Episode 7 of Re:CREATORS is keeping the ridiculously long titles, building on the exciting battles, and advancing the plot in a way that is not overwhelming and doesn’t bore the viewer with unnecessary jargon and confusing details.
Japanese Title: 世界の小さな終末
Re:CREATORS took its time into verifying a few hypotheses and giving us a couple of indirect answers to the questions posed in the previous episodes. As we have already suspected, the distinction between the groups is not as clear-cut, and Mamika is probably the first who is going to defect from the Let’s-Destroy-The-World group. On the other hand, the little vampire-witch has her own agenda that has something to do with a Miracle Great Emperor. If her plan is as twisted as she is, we are going to have a fun time seeing our protagonists trying to stop her. That’s one psycho witch and it won’t be easy to quench her murdering spree.
Also, the episode confirmed that Altair is Sota’s creation, or at least he played a big part in it. Whether by drawing her or writing her story, we still don’t know. I bet on the former, though, since that would explain his reluctance to draw or show his drawing to other people. There is still the mystery of why Setsuna committed suicide and how that connects to Altair wanting to destroy the world.
Besides the delightful action and Mamika’s overpowered hearts, the episode’s main theme is about how the characters feel that they are changing. Their character profiles are not defining them anymore and they are growing beyond their ‘programming.’ By stepping out of their world, the characters are free to explore the endless possibilities of their existence and be something more, even if that something more is something sinisterly evil as Magane’s psychopathic behavior.
Audiophile: As much as I like to insist that it’s all about the story, there were a few details that made my day. When Mirokuji finishes his ice-cream and throws his spoon on his right, a second later I heard the spoon hitting the floor through my left speaker. The background noise during Mamika and Souta’s meeting at the ufotable café coupled with the amazing anime music gave a realistic feel to the episode.
Bros for Life: Mirokuji and Rui hit it really quickly. I can’t wait to see them fighting together.
Mecha: For a moment there I thought that Gigas was going to light up the fight instead of ending it. I want to see Rui in action.
Themes & Trivia
What amazed me in this episode is the numerous tributes to real creations and creators. I haven’t been able to track them all down, but here are the three more obvious mentions.
Ufotable: Mamika and Souta meet at ufotable café, a reference to the Japanese animation studio that is known for the recent Tales of Zestiria the X.
Black Lagoon: One of the manga shown in the episode has the title Black Lagoon. The manga was written and illustrated by the creator of Re:CREATORS, Rei Hiroe. It was adapted into an anime by Madhouse.
Soleil: The only Soleil that comes to mind is the fictional band from the Aikatsu franchise. The bright colors and girly mood certainly fit the description.
Re:CREATORS is a way for Hiroe and Aoki to comment on the state of anime today. We only have to take a closer look to the story and it becomes evident that the anime is not just your average anime world. It’s a parallel, an allegory of the way our world treats creators and their creations. Every aspect of the human condition is a story: religions are stories and companies are stories. Nations are stories built on stories and money is the greatest story we have ever conceived. And the stories we attribute to books, movies, and the rest of the entertainment mediums are not just to entertain but to stimulate. Maybe that’s why Re:CREATORS is bringing the creations to life. To remind us the reason we tell stories. And to make sure we understand how everyone alive makes his own stories.
Everyone is a Creator
And our creations are a projection of our own psyche. You don’t believe me? Every person I know has an artistic side that seems to rise from the deepest corner of their soul. It’s not a coincidence that the works that move us the most are those that seem raw, unaltered by criticism or censorship. Though that’s not the rule, it’s usually the most disturbing of truths that either offend us or move us beyond recognition. Have you ever tried putting your soul out there for everyone to see? Maybe that’s what happened when Altair was created.