Re:Creators Episode 11: Stop bully

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Wow, this episode felt like a lot of information. While I was a little disappointed in the predictability of Sota’s backstory, it’s nice to see it out on the table. The conversation Sota has with Rui in the first half of the episode was a great motivation for the reveal. I’m almost willing to say that Sota’s secrecy was worth it. Either way, we’ve hit the halfway point and it seems like we’ve come so far. I’m really curious to see where the series goes from here. It feels like we could easily have a final episode next week, so I’m looking forward to see what else is in store.

Given what happened to Selesia in last week’s episode, it’s a bit of a dick move to open the episode with Meteora. I know it immediately cuts to Selesia, but I still wanted to point it out.

Yeah, those seem like two relatively equal events.

I’m not sure if we’re going to get a full explanation, so I’ll give it a shot. Since everyone initially accepted the design after seeing the picture on social media, Selesia was able to gain the abilities depicted in the image. The reason the power went away was probably because there wasn’t enough of a story built around the power for the readers to accept it as part of the story.

There’s something about Matsubara’s line here and the specific terminology that’s used to describe the influence of the readers that makes me feel a bit excluded. It makes it sound like the reader truly has to see the life in a story in order to give life to a Creation like Selesia. I’ve never been one to think that way about a story. But then again, maybe it’s enough just to see the humanity of the fictional character and identify the traits that map to yourself. I can do that.

Huh…I hadn’t noticed because Rui didn’t have much of a role before this episode, but he’s actually perfect to have this pep talk with Sota. Most mecha anime protagonists start as whiny brats who are then thrust into the heat of war. As someone who has made it through this process, Rui would know Sota’s feelings better than anyone else.

It’s a bit strange that Rui thinks this way, but still prefers his own world. You could say that the very act of coming to this world has opened that same ability for himself. Now, he’s no longer constrained by the god of his world. But maybe that’s not case. I guess Rui will eventually have to return to his story and save his world. That path is already set. He could choose to forsake it, but it goes against his character, which is also set. There might be an interesting discussion about will in here somewhere.

An earlier screen showed a monitor with the words “Auto Drive” on it. Does Rui really need Sota to grab the phone for him if he’s not driving the Gigas Machina? Is this scene put here just to make a joke about mecha pilot bodysuits?

Woohoo! Finally!

First dates…

Seriously? Did we really need this? It’s bad enough that they’re able to get to these rafters without trouble. This random forced tension just feels strange. It’s almost like they’re trying to tease the suicide in Shimazaki’s future.

I’m sure it wouldn’t have fit Sota’s character, but I would have found his hesitation much more believable if he had instigated the online witch hunt against Shimazaki’s work. Of course, I can understand why he would still feel guilty for not being able to help his friend, but I guess I don’t see that as a crippling level of guilt. I guess my mind is a bit strange because I would see Shimazaki’s success as motivation to do better myself.

Re:Creators Episode 10: Power of the people

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This episode seems to mark an introduction for the creators as more active contributors to the story. I’m looking forward to seeing what implications this will have for the series, especially since I wasn’t expecting it to be a temporary effect. I also don’t really mind giving Magane a weapon. She made a lot less sense in the cast as a non-combatant, so having Hangaku gives her means to participate legitimately in combat. I just wish they could have set up Mirokuji a bit more. I didn’t expect him to fall for Magane’s power again after having it explained to him just last episode. Next week is the halfway point for the series. I’m hoping it’s fun.

I suppose it makes sense for Alice to be the most seasoned fighter in the cast given her frustrating mental abilities. Plus, Mirokuji comes off as a street fighter in comparison.

Help Selesia? What’s going on with Selesia? I’m going to assume this is a mistaken translation.

As much as I find Magane’s character interesting, it makes no sense that she’s alive. She’s fighting unarmed against Mirokuji and Hangaku. Just how strong is she supposed to be?

I’m not sure I’m fully convinced by this scene yet. I understand how Magane could figure out who Hangaku is based on historical knowledge, but I don’t get how she figures out that Mirokuji sees her as a curse. That being said, I guess it’s not completely relevant to how Magane seems to be trying to capture Hangaku.

