「やさしさに包まれたなら The story continues, as long as there is someone out there, who believes in my existence.」 (Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara)
“Wrapped in Kindness The story continues, as long as there is someone out there, who believes in my existence.”
And then there were five. We were arguably getting on time for a character death, but throwing three out in one episode? And the poster girl at that? Well, that’s just cruel. No denying Re:Creators knows how to make a show of it though, after weeks of buildup we are finally seeing all that effort start paying off.
Out of all the deaths here, Alice’s is probably the least surprising. She was a turncoat, fighting mostly for vengeance, and trying to solo to the most OP creation of them all. Opinions on Altair’s grand plan (that’s not so grand) aside, it’s hard denying she’s all but a creator herself now, between casually cause-effect switching—somewhere Magane is pissed for being one upped—and tossing out a wild collection of epic grin faces. Seriously, those grins. Out of everyone else, Alice made the most sense for a victim of this perfect twin-tailed storm. Colour me surprised then when Celestia then decides one death is not enough and has Rui eliminate her alongside Charon in an ending for the ages. Really, Celestia? Sure it was foreshadowed throughout the episode (see Celestia’s repeated defense of the guy), but damn, taking away your main fighter over a lackey is pretty tragic no matter how you look at it. While there’s always room for a resurrection (*cough* Meteora), I would be disappointed if the show went this route considering all paths currently point towards Souta doing the Altair beat down.
Once getting past the shock and awe of sacrifice, the main take away for me this week was the focus on personal change. We have seen this theme played up before (i.e. changes in creation attitude, the talk of heroes this episode), but with Altair apparently unbeatable, it’s likely the answer to defeating her. This is where Souta and his creation comes into play. If Altair cannot be beaten physically, she must be bested mentally, and the best way is by publically deconstructing her worldview (i.e. getting the audience to side against her). Simply have Souta conjure up a foil to Altair (ex. the original, flowery Altair), have it compete for the audience’s attention, and suddenly the military princess isn’t so strong. Everyone loves a happy ending, and there’s no better one than reconciliation between quarrelling “siblings”—Altair would have a very difficult time keeping the audience supportive once their thirst for violence disappears, and guaranteed a few more deaths with satiate that want. Of course it could still all boil down to a final physical fight between outrageously OP characters, but I’d like to think Re:Creators has a little more in mind than that. Considering how hard the show wants to emphasize the tribulations and pleasures of creation, it only makes using those emotions to draw a close to this story.
Getting to the final stage, however, will be interesting with the number of characters left, Souta still sitting on the sidelines, and one shark toothed maid nowhere to be seen. Death may have been prevalent this week, but I doubt we’ve seen the last of it just yet. With three episodes remaining, there’s plenty of time for Re:Creators to twist a few more hearts.