Re:CREATORS is becoming one of my favorite series. Action is fun and awesome and brings along all that jazz with which people get all the testosterone and estrogen pumps they need, but action is also short-lived. It’s amazing for as long as it lasts, but what you get to keep from a story are the deeper themes that paint the story canvas. It’s all about the ideas, people. If you want mindless action, go watch Dragon Ball Super.
Japanese Title: エンドロールには早すぎる
The episode begins with the only proof we need that Alicetaria will stay true to her knight’s honor and chance sides. Her friendship with Mamika has changed her in ways she couldn’t have imagined. Somehow, she has also found out that Mamika was killed by Magane and not Meteora. She has also met with her creator. An honest guy who, like every creator I know, gets inspired by real life. Questioned by his creation, he first seems reluctant to talk about big themes like justice and bravery, but admits that these are the reasons he wrote his story. Many times, in fear of being accused of pretentiousness, creators will tone down what they want to say (or write or paint). But it’s what the story’s about that makes all the difference, isn’t it? A story worthy of the creator’s aspirations and of his authentic self.
A person becomes a hero by trying to reach a place where no one else can reach
And then you have Sota and his full confession about what happened to his friend, Setsuna. If you expecting something supernatural, I’m sorry that you were disappointed, but I think real life is grimmer and more confusing than any supernatural scenario. Sota’s story is one that’s repeating itself every single day. People take their lives because of depression, lack of self-respect, and excessive bullying. Sota’s mistake was that he could have done something about it.
He could have responded to that message with kindness. He could have been there for his friend in her hour need. He could have chosen compassion instead of envy. And he could have placed more importance to be human than in his deep desire to be famous.
I found the scene profound. Our human nature makes us sensitive to rejection. We live to be part of the tribe, and now that the word itself is striving to cling to a single meaning (what does ‘tribe’ even mean today?) people also strive to find meaning in their own lives. Sota is not to blame for her death, but there is some of the blame he can take unto himself. We are all both heroes and villains. As we saw with Alicetaria, what divides the former from the latter is to accept the responsibility and do something about it.
I always knew fan fiction is popular, but I didn’t see this twist coming. Altair’s powers were not written by Setsuna (at least not all of them) and most of them come from fan works, even her violin playing skills. That makes me wonder: Since most of the other characters are already famous enough (Selesia at least) how come they don’t have any powers from fan fiction works? Maybe it’s a super power that activates if your creator takes her own life? I don’t like the implications of this revelation. Fandoms are powerful enough to make creators apologize on stage for artistic decisions that should have been theirs to make, and I am against any kind of entitlement fans think they have over a creation.
Yet, I am excited about the way they will fight Altair. After an in-anime reference that the anime is going for a second cour (‘it will take another three months to schedule the plan’) the creators will do something that, to be honest, I don’t think is common in manga and anime. Western comics are all about crossovers. Lately, I’ve been reading a Marvel story about the Green Lantern Corps meeting the Star Trek crew and about the Power Rangers teaming up with the Justice League.
That begs for another question: if Re:CREATORS becomes a big hit, does that mean we might get anime crossovers? Is this a self-fulfilling prophecy?
Newcomers: The new creation that joins Altair’s team is not named, but I think I saw a knight’s armor there. Or was it a ninja’s tunic? Maybe he is looking for Alicetaria? That would be fun since our knight will probably defect to the good guys. What new character, you ask? Jump to the last paragraph of this article. I can’t believe some people and their natural repulsion to rolling credits.
Themes & Trivia
Cancellations: Do you know how manga have been published since today? I don’t. I tried to find a reliable source online, but the only good reference I found was a Wikipedia article on manga that have over 40 volumes. 147 if you are curious but you don’t want to click on the link. Considering that most titles get cancelled after a few chapters and never even reach a first volume, I don’t even want to fathom the number of manga produced every year. These are made by real people, like you and me. They are made by young men with dreams of having their work distributed to many people. Many of them have aspirations of becoming full-time creators. Most of them, however, are underpaid and struggle to create their own families. In an industry that targets profit, the reader is the absolute master, and most of the time it’s not a matter of what the creator wants but of what the reader is willing to pay for. Unless the desires of the creator are in accordance to the needs of the consumer.
The only thing I’m scared of is getting cancelled
Altair: I should brush up on my constellations, because her name slipped my star radar. Altair, also designated Alpha Aquilae is the brightest star in the constellation of Aquila and the twelfth brightest star in the night sky. Cool stuff.
The title of each episode of Re:CREATORS is focusing on a dialogue line. My aptitude in detecting hidden meanings and obscure trivia is limited to connecting the dots between the stories Ihave already consumed, but I’m guessing that there is something to be found here. I will wait for the anime to conclude its run and then I will look at the titles again. And if there is no meaning to be found , I’ll make one of my own. After all, what is a story about but what the creator, or the viewer, makes of it?
Also, I’ve always held the belief that stories are an integral part of our society. Stories are our very own holodecks, a kind of what-would-I-have-done-in-this-situation simulations that allow us to experience situations without actually living them. The problem with our modern era of TOO MANY STORIES is that we confuse the purpose of stories, or rather to focus more on the entertaining aspect than on the instructional, educational, call it what you will. There are thousands, millions of stories who share the same themes. Some do it better than others, but like Alicetaria’s creator, there are writers, composers, and artists out there who have things to say, but want to be famous or make money out of their work. In hindsight, Harry Potter is awesome, but there are so many Harry Potters out there and Rowling’s character can only serve his purpose only if he inspires others to write stories and share them with other people. Constant consuming is toxic and counter-productive. We all have to create and inspire or else we will find ourselves in a much gloomier world than the one we are living in right now.
More Creations on the Way
Re:CREATORS is entering its next back-to-back cour, and that means a few things; first, we get new OP/ED themes. Second, we get new characters, like the one we saw with Altair and the couple few she suggested are on the way. In case you missed that part, it was AFTER THE CREDITS. I swear to Anime God, those of you who stop watching as soon as the credits star rolling, you are not only disrespectful to the creators, you are also missing on some cool scenes. Not all anime use the after-credits time for episode previews.