‘The guys are probably not going to have themselves a night out, but Episode 5 of Re:CREATORS treated us to the first major plot twist (or plot reveal, depending on how you see it) of the series. Now that our super team has a plan, will they be able to save the world from the Grand Destruction?
Japanese Title: どこよりも冷たいこの水の底
They may not be up against Godzilla or aliens this time, but the government can’t simply feign ignorance in from of magnetic anomalies and knights attacking police stations. I must admit that bringing the JDF into the picture was a pleasant surprise. It gives a feeling of realism in a plot that despite being fantasy, it keeps its claws firmly held in reality. From the character’s interactions to the formal meeting between the Special Government Group and our heroes, this is what would probably have happened if these characters would have actually crossed into our world.
Of course, it took the appearance of a giant mecha to spring them into action, but what the heck, better late than never. During the meeting, we learn that Alicetaria kidnapped her creator and that the government is going to work with our group to repair the damage that is done to our world. They are granted official status (and a job probably) and are the first fictional characters to gain legal status. Meteora is something of the unofficial leader of the group (or mentor as I said in the review of Episode 4) and she cemented the status by her badassery equipment theft and her reaction when she is held accountable. I was also quite moved when Takashi defended Silesia and treated her like a real person. There is something to be said to treating everyone equally.
I’m not sure I got the last few scenes right, but it seems that Sota does know who created the Military Uniform Princess. The girl that committed suicide during the first scenes of Episode 1 was Shimazaki-san, a web novelist who probably Sota has already met in person. Is our antagonist’s hate and anger a spawn of that suicide?
Giant Robot: Gigas Machina seems a little overpowered in this particular context. I am really curious to see how the enemy camp is going to battle against it. To be honest, however, I am more curious to see if it has a sword. All robots have as sword, don’t they?
Themes & Trivia
JDF: If you’ve seen the recent Shin Godzilla movie or recent Japanese war movies, you might recognize the acronym as the one used by Japan Self-Defense Forces, the unified military forces of Japan that were established in 1954, and are controlled by the Ministry of Defense. According to the military restrictions imposed after WWII, JDF’s purpose is purely for defense, but lately there have been talks about its status and the relation to the Japanese people. Currently it is engaged in South Sudan in peacekeeping duties.
At last, an anime that is actively involving real life organizations in the mix. This is our world we are talking about and it would be surprisingly suspicious for the government not to be part of the fun. People fly, knights attack police stations, librarians steal missiles. Someone needs to do something about it and who better than a collaboration between the government, the creators, and their creations?
This was another action-less but very interesting episode. Re:CREATORS is one of the few anime shows that I could actually recommend to non-anime fans. It talks about the nature of creations and the reasons we like stories.
How about the girls?
The only thing that the boys have in their favor is a giant mecha that can probably single-handily defeat all the military of the world. Yet, it won’t be so easy when it comes to the Military Uniform Princess and her gang. I wonder if they’ll recruit a mecha of their own…