing the mission of our main baddie, we got it all. Oh, and magical girls, definitely magical girls.
Interestingly, Re:Creators’ basis isn’t all that bad science fiction wise. We generate a lot of information, that information is digitized, apply probability and add in time and a spontaneous world soon develops. Pretty much a multiverse meets string theory setup, which at the minimum puts to rest questions of “how”, but still leaves room for other heavy hitters. Of course how magic works (or doesn’t) is the obvious one—it always is—although the more likely focus will be on personality and free will if you like. The characters have met their creators, but does the meeting and realization “free” them from their origins, or do they remain bound by their previous state? Our Magical Slayer
Madoka Mamika acted according to her design for example (i.e. beat up those refusing her justice), but it could be simply that it’s all she knows at the moment—Celestia and Meteora have certainly prodded their boundaries already. I’m curious seeing how this plays out alongside reveal that Gunpuku (at bare minimum) seeks using the creators to remake their worlds, as this indicates the characters still are not exactly “free”. If the stories can still be changed, what exactly happens to those characters now in our world?
How this plot unfolds and reveals the answers, however, will probably prove equally interesting. Souta of course remains the true neutral with no saving features whatsoever, but he has a function here and gosh darn it’s important. Plus he’s got a knack for game/anime knowledge and imaginative (fan) art; must to count for something right? Yeah not I’m seeing it either, unless that cat girl and his curious art blockage plays a role later on. Thankfully though the other characters more than make up for it currently, especially Mamika’s hearts of doom and Celestia with her face to face creator meeting. I get the impression—not influenced by the ED in any way mind you—these creator discoveries will be important, particularly given the above about remaking worlds. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised either if a creator or two are involved with whatever the true objective of Gunpuku is.
Nevertheless with another character showing up and a magical girl to punish, next time will probably see more of the same. No doubt Re:Creators will take its time setting its main conflict up, which shouldn’t prove a problem provided things remain interesting. So long as Souta can grow some and I get plenty of Meteora deadpan I have few complaints. Just have to wait and see what next week brings.
ED: 「NEWLOOK」 by マシロ アヤノ (Mashiro Ayano)