I think after some of the reviews, they can be very misleading about the anime itself and the plot it is trying to bring. So I decided to write a review myself in hopes of clearing some of the misconceptions.
Firstly, about the long talking with people inside a room, I find it all acceptable since it is one of the main plot building scenes. I think most people are disappointed 3-4 episodes in because in the first or second episode you are introduced to quite a bit of action scenes and then suddenly the third and fourth doesn't contain much action and that was disappointing
Secondly, if the talking was anything but boring, it was definitely building up the characters. The characters are dull? I highly doubt it. Throughout their conversations you are able to relate to some of them and actually get a sense of who they are in their own ways. Especially when the creators themselves meet their creations, it adds another dimension to the scenes because you would think that the creators would know everything about their creations but even they themselves have trouble dealing with them. This just goes to show how much depth the characters they themselves have.
Finally, I think most of the people who are disappointed with the talking is more likely because they fail to notice that this anime might be darker than it seems at first. Just look at the second or third episode, there were fights and some characters who came from a kids' show realised what it is like to actually fight in reality and have people getting hurt. It explores into the meaning of life itself and what it means to be alive and how it affects the people around you and the world you live in.
With that said, this has a bit of seinen touch into a shounen anime which is why some people might find it boring. It isn't all action and just fights while building up the plot, it first explores all the doubts they have about where they are and what they are until they actually begins the actions. because just like life itself, one small mistake can cause you to lose big time. The characters in the anime are taking things step by step before approaching the main issue. It is really nice seeing the interactions of people