「すばらしい日々 This is the actual beginning, isn’t it?」 (Subarashii Hibi)
“Wonderful Days This is the actual beginning, isn’t it?”
Week after week I keep returning to Re:Creators expecting “this” episode will finally be the one of action and consequence, and every single time I largely leave disappointed in that regard. Well boys and girls, I think my string of hilariously bad luck is at last drawing to a close. Sure this week may have followed the script again by giving us Re:Creators’ version of fan service, but it seems everything is now ready for the final climactic fight of the season. At least it seems so.
As expected for a calm before the storm episode, we did not really learn much new. Souta is still fleshing out his pièce de résistance, the overarching fusion of disparate storylines is complete, and the final outcome basically comes down to a fickle audience and the will of the gods. Pretty much nothing unexpected, but there were two intriguing tidbits among this talk. Meteora has apparently prepared a secret weapon designed for a specific time and place, implying, in some regard, our little mage believes Plan A has a good chance of failure—she wouldn’t elaborate upon Altair’s ability to break the (bird)cage otherwise. It’s unclear if Altair’s clairvoyance has made her aware of this fallback option, but I’d be surprised if she doesn’t anticipate the existence of one, not with her musing on things rightfully “ending this way”. I’d be shocked if things ended how either girl expects them to.
The other bit concerns the unfolding of the fight itself. Yuuya and Meteora both have apparently been upgraded already, with Meteora in particular now possessing an ability very similar to Altair’s summoning power. I imagine Meteora’s new strength lets her materialize any object from the good guys’ worlds, but I’ll be surprised if it also includes characters themselves—even for Meteora that seems a little too powerful a skill. As for our Altair squad mates, there are also some curiosities among the mix. The key characters here I believe will likely be Altair and Alice; Charon and Shou largely appear to be roadblocks designed to thwart Celestia and Yuuya, respectively, before they can get close to the military princess, while Blitz as we know has some other far reaching mission in mind. Alice’s importance obviously stems from her inevitable Mamika-influenced rebellion (Altair even predicts it’s coming), but Altair’s actions for me introduce a more uncertain element. Meteora’s comments on Alice’s stunted mentality suggest the festival strategy is bringing Altair into the fold, eliminating her from existence by effectively giving her a new one. In other words, the loner-turned-friend trope in action. Altair knows it (or something else) is coming, so her response and choice of counter become vitally important for the outcome. For all my talk though I’m mostly whistling in the wind here, we know precious little about both side’s plans beyond their overall objective. Normally I’d be irritated at the utter lack of hints, but at least we are guaranteed something once next week rolls around.
So with the buildup all but out of the way and the opening salvo now prepped for launch, it seems that finally—finally (!!!)—Re:Creators is set for the fireworks. Sure I could be woefully wrong yet again and have to eat my words for probably the sixth time in a row, but dammit I’m optimistic now. Just look at the Altair fan club, if that’s not screaming imminent shenanigans I don’t know what does. It’s been a long time coming, but now we’re set for the big showdown. Two teams, 140000 viewers, one crazy maid, and no bloody idea what’s going to happen. My body is most definitely ready.