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Is justice in the eye of the beholder? While our characters do have their own beliefs, there is something to be said about the very different axis of good – evil and just – unfair. The fight is more a clash of ideologies than it is a display of power. And while the characters are almost killing each other, the only one who actually killed someone is watching from afar. That girl is psychotic.
Bog fight aside, the main duo that stole the spotlight, though indirectly, was absent from Episode 6 of Re:CREATORS. Why is Sota hiding from Celestia what he knows about the Military Uniform Princess? And what exactly is he hiding?
Japanese Title: いのち短し恋せよ乙女
I’m a little confuses as to how the Setsuna Shimazaki’s suicide (?) in Episode 1 is connected to the creation of the Military Uniform Princess and her subsequent quest for revenge (?). Why doesn’t he want to reveal to Selesia that he knows the creators of the story and possibly of the drawing as well? What is happening here? I was literally screaming to the screen (ok, maybe not literally) and to Sota to talk to his imaginary friend (that sounded a little weird) and trust her with this secret. But what if there is a reason he can’t share that secret? Maybe Sota is a villain? Ok, enough hypothetical questions.
We have two new characters in this episode and I am properly introducing them in the Themes and Trivia section. I still think that our sadistic little murderer looks more like a vampire girl than a black voodoo witch.
Both groups meet to confront the first evil character of the series, but the little schoolgirl is too warped and twisted to be reasoned with. The contrast between Alicetaria’s sense of justice and Magane’s sense of killing for fun does give us an interesting debate on the nature of killing but it also gives us the starting whistle of the first major battle since Episode 2! I still want to see Gigas Machina coming to the rescue.
But the coolest twist of the episode came with Mamika. The magic girl is staying true to the stereotypes associated with her character type: she is just and preoccupied with avoiding fighting and stopping unnecessary killing whenever and wherever it’s possible. No matter what she wants to achieve in this world, she couldn’t possibly look her friends in the eyes if she allowed Meteora to be killed by one of her supposed comrades. I don’t know if she will change sides, but at least she stayed tried to her words during her previous talk with Alicetaria: even if a person has different values, if he’s a good person then everything will work out. Being kind is more important than being correct.
Rui: Other guys use their cars to show off but Rei has something bigger, ‘Do you want to see my GIANT robot?’ Sexual innuendo aside, that scene was probably the only bit of comedy we got from this episode. Rui is a hottie after all.
New characters! So, since the episode kept back on sharing info that they did give us in the promotional material, here it is:
Blitz Talker: The gunslinger was introduced to us as ブリッツ・トーカー which is transliterated as Blitz Tookaa but since Amazon Strike translators decided to go with Blitz Talker, that’s what we will use as well. He is a bounty hunter that comes from the cyberpunk anime and manga Code・Babylon. The reason he can fly is because he has some kind of cyberpunk anti-gravity device. He uses anti-magic bullets and, even though he is not a villain per se, he doesn’t hesitate a moment in trying to kill Meteora. He is more of an anti-hero with some pretty weak moral values.
Vampire Girl: Well, she is not a vampire girl but she does look like one. Magane Chikujoin is a character from light novel and anime series Record of the Night Window Demon. If there is one TRULY EVIL character in the series, that’s her. She is the antagonist of the title she comes from, a sarcastic and sadistic high school girl who enjoys toying with other people’s feelings. She is also a sadistic and apathetic murderer. Her magic is powerful. She is capable of making a lie of a lie, thus manifesting the initial lie as a truth. For her power to work and bend reality, she must manipulate someone to reject that first lie, thus turning the lie ‘inside-out on itself.’
There is so much going on in this series that I’m not sure that a single cour would have been able to tell the whole story. In case you didn’t know, Re:CREATORS is going to keep us company in Summer 2017 as well!
The real question is what Sota thinks of all this. What is he doing now that he knows that he probably plays a more important role in this story than he initially thought? Is the next episode going to give us some answers or do we have to rely on wild fan guesses for now? (The internet is full of them).
Did you like Episode 6 of Re:CREATORS? Let us know in the comments below! Don’t forget to check our Spring 2017 reviews as well! We have the latest reviews of the second season of Eromanga Sensei, Sword Oratoria, and Berserk, among others!
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