「どこよりも冷たいこの水の底 So, why don’t we have ourselves a guys’ night out?」 (Doko Yori Mo Tsumetai Kono Mizu no Soko)
“This Water is Coldest at the Bottom So, why don’t we have ourselves a guys’ night out?”
All I can say after this episode is that Re:Creators’ fighting better be impressive. Four and a half episodes of pure exposition and plot/world building elaboration is enough to dissuade a plurality of viewers, potentially even a majority. No matter how necessary the information may be, the question of execution front and centre as Re:Creators could have handled this aspect better. Splitting the information up into more easily digestible chunks, permeating it through battles and confrontational chit chat, or just plain releasing it later, all were reasonable options. Nevertheless all of that is behind us now, as Re:Creators has finally set up its conflict and given answer to the most important question. Yes, we at last know flat is indeed justice.
Alright, jokes aside—unless you ascribe to the church of loli—there was actually a lot to like with Re:Creators this week. Rui just might be my new favourite character for the sheer ridiculousness of his personality. He’s timid, he’s meek, and he sounds utterly pathetic until put on the back foot; that’s where the gloves come off. I got a huge kick out of the Shinji robot act, although his run over of Celestia and utter shutdown of her looks killed me—I don’t often pause a show, but when I do, there’s tears in my eyes. Hilariously as well the food joke continues with our androgynous neurotic, and he looks humorously depressed when apologizing over wrecked housing. Plus Meteora rounds out the comedy with her “borrowing” of a few ATGMs and one minigun conspicuously absent from earlier battles (hint hint), apology retroactively given. Structural problems aside, Re:Creators certainly knows how to forge one hell of an interesting cast.
As usual, however, the interesting part once again lay in the info dump details. Going full GATE and bringing in the Japanese government surprised me—seriously thought it was Gunpuku for a moment—but it’s a logical development. Barring the usual alphabet soup of titles, agencies, and departments (seriously, leave that to Seikai Suru Kado please), this development at least answers timeline and party setup. For example we know Gunpuku was the first materialization, and that she may be hesitating over potential “restorative” forces capable of sending her back to her original story. Furthermore we now know Re:Creators’ conflict will be over containing Gunpuku’s damage, restraining her minions, and protecting those minions’ creators. Besides confirming the importance of creators and world altering later on, this sets up the next few arcs as Gunpuku’s real raison d’etre slowly comes to light.
Of course though the big reveal was confirmation of the obvious: Setsuna. A lot of people suspected mystery suicide girl was Setsuna, and that has now been confirmed. Gunpuku—or Altair at this point—is Setsuna’s creation, whether only in concept or artwork. Souta knew Setsuna in some capacity, and was involved in Altair’s creation, whether directly via drawing or through inspiration—it’s unclear at the moment. I highly suspect Setsuna’s reason for suicide will be critical later on, as it definitely impacted Souta’s artistic interest and controls
Gunpuku’s Altair’s actions. Considering Setsuna’s story is largely a concept and appears to be changed by outside influences, there’s a key piece of information missing which will affect how this plot goes. No matter the reveals this week, Re:Creators has yet to show the full extent of its plot.
With five episodes down and the premise out of the way, I’d say it’s time for the action. Damn near everything important has been elaborated upon, and we now have a basis for future events. If Re:Creators has any sense it will give the audience what it wants, and soon. Considering Yuya’s creator has been explicitly mentioned, however, I think we won’t have long to wait before stuff starts hitting the fan. Bring the fight(s), my body is ready.