OP2: 「sh0ut」 by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Tielle & Gemie
「ぼくらが旅に出る理由 I feel painful and so useless that I want to cry but it’s fun nevertheless.」 (Bokura ga Tabi ni Deru Riyuu)
“Why We Travel I feel painful and so useless that I want to cry but it’s fun nevertheless.”
I’m fairly certain once Re:Creators ends that I won’t ever forget it. This show has an uncanny habit of simultaneously inducing aggravation and fascination, intent on repeating the same frustration-inducing stratagems while offering up important and frankly intriguing information. There’s not much point further analyzing the continued use of boardroom presentations and office discussions for example—plenty of that debated in earlier episodes—but going over the intricacies of crossover and universe merging? Now that I can get behind.
We knew the intent previously about defeating Altair via some creative writing, but the surprise for me is how well-thought out the whole concept is. Normally you’d expect matters to end with the story writing and big final battle, irksome problems and plot holes be damned, but Re:Creators went one step beyond by offering solutions to those problems. Powering up the good guys instead of inhibiting Altair? Audience more likely to tolerate the former instead of the latter. Merging different worlds together rather than “writing out” Altair? No creator present to perform the duty. Even the reliance on audience participation is mentioned as the big unknown and the one thing no one has any control over. Funny how simply getting a few million viewers to imagine Altair out of existence could be so suspenseful. It also begs the question just what Souta plans on doing with his proposed character creation, although I can foresee it involving some Altair
lobotomization personality replacement. No particular reason mind you, just a wild thought, but I do know I’ll be disappointed if it doesn’t involve cat ears in some capacity.
The other interesting aspect regards the Elimination Chamber Festival’s (great name) logistics and planning. Creative differences, disparities in work style and demand, difficulties in merging radically different stories, take away the fictional trappings here and you have a pretty good impression of the average working life. Last week’s recap featured a little of it tongue in cheek, but this episode easily showcased the challenges of getting a diverse group of individuals to agree on a single plan of action. Dislike the way certain adaptations (*cough* Danmachi) came out? Look no further than here for an explanation of production committee functionality. Hell, the show even found time to mention the differences between salaried and self-employed work. Issues with lack of action aside, there’s no denying Re:Creators has forged a surprisingly strong and real world applicable base to work off of.
Speaking of action though, we probably don’t have long to wait on that front. Besides the arrival of Celestia’s compatriot Charon last time—should be obvious where he’s from—there’s at least two more creations which will pop up. The first looks like our cutie pie Mamika replacement—complete with (slightly) pink hair—while the second (from what I’ve read) is another character from Yuuya’s world. Not entirely clear how their allegiances will break down, but it’s a safe assumption our new cinnamon roll will at least side with the good guys, leaving number two for the loving embrace of military pigtails. Considering we have not seen
best girl Miracle Maid Magane for a while too, the main question is not if violence breaks out before the preordained date, but when. Does anyone really expect the festival to go off without a hitch? I didn’t think so. There’s a lot of potential twists and turns for Re:Creators to work through, but with only eight episodes remaining, it makes me wonder if this story isn’t just getting started. Could we potentially see a second season? Certainly a thought worth chewing on.
ED2: 「ルビコン」 (Rubikon) by Sangatsu no Phantasia