Have a conversation with any creator and he will probably talk about his characters as if they were her children. She knows them more than anything else; sometimes even better than herself. In Episode 17 of Re:CREATORS, we are reminded that it’s the creators that can determine the fate of the worlds they create.
Japanese Title: 世界の屋根を撃つ雨のリズム
Did we really expect Altair to blindly fall into our heroes’ trap? She is a creation whose primary reason for being is revenge. She is a key that could be made to fit all holes if only the audience accepts her a bit more. She can be all-powerful and then destroy the world that killed her creator. She is the embodiment of doom. And of course, the embodiment of doom would have known what Meteora was planning. Flying swords and huge robots aside and infinite gates can’t keep her down, and neither will the birdcage, as long as the crowd that is watching the duel between the two teams accepts her and grants her more powers. She can’t escape the cage as she is now, but she will when she becomes what she was destined to be. And then the world will pay for their cruelty.
‘Wherever there’s a gate, there’s an exit, Selesia’
Altair is not even present with her full team. Charon, Selesia’s darling, is not there with Vogelchevalier’s counter-mecha and Blitz has a different mission. Alicetaria is going to betray her and only Sho seems interested in having his duel with YUYU, and to be honest, we don’t really care about Sho much, do we?
I have been expecting for more action somewhere near the end, and the beginning of this episode brought forth all the action we haven’t seen in sixteen episodes. Amidst the flashy attacks and laser beams, I missed the old philosophical inquiries that characterized this series. That was remedied by the conversation between Blitz and his creator, Suruga.
A story is for the readers: I write whatever makes it more interesting.
Blitz confronts Suruga in what was ultimately a trap, one that I was not expecting. The series hasn’t let us on Meteora’s plan and I don’t know how they could have anticipated this move unless they read the script. But Blitz and Suruga’s conversation made up for all the lack of serious dialogue in the first part. Suruga keeps on talking on top of her creation in an attempt to make him realize that he is a figment of her mind. She knows him. She knows what he would have said in every possible situation. And in the end, she lectures him about the nature of creating something, about the crying and the humiliation, about the lonely nights and the crippling days.
No one is successful from the beginning, fool
What was to end with her death ended in a way that even Altair could not have anticipated. Suruga wrote his daughter, the one he supposedly killed, back into the world. Will Blitz now change sides?
Let’s just mention here that Magane was the most unpredictable of them all. What is she going to do with Sota?
Oh, another thing. Where is Hikayu?
The Show is On: This was probably the longest battle we have seen in the series so far. We haven’t had the chance to actually care about Yuyu’s rival, but the robot sequences were fluent and full of action.
Themes & Trivia
Detach of the Fan: While the fight is very real and will determine the fate of the world, the whole ordeal is presented in a manner that resembles an entertainment show. The people offer their acceptance in order to justify the new powers that the characters need, but fail to see how that acceptance could be anything than pure fandom craziness. While such a behavior can be justified in their ignorance, the same can’t be said about more important matters.
Re:CREATORS should have been an anime movie. In fact, I believe that all good stories are missing something when presented in a linear storytelling format. We can argue all day about amazing series and crappy movies, and I will be the first to agree that there are series (like Fullmetal Alchemist and Battlestar Galactica) that benefit from the format, but the vast majority is not. Re:CREATORS is a title dealing with a deep main theme that started by criticizing the industry that created it and the people behind the stories we see and managed to reach a point where it aired just one episode in three weeks and a recap (that was the best recap I have ever seen, but it was still a recap.)
That was an unexpected twist. For an episode heavy on the action and a little uneventful on the script, that last moment made up for all the uninspiring dialogues. Re:CREATORS is built upon the interaction between creator and creation, and Blitz’s meeting with his God was one of the best we have seen in the series. Will he betray Altair now that his daughter is alive?