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We are all liars
The line that separates the heroes from the villains is very thin but present. Each represents one part of the yin yang that symbolized that battle between the tiger and the dragon who see a bit of themselves in the other. Yet, the real problem, as Episode 9 of Re:CREATORS clearly illustrates, is with those who do not take sides. The people who are neither heroes nor villains. The characters like Magane who are just… crazy.
Japanese Title: 花咲く乙女よ穴を掘れ
Mark my words: Magane is going to turn into the real villain of this series. The shark-tooth psychopath doesn’t care about anything but her own enjoyment. Everything she does is out of a twisted desire to create a situation that is stimulating for her sadistic tastes. She isn’t evil. She isn’t good. She isn’t misunderstood. She isn’t an antihero or a wannabe world dictator. She is not out for revenge or justice. And that is the scariest thing about her: she just doesn’t care about anything but herself. If you had been reading my Kuzu no Honkai reviews last season, then you know that I have extensively talked about psychopathy. Magane, being a supernatural being with a weird power, is even worse than the self-absorbed teacher of the realistic romance anime. She is the only character from her work that exists in this world and without anyone to stand against her, she want the freedom to do whatever the hell she wants. She will lie, manipulate, kill, and then manipulate some more to get the game going and her enjoyment intact. Her power needs her to be as chatty as she is, and now that we know that the effects of the lies she manipulates persist in this world, it makes the dialogues involving her even more interesting. She can only get stronger, and in the end she might just be unstoppable.
Justice. The truth. Do they exist?
Even if Magane is undoubtedly the focus of the episode, Mamika’s death came as a bit of a surprise to me. I wasn’t expecting her death, especially in such an anti-climactic way. I was also taken aback by how easily Magane manipulated Alicetaria in believing her lies. Of course, Alice wanted an enemy to target and she might have believed anything, but she should have known better. Her code of honor and her experience as a warrior didn’t justify the way she was played with.
That was too easy
What went smoothly with Alicetaria, however, had the opposite effect with Sota. Instead of dragging him into the game with her lies, she just managed to give him enough hints to deduct the true murderer of Mamika and build enough guilt to turn to Meteora for protection. He is probably going to tell us all about Setsuna in the next episode. If they survive Alicetaria’s attack, that is.
Pixelized: So that’s what happens when the characters die. They are pixelized into… death? Back to their worlds? Who knows? On the other hand, this could explain why they retain their powers in this world. If they are not flesh-and-blood persons their presence in the world of the gods might be of another nature. That, though, doesn’t explain why Mamika drown in a pool of her own blood. Damn, for a magical girl her vitality was rigorous.
Envy and Guilt: We already knew that Sota was jealous of Setsuna. What we didn’t know is that even though he knew her situation not only he didn’t tried to protect her or drag her out of her suicidal thoughts, but he also went as far as believing that everything she went through was justified. A bit harsh, but envy is a multi-headed beast and it brings out the worst in us. Sota is not a bad boy. His guilt alone is proof enough of that. But in many situations, a little empathy could have saved many a life.
I felt she deserved what she got
Re:CREATORS has some amazing scene directing. From the profile shots of Magane and Sota in front of Café Buenos to the close-ups to Magane’s blissfully crazy dancing-like moves, the episode was a delight to watch. Even Magane’s strip club headlock was done in a way that was not sexually tensed but instead painted Magane and Sota in roles that resembled more those of a master and her puppet. Also, I don’t know if it was on purpose because of Magane, but the whole episode took place during the night in a pale atmosphere that was so much like her.
Ok, Mamika is dead. One pixel down. But what happened to Altair? If Mamika had to leave the scene almost dead, is Altair in the same condition? Has Meteora bugged Sota’s phone or had they been following Magane? Just like Magane, I don’t like spoilers, so I’ll be right on time for Episode 10!
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