Re:Creators Final Episode (22): Finishing the story

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This epilogue didn’t end up being anything crazy, but I’d say it was a very satisfying conclusion. I think my overall impression of this series is that it had its flaws, but I really did enjoy the details put into each of the characters (I might have said this before). Also, I just want to note that I appreciate that the series didn’t revive characters for a happier ending. That was honestly surprising.

The final revelation in the series that the story is written by Meteora would normally feel like a cheap reference to itself, but I think it works in this series. The story has been constantly focused on the concept of writing stories. Plus, the series makes tons of meta references, so it’s only fitting.

Using Meteora as an author also somewhat addresses a complaint I’ve had with the series, the fact that the series largely ignores the mechanics of the world it’s presenting. Given that Meteora is still fairly new to the “real world”, she has no reason to really know as much about it. She’s a bit justified in keeping those details out because she’s still learning how the real world is supposed to work.

To that point, the most curious piece of this episode was this conversation about what will happen to the creations after they return to their story. Will they branch themselves into another world or will they be forced back into the whims of their creators? It’s kind of a weird hole in this series becuase it has some free will implications.

It also approaches some fun questions about “world creation”. If they can go back and create a new world, that means that a force other than a “creator” can create a world. You could also argue that their time in the “real world” influenced their creators, which in turn influenced their story. So in a way, they did change their world.

On a more positive note, I think this line is probably my favorite one from this episode. All in all, it’s a good point. Despite all of the effort that the creators put into the story they built, none of it was able to defeat Altair. What ended it all was effectively a miracle…which I can agree is kinda disappointing in some ways.

I just have one final comment on this episode. While I get that Magane was given her exit in her airport scene, I was honestly surprised that she had no cameo in this episode. Did I miss it?

Final Score: 8/10

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Re:Creators Episode 21: What a story

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Well, I certainly wasn’t expecting a resolution in this episode. It’s an interesting ending because I feel like the vague concept of having Setsuna talk Altair out of her plans to destroy the world was pretty much the only way this ending could have played out. It was already established that none of the other creations could stand up to Altair. However, I still don’t think I could have guessed how this episode ended up happening.

I think part of what makes this ending difficult is it largely depends on how you see Setsuna. At the end of the day, she’s a creation spawned from Sota’s memory of Setsuna. If you see her as a fake, this could be a really cruel ending for Altair, despite how it’s presented.

I feel like the multiple references to a “miracle” of Setsuna’s creation are meant to suggest that she’s more than just a shadow of Sota’s guilt, but it’s a bit hard to say. Part of what has always bugged me about this series is that the mechanics of the world are really fuzzy. It’s possible that part of the miracle of her creation was the fact that she’s actually more like Setsuna than Sota intended.

Sota’s “resolution” in this ending is also a bit hard to reconcile. On the one hand, he literally created Setsuna and his fake version “forgave” him for how he treated the real Setsuna. I’m really not sure what to make of that.

On the other hand, what he said about wanting to see Setsuna’s world was interesting. With the help of the people he’s met in this series, he was able to recreate Setsuna. It’s kind of the question of whether a creator is necessarily “above” their creation. It might be related to the general message of the series.

Anyway, I’m curious to see what happens next week. It looks like we’re getting some sort of epilogue, and I’m wondering what will happen to the creations. Presumably, they all just go back to their worlds. However, you could argue that they’ve separated themselves enough from their worlds to the point where they no longer need to return.

Re:Creators Episode 20: Secret weapons

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Okay, Altair. Now you’re just showing off. After everything that happened in last week’s episode, this week’s episode felt a bit lacking, but it still had its good points. Sirius was an interesting twist, but I think her presentation was really poor in this episode. She’s deemed the ultimate secret weapon that the Creators have been preparing, but she’s basically just a throwaway to give Sota the stage.

My main issue with Sirius was that she was effectively buried in this world’s technobabble, making her impossible to understand. All of this talk of “Existence Coefficients” and such come out of nowhere. I get the sense that Sirius was never meant to work, but I would at least hope to have some understanding of her purpose. Why would the creators think they could just slap together a creation and use it to take over Altair’s personality?

As strange as it sounds, Yuya’s condition makes me feel a bit better about last week’s episode. I was expecting a massacre of creations leading up to the ending. So the fact that he hasn’t fully disappeared makes me feel like the series isn’t expecting some blanket resurrection to solve everything.

And of course, the big reveal of this week’s episode was the fact that Sota has injected Setsuna into the Birdcage in a final attempt to change Altair’s mind. Given how impossibly strong Altair has shown herself to be, that’s pretty much the only possible ending at this point. It makes things interesting.