I’m glad to see that Sota’s finally doing something. I wonder if it would have been more effective to say that we, as readers, feel an even greater sense of helplessness when reading stories like Alice’s story because we can’t do anything to change the outcome. That’s the line of thinking I would use. I guess Sota’s argument about looking up to Alice works too.

I don’t think I’ll ever understand how Alice’s mind works. I get that her construction of Mamika’s death is consistent with the information that Altair has been feeding her, but I don’t get why she chooses to ignore the lying nature of Magane. She was probably the most insistent about the fact that Magane is a pathological liar. Eh, I guess I have to accept that grief sucks for anime characters. I also can’t completely blame her. Sota and Meteora could have put a lot more effort into disputing the claim that Meteora killed Mamika, but they give up on that pretty quickly.

Wow, these are some mad hacks from Altair. I guess she brought everyone into the world, so it would make sense that she has some control over them, even if it’s limited to their tools. To look at it from another perspective, though, I want to point out that Selesia’s attack didn’t really make sense from the beginning. Why would you aim at the point of a lance?

I’m curious…is this entire sequence meant to just break Alice? I don’t understand how she can continue to serve Altair after this unless she just snaps.

Aww man. The mecha finally gets a chance to fight and it has to fight a clone of itself.

There’s a message about needing the readers to work together with the content creators to build a true story in here somewhere. There’s probably also a statement in here somewhere about the number of otaku and news bloggers are responding to an image posted in the middle of the night.

We finally figured out how to hack these characters! Now, we can get to the cool stuff.

I look forward to seeing the explanation for this.

Re:Creators Episode 9: Element of chaos

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I know that Magane’s got a bit of a weird personality, but this episode really made me like her more as a character. Sure, she introduces a lot of chaos to the series, but I find her behavior to be very consistent and reasonable based on her goal. I was also surprised that Mamika actually died. It gives this series a good chance to show us how they’re going to treat character death. Anyway, I think I say enough in the rest of the post, so I’ll leave it at that! Next week, Alice might end up defecting or something…

Magane seems like she would be the most interesting character to find a dying Mamika. Sure, we might want Alice to finally come to her senses, but this is an encounter between the most developed character in the series and the newest character. Also, did she just eat a blood-coated corndog?

Mamika could give at least part of her message to Alice here, but instead chooses to say her name multiple times. She was at the riverbed with Alice, so she should know better than to trust Magane, but I guess she’s probably not thinking straight due to the general lack of oxygen to her brain. Plus, stories need misunderstandings, right?

Wow, Mamika actually got an on-screen death. That’s pretty definitive. I honestly wasn’t sure whether they’d actually let her die. Of course, there’s always the possibility that she gets brought back as an enemy later since Altair’s able to reach into other worlds. But that’s definitely not going to happen…

This misdirection fits Magane’s character, but Alice’s reaction to this is frustrating. Also, Magane specifies that Mamika’s message involved someone who’s “actually trying to destroy the world”, which Alice should really suspect because she already knows that Altair is trying to destroy this world. Magane wouldn’t know that, so she wouldn’t be able to tell that Mamika says “they were right” to indicate that Altair means to destroy every world, not just the one they’re currently inhabiting. This is why I think Magane’s behavior makes sense while Alice’s behavior doesn’t. Maybe just use the trauma excuse…

While this is kinda funny to watch, I have to point out that we’re watching Magane brag about how easily she tricked Alice without technically lying. Surely this isn’t difficult to accomplish.

I quite enjoyed watching Magane’s breakdown of Sota’s body language and her subsequent deductions. Even if she’s somewhat chatty, she certainly adds to the show with it.

So now Magane’s blackmailing Sota into misleading Selesia? I can’t even get upset with her because it’s really Sota’s own fault for being in this situation.

I know this looks like a simple statement that Magane watched her bleed to death, but I wonder if the “so much blood” part is meant to make fun of the excessive blood trope in anime.

