Humans have designed countless worlds—each one born from the unique imagination of its creator. Souta Mizushino is a high school student who aspires to be such a creator by writing and illustrating his own light novel. One day, while watching anime for inspiration, he is briefly transported into a fierce fight scene. When he returns to the real world, he realizes something is amiss: the anime's headstrong heroine, Celestia Yupitilia, has somehow returned with him.
Before long, other fictional characters appear in the world, carrying the hopes and scars of their home. A princely knight, a magical girl, a ruthless brawler, and many others now crowd the streets of Japan. However, the most mysterious one is a woman in full military regalia, dubbed "Gunpuku no Himegimi," who knows far more than she should about the creators' world. Despite this, no one knows her true name or the world she is from.
Meanwhile, Souta and Celestia work together with Meteora Österreich, a calm and composed librarian NPC, to uncover the meaning behind these unnatural events. With powerful forces at play, the once clear line between reality and imagination continues to blur, leading to a fateful meeting between creators and those they created.
Re:Creators the definition of CREATIVITY! Everything about this anime is unique and special especially the recap episode. From mecha to magic girl, any types of the character that you could ask for will be appear in this anime.
PLEASE DO NOT SKIP THE RECAP EPISODE!
Just when "Isekai" trend is everywhere, this anime use the concept of reverse Isekai where the character from the fantasy world coming out to join the real world instead of the protagonist blend into some parallel world.
The animation is not the best but is good enough in the year of 2017. Nothing outstanding but you will realize that the
working team is giving out their all into the art after you watched the recap episode.
Sound: 10/10 - STRONGLY RECOMMEND!!!
One word - Epic! Both opening theme song are awesome but the first one is better. Moreover, several soundtrack could just simply become one of the best OST in 2017 like AL:Lu, brave the oceans, layers, here i am and god of ink. Hiroyuki Sawano, you are a legend!
Character: 10/10 - AWESOME!!!
This anime got every types of character and its actually insane! What is your favorite type of anime? Mecha like Gundam? Female knight like Saber in fate series? Magic girl like Madoka Magica? RomCom like Toradora? or even wizard, princess, yakuza, gunner, delinquent, psychotic murderer, military, tragedy. Yes, you read it right. Every single one of it will be appearing inside this anime.
Me? Of course, I am extremely enjoying this series. In my personal opinion, this is the best anime that I had ever watched. Outstanding in the music and the idea of fitting every single possible types of character into one anime. The ending is kind of like a little bit unexpected but it also stick with the anime's concept which is being unique and special.
They do not copy. They are not lazy. The soundtrack is awesome. The character design is marvelous. The story is special. This anime is really unique. For example, the way they had done their recap episode is not like the other anime where the working team just cut and edit the past scene. Re:Creators's recap episode is one of the protagonist recap the past scene for us with the mixture of the protagonist's point of view and the working team took the opportunity to criticize the negative opinion toward the current anime industry in Japan and complaining their current workload to the studio. In my opinion, I think I just witness the birth of the most OP character ever, ALTAIR!
Doubt my review? Why not give the first episode a try?
* Sorry for my poor grammar, do drop me a message if you found any grammar mistake that I had made.
Oh boy, Re:Creators. It’s a modern example of how a show that could have been a big hit of the year that ultimately translated into a messy series that self-destructed. It’s not just a flop but serves as a metaphor for how original series struggles to keep ideas effective. Don’t get me wrong. The series’ premise about story worlds clashing with sci-fi and fantasy elements sounds very intriguing. Yet somehow, it found many ways to ultimately make this look like an attempt at easy crash grab for the unexpected.
At first glance, this series sounds really interesting. As an original anime, the creators seems to have
decided to take a risk and mix many genres together. Fantasy, sci-fi, magic, isekai, and even mecha are just a few among these. However, what really caught my attention for this series is the fictional worlds and their characters. Every world has its own unique story as well. Not to mention, these stories has its creators and the characters they created. While all this really sets up the show as a mesmerizing story, I can’t help but find this series to be a flop in the most disappointing ways possible.
The first few episodes of the show wastes little time to introduce the main characters. That’s good news since the cast seems to feature a unique set with characters of all different types. Magical girl, mecha pilot, princely knight, supernatural NPCs, anti-heroes, you name it. The most normal character among them is a young man named Souta Mizushino. He is inspired to become a light novel author but somehow manages to get caught into fierce fight one day. Souta gets involved in the conflict with the clash of fictional worlds, creators, and the characters. From the start, I can honestly say that the show actually has a mystique that kept me interested. Many questions pop up and it makes me wonder how this anime plans to resolve them. The characters also brings the attention of their purpose and why they are there in the first place.
