「わたしにできるすべてのこと I CHOSE this way of life.」 (Watashi ni Dekiru Subete no Koto)
“Everything I Can Do I CHOSE this way of life.”
Re:Creators can certainly be schizophrenic at times. Meandering up the garden path towards some potentially amazing events, only to apparently scrap the idea before revealing a completely unexpected twist. It’s a roller coaster of emotions and opinions, and everyone is guaranteed to have their own. Come what may, this show is certainly living up to expectations.
The contentious issue this week of course will likely be Souta. After revealing knowledge of Altair to Mamika, our self-described narrator has apparently regressed and is unable—or refuses—to tell the good guys. It’s the classic beta attitude, keeping the important plot point—or parts of it—secret because of suspense, intrigue, and all that. Good or bad, the sole reason of the move is to intensify the coming battle and inject a healthy dose of drama, the gristle holding many a meaty conflict together. Before criticizing too much, however, Souta’s silence at least has an explanation. We know he was close friends with Setsuna, and—most importantly—that he blames himself for her death. Magane’s pointed elimination of Souta’s façade confirms the obvious, while Souta’s voiced regrets answer the reasoning behind it. Somehow Souta’s jealousy of Setsuna catalyzed her descent into depression and later date with a train. Besides Souta attempting to forget those events in the name of normality, I imagine there’s also a fear of Celestia and co. learning of Altair’s raison d’etre and blaming/ostracizing him for it. It’s a reasonable possibility and would answer for Souta’s hesitancy this week, although it was by no means the only way of narratively approaching the problem. One’s opinion on this will likely centre on one’s tolerance for these types of characters. I personally have little issue with Souta’s actions this week, but that largely hinges on whether his hesitancy proves temporary or becomes a defining feature. We shall just have to wait and see.
On the other side of things is Altair, and I’d dare say she’s living up to her role. While slightly disappointing her (currently) confirmed objective is actually world destruction, it’s intriguing noting she wants destruction not just of the real world, but all worlds—including those of her so called compatriots. Revenge is already serious enough as is, but Altair is certainly testing the limits of overkill. What interests me the most though is the missing pieces. Altair specifically identified Setsuna an ally, and it sounds like both were on intimate terms (i.e. personally knew one another before Setsuna’s death). We really need the how and why on Altair’s creation because it’s likely Sestuna—and by extension Souta—directly enabled Altair’s materialization and created the method for it. The other important matter is Mamika’s role. Besides the surprise at Mamika’s likely upcoming death—you know you saw that death flag—her sacrifice will catalyze a story shift in one way or another. Hurting/killing Mamika will devastate Alice, and Altair can no longer operate under the radar. A serious confrontation is quickly approaching, with the only question being participants and aftermath. Given the cutie is dropping magical nukes though, I’m expecting the damage will be glorious.
While we may not know what Re:Creators has next in store, you can at least be sure it’s going to be grand. An Altair alliance collapse, Alice potentially going crazy, Souta finding out just what Magane blackmail really means? Lots of options for some wicked fun and games, and we are still in the show’s first half. Re:Creators may have its problems, but by hell it has a way of making me want more. Hurry up Saturday, I have an addiction to satisfy.