Oh boy…another reason for Sota to beat himself up inside…

Mirokuji’s here to save the day! I knew I was right to believe in this guy.

He still hasn’t told Meteora about his connection Altair, but I’ll take this as a sign that he’ll be doing it when the battle dies down. Finally!

What exactly does Meteora mean when she says Magane can reverse cause and effect? Is it just a world-bending power? And does the effect have to relate to the lie she forces the target to deny?

That can’t be good.

Re:Creators Episode 8: Explosion!

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I think overall this week’s episode was up and down for me (and back up again). The middle section of the episode focused on Sota and his past added some necessary context, but I’m still not sure I get why he hasn’t told everyone what he knows about Altair. That aside, I thought Mirokuji’s interaction with his creator was pretty interesting at the beginning of the episode. And finally, I think Mamika was set up well in this episode, but I question whether there’s a good way out of the situation presented at the end of the episode. On one hand, it feels weird to cut a character that has changed so much through the course of the series at this point. On the other hand, I can’t imagine how she could survive without some dumb revive mechanic.

I wish this idea was explored a bit more, but I guess it’s not completely relevant to Altair. At what point does a Creation distinguish itself enough such that it’s a separate entity? How much does Altair from her original? Perhaps she has every trait that the original has that isn’t overwritten by her own defined traits. Also, the idea of “secondary creations” that’s mentioned here suggests that there are situations in which multiple creators alter a single creation.

I’m actually on the author’s side at this point. I think that skepticism is the correct response to this situation (until Mirokuji summons the spirit, of course).

I found this line funnier than it should have been.

Sota’s reactions here are making me wonder just how much of a plot convenience it was to have him skip the briefing where Altair’s identity is revealed. It looks a lot like he would be a dead giveaway.

Okay, this is starting to make more sense. It sounds like Sota started to reject his friend because he was jealous of her talent. Now I’m just curious just how much of a role he had in her suicide. I suspect he just wasn’t there to support her when she needed him, but it might be more interesting if he was the one who instigated the hate against his friend. If the latter is true, I’d give him a free pass for not telling everyone that he knew about Altair. As it stands, I’m still not convinced.

They’re really setting Alice up as the character that curses the gods, huh?

That’s not ominous at all.

I’m surprised that they made it a point to show that Magane was watching Sota in the cafe with Mamika, but there didn’t seem to be any indication that she was watching his conversation with Meteora. I even went back and checked the scene. There were people standing around, so it wouldn’t be too hard.

If anyone was going to figure out Sota was hiding something, it would make sense that it’s Magane, the master of deception. Still, I’d be a bit surprised if Meteora didn’t figure it out either…

How so? Maybe this is just another manifestation of her magical girl past.

This seems like a bit of an exaggeration. But whatever…the whole “internet communities suck” thing is nothing new.

That escalated quickly.

Re:Creators Episode 7: Picking sides

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I admit that I found a lot of the ideas presented in this episode to be pretty interesting. I still have my issues, but I appreciated Mamika’s change in character and how that linked to the broader idea of how to deal with Magane. That being said, Sota’s actions still confuse me, and I don’t really understand why the creators have been so far in the background. They seem to be pivotal to the story, but they’re mostly treated as though their work is done. Can they influence their creations at all anymore?

There was one thing in this episode that caught my interest. They focused really heavily on the idea that the characters might be changing, but not as much on why that might be happening. I wonder if it’s some kind of reference to the idea that a character’s motivations might not always match that character’s actions. It’s impossible to fully understand a person’s actions, so it’s not crazy for an author to get it wrong with their own character. This episode may have been pointing to that disparity as a source for the change in the Creations.

The translation for this opening scene is really strange. This sentence in particular is just confusing…there has to be a better way to communicate this thought.

I still can’t tell if I’m overly biased because this guy is the Persona guy.

I’m curious…how is Mamika acting any different than the other Creations? She just seems like an extra competitor adding to the damage. Still, I like that the Creations aren’t cleanly split into two sides. They each have their own motivations and targets.

Run! The giant robot’s here!