Unfortunately, I can’t really say these characters are creatively presented. For instance, there’s Selestia Upitiria, the main protagonist of ‘Elemental Symphony of Vogelchevalier’ (light novel adaptation of the same name). She stands out more as generic sword fighter with skills to operate a mecha. We don’t find out much about her until later in the show but from the surface, she’s saturated with generic characteristics. Then, there’s Meteora, an intelligent NPC with a dry sense of humor. I honestly can’t remember the last time I ever laughed at her character just because of how diehard this show attempts to make her entertaining. On the other hand, the show has other characters such as anti-hero Yuuya, the noble knight Alicetaria, mecha pilot Rui Kanoya, magical girl Mamika, and former bounty hunter Blitz Talker. These characters all have their own stories although among them, Blitz is probably the only one that I found truly interesting. That’s because the motives of these characters really feel flat and uninspiring. I mean, a noble knight trying to get revenge for a fallen friend. I’m sure you’ve heard that somewhere before. Still, there are two characters that kept me interested throughout the show. Those are Magane Chikujouin and the Military Uniform Princess. Why do these two intrigues me the most? It’s because both of them make their own luck and destiny. Magane is a highly unpredictable character with a devious personality. She is very sarcastic with a dangerous ability. What sets her apart is that she is on her own side throughout the show and seems to play along the story like a game. Meanwhile, the Military Uniform Princess is by no shadow of a doubt the most mysterious character in the show. Her motives from the start is very unclear and most of her dialogues spoken in this show seems to have some sort of hidden message. She also seems to have some sort of connection with Souta but that remains a mystery throughout a decent amount of this show. So perhaps in many ways, these two characters create spectacles as viewers try to anticipate their role from the story.
At its core, the creators and created play the main role although I can’t really say that I’m impressed by the character relationships. They just seem all over the place and almost none of them really feel special. The show attempts to make us feel something for the characters whether it’s their personalities or motives. Yet as I watched more and more of this show, I can’t really say that any of them are particularly memorable. At times, I thought this show was trying to make us sympathize with the characters. However, I really felt nothing for the characters. Even Selestia, one of the main female protagonists didn’t stand out as the show didn’t develop her enough as a character. She just seems to be there to play her role as a female fighter. The main male protagonist, Souta is far from interesting from any angle. The only time he ever drew my attention was during his interactions with Magane and it’s when she’s the one doing the talking.
On the other hand, the story shows some promise as it ties together the characters and their roles. The background story of Souta is perhaps one of the more interesting and also most important part of this series. As a very talky show with heavy exposition, each episode does build more and more of the story together to avoid loose ends. When you mix so many genres together all at the same time, it can be quite difficult to tie everything together. Yet, somehow this show does manage to achieve such a feat when its storytelling manages to be convincing despite being predictable. That’s of course speaking from the first half of the show. From the latter half, I can’t really say the story is impressive. It bobbles down to exploring events from previous relationships and how that influences character motivations in the present. Certain new characters introduced in the latter half really feel out of place like as if they are just there to make the story flow more. However, it really felt unnecessary and just make the series longer than it should’ve been.
You’re probably thinking: “Oh but you can enjoy this show if you don’t take everything so seriously and accept the story more openly!” That would be the case if the comedy of the show didn’t come out as so dry. The jokes in this show often feel forced and mixed with a dry sense of humor. Meteora is probably the guiltiest of this as her character personality demonstrates this throughout the show. There are also occasional adult humor-like jokes thrown in at random and otaku references that just comes out as flat. On the other hand, the action and choreography is well made. When making original anime, Troyca seems to pour a decent amount of effort to make their work look like an action flick.
Well, I guess I’ll admit it. Re:Creators’ animation quality as a whole looks solid on multiple fronts. From the battle choreography to character designs, everything seems to fall in place in order. The characters from the fictional worlds look creatively unique that suits with their role. Even the mecha designs has its dynamic features that avoids CGI pitfalls. The most innovative design that had my eyes glued to the screen is no doubt the Military Uniform Princess. I’ve rarely seen a character with such a look and that really took my attention. Unfortunately, the other fictional worlds didn’t get too much spotlight as we only see glimpse of them. The majority of the show takes place on Earth and we all know how dull that is. Nonetheless, Re:Creators succeeds at crafting its visual elements through its character designs, action sequences, and world fiction.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock in recent years, then it’s obvious that the soundtrack of the show is created by the modern talent of Sawano Hiroyuki. The OST is stellar with its dramatic choreography and precisely timed. The OP & ED theme songs are very catchy with hidden messages. Character voice mannerisms are also memorable in particular with Military Uniform Princess, Magane, and Meteora.
