「いのち短し恋せよ乙女 You are the one who knows where justice lies.」 (Inochi Mijikashi Koiseyo Otome)
“Young Girls, Life is Short so Fall in Love You are the one who knows where justice lies.”
Good things come to those who wait. It might be a common saying, but sometimes the words hold true. After drowning us with over four weeks of exposition, Re:Creators has finally—finally—responded with our first big fight of the season. Well ok, almost. The show has not entirely abandoned its problematic ways, but the taste of carnage is definitely here as the last of the cast is revealed and the season’s first twists make themselves known.
Those who have followed the discussion these past few weeks know Re:Creators’ biggest fault has been its storytelling. Excessive infodumps and over-usage of Meteora were divisive to say the least, and no matter one’s opinion on the matter, it’s hard denying the existence of better methods. I found it incredibly funny how this episode almost reverted to the same: Meteora shows up, starts preaching, and damn near sucks the air out of the room. Well, until the grizzled Blitz Tokar (great name) appears and literally puts her in her place. Combine Meteora’s physical weakness with Alice(taria)’s philosophical shutdown and suddenly Meteora isn’t as all-powerful as originally apparent. I really hope this isn’t a one off and that Meteora requires the assistance of others to simply survive because it resolves the majority of issues I have with her character. The girl might have all the answers and received front heavy attention, but what good is it if she cannot win when words fail? Besides sidelining the mage, it gives Celestia—who can stand toe to toe with the best—needed screen time and better delineates our protagonists’ roles. If Re:Creators keeps this up, the previous episodes become more of an annoying speedbump than defining feature.
The real surprise for me, however, was in future developments. The turncoat potential is now a reality as both Alice and Mamika—surprise—flirt with the possibility. Alice is not openly in rebellion yet, but her stubborn refutation of Meteora has the red flags waving tall for me because she has set herself up for a serious fall. Meteora-isms aside, the girl and our fantastically crazy, shark toothed Magane—yes, that’s her actual name—is right that Alice is inherently selfish, and just a little naïve. She is obsessively concerned with correcting perceived wrongs to such a degree that other issues—and experiences—are secondary. Gunpuku’s strategy works for Alice because it has to work, there’s no other way and anyone stating otherwise must be lying. It’s desperation under the guise of justice, and when Alice discovers the truth it will hit her hard. Likewise Mamika’s choice here is similar, the girl is desperate to retain her idyllic worldview and loathe to accept the dirtiness of real life. She cannot understand (yet) that change always requires sacrifice, which in part promoted her impulsive defense of Meteora. I have a feeling that decision will come back and bite her in the ass because Alice—at minimum—definitely won’t trust her again, and the truth of world changing won’t yield any comfort. Not sure how Gunpuku herself will react to Mamika’s choice, but anything which furthers the chaos probably has a big thumbs up on that front.
No matter the structural faults, at least we can guess what Re:Creators features next week: fighting, lots of it. Besides tying up the little Alice-Celestia disagreement, we also have to figure out how resident shark tooth fits into things, because with her taste for destruction, guaranteed it’s not listening to others. Then there’s Blitz who besides the badass aura–and Alucard-esque gun–is a total enigma story-wise. There’s lots of interesting bits left to explore, and we haven’t even touched on Souta’s hesitation in revealing Gunpuku’s origins. We may now know the basics of Re:Creators’ story, but the show definitely has yet to reveal all of its tricks. Stay tuned boys and girls, the fireworks are just getting started.