Re:CREATORSis confusing me. Last week was a special episode that I did not bother to see and next week is another special episode that I will skip as well. Not that I don’t like special episodes. In fact, I have no idea if I do or not because I never watch them. I never used to watch recap episodes as well until Re:CREATORS changed the way I see them. Episode 16, however, did little to justify the two empty weeks.
Japanese Title: すばらしい日々
The last three episodes of Re:CREATORS were all about the planning. Plans and plans and plans and this episode had more plans, but at least this time, they coupled the plans with the necessary onsen episode. I don’t think that EVERY anime has an onsen episode, but there are enough to make it an anime trope. This at least seems like the last episode where we spend time in the making and we will finally proceed to the fighting. Birdcage is ready and the team just needed a final morale boost and a second robot to get ready for the upcoming battle.
At least they didn’t have to go to a rural down to have their bath. They went to Ooedo-Onsen-Monogatari (more about that in the Themes & Trivia section). The fan service was coupled with funny moments and some more planning, and at least the amount of lewdness was close to my tastes. You get to check the curves of the female side, except for Kikuchihara who has a very sexy moment after getting drunk on tea cocktails.
Apart from that, nothing exceptional happened. Apart from the fact that Selesia has a valid driving license, we are just bombarded with details about the Birdcage and how they are going to trap Altair inside. We also get the necessary Japanese-type of cryptic messages of the ‘are you talking about THAT’ and ‘are you sure about THAT part of the story’ and ‘Hikayu, you have THAT new power’ without really explaining what THAT is. I’ve always wondered if Japanese people actually use that kind of discourse in real life.
We also know that Selesia may be missing Charon, but Charon is going to help Altair in her plan. There’s some drama incoming there. Last, where is Magane? This episode felt weird without Magane.
Selesia’s Age: I don’t remember if it was mentioned anywhere else, but from the driver’s license we learn that Selesia is 20 years old, born on 18 August 1997. If you were confused by the year numbers, they are written according to the Heisei calendar. More about that in the Themes & Trivia section.
Voice Actors: In another meta scene for Re:CREATORS, the names of the seiyuu for Selesia and Rui are the names of their real voice actors. When they announced to Rui at the onsen that his seiyuu is a woman they weren’t kidding. It must have been amazing for Komatsu Mikako (Selesia)
Themes & Trivia
Heisei Period: The Japanese, in parallel to the Gregorian calendar used by the majority of the planet, have their own way of counting years. They reset the calendar with the death of the emperor, the day in which Japan enters a new era. The current era is Heisei. It started on 8 January 1989, the day after the death of Emperor Hirohito. Current emperor Akihito is his son and the 125th Emperor of Japan. With his father’s death ended the Shouwa period.
It’s easy to convert a year to its Heisei equivalent. You just have to subtract the previous year before Heisei 1 (1988) from the current year. So 2017 is 2017-1988: Heisei 29!
Trojan Horse: Alicetaria is #TEAMMETEORA Trojan Horse, but what kind of horse is that? It is an expression we use to mean any trick or strategy that causes someone to invite his enemy inside his own protected bastion (be that a castle, home, protected space, etc.). You have probably heard the term in computer virus terminology, where certain malwares that trick you into running them are called ‘Trojan.’ The term comes from the epic tales of Iliad and Odyssey by ancient Greek poet Homer. Homer wrote about the Trojan War where the Greeks used a cunning trick to get inside the walls of Troy. After 10 years of siege, they constructed a huge wooden horse that was hollow inside so that Greek soldiers could hide inside its belly. The rest of the Greek army pretended to sail away and that they left the horse as a token of the Trojan’s bravery. You can imagine what happened after the Trojans brought the horse inside the city of Troy.
Oedo-Onsen Monogatari: The place is a real-life location in Tokyo. It is a natural onsen (hot spring) theme park in the Odaiba area near Tokyo Bay. It has 13 different bath types that use water from natural hot springs that gush up from the source 1,400 meters underground.
In the past, I have been accused by many for double standards. In half of my articles, I chastise fan-service as the root of all anime evil, while in the other half I enjoy my fan-service as much as the next guy. The truth is somewhere in the middle. I am not against fan-service. I love boobies and beautiful 2D women and sexiness. Who doesn’t? What I don’t love, however, is fan-service for the sake of fan-service. I don’t like accidental panty shot. I don’t like boob flashed because the heroine just happened to stumble. I don’t like awkward camera angles. And I certainly don’t like it when the fan-service feels forced down your throat because nudity (or half-nudity) sells.
I didn’t expect half episode of an onsen scene in Re:CREATORS to be honest, but at least the show was kind enough to play a bit with the tropes and not go over the top with nudity. Even the reflection-cum-censorship seemed like something that will be in place even in the Blu-ray release.
After all, I don’t think the people who enjoy the show are here for the oppai.
At Least We Have Two Robots Now
I’m not kidding. Vogerchevalier is a cool-looking robot that only raises my expectations. If the good guys have two mecha in their disposal, then the bad guys must have at least one, right? Now that the birdcage is almost ready, and now that Altair has no intention of avoiding it, we are finally heading to the final battle. Of course, things are not going to flow smoothly. I expect a traitor. There is always a traitor in this kind of stories. A double spy maybe.