「世界の屋根を撃つ雨のリズム I mean, I’m the CREATOR.」 (Sekai no Yane o Utsu Ame no Rizumu)
“The Rain’s Rhythm Shoots Down on the World’s Roof I mean, I’m the CREATOR.”
So was the excruciating wait worth it? That’s up for everyone to decide themselves, but it’s hard denying Re:Creators seems determined to make up for lost time. After weeks of near perpetual buildup, specials, and annoying delays, we finally got the action promised to us. Altair has appeared, Alice is ready to jump ship, and Meteora’s super-secret plan ended up being—as expected—not that secret. Also something something Magane and best
maid girl shenanigans. You’re damn rights it was a full meal deal.
While TROYCA guzzled through a few episodes’ worth of flashy animation budget, the more intriguing aspects this week lay again, quite (un)ironically, with the brief moments of downtime. We all knew Altair’s power and knowledge were heads above the rest, but it’s still exciting seeing just how superior she is when it comes to the competition. Well, except for her current lack of final form. Considering Altair knew what was coming, I’m quite surprised her power is not over 9000 yet and lacks the strength to breach Meteora’s artificial world/bubble/birdcage (take your pick). Jokes aside, this is an interesting development because it once again hearkens back to Re:Creators’ penchant for meta-analysis. Our military princess seems determined to win this battle by doing as Meteora and puppets friends are: by appealing to the audience. Extirpate Celestia? Can do that anytime apparently, but not immediately because that won’t impress the audience or sway their opinion. The fans want shock and suspense, they want the thrill coming from an unknown conclusion alongside some physical and emotional bloodletting. In this regard Altair understands the audience better than anyone, including our all seeing mage. Victory in this deathmatch will be determined by who can better sway the viewers’ fleeting attention, and Altair definitely plans on exceeding their demands.
The other side of the coin is of course Blitz’s creator confrontation, and once again some curiosities resulted. While the resurrection of Blitz’s daughter was arguably logical, it’s still a surprising turn of events, particularly when we have Sugura predict every line of thought regarding the guy. Certainly intriguing by itself, but what got me the most were the remarks Sugura made regarding stories and Altair’s status. Sugura’s history and her apparent contempt for Setsuna increasingly suggest (for me) that one of Re:Creators’ main thematic questions is why stories are made. Is it just for entertainment as Sugura believes, or can there be other reasons? Altair’s creation was as far from entertainment as possible, being an outlet for pain after all, something Sugura apparently dealt with in the past. To someone who had to work for her salt—as Blitz cannot comprehend (he only sees Sugura’s current success, not her past struggle)—a gifted girl offing herself over jealous bullying would appear naïve and selfish. Whether rightly or wrongly, Sugura’s line of thought only enhances the novelty which is Altair. Can a simplistic character with no backstory built up by the collective imagination of countless disparate individuals be equal to the likes of established worlds and well-loved creations? If anything this is the answer Altair pursues on her path of destruction. Should she perish then the likes of Meteora are proven correct, but if she succeeds, well, then the meme magic is definitely real. Hard getting more meta than that.
Before Altair busts out the big guns though, first comes the matter of Blitz’s allegiance and that ready to order Alice switcharoo. Considering Altair cares about audience opinion, you can bet the bank on the real fireworks starting once the team lists start changing. And when Magane invokes some Souta blackmail, cannot forget that. If there was a time to gird your loins lads now would be it, because it’s about to get crazy and we are all out of weekly breaks. Finally.
Stand Bayard is not based off of J. Geil’s Hanged Man or Illuso’s Man in the Mirror from JoJo I’ll be shocked, the coincidence is too uncanny (and perfect :P).