「ラテットへの道中」 (Ratetto he no douchuu)
“The Road to Latette”
You know, every week going by ends up having me like Zero that much more it seems. Not much has “happened” per say, but the show has currently done a wonderful job of immersing us in its world—pretty much the alter ego of Re:Creators. Unlike those divisive info dumps, Zero so far sticks to the small things and succeeds very well. Whether it be the likeable chemistry between Zero and the mercenary, or the minor world building exposition, the show has not failed in keeping me glued to the screen.
A good example of Zero’s formula is the mercenary’s act towards the kids. Having a good natured heart, the mercenary does not wish to see them fall prey to other, less morally inclined beastfallen, and thus tries scaring them off. That is until Zero uses a bruised ankle to flip the script and set the mercenary up in a flattering, magic-assisted light. Cute and funny yes, but this situation showed how caring/understanding both Zero and the mercenary are, and provided a further example of Zero’s endearing affection for her furry body pillow. This of course does not touch upon Zero’s helpful drying assistance or the hilarious kissing discussion, but I think those moments speak for themselves. Zero certainly has a long way to go in that education on romantic love.
Another interesting tangent this week concerned magic. Besides the difference between sorcery and magic, we now also have innate differences within magic itself. I’m liking the way Zero is going here because it keeps magic grounded in a sense. A magician must know the spell and possess the appropriate emotional state to produce successful magic, lacking in either could yield failure. Want to switch types of magic? You must also alter your thoughts and act accordingly. Talent alone will therefore not completely compensate for mentality, a point likely to have importance later on, especially regarding the grimoire’s destructive potential. I’m further suspecting this reveal factors into why we have not seen any men (so far) practicing magic. Considering men and women have different psychologies (biological fact), it’s not a stretch to believe one sex is more attuned to magic. The mercenary clearly has difficulties with the basics—even if not really taught yet—and all men knowingly involved with witches so far have been deliberately declared as human. Yeah that could change next week given the preview, but right now it appears witches are majority women, including Albus. Yes, the blondie is a girl, I’m calling it here. What, need more evidence? Just look at his response to a thoroughly fuwafuwa mercenary. No man would ever freak out that much.
Having got our fill of cute and pleasant bed bonding and magic elaboration, however, it’s time to get down and dirty into the plot. We have ourselves a massacred village, a missing book, and a good chance both are connected in some form or another. With next week looking like the meeting between Zero and the Sorcerers of Zero, I expect we’ll finally learn just how dangerous this Grimoire of Zero actually is.