「そのときは彼によろしく If so, I want to protect what he loved.」 (Sono toki wa kare ni yoroshiku)
“That Time I Said Hello to Him; If so, I want to protect what he loved.”
I’m pretty confident if Re:Creators was only one cour we would all be gnashing teeth right about now. Three episodes of pure dialogue, panning scenes, and some hints dropped regarding future events—not what you would call action packed material. While arguably an annoying beginning, personally I’m not minding the situation so far. We needed information on the what and why, and the show has certainly provided that in full now. Could it have been done differently? Sure, but the baseline has finally been set.
This week of course answered our questions regarding conflict, and we now have the beginning of one. World destruction, multiverse resetting and character restoration, certainly a logical conclusion given everything else seen so far. Nevertheless I will be surprised if simple restoration (i.e. “death” to everything currently in existence) is all there is to it. I highly doubt Gunpuku is so simple minded as to only seek destruction regardless of her own existence, it’s too easy. Wreak havoc yeah, ruin the world of the gods sure, but limit it to pure destruction? No there’s something else missing from this premise. Part of me suspects the laws governing how the world reacts to the story materializations are not as clear cut as Meteora hypothesizes, while another thinks Gunpuku has more ambitious desires. If you can reset all worlds, then surely there’s a method to limit the fallout, or hell even control which worlds reset. Guaranteed Gunpuku is more than a simple martyr looking for a sword to fall upon, and she that she likely knows more than readily apparent. At least we can rule out our suicide girl being Meteora’s creator.
Another interesting tangent here concerns the characters themselves. I find it very amusing how Celestia and Meteora only now have changed clothes—as though that’s going to keep them hidden with that special “presence” detection ability—and how food and fourth wall breaking are apparently the running jokes of the show. It’s also fascinating watching some characters like Alice(taria) react to things like plastics and treat them as godsend—certainly showcases their personalities well. I’m especially curious how Gunpuku’s party will develop over time because the hints so far lean towards a turncoat or two eventually. Alice—along with the others—is acting on the assumption of world change with no accompanying consequences Given Gunpuku either doesn’t know the risks of her plan or simply doesn’t care enough to reveal them, what happens when they inevitably come to light? It’s quite possible those like Alice (and Mamika) who wear their hearts on their sleeves could quickly grow cold feet. Me thinks the little group isn’t as unified as Gunpuku would like.
So with four episodes down, where do we go from here? Why exploring the mecha side of life of course. New characters have arrived, we know the conflict (for the moment), and now have the guarantee of further fighting in the near future. Re:Creators has its foundation, and it’s time to build upon it. With the exposition out the way, I’m ready for some battling.