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Bringing to mind the recent Episode 17 of Berserk and the triple layer of reality, Episode 4 of Re:CREATORS has a lot to say about the thin red line that separates the world in our minds from the world around us. In a desperate attempt to make sense of what is happening and what might happen, our mind is calculating all possibilities, both real and fictional.
Japanese Title: そのときは彼によろしく
Meteora is turning into my favorite character. She is both a mentor and a leader and the tragic event that took her creator away will give another perspective to her future actions. She had already decided on the factor that would make her mind: the attitude of her creator towards her world. Was it created out of love, out of a genuine interest in the world and the characters that reside in it? Or was it… The series doesn’t explore the alternative but it’s not difficult to make heads from tails. Meteora speed runs the game in one night and decides to become the Zordon of this super-powered team of creations and creators because if she doesn’t the all worlds are going to be destabilized and eventually destroyed. The leader of the opposition is well aware of that and that’s her ultimate purpose.
The interesting thing in Re:CREATORS is that their presence is what will bring the ultimate demise of reality. Not their powers or battles or even a super hidden artifact that has the power to eradicate the universe. They are a paradox, an anomaly that doesn’t belong in this world and messes with the laws of physics and the laws of reality. Meteora hypothesizes that in order to exist in this world, there must have been some kind of ‘translation’, much like when you turn a file from one format to another. Our world, though, can only handle so much of those translations and eventually will have to take action. According to Meteora, what will follow is a ‘Grand Destruction.’
We had no action scenes this week, but instead, we got some clear plot advancement and two new characters. Three if you count the chubby creator of the mecha and its pilot.
Alicetelia: The fans are always coming with their own little nicknames for the characters. Since Alicetelia February is a mouthful (and Mamika just came up with ‘Alice’) the character was known simply as Lancer.
Street Clothes: Despite popular belief in anime and gaming, people are not glued to their clothes. Re:CREATORS is taking the extra mile in having Silesia and Meteora in street clothes and Aliceteria out of her armor. Creations are human as well!
Eargasm: The opening theme ‘gravityWall’ is composed by the same person who is in charge of the music in the series, Hiroyuki Sawano. Hiroyuki Sawano is relatively new on the Japanese entertainment scene, with his first work being the soundtrack of the live-action adaptation of Team Medical Dragon. Since then he has composed music, among other, for anime Attack on Titan, Blue Exorcist, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, and video game Xenoblade Chronicles X. I just chose some representative works that can help you make the connection and recognize his electronic, orchestral music.
Immortality: Folklore legends insist that the reason fairies exist are because there are people who believe in them. The same concept was explored in many popular culture franchises, from Disney’s Peter Pan to Star Trek’s episode ‘Who Mourns for Adonais.’ There is a real and far more realistic application of the same principle. Most religions, companies and fiction characters exist only because there are people who believe in them. What would happen if we somehow magically erased the concept of the United States from all minds in the world? Would the country continue to exist or would it perish in oblivion? Nevertheless, it was really heartwarming seeing Meteora finding solace in the thought of her own immortality. She even smiled!
This episode was more an info dump and it lacked the clever dialogues of Episode 3. Yet, Meteora’s explanations were in accordance with her character. She is, after all, a librarian whose purpose is to provide the hero with the necessary info. If her game purpose is carried in the real world, we can start seeing such similarities in the rest of the characters. Mamika is cute and happy-go-lucky all the time. Alicetaria has a fixed moral sense of justice. Celestia is reacting according to her character description. They are after all reacting according to the style and genre from where they originate. Is that a statement that characters tend to follow stereotypes and that they should break through from the mold fans have created for them?
Re:CREATORS is a wonderful story that is well imagined and well written. The characters are fleshed out in a way that their unnatural state feels quite natural in our eyes. If the next episode follows on the same path, even the giant robot and its pilot will feel like they belong in this world.
Did you like Episode 4 of Re:CREATORS? Let us know in the comments below! As always, here are all our reviews for Spring 2017 and our impressions for (nearly) all the first episodes of the season!
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