My only real comment is that I still don’t get what Magane did. It was a good buildup to the realization of Setsuna to have Magane chant her spell in sync with Sota, but I still don’t get how that power helped. Plus, can Sota still do more with it?

Final side comment: this scene was a ridiculous amount of effort to create a flail.

Re:Creators Episode 19: Falling apart

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This week’s episode definitely had a lot of stuff going on, but it was also a bit worrying. I’m wondering if the series gave away its hand a bit too much. When too many characters start dying, I tend to suspect that they will be brought back later. Honestly, I would be much more impressed with this series if they don’t bring anyone back at this point.

I’m also wondering a bit how I would feel as a viewer in this event. Doesn’t Altair seem annoyingly strong at this point? I feel like I’d have trouble accepting that.

Alicetaria’s death definitely has me conflicted. I like how it ended, with Altair taunting her for believing that she is the main character in this story. The fact that Alicetaria is the main character of her story and the sole savior of her world has been brought up multiple times in this series, so it’s a fitting end for her. I guess I just didn’t feel anything for her death. After going through Mamika’s death, Alicetaria didn’t seem to deserve a death like that.

This moment with Hikayu was pretty funny for me. It sounded like a reference to the fact that fighting games aren’t usually known for having strong stories.

For what it’s worth, Selesia had a pretty good end despite how unconvincing it was. She starts by acknowledging that the story of her reality is a terrible story, one that is completely out of the control of her Creator. She then defies everyone to decide her own ending, realizing how she has negatively impacted the mission and using her own will to benefit the team. Matsubara’s plea about forgetting the story was also pretty great too because Selesia had already forsaken the story by that point.

Re:Creators Episode 18: Everyone is assembled!

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There was definitely a lot of stuff going on in this episode, but I think it’s pretty easy to boil it down. Pretty much everyone has turned on Altair. And with Charon’s entrance, I think we’ve covered pretty much every character that needs to be introduced in this battle (except a potential new design from Sota).

I still think Suruga is overestimating her fans. She states that using Meteora to bring back Blitz’s daughter was easier than expected, but I honestly think it wouldn’t have been too hard to bring her back within the context of her story. That being said, this definitely explains Meteora’s comment to Suruga about the story.

Hikayu’s redesign was definitely the strangest one in my eyes. I was expecting her to gain some random powers, but she was basically ported into a completely different game type. Still, I enjoyed her moments a lot more than I expected. Her entrance was hilarious, and it was pretty great that she was the one who eventually defeated Sho.

Sota and Magane’s discussion is probably my favorite piece of this episode. Sota shows a distinctly different approach from his previous conversation with Magane, indicating that he’s actually changed. And rather than stubbornly attacking Magane, he tries to understand her stance to properly reject it.

Now I’m just curious to what extent Magane ended up helping him. I still don’t have a great grasp of how her power works, so I’m not entirely sure what Sota can do now. Can he create without needing approval from the audience?

The spoiler piece was unexpectedly funny for how tense this battle is supposed to be.

It’s also great that even the creation can’t believe the creator’s story. That’s gotta be rough.

I don’t really want to sound like I’m complaining about Alicetaria’s section of the episode, but I kinda wish her betrayal had more of an impact in the battle itself. Charon seems to have stolen the spotlight there. I suppose there’s still plenty of time for her to contribute.

Given how easily Sho’s issues with Yuuya seem to have been resolved in this episode, I’m surprised that Charon’s reveal is such a big deal. Just how impactful is this supposed to be? My only thought is that it’s a fun display of how Yuuya and Selesia approached their stories. Yuuya willingly accepted information from his creator while Selesia chose not to hear anything from the light novel version of her story. Maybe it’s finally coming back to bite her.

Re:Creators Episode 17: Plans everywhere

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Whew…we finally got an episode. This week’s episode seems to answer the question I’ve been asking since the Chamber Festival plan was created. Why would Altair even play along with this plan? Based on the episode, I guess the answer is that she expected it to happen and already planned to defeat them anyway.

There are a lot of good moments in this episode, so I want to take a second to address the action first. For the most part, I thought the abilities displayed in the episode looked pretty cool, but I thought the fighting itself was lacking. Alicetaria pretty much played cat and mouse with Rui and Selesia was constantly slashing and shooting at a shield of swords. That being said, the scene where Alicetaria uses her lightning to stop Rui’s blasts was pretty awesome.

I really don’t have much to say about the Mirokuji fight. I still think it’s not an interesting fight to have in a show that pits different genres against each other. If you compare the face-off to the fight between Alicetaria and Rui, they’re just completely different in terms of atmosphere. Though, I will say that the “attacking through glass” thing was cool.