In the end, Re:Creators is a mediocre a show that tried far too hard to make itself look cool. By mixing a variety of genres, I expected a show to capitalize on them. Instead, what I got is a show that relied far too much on its characters to do the storytelling. And that ended up being a risk taken with little reward. In many ways, this show can be recommendable to people if you’re looking for some fun action and typical fictional story. Just be aware that it’s also very talky with exposition. The comedy is very mixed depending on perspective. For me, Re:Creators wore itself out almost like a meme.
Re: Creators is an awful but in the same time a unique series in a sense that it directly tells the viewers the reasons for its existence: the fact that hundreds of thousands of people can spend their time on and, most importantly, breathlessly enjoy and pay money for an ugly badly-written constantly fourth-wall breaking horribly directed nobody-on-the-staff-list-ever-cared pissing-on-the-other-shows pack of completely unrelated action scenes.
When making an anime from some source material (manga/light novel), writers usually have trouble packing all the events in a video format. This is one of the reasons why so much shows are filled with exposition, scenes of characters thinking and
other "better off reading it" elements. But for these types of shows, this is mostly forgivable. However, if an anime-original content is also a bunch of "characters talking and narrating, doing essentially nothing for a few episodes straight" it should probably be noted that writers never even cared. The calamity of nothingness is especially noticeable in the beginning of the second part of the show; these episodes are just characters talking around without any emotion.
But even such a show can be, at some level, enjoyable. Not the case with this one. The moment you realize the true depth of never-even-cared storywriting is somewhere at the end of the series. The interactions happening among the characters become to be much like this: "Your plan failed! Ahahaha!" or "I'll definitely bring you down!" or "You've been deceived. I am the good guy" - "Oh, ok". And the problem is not the content of the phrases. The problem is that the characters' interactions are narrowed down to this. And, as a result, the composition of the show essentially becomes an emotionless logbook of who did what.
To be fair, the first half of the show looks a bit decent. Disregarding the fact that the first half of the second episode is already a pile of shameless exposition the things happening generally raise a certain level of emotion and tend to follow some logic. That is probably the reason why a certain someone declared this to be a "classic anime in the making". And I should probably mention that a lot of people like the music. I generally enjoyed it. However, in my opinion it is really generic to the point where I can swear I've heard ED 2 (especially 0:09-0:22) somewhere before. But I'm no expert in music so I'll leave it at that.
It should be noted the show is not redeemed by these few good things I've just mentioned. To add to the point, this show also contains the usual trope that half of bad stuff wouldn't have happened if the characters just kept doing something very simple. Which they obviously don't do cause logic means no plot.
Overall, Re: Creators is an overhyped quick cash grab made by people who never cared.
"Being predictable is a sign that the show isn't amazing. It was an interesting ride that ended in an unexpected way."
A reunion between fictional creations and a real world was possible in Re: Creators. A show with a high potential and entertainment. Sadly, it didn't fulfill all the expectations and could pass in the history as another predictable anime with a good art quality and a wasted character development.
In the end, we will get a final that won't fit with all the sacrifices, characters descriptions, mature story progression but will please the fans.
Score fixed 6.0. A story with plot craters and constant pacing change. The
anime has some great parts like the characters background, art, and sound. As several persons said to me, good art quality and sound can't save all the plot failures explained above so I need to be coherent.
Story: 5.0 (Plot holes, predictable, average ending, waste of character building)
Characters: 7.0 (One of them have unexplained holes --> Altair).
Enjoyment: 6.0 (Lack of right pacing, predictable, waste of great value characters, average ending).
The story: The world is full of stories, we have fictional heroes, villains, all kind of characters. One day some creation (Altair) was able of transcending the fictional world and became a part the real world. She was full of hate and rage since her creator suffered and suicided. Altair couldn't accept this. She wanted revenge. She intends to destroy the reality. To achieve this small goal, she decided to move other fictional characters to the real world and convince them to help her. Nice, right?
This story was very refreshing. Sadly, the authors filled it with several holes that could be compared with the surface of the moon. They failed to explain "how" Altair appeared in this world in first place. If Altair was near to be omnipotent, she didn't need the help of anyone, she could have waited for more acceptance, and in her, near Goddess state, she could have destroyed all the reality.
No matter these RIDICULOUS conclusions the show is very predictable. In episode 11 you can start guessing how this is going to end and that is a sign that the story isn't refined. Furthermore, a narrative full of holes and with a lame explanation from the authors.
