I’ll be honest, I get hooked into watching some crap anime from time to time. I think we’ve all been in this position. You watch a few episodes and nothing is really happening, but you feel like the potential is there, so you give it a chance to prove itself. Often by the time I’ve fully accepted that it’s garbage and nothing is to be gained I’m already 6 or 7 episodes in. In a 12 episode series that’s half the show. Half! What am I meant to do, just give up when I’m that deep in? At that point I’ve already wasted half my time, they’ve already won! That’s why it always feels good to come across a show like Re:Creators. This anime has a refreshing story and some awesome characters that work together to make this a great anime for anime fans.
Re:Creators is an anime series produced by Troyca who also produced Aldnoah Zero, of which I was a fan of the first season. The series is about a high school student (Souta Mizushino) who gets caught in the middle of a battle between fictional characters from manga, anime, and video games after they are mysteriously transported into our reality. The show kicks off quickly, within a few minutes you’re dropped into an action sequence followed by scenes that work to build the plot . Within the first episode we know who the antagonist is, but not what they want because why ruin the surprise? We’re also introduced to two fictional characters that assist our very human protagonist in his attempts to avoid certain death.
More characters are manifested as the show progresses and they are really the foundation of what makes this anime so great. Each character is unique within the story it’self, but they all carry classic personalities that we’ve seen in anime before. We have the princess character fighting to protect her nation, the calm and calculated mage, the badass street thug, the jaded detective type with a chip on his shoulder, the mecha pilot and even a magical girl! There’s a wide selection of personalities to pick from, but I believe the community has already reached a consensus on who holds the title of best girl. It’s hard not to crack a little smirk at this ensemble of unlikely allies. It’s practically like watching a romcom featuring the likes of Light Yagami, Shinji Ikari, Saber of Fate/Stay, Mugen of Samurai Champloo, Card Captor Sakura and Naruto (aka Boruto’s Dad). You just don’t get to see these characters interact with each other every day.
Aside from having a good cast of characters, the story really holds its own as well. It deals with some negative emotions like guilt, regret and envy. It also gives a little insight into the passionate and stressful life style of manga creators. I have to point out one major flaw in that the ending is somewhat predictable and overall it takes away from the deep tension that the story tries to build. Even with that it’s a great watch and definitely worth the time invested. If you’re a seasoned anime fan, I would wholeheartedly recommend giving this title a shot, you won’t regret it.