「軒下のモンスター We cannot decide where we go but you can.」 (Nokishita no Monsutaa)
“The Monster Under the Eaves We cannot decide where we go but you can.”
For all the threats of an imminent recap or special episode, it seems Re:Creators decided we could put that off in favour of a little denouement after a wild last week. Probably will irritate a few given the show’s foray into dialogue heavy narrative once again, but to Re:Creators’ benefit the overall picture just became clearer, especially in regards to Souta and Setsuna. Our self-described narrator might still be a dweeb, but he’s certainly getting a hold of himself.
I’ve always held out hope that Souta would mentally improve over time, and it looks like such thoughts were not misplaced. Revealing the truth to everyone is a big first step for Souta, getting him out of his self-defeating spiral of depression and into a more constructive “what can I do?” mindset. This is needed development because it removes one of Re:Creators’ more prominent thorns and opens up additional story options. Until now Souta has largely held down serious story progression, his depressive regret needing attention alongside Altair’s presence and the weekly Magane shenanigans. Getting rid of that allows Re:Creators to instead focus on Souta’s role and how he can assist with defeating Altair—in effect tying Souta in properly with the current plot objective. This is not to say Souta’s mental wrangling was wrongly handled—that is up to personal opinion—but not deliberately dragging it out for several episodes is quite satisfying and keeps the show on track.
The real key moving forward, however, will be what Souta’s role becomes because the convenient option—Souta somehow revising Altair—just went off the table. While we still lack half the story behind Setsuna’s (or Yuna’s) death, Souta shockingly never had a role in Altair’s creation—no art, no character profile, nothing. Although we likely will learn the full story next episode, the current backstory suggests Altair is a caricature, Setsuna’s personal, stylized finger to the world. Since Setsuna probably poured every ounce of her anguish and suffering into Altair, it’s not hard imagining Altair acquiring similar loathing and detestation not only of the real world, but of fellow created worlds—those were the source of Setsuna’s grief after all. In a way Altair became Setsuna’s revenge upon the world much like Celestia was Takashi’s proof he actually lived. Conversely, Altair is also the price Souta paid for abandoning Setsuna at her most vulnerable. Re:Creators’ premise therefore is not so much stopping Altair’s plan, but Souta atoning for his treatment of Setsuna by taking away the need for Altair to go through with it. How the dweeb could actually talk down Altair is anyone’s guess—if it’s even a legitimate option—but it’s where all current signs are pointing to at the moment. Just have to wait and see what additional information next episode brings.
With Souta’s and Altair’s function increasingly becoming clear, the only other unknown left is our
fiend friend Magane. If I’m right on Souta being required to stop Altair, Miss Crazy’s function as final boss doesn’t appear all that farfetched, particularly if Altair—as evidenced last week—is the only real means of stopping Magane. Could a Magane imbued with multiple stolen character powers be the true enemy? No bloody idea, but considering some new characters are confirmed upcoming, you can at least bet on things getting crazy(er). Re:Creators may be halfway through, but the real action has yet to begin.