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Episode 2 of Re:CREATORS reinforced that awesome blending between our world, that of creators and gods with the fictional words that come from our mind. According to our video game librarian, Meteora, there is a very plausible reason for all of these characters to come to ‘life.’ The stakes are real and the true battle has yet to come.
Japanese Title: ダイナマイトとクールガイ
Meteora holds the book version of Sport Billy’s sack and through it, she can learn anything from the latest single by Lady Gaga to who That Poppy really is. She is the unofficial narrator who informs us that we are going to see many characters popping up because the effect is not limited to one art form or to main characters. I don’t know if that means that we will see hentai aliens trying to rape Hello Kitties, but just imagine that.
It wasn’t my intention to contribute to your entertainment, and I didn’t realize that was what I was doing
By finding their creators, the fictional characters believe that they can convince them to rewrite their worlds in a way that everyone will be happy and content. A noble cause if only heroes were alone in their world; I’m not sure the villains would agree with their noble cause.
The first creator they find is the writer who created Celestia. Mr. Matsubara is far from a god, though. He is an insecure and quite dull everyday man who spends his time making a living by fantasizing about big-breasted female fighters who pilot giant robots.
But the episode was all about our magical girl. Magical Slayer Mamika comes along in a flurry of mentions about transformations, elementary school children, and how in her series violence is only a pretense. She was sent by the only visible villain of the series, the Military Uniform Princess who wants to take revenge on the world of gods.
If you are going to do it in the name of justice, don’t chase idealistic fantasies
Mamika sailormoons herself and goes to battle, burying her in cute little hearts that hurt like hell. Celestia is not a match for the magical girl without her mech, and it needs a villain to come to her rescue. Mirokuji Yuya is, according to Souta, the final boss of a game called Exclusive Underground. Now we have to wait a week to see where this fight will take us.
Opening: The opening sequence is coupled with the best opening theme of the season (until further notice). ‘Gravity Wall’ is indicative of the general musical score: rock and awesome.
Creation: Souta is not only the unofficial narrator and also a wannabe artist. The story may be using fictional worlds to tell its story, but its greatest theme is that our world, this little world is inhabited by billions of people who are capable of creating the most amazing stories. All these worlds were waiting for their creators to think about them. They always existed as possibilities. It’s a shame for a world to remain a possibility instead of finding life on the paper, the canvas, and the screen.
Your unborn world is waiting for you. So that it can join the millions of stories in existence. Like stars in a galaxy.
Re:CREATORS is high on my list of my favorite anime from Spring 2017. Its original story along with its insistence in 2D animation make for a refreshing title that is, unexpectedly, not based on a light novel, manga, or anything else. This is one of the few original anime that are not created as a marketing ploy to sell stuff. Of course, it will still need to sell stuff if it wants to justify its existence to the we-give-money board, but there are themes in Re:CREATORS that betray the wish of its creators to say something. The first scene of Episode 1 and the general plot of creators and creations are not a coincidence.
I’m not sure if the series is going to get more critical with the industry. It is hard to bite the hand that feeds you, and the last thing I want is to see Re:CREATORS become another SHIROBAKO. Not that there is anything with P.A. Works title. It’s one of my favorite series, but it kind of whitewashed everything wrong with the industry.
And usually, we don’t have series like Re:CREATORS, a mix of creativity and action that has the potential to show us a story worth telling. I am looking forward to the next episodes to bring a little flavor to the story… and more fights!
Did you like Episode 2 of Re:CREATORS? Let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to check the rest of our episodic anime reviews for Spring 2017 and our first impressions on (nearly) all anime titles of the season.
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