Alicetaria is probably my favorite surprise from this episode. We already saw part of her planning, but I wasn’t expecting her to fight alongside Altair while putting it into action. She looks like she’s building up to a big betrayal moment, which I look forward to seeing. But even aside from that, this episode had Alicetaria looking much more expressive and dynamic as a character, as opposed to her previous self.

And then, of course, I want to talk about the big Blitz Talker scene in this episode. While there’s some pretty standard stuff about brushing off the efforts of the successful in that scene, I liked that Suruga was straight about her motivations, without any of the fluffier speech that the other authors (and Sota) used. She knows what she wants to accomplish and she’s truly aware that she’s the god of Blitz’s world.

I’m also not too confused about the fact that Suruga revived Blitz’s daughter. I’ve interacted with enough people to know that fans have no problem with the idea of bringing a dead character back to life in anime, so it’s not like it would be hard to get fan acceptance.

Re:Creators Episode 16: Preparing for the final fight

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This week’s episode ended up being pretty chill as we reach the final moments before the big battle. I’m really curious about how the Birdcage business is going to play out because we still seem to have a lot of time left in the series. The somewhat carefree mood of this episode combined with that makes me wonder if we’re in for some pain in the next episode. We know this is a series that’s not afraid to kill a major character after all.

But hey…with the breaks that this series has been taking with episode releases, maybe we’re just in for an extended slugfest of a finale. We’ve been given a lot of setup in the past few episodes. The new characters on Altair’s side need to interact with the main characters. Alicetaria still has to reveal her secret plan involving Magane. And if everyone potentially has new powers, there could be quite a lot to see.

I wasn’t sure about Selesia’s driving scene at the beginning of the episode, but it made a lot more sense when Vogelchevalier appeared near the end. I guess it’s also a throwback to the first episode of the series, which is a nice thing to do right before you head into a “final” battle. Still, I have to wonder if Rui would have been more appropriate, but I suppose he’s already had his leisurely drive with Sota.

I’m a bit curious about this scene with Meteora and Suruga. Suruga is Blitz Talker’s creator, so she probably has to handicap him in some way in the final battle. But something about this scene makes me wonder why Meteora felt the need to ask whether she was truly okay. Was this just innocuous?

I don’t really have a problem with drunk Kikuchihara, but it feels a bit cheap to have the characters comment on how hard her job is when we don’t really have much of an indication as the audience. I get that organizing an event of this scale would be difficult, but we could at least get some sense that she’s doing everything herself.

I had to include this scene. It’s just too real, man…

Is the secret weapon just the character that Sota’s creating? Surely, it can’t be that important, so maybe there’s something more going on. This seems like a bit of a cruel tease…

Re:Creators Episode 15: Waifu power?

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Haha they actually did it. The new character Hikayu is actually from a romance game, and an eroge at that. Nicely played. While her lack of ability (other than panty showing) seems odd in this series, I have to admit it’s an interesting inclusion if the Creations are determined by popularity alone (and it’s probably the only way to avoid going full hentai). I’m not sure I’m convinced about the fan disc idea to give her powers. It seems maybe a little too obvious to be showing up just now, but maybe that’s why there are so few video game characters in this series.

Blitz seems to finally get some introduction in this episode. If I understand his motives correctly, he sees Altair as the “daughter” he was forced to kill in his own series, so he has resolved to help her out. I guess that makes sense, but it’s simpler than I was expecting. I guess another part of it might be that he wants revenge on his creator for forcing him into the situation in the story too.

The second new Creation also had me thinking a bit. First off, what determines whether a second character from the same series appears in the world? Is it just the popularity of the character alone? Just based on “character popularity polls” alone, I would think that it’s much more likely for people to like multiple characters from a really popular series than a more diverse character set.

And secondly, doesn’t it feel like cheating to bring another character in from the same series? A lot of this show revolves around how these people from different types of stories don’t mix well. Something about bringing in a pre-determined relationship between characters doesn’t sit well with me.

I’m still not sure what to make of Alicetaria’s conversation with Magane (other than the fact that Magane’s towel seems to have powers of its own). It makes sense that these two might work together because they’re both in the grey area when it comes to allegiances. They also have the history to make it work. I just don’t get what Alicetaria was trying to accomplish with that conversation. She seemed like she had a request for Magane, but she doesn’t really make one. My interpretation was that she was just trying to get a feel for Magane’s nature in preparation for a future request.

