From the various PVs, I expected that Re:Creators would be a Fate/Stay Night + Fate/Zero rip-off done in in the style of A-1 Pictures and upon viewing the first episode, I was pleasantly surprised by the direction of which this new series seems to be going. With big names like Eoi Aoki (Fate/Zero), Rei Hiroe (Black Lagoon) and the fairly competent animation studio of TROYCA behind this production, there is a very good chance that this will be one of the top highlights of the Spring 2017 anime season alongside with smash hits like Attack on Titan and Boku no Hero Academia.
Unlike the underdog story against genocidal Martians of Aldnoah.Zero or the episodic murder-mystery of Sakurako’s Investigation, Re:Creators is light-hearted affair that inverts the tired trope of average person gets transported into strange world. By bringing fictional characters from sources like light novels, manga and anime into modern-day Tokyo, it creates a genre-mashing battle royale scenario that is not unsimilar to the Fate/Stay Night franchise. While Fate is steeped in conflicting ideologies and historical characters, Re:Creators is very much about the relationship between creators and their fictional creations as I’m sure they will go into depth and connect the dots about the ominous opening scene with the girl throwing herself into the oncoming train.
I’m really digging all the crazy combinations that could have come out someone’s sketchbook like Gunpuku no Himegimi rocking an oversized military uniform, spinning swords and a submachine gun while the caster type Meteora displays Gilgamesh’s Gates of Babylon-like power that comes packed with FIM-92 Stinger missiles. Out of the two heroes introduced so far seem, they both have adjusted fairly well to the strangeness that is the modern world and the humor that accompanies their exploits actually works like mistakenly activating the windshield wipers or going to the convenience store for snacks. I’m excited to being introduced to all the other fictional characters like Madoka-like magical girl, mecha pilot and detective and having them all duke it out in their quest to find their creators.
This is will be Studio TROYCA’s third anime production after animating Aldnaoh.Zero and Sakurako-san and for the most part, it looks pretty good with its fight scenes being exciting, fast and fluid. However, it does retain that generic A-1 Pictures character designs with Souta looking like an otaku version of Inaho (Aldnoah.Zero) and incorporating some cancerous 3D CGI that seems to plaguing the industry. Behind the visuals is the booming soundtrack that composed by the legendary Hiroyuki Sawano (of Kill la Kill, Attack on Titan and Mobile Suit Gundam: Unicorn fame) which sounds like a more upbeat version of Aldnoah.Zero’s soundtrack with its multiple insert songs and distinct orchestral/electronica/rock combo. I haven’t heard anything that would rival the likes of ətˈæk 0N tάɪtn (Attack on Titan), before my body is dry (Kill la Kill), or βios (Guilty Crown) but it’s still gets the viewers amped up and it will be worth a listen once the OST is released.
Re:Creators seems to be a celebration of the anime industry in all its various forms and pay homage to the those are into creative entertainment, whether as a business or hobby. With the announcement that this will be an twenty-two episodes series, there is plenty of time to flesh out the plot and all its reincarnated fictional characters. It does comes with the caveat that it could all be downhill from here when it comes to the story. Afterall, Aldnoah.Zero was given twenty-four episodes to tell its story and it still wasn’t enough time to cover all its bases nor have a satisfying conclusion. The opening episode is a good indication that the staff behind it is up to the task and ready to take us all on a wild ride.