「残響が消えるその前に Somebody receives the power of creation, and the spirit is redeveloped from their passion.」 (Zankyou ga Kieru Sono Zen ni)
“Before the Reverberation Disappears Somebody receives the power of creation, and the spirit is redeveloped from their passion.”
Well I think most of us saw that coming. The Setsuna coming back to handle Altair hypothesis has been guessed repeatedly for a while now, although I was always hoping for something a little more unpredictable. Taking the easy way out after all that prolonged buildup, really? Hard to fault Re:Creators too much with the choice though, it certainly will surprise those not expecting it and gives Souta the atonement he was always looking for. At this stage of the game it’s all fireworks anyway.
Part of the “don’t care just enjoy it” attitude stems from Re:Creators largely defenestrating all remaining plot logic. Audience acceptance for example has always been a weird concept full of contradiction and ambiguity, but this episode showed the true extent of it. In practice there’s not much sense behind Re:Creators’ acceptance, it functions more like money than some ingenious idea. The audience invests acceptance in their favourite character, and the character with the most acceptance at the end wins. Altair prevailing because she controls the story through some grand master plan? Nawh, military princess simply got more of the audience’s spare change and could spend it all uber OP moves. Hilariously such thinking also can also be applied to Sirius’s failure—she got a bit of audience coin for that smexy appearance and Altair-esque strength, but not enough to buy a personality. Altair’s investors though recognized the possibility for future market growth and bought Sirius as a shell company, using Sirius to retain their intellectual property (i.e. Altair) when the original finally kicked the bucket—as always happens eventually. Names (appearances) may have changed, but everything else stays the same. Who knew, money can explain everything.
Of course we still do not know exactly how Re:Creators will end, but with Setsuna reappearing it’s easy to guess. Altair’s entire raison d’etre is to pay the world back for Setsuna’s treatment, but what if Setsuna does not actually want that? It doesn’t matter now if the resurrected Setsuna is only a creation (which she technically is), only how well she represents the original Setsuna. I’ve always believed Altair was just a release for Setsuna, a means to get out the pain and frustration of seeing her passions torn down by the selfish and jealous. Altair was never meant to act on Setsuna’s suffering, only to collect it, and because Altair knows no other emotions, she cannot tell the difference. The inevitable talk next week between creator and created will explain a lot regarding the thoughts of both, and may also in part offer a reason for how Altair materialized in the first place. Setsuna might only be a “dream” within the birdcage, but for better or worse she is the single thing Altair needs to assuage her wounded heart. Unless military pigtails loses her sh*t and tries to off Setsuna for being a fake, that’s always a possibility as well. Just look what happened to Yuuya’s future love life.
With two episodes left and Souta’s finest work now in play, I dare say we have reached the end. Still plenty of room for a twist or two, but with Re:Creators looking at the finish line, the only real question left is what sort of happy ending we’ll wind up with. Pulling a Magane and living like a creator? Returning everyone to their original worlds? Resurrecting Celestia just to send her back again? Hurry up Saturday, the suspense is killing me.
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