For example, the nowhere illogical "hole fill" from a metaphysic event. The character has an essential background. If the creator omits information, it is restored or added by an unknown event that fixes plot holes. Will you believe that silly explanation from the authors? They didn't have a creative way to explain their concept mistakes, and they only say "it is a blank character and the rest of the background information was added by (add an imaginary event here)." (Hiroe gave a similar explanation in an interview)
Also, the authors failed in creating an appropriate pacing. The first episodes are slow and tedious. We end listening bricks of information, seeing the same place and the same office, etc. We can "build" the characters with the motion that's why is called "animation." Let's not mistake creating a character background with a simple rhetorical conversation. In other words, they ignored the motion in the first episodes. In the end of the series (17 - 22) the pace improved, but they rushed a bit. In general, the speed isn't appropriate, reduces the enjoyment, and increases the series drops.
The characters are the redeemable part of the series. Wistfully, most of them are DISPOSABLE (even if we don't want to accept it). Some have a great background and build, few are annoying. They spend time developing them but, the authors have the bright idea of killing the most interesting characters. I know, it is right under certain circumstances (that change the central story core DIRECTLY), but they killed them in a way to maintain the spectators in front of the screen. Since the beginning, we can guess the solution and the creator of it. The other characters aren't needed for it.
The main character, Souta. I read a lot of complaints of Souta (including the series lover ones). Who is Souta? A character that wasn't well developed and that evolved. He is annoying in the first part of the story, and at the end, he is having more guts than most of the heroes. That was sarcasm.
About Altair, I like that villain a lot, but her character has several holes. The authors never give her an appropriate background. She is a pool of emotional disparity. Some persons will consider her a villain others a disturbed overpower person. It is funny seeing persons saying that she is an "angel." Do not make me laugh. It is like seeing Freeza petting a cat or saying that Light's actions from Death Note were right.
Altair's powers, they do not have any context or background. The only way to explain her powers is saying "a secondary creator added that power" and contradicts the "audience acceptance" explanation from the whole show. All this mess created a lot of debate in the social media. Besides, all the discussion generates a never-ending loop. It is better not trying to explain this deep hole because we can't.
There are some wasted characters, for example, Magane. From my perspective, this character could have been the worst villain and one with the greatest potentials around. The writers added her to explain "why certain ideas worked" and concluded her original background and built. Same for Meteora, a character that ended as a vessel that only activates events.
The other main character Selestia. She ended as a secondary filler with an "expendable" sign on her forehead. What can I say, she is the "real" heroine here. The authors again erased the background, her reason for existence and failed. All her character development was flushed (spoiler alert) in an explosion. A total waste that explains us the disposable concept here. Selestia is another victim that will die for the sake of the rating.
The remaining characters are for entertainment, and we couldn't see their story developed. Now we have more questions than answers.
Example of debates: If Altair has several alternate versions, the other favorite characters will too and are more familiar. Some persons will say "but her creator died, that's why she can get powers from other creators." "She has the Holopsicon." Someone else will answer: Magane and Meteora's authors died too, and they aren't that overpowered. Even if she has the Holopsicon that doesn't explain HOW she appeared in the world. Pipe: Matsubara could give a copy of the Holopsicon to Magane or Meteora. He already created a copy of Altair so giving the Holopsicon to them isn't hard. The never-ending-loop. A simple explanation that shows us the lack of attention to the details from the writers. That's why we see narrative and plot holes every time.
In conclusion, the characters have a significant development and background. However, the authors failed to make most of them essential for the story. For example, remove Selestia. You will conclude that nothing will change if she isn't there, the main story will end in the same way. Additionally, they didn't try to fix the "background and plot holes."
The sound. It is good, the mix between the score, the fights are well made, and they did a marvelous work. About the songs, the OP1 and ED1 were part of the Oricon Jpop and Jap Billboard rankings for 2 - 3 weeks.
The art is stunning compared with other series from the season. The fights maintain a high quality. They use an extensive palette color and design that changes from character to characters. A plus because the characters came from different worlds. In general, the art was well made. Maybe the budget didn't allow them to have a better motion in the first episodes.
Finally, the show is predictable, and that's a negative aspect. There are some great parts, but the lack of a smooth motion in the first episodes and the plot issues will lower the enjoyment. No matter these problems the show can offer some entertainment. In the end, you will have some fun, but you will think that they could change some parts for a better result. You will conclude, Re:Creators isn't amazing and that they wasted a great potential in a show that could have been a masterpiece.