「花咲く乙女よ穴を掘れ This world requires choice and resolution.」 (Hanasaku Otome yo Ana o Hore)
“The Blooming Maiden Digs a Hole This world requires choice and resolution.”
The calls have been heard, the prayers have been answered. This week was the Magane special. Meteora info dumps, Souta suffering, snappy Alice(taria) righteousness? Nothing on our resident crazy who has firmly established herself as a force of chaos amidst calls for destruction and the rewriting of worlds. If any episode heralds a shift in Re:Creators’ tone it is this one, as not only has Altair become a single side of the antagonist coin, but our heroes’ work just doubled in size.
Since appearing Magane has been hinting towards a “special” role, and I dare say it was proven here. Any ideas about this girl being an Altair ally are gone, any hopes of falling for Meteora’s words permanently eliminated. Miss shark teeth is a power unto herself, thoroughly committed to her visions of grandeur while eking as much entertainment out of the process as possible. In a sense it’s like a more sinister Joker, chaos is the goal, but Magane wants to control it, regulate it, turn the tap on and off as she wills. There’s no Batman for Magane, in her mind everyone is a toy and there purely for her solipsistic amusement. Besides the consistent hilarity Sakamoto Maaya evokes from Magane’s character—seriously, crazy doesn’t get better than this—I’m especially loving how well Magane counteracts Souta’s cliché personality. The threats of Souta clamming up discussed last week are probably not long for this world as Magane effectively tore the heart out of that issue. She had—has—Souta around her finger, skewering his feeble defense and catalyzing his breakdown. Yes no mention of his knowledge of Altair was made, but I seriously doubt our resident dweeb will keep that hidden much longer, the writing is on the wall: speak now, or shark teeth will enjoy slowly flaying you alive. Figuratively, of course.
The big shocker though was obviously Mamika’s death, which while mostly inevitable—death flags don’t lie people—was certainly teased around with. I’m honestly not surprised Mamika did die, but the target of Alice’s anguish definitely raised an eyebrow. Magane’s inciting of rage within Alice is bloody impressive all things considered, especially when noting Magane never actually lied in the process. Yeah shark teeth stretched and conveniently forgot a fact here and there, but Alice incorrectly put two and two together herself. It’s an intriguing setup, because in Alice’s eyes Meteora is the true enemy, Altair remains a friend, and Magane got a leg up by telling the “truth”; i.e. because Magane only stated vague “facts” and let Alice make up her own mind, Alice places more faith in her conclusion than she otherwise would. This will make the upcoming fight significantly harder for Celestia and friends since Alice now has no reason to believe their remarks about Altair being both Gunpuku and Mamika’s murderer. While I highly doubt the upcoming fight will be conclusive because of plot reasons, it will nevertheless not be an easy stalemate considering Yuuya’s half strength and Celestia being evenly matched against the knight. Honestly given Magane’s actions of late anything and everything could happen here, but at least we know Altair now has two opposing sides in place of one. Well, assuming Altair even survived the magical nuke.
Although next week’s results may be unknown and Magane’s future shenanigans a mystery, on the plus side we keep learning more about our suicide girl. If Souta’s remarks are anything to go by, he actually did nothing to Setsuna, simply letting her suffer under the heels of her tormenters because he detested her prowess. If true—and currently there’s no reason to suspect otherwise—this would explain why Altair views Souta in an amusing light, and why Altair is so angry at everyone else. Something terrible happened to Setsuna, Souta knew about it, and that issue directly led to her death. Combine it with the remnants from Mamika’s death and the overall picture is starting to fill in. We may not have all the answers or know when the big reveal—and trust me, there is one—is coming, but it’s hard denying the experience keeps on improving. Come what may, Re:Creators is now a whole new ballgame.