「世界の小さな終末 I don’t want to make a mistake for the sake of the people who are in my story.」 (Sekai no Chiisana Shuumatsu)
“A Small Armageddon I don’t want to make a mistake for the sake of the people who are in my story.”
Well hot damn, I dare say Re:Creators has picked up. As if reading our minds for the past two weeks, the show decided to verify several hypotheses and confirm characters—and their secret agendas—are not at all what they appear to be. Personalities? Allegiances? The very purpose of being? All up in the air as Gunpuku’s—well, Altair’s now—plot now acquires a sinister tone. While a lot of these ideas were arguably inevitable, it does not take away from the suspense not knowing just what our military princess has planned.
What really gets me giddy about Re:Creators so far is knowing our two sides are actually three. The resist Gunpuku and assist Gunpuku factions are largely clear cut—for now—but Magane throws a demonic wrench into that solidifying division. Miss shark teeth is out only for herself, unconcerned over collateral damage, and if the “Miracle Great Emperor” plan is any indication, has obvious designs for the real world. It’s basically the antagonistic counterweight to Altair—as Yuuya is proving for the good guys—where Magane likely wants simple control/power, while Altair desires…something else. Wanton destruction, world resetting? It’s unclear just what Altair’s hidden agenda is, but Mamika’s reveal—and Souta’s remarks—hint towards much pain and suffering. I’m quite curious seeing how Magane and Altair interact, because if Magane does have godly desires and Altair seeks apocalypse, both girls’ objectives counteract the other and force them into conflict. Hard being the Emperor with no world to rule after all. We definitely have not seen the full extent of the battle just yet.
Not helping Altair’s cause either is the Mamika issue. I honestly expected Alice to break before Mamika defected, but that idea appears destined for later. Mamika’s policing this week positions her as a sort of true neutral, potentially wanting the change Alice seeks—because rainbows, butterflies, and all that—but unwilling to acquiesce if brought about through violence. It’s the sort of act which will grow increasingly difficult to maintain, because Alice is still winding up for a serious crisis of confidence later on, and Blitz will certainly not tolerate further interference. Mamika will eventually have to choose a side in the fight. If the Magane stalking is any indication, however, our Magical Slayer may not even get the chance. Breaking—or outright killing—cuties is nothing new for anime, but offing Mamika Mahoiku-style could catalyze a response necessary to force Altair’s hand, especially if it breaks Alice and moves her into open rebellion. Blitz’s remarks about running out time allude to the possibility, and I think we know about Magane’s inclinations by now. I’m not willing to bet the house on a Mamika death just yet, but it would definitely be one method of introducing Re:Creators’ next arc.
What will likely determine the story’s progression though is the role of Souta. It’s effectively confirmed our “narrator” is involved in Altair’s creation, although how remains a stubborn question. Personally I still pin him as the artist because his drawing blockage and Altair’s deference to Setsuna’s memory indicates our mystery girl penned the character and her story. The critical part then is how Setsuna came to kill herself as that will answer Altair’s hatred and why Souta blames himself. Souta could easily be a fan artist whose interpretation of Altair became more popular than Setsuna’s for example, or the original artist whose artwork led to harsh criticism of Setsuna for some reason. This answer holds the key to a lot of Re:Creators’ mysteries, and since the
Metchin Meteora Defense Force now knows Altair’s identity, the reveal should not be long forthcoming. Souta cannot keep his role hidden much longer, especially with Magane’s undivided attention. I have no idea what next week will bring, but you can be sure it’s going to be wild.