「平凡にして非凡なる日常 Don’t worry about what others said. Just be yourself.」 (Heibon ni shite hibon’naru nichijou)
“The Extraordinary Ordinary Everyday Life Don’t worry about what others said. Just be yourself.”
You know what’s better than exposition? Damn rights, more exposition! Yes, yes, lame joke, but seriously, Re:Creators makes it easy. Even more than previously, this week intensified the infodumps by thoroughly inquiring into the nature of creation through a social constructionist bent. Or in plain speech, why our fourth wall breaking character crew are who they are.
Probably the biggest reveal this week was character revision. Given how “controlled” the creations are in regards to personality, ability, and strength, it makes some logical sense that creator should be able to rewrite each creation. Or so you would think. I find the discussion here fascinating because the end results apparently are neither simple nor quick to realize. Character rewrites are not an easy line or two swapped in and a piece of artwork, they demand something more, something permanent. Yuuya probably is on the right track with his popularity espousal, a rewrite is likely successful only if everyone aware of said character knows of and accepts the changes—a good definition of social construct. Of course that is if a rewrite is even possible. Celestia’s ignorance towards her world’s future events suggest changes are impossible, although it could be because that part of her story has not entered the collective conscious yet (i.e. through anime), or lies below the threshold necessary to trigger a rewrite. If the latter is true, an interesting argument exists for the collective popularity of anime adaptations versus light novel sources.
In terms of Re:Creators’ plot though, the other side of the coin is the coalescing factions. I’m pretty confident the immediate fight will be over rewriting and its consequences, as evidenced by Yuuya’s spiel on cages—linking back to the aforementioned discussion above—and the further reveal of Gunpuku (yes, I’m sticking with the name :P) encouraging characters to seek out their creators. Celestia, Yuuya, and Meteora all possess little interest so far in rewriting themselves, whereas Mamika and our new lance-wielding
Arthur Saber clearly find something worthwhile in Gunpuku’s talk. I find this “rewrite” side deliciously ironic because these characters, by nature of their written personalities, could be seeking change that was predetermined—deliberately or not—by their creators. Celestia’s description of smell is a good example, because it suggests specific aspects of the characters and their worlds must be defined in order to be materialized. Barring basic ideas associated by all readers/watchers with the character (i.e. five senses, sex/gender, emotion/pain, etc.), the character/world only possesses that which was described by the creator and accepted by the fans. The rewrite side therefore is effectively chasing change only affecting the appearance of their cage, not the cage itself. At least for the moment.
As for Gunpuku’s bomb drop, I think that speaks for itself. The talk all but confirms time travel or misunderstandings, with option one being future Souta creating and/or being involved in Gunpuku’s creation, or the more likely option two with Setsuna being our mystery suicide who also was Gunpuku’s creator. Just add some excuse for Setsuna choosing the train way out, spice with Gunpuku blaming it all on Souta—who knew Setsuna himself—and presto easy plot in under ten minutes. Definitely more complex than that of course, but I think we have the gist of things now. Plenty remaining for elaboration, but I do know I’m liking this a lot. Consider Re:Creators picked up for coverage boys and girls, my attention is fully acquired. Come what may, I’m definitely seeing this one through until the end.
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