Re:Creators Episode 14: Collaboration is hard

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Well, they’re certainly making more progress on this big collaborative event than I expected. It actually sounds like a pretty cool event outside of the context of this series. This week’s episode was interesting enough for how it presented the creative process of the various authors working together, but I had the sense that it was a bit heavy-handed about how difficult the job is. It also felt like the “insights” we got were undercut by the secrecy around the story. Between Sota’s conversation with Matsubara and the argument between Matsubara and Yatoji, it felt like the episode was trying really hard to keep us in the dark. It kinda nagged at me while I was watching.

I guess the big piece of the episode was that two new characters were shown in the OP/ED sequences and one of the characters is introduced at the end of the episode. Based on her appearance in the OP, it looks like she might be a romance heroine of some sort, which feels pretty strange in a series like this. I wonder how she’ll be able to contribute to the battles. She might just be there to face off against Magane, since she mainly fights with words, but Hangaku makes that a bit complicated.

Sota also seems to be trying to contribute to the big project, but I’m not sure I understand what he’s trying to do. Initially, it sounded like he wanted to be the person who drew Altair and decided her actions. This might make a little sense because he knew Shimazaki the best, but his backstory never mentioned that he was aspiring towards her art style or anything. It doesn’t seem like he’d be qualified to mimic it necessarily. When he finishes talking to Matsubara, he starts speaking more vaguely about a “character”. Is he just adding a new character to the event? Or is it just the translation?

Kikuchihara’s speech to the creators felt awkward to me. I get that she knows what’s at stake and is trying to be intentionally harsh to get the job done. But it feels strange that she’s using government influence to push them to work on the project when the fate of the world is literally at stake. It’s possible she doesn’t want to cause a panic.

Anyway, a slower episode overall, but we’re starting a new segment in the series. I’m curious about the new characters and how they’ll fit into the series. Hopefully that’s coming next week. It looks like only the character introduced in this week’s episode will be joining the “good guys”.

Re:Creators Episode 12: Welcome to the Thunderdome

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I honestly wasn’t expecting to see more to Sota’s story this week. I think his actions make a bit more sense now. I admit that Sota’s past does bring up a bunch of points for discussion, which makes it interesting. This episode kinda hyped me up for an epic fight between all of the creations, but the conversation at the end of the episode made it sound like the event is still further down the road. It looks like we’ve still got some more characters to introduce. Altair’s team is looking a bit thin.

I guess Alicetaria doesn’t have any good company now that Mamika is dead. Also, this scene seems to act as a minor introduction to Blitz, who has been rather mysterious up to now.

This scene seems pretty damning for Sota, but I still see no particular problem with his actions. It was probably easier to forgive him when his only crime was inaction, but the scene shows him actively pushing Shimazaki away in the text conversation. That being said, I find it hard to fault him because all of the negative events surrounding Shimazaki came from independent sources. Sure, you can argue that Sota was the one person who could have pulled her out of her dark place, but I don’t think it’s correct to fault him for not being in the right mental state to do that. It still seems like an honest mistake to me.

One last farewell…

I can get behind Matsubara’s assessment of the situation. While Sota might not ultimately responsible, his guilt shows a willingness to take responsibility for what he did rather than make excuses for himself. It shows that he has grown from the encounter, which is all you can really ask.

Is it finally time for Alicetaria to actually think about her position?

I’m willing to give Alicetaria’s creator some leeway in this situation since I probably wouldn’t be able to think straight either. That being said, I have issues with how little responsibility he takes for his story when faced with his protagonist. Maybe it’s meant to parallel with Sota’s story about Shimazaki or something. I just don’t understand how he can sit there and say that Alicetaria has more control over the outcome of her world than he does when he writes it all.

Another possible explanation is he’s acknowledging that Alicetaria’s world would continue to exist after he stops writing about it. If he never planned to write a story about how the world gets saved, he could be saying that Alice will be the one to do it when he stops scripting her.

I hadn’t really thought about it before this point, but this is actually a really cool concept for Altair’s character. Basically, she has no legitimate story and is instead recognized by the “audience” as a sort of meme character. Because of that, she can be inserted into any story, which explains how she is able to interact with creations and pull them into our world. Basically, it’s not enough that she has multiple secondary creations. The audience accepts that she is that type of character. She effectively exists to be a reference.

Darn, I was a bit premature with my attempted explanation last week. I guess we finally get the explanation for Selesia’s power now.

You’re going to join the good guys?

So, the protagonists’ plan is to create the crossover character cage match that this series was meant to be? I have no problem with this. I’m actually just curious about the fact that they call it a “story world”. Are they creating another world to spare our world from the stress of that many powers being used? They also make it sound like they’re trying to make it a spectator event, so I’m not sure I get how that would work.

A new character!