Resuming from the convenience store shopping and onwards on to the sightseeing trip into Tokyo, Re:Creators does a massive info dump and theory, courtesy of the gluttonous caster-type Meteora Österreich. I wasn’t all too invested in how these heroes came into Souta’s world but information splitting off and colliding with each other between all the various realities provides a reasonable explanation on the mechanics behind Gunpuku no Himegimi’s plans. The first meeting between the creator and creation was far more enticing than the first half as the ogling and awkward revelation devolves in an another explosive fight.
I really like Magical Slayer Mamaika style as she completely shift the modern color tone into a ultra cheery mode whenever she does her magical girl thing. Of course, the stereotypical mahou shoujo tropes of Mamaika doesn’t survive first contact with the real world as the petty and colorful attacks actually does harmful damage to everyone and everything. I sense a touch of Madoka Magica’s conflicting darkness as her idealistic world comes crashing down and she struggles to comes to terms with the dissonance between her fictional and creator’s world in front of Selestia. Mamaika can’t accept someone who refuses her ideals and the only way she know how solve such a problem is to blast them with the power of love, which cleanly resolves any issues in her world but ends up being destructive attack in the Souta’s world. I suspect the other new character ,Yuuya Mirokuji, who looks and acts like something out of Kekkai Sensen (Blood Battlefront Blockade), doesn’t have the same inner conflict as he seems like the kind of guy who enjoys a good fight.
Especially when it comes to putting stuck up magical girls in their pace.
Speaking about the spat between Selestia and Mamaika, the amount of collateral damage probably comes close to tens of millions of dollars done to the building and streets. Between epic highway chases and Meteora’s missile strikes, tons of people have seen these fights go down and the government could not just ignore this. If I don’t see them intervening, I’ll just chalk it up to anime being anime .
The opening credits are ok with its sliding panels of characters in their own original world and then alongside with their promotion material with each a short clip showing off their power. It could have used more battle scenes with characters fighting against each other and I found it to be a bit dull overall. The ED is something you wouldn’t find out of place in the PIXIV website with its fun fanart-like slides of everyone having a good time shopping, forlicking on the beach and ironically posing with their cosplays imitations. Overall, Re:Creators continues with its strong performance with its ambitious setting despite its main character falling neatly into self-insert category. With nine other crazy characters to contend with, all descended from the imaginative minds of the Japanese entertainment industry, I’m perfectly fine with this as long as the conflicts between creators and creations keep rolling in.