Aww man. That’s a pretty vague description of Magane’s power. We already knew that much. Is it even worth mentioning?

Again, I’m not sure if this is the translation or anything, but it seems to be a complicated way to say a simple thing. Mirokuji even admits that it’s a simple thought. It sounds like he’s saying that the Creations were previously restricted into showing the parts of their personality pertinent to the story. Now that they’re not longer following a script, they can act more in line with their character description. As a result, they can do things that you wouldn’t expect them to do if you were judging solely on their actions in the source material.

These two make good bros.

Are there really no negative repercussions to murdering your creator? I suppose the Military Uniform Princess is going around just fine without a creator.

If you’ve already told Kikuchihara all of this information, why are you having this conversation? For the audience?

Huh? In what way are the genres of the Creations similar? Maybe he’s trying to say that the fact that the Creations are all Japanese indicates that they’re all based on the interests of the Military Uniform Princess’s creator. It would make sense given that Sota knows many of the Creations. If he had a relationship with the girl who created the Military Uniform Princess, they might share interests.

Seriously, why did Sota need to wait until now to tell people who the Military Uniform Princess (I guess I should start calling her Altair) is? It doesn’t seem to serve any purpose.

First off, how do neither of these two characters notice Magane? More importantly, Sota makes it sound like he’s about to say that Altair is his Creation. The fact that he was only a collaborator was a good explanation for why he didn’t recognize Altair immediately. If she’s really his Creation, it’s really surprising that he wouldn’t notice immediately.

Re:Creators Episode 6: Reasons to fight

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This week’s episode seemed to be trying to delve more into each character’s motivations and give a little background, so I have to give it credit for that. The fighting has also returned, which is nice to see because the premise of the series seems to be suggesting that we won’t get too many of these. Honestly, my main issue with this episode is probably the fact that Sota doesn’t tell the good guys what he remembers about the Military Uniform Princess. That honestly makes no sense. Alicetaria is also the kind of person I find frustrating, but her actions still make sense within the context of her character.

Is Sota really going to hide the identity of the Military Uniform Princess? Why? What does that accomplish other than adding forced drama to the story? Just tell her!

Finally the last character appears.

Yeah, I get that this scene is supposed to be funny because Alice doesn’t respect public property. But I’m more interested in why a bench is in that spot in the first place. It’s blocking the passage under the bridge. If you ask me, it deserves to be taken apart.

Huh? I’m assuming this scene is meant to reinforce the assumption that the Creations on the “opposing” side are still decent and have only been misinformed. But I don’t understand what this has to do with justice. Isn’t justice built around intention? I wouldn’t really say it’s a measure of how “good” someone is.

Hmm, I thought the shopkeeper insisted that she was lying. Does the power require just the rejection of the lie in order to activate? Or did the shopkeeper actually believe the lie despite saying he didn’t? I wonder how this works…

It seems like the lie is the important bit, but I would imagine Alice has a stronger will than the shopkeeper.

I mean, I don’t necessarily disagree here. Alice did kinda assume that this new Creation was evil by deducing that she had killed someone and concluding that it was done out of malice.

While this is a fair point, I think there’s a very simple response to it. I’m guessing it speaks volumes for Alice’s character that she doesn’t.

Mamika’s stance here makes a lot of sense. Since she came from a magical girl series, she was probably used to resolving conflict through fighting, but this view was shattered during her first battle in this world. I can understand how Mamika could come to fear her original approach.

Alice, on the other hand, does something I see often. She is shown proof for a single “godly” power and then maps every similar power she knows to that being. If a god appeared to you tomorrow and showed you that it could walk on water, it would not be correct to assume that this god was immortal. In a nutshell, Alice is acting on unsubstantiated information.

Nice, we finally got a fight.

Well, I give credit to Mamika for making a decision in this episode.

Re:Creators Episode 5: Giant robot is here

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This episode had a lot of entertaining moments, but that’s also what bugs me about the show. It feels like the comedic moments are when I’m most interested, but isn’t this a serious show? I thought that Rui’s introduction was entertaining because it highlighted a character weakness that made him frustrating as a person, but was placed in by the author to make a scene in the story make more sense. In this kind of story, I think that’s an interesting concept.

