「すべて不完全な僕たちは As long as we’re alive, we have to enjoy our lives to the fullest.」 (Subete Fukanzen na Bokutachi wa)
“All of Us Are Incomplete As long as we’re alive, we have to enjoy our lives to the fullest.”
Who knew, apparently Re:Creators does have a way of tying its loose ends together this season. After weeks of teasing, ambiguity, or outright avoidance of matters, every major outstanding piece (more or less) fell into place this week. Blitz has been neutralized, Souta’s function revealed, and Altair reduced to her final expendable chess piece. Sure there’s still four episodes to go, but at this stage the ending is there for all to see.
The big twist this week of course was Magane’s little chat with Souta boy. While shark teeth still retains her manipulative edge, colour me surprised how she implemented her ability not just for herself, but also for the dweeb. Confusing Miracle Maid argument or not (and it was a little convoluted), the takeaway from this scene is twofold. Firstly is Magane removing the acceptance limit on both herself and Souta. For Magane this makes sense, as she so devilishly hints destroying Altair won’t do a thing to affect best girl’s real world status—that would ruin the fun (and what may come after this season). For Souta, however, it largely confirms how Altair will be beaten. The specifics are currently unknown, but with Souta freed from the shackles of mob rule, he can implement his character/story idea at will without the need for approval. Slightly disappointed Souta’s character didn’t turn out to be Erina in disguise, but this does set up Souta to atone for his jealous rejection of Setsuna by extirpating Altair. In effect, Magane has enabled Souta to evolve from a simple, self-styled observer into Re:Creators’ main character. Or, in the show’s meta parlance, from someone writing only for himself to someone willing to share his work far and wide.
The other important bit here was Altair’s party, which has quickly disintegrated down to two members. Alice’s betrayal was weeks in the making, but it’s still funny seeing Blitz join the good guys so fast and Shou defeated by the best the fourth wall has to offer. Mamika 2.0—complete with theme song—may have also had something to do with things, but probably not in the manner she originally intended. Unless your name is Nishio of course. Charon, however, is the interesting one. He gives Celestia her first real challenge, and if looks are anything to go by, might have a little “enhancement” courtesy of Altair’s eclectic ability set (which ironically failed to detect Erina’s resurrection). Souta may be the final solution to Altair in the end, but we need a little pain and suffering before busting out those big guns. Plenty of room left for a twist or two should the audience’s fickle demands call for it, and I bet Charon will easily tackle whatever is thrown at him. Re:Creators might be quickly approaching its end, but the fun and games are just getting started.