Episode 8 of Re:CREATORS had little action and a lot of words, to the point that I felt a bit hungry for some fighting. Yet, if you count out the quite boring introduction to the new two authors, the rest of the episode was full of meaningful interactions and character development moments.
Japanese Title: わたしにできるすべてのこと
The scene where we meet the new creators felt a bit forced to me. Just standing there, minutes after being called by the police, and with an attitude that shows disregard for the situation. Such a moment could have been elaborated a bit more, but still, I don’t blame Yuya for attacking his creator. That arrogant son-of-a-bad-mangaka serves as a reminder that a creator and his creation are two separate things. Often, you can tell a lot about someone from what they create, but only if the creation is a genuine product brought out of their true self. Also, it seems that he is not in good terms with Matsuraba, Celestia’s creator. I wonder if Ryo Yatoji (Real name Ryosuke Goda) will change his attitude after being grabbed by the neck.
Altair is actually a doujinshi creation (think fanfic and read Themes and Trivia for more) and it is confirmed at last that she was created by Setsuna and that Sota also has something to do with her creation. Setsuna was marginalized, ridiculed, bullied and abused by a fandom that doesn’t care about anything than their own pleasure. That disgust and pain was carried from the creator to the creation and now Altair seeks nothing but revenge.
We all carry pain and sadness
But the real question now is how much of that resentment was caused by Sota’s envious feelings for Setsuna. I believe it’s safe to assume that Setsuna and Sota were friends. After all, we have the scene where Setsuna takes off his glasses and Sota’s feelings of guilt are evidence that he thinks that he’s somehow responsible for her suicide. Were they something more than friends? Meteora, the series mentor and philosopher, offers a helping hand to the grief-stricken Sota and makes a good point saying that feelings are actually alarms. We shouldn’t disregard them, but instead embrace them and act according to what they are trying to tell us.
Jealousy and envy. We shouldn’t deny that we feel these emotions. If we pretend they don’t exist, they become filth that builds up.
Then you have the ‘are they flirting’ couple of Mamika and Alicetaria conversing on equal terms. Alicetaria is proud of Mamika as she stayed true to her personal code of honor, and for a knight that’s the only thing a warrior should stay true to.
And then we have our favorite psychopath killer, Magane, working for a maid café and continuing to eavesdrop to all of Sota’s encounters. She knows about Setsuna and her suicide and forces Sota in a very interesting relationship that involves texts and lovey-dovey dates. The only way to get out of this situation is to admit everything he knows to his group.
But the real treat of the episode was the last encounter between Mamika and Altair. Mamika is trying to be the Good Samaritan of the series and act as a mediator between the two groups. Apparently, she wants to save all worlds, and like a good Magic Girl, she still believes in the good that exists in all of us. Like the episode title suggests, Mamika went beyond her character description and chose the way she behaves in this world. She is Magical Slayer Mamika by choice, not by her creator’s dictation. By calling her out for what she really is, Mamika invites a battle she wasn’t prepared for.
I’m the main character of the story I love
Alicetaria: Her flashback scene was cool, but do you know what would have been ever cooler? Showing Alicetaria watching her own show. According to the flashback, Alicetaria might be getting closer to Mamika because she reminds her of a girl she failed to save in her world.
This world does not look beautiful to me. Everyone is weary of life. Honor is not upheld
Themes & Trivia
Fanfiction & Doujinshi: Altair is based off a character from another work, making her a work of fanfiction that deviated a lot from the source material. Doujinshi can be either original work or based on an already established story. The latter are called aniparo—works which parody existing anime and manga franchises. Drawing from the recent controversy about fandom and the way it treats creations and creators, doujinshi and fanfic parodies often are used to explore non-canonical pairings (or shippings) of characters. Many such publications contain yaoi or yuri pairings.
Re:CREATORS is not an easy series to follow. Not that it’s extremely complicated like Sagrada Reset or too simple-minded like Eromanga Sensei, but the difficulty lies in what the creators are trying to achieve. This is not just another story about heroes and villains. It’s not a school romance or a shonen feel-good adventure. On the other hand, it’s not deeply philosophical and the plot is simple enough. What makes Re:CREATORS different is the intentions of its creators. Spend some time thinking about the episodes and you will see that the series is a critique on the state of the entertainment industry.
Magical Splash Flare!
So that’s what Magical Splash Flare does. Magical Girls are always ridiculously powerful, and Mamika fits the bill. This was a good cliffhanger that makes me anxious about next week. Is Mamika alive?