It seems like the more serious conversations of the episode didn’t have a real point behind them, though, like Meteora’s conversation with Kikuchihara. The rest was a bit of a rehash of what we already know from the government’s perspective. Also, the revelation of the week wasn’t too much of a surprise. I think I said before that it was the only way to make Sota relevant in the show.

While this isn’t a bad entrance for the giant robot of this series, I don’t understand how this guy knew to bring the TV outside in time for this to happen. When you see weird static and a strange character on your TV screen, I don’t think the natural reaction is “the characters are going to come out of the TV”.

That does sound a lot like a mecha pilot.

Yeah! Mecha series are always original! Right?

Haha rejected. Also lolicon confirmed?

Let me get this straight. A giant robot (designed for combat) appeared by this house and the Japanese military are here to capture these guys?

I guess this was taken in the night, but I would have expected less grainy pictures in a smartphone world.

Her name is Alicetaria February and her story is published in Monthly Tuesday? I feel like I should be making fun of this.

Haha I didn’t even think about the weapons Meteora used in that first fight. She’s pretty casual about all of this money she wasted.

I guess it’s a stretch to conclude that the girl in the military uniform is trying to destroy the world. When I saw the graph earlier of the strange readings that the government had noticed, I kinda assumed they’d realized that the world was being destabilized by the powers of the Created.

You know, I was expecting this shadowy organization to already exist in the world, but this series decides to build it on the spot. I think it’s an interesting change, but I’m still a bit suspicious of the organization.

I really don’t understand what this conversation’s doing at all.

Okay, I’m not surprised that this girl (presumably the one who died at the beginning of the series) is the one behind the girl with military uniform. But this scene seems to heavily suggest that Sota collaborated with this work, which would explain why the girl seemed to recognize him. So, why is he just now realizing this? The resemblance wasn’t striking enough?

Re:Creators Episode 4: Us or them

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This episode ended up being more entertaining than the previous ones. Meteora’s musings seemed to be somewhat valid thoughts that made me want to actually think about the world of this series. Also, the episode showed the split between the two main groups in the series, a distinction that is honestly reasonable. The main characters have no real quarrel with the world, whereas the characters that are with the girl in the military uniform are presented with more of a choice between saving their own world or saving the world of their Creator. So it’s pretty understandable that they would be less interested in the real world.

Oh right…I forgot about these two.

I feel like this reaction from Meteora is meant to further the “parent child” analogy from last week.

This is mostly reasonable. An author doesn’t necessarily want a good ending for every character, so it’s hard to make the analogy to a parent unless they actually care.

I agree with the conclusion, but I’m hesitant on the reasoning. It’s hard to accept that there’s some binding force that tries to make the world make “sense”. That implies that it has to make sense to someone or something, which seems arbitrary. I think it’s more reasonable to say that their powers disrupt the natural progression of the world and that the effect is potentially dangerous if done too much.

These not-so-subtle nods to the amount of work creators put into their works overall tend to leave a bad taste in my mouth. Am I nuts? It just feels like pandering in a small sense. Anyway, that must be an 8-hour game if Meteora was able to get through it in a night. It’s hard to imagine it has as much of a deeply-developed world as she claims.

Relatable.

Putting this here for no reason in particular.

They make it feel like it’s some sort of huge revelation that the girl in the military uniform might have a death wish…

Lines like this make me really want to say that Souta is the Creator responsible for the girl in the military uniform. I’m not entirely sure how or why yet without some form of time travel, but this guy has to have a purpose somehow.

Hold on…I want to hear more about this. Power of the Creators?

Bonding?

The mecha has arrived! Sweet!

Re:Creators Episode 3: Creation is tricky

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Overall, this was a pretty interesting episode. I think the series has a lot more to offer when it talks more about the mechanics of everything. I still think some of the dialogue is a bit out-of-place, but I enjoyed watching the investigation process of what the creator can actually do. Also, I like how the series weaves in the references to the complexity of the real world as compared to a “created” world, like the coffee scene this week, but I would like to see more non-food references.

The big question from here is what is Souta doing? It feels strange that a character with so little contribution and presence in the series is being left alone, with Selesia and Meteora moving out. I guess they’re going to find some new and crazy way to drag him back next week?

Oh look, another new character. The sound effect that horse makes when she pulls the reins sounds a lot like an engine revving up.

Wait, I feel like we skipped a step. When did they figure out that their character descriptions determined what power they had? Did the new guy tell them?

This may be translation error, but I’m not sure I understand this particular part of the conversation. So because he didn’t create the cage of his world, he sees no reason to try and change it? Creator knows best?

Yeah, why not do this? They bring this up in conversation, talk around it for a while, and then go straight into experimentation. You’d expect them to try something at the moment…like trying to have the creator describe a change or something.

Does it really?

I’m guessing this was mostly just a gag, but given that the writer probably doesn’t care and the illustrator clearly has no idea about the stitching, what causes that detail to exist? I’m sure it’s some “the world has a mind of its own” situation, but it feels weird that the illustrator would be surprised by this.

There’s a “the LN is better than the anime” joke in here somewhere…I’m struggling to find it. It’s funny that this is how it works, though.

It brings up an unasked question too. This girl here is the light novel’s illustrator, right? If Selesia comes from the anime, how much power does she have to update Selesia’s character description?

I was going to say that I feel like it’s too early in the series for Selesia to have a line like this, but she’s technically the character from a completed anime, so it makes sense that she recently heard that line.

Wait, what? Since when? Maybe this line should have been “you’re the god of your own world”. That would have made more sense given the conversation.

Okay, that was pretty funny. Man, I never expected a Sawano song to get cut off like that.

There’s a message about readers and writers working together to create a good story in here somewhere. Seems a little heavy-handed.

Hmm, so she was recognizing Souta in particular. It would be too easy if he was her creator, right? It has to be more than that. Also, is she talking to a ghost?

Re:Creators Episode 2: Friendship punch fail

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This episode seemed to drag on a bit in the beginning, but I thought the second half of the episode was pretty cool. A lot of the episode seems to be focused on the differences between the fictional world and the real world, making the first half of the episode a lot of explanations that didn’t really have many answers. There were also a couple of moments when the information presented didn’t seem to have anything to do with the topic being discussed. But eh…the show still seems interesting so far. I’m also wondering what the heck Souta’s role in the series is supposed to be.

I’m starting to wonder if this series is trying to make me feel bad for not liking the random happy endings some series tend to have. The way these fictional characters go on about the creators and the troubled worlds they create makes it seem like they would be better served with developments like that. But I stand by my opinion!

I suppose she needed to be introduced as well.

I’m not sure what she’s trying to say here. Was she able to understand the world because that’s what the magic book allows her to do? It’s not really clear here if that’s the case, but I’m going with that. I mean, I get that she’s a librarian, but “magic book” implies something more than that.

I’ve been wondering that too, Meteora. Why does your magic work the same in a different world governed by presumably different rules? Also, I was honestly expecting a gag where the room gets cleared out by the Restoration Magic. There’s still time to do it, but it really doesn’t fit the tone of this show.

I’m assuming this is a nod to the detail that exists in the real world that’s lost in a story. I would say this is really subtle, but Meteora continues to go on about the exact same thing for a few more lines.

This seems important.

I don’t quite understand this transition. They go from looking for their creators to talking about Sota’s old drawings without much of a link between the conversations. Is this supposed to be a hint or something? How is it related?

Urgh…this entire scene was painful to watch.

Oh boy, a magical girl?

Hold on. It seemed like Mamika and Selesia weren’t really too much in disagreement. Is that what magical girl shows are like these days? You disagree slightly with me, so let’s fight?

I know this is supposed to be a tense situation and everything, but this line made me laugh a little bit too much.

Can’t tell if this is a poke at a certain magical girl series, but I’ll take it. I’m with Selesia here…Mamika totally provoked this fight.

Persona!