Episode 18 of Re:CREATORSconfirmed why it is the most meta anime of the last decades. The war between the creations is just the cherry on top of the narrative cake. The main theme of the story is not-so-hidden inside the title and if someone misplaces the real protagonists, it’s because they are focusing on the wrong place.
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There was no doubt that Blitz was going to join our gang, but the way it happened was equally important. His daughter is really alive, possible through the media project that allowed Meteora’s magic to bring her back to life with the acceptance of the fans. She was resurrected and brought to this world, taking away from Blitz his reason for fighting on Altair’s side. He now has a new purpose: to go back to his world with his daughter. We still don’t know what will happen to the creation when they return to their world. If we take the multiverse theory on an extreme level, they might come from a universe that is the same as their story, but it stands to science fictional reason that they were brought to this world from the last scene wrote in the source material and return there, possibly with no memory of what happened in this world.
I want to skip the real highlight of the episode for a moment to mention Alicetaria and her switching sides. We already knew that she was going to help #TEAMMETEORA and avenge Mamika. Charon’s robot was also expected, as he was the only one who was left to join the battle.
Magane stole the spotlight, as always. She is probably my favorite character of the series. Sota and Magane make a great scene couple, their conversations always to the point. Magane is clearly a psychopathic bitch. A killer who wants to do anything that could be fun. She cares about being entertained. Does that remind you of anyone? There can be two interpretations of their conversation. Magane is the embodiment of the fan who just want to be entertained. The fan cares about what he cares, and that’s usually his entertainment and the subordination of the creator to what they feel it’s fun. Don’t even start me on fandoms. Or she could be the embodiment of what a creator should do: have fun what they create. In the end, Magane uses her power to help Sota and enhance her chances of having fun. She likes this world. She loves the food, adores the people (in her own twisted way) and wants to keep it as it is. She also wants for Sota to begin creating again, bringing a third interpretation to the table: Magane is the consciousness inside every one of us who indulge in a creative practice. We always knew that Sota was going to play a major role in this plan, and now I even more excited to see what that role is!
Bulletproof: The vest was a nice addition to the scene. I was literally screaming to my screen in the last episode for someone to take Suruga to the hospital. She was going to bleed to death and no one cared!
Hikayu: I honestly expected a Mamika replacement. This martial artist persona was unexpected. I let a little gasp at the hand-drawn move announcement. Great touch.
Twist: The twist reveal betwenn Sho and Yuya was one of the most anticlimactic ever. And I loved it. Hikayu just spilled the beans as Yuya unveiled the real mastermind. The creator was pulling his hair as his creation spoiled the fans on his most important reveal of his series.
Re:CREATORS had to have a central plot. Aoki’s purpose was not to tell the story of various otaku genres fighting each other, but to highlight that the creative process can be found everywhere, from anime and games to manga and light novels. This show is about the struggle of the maker as they put their soul on paper, on canvas, on screen. It’s about the process and the pain and the doubt that comes with it. It’s about the decisions one makes, especially when they work in an anime production. The joy and pain of the creations are just a manifestation of the joy and pains of their creator. Altair is the most hurt of them all, a creation imbued with the sadness and despair of a person who preferred to kill herself than to keep creating. Re:CREATORS is about purpose.
Re:CREATORS needed the 20+ episodes of the two cours. When you are commenting on such an abstract theme as creation, you need all the time you can get for all the philosophical discussion you want, and the show had quite a lot of them. Now, we are in for an awesome robot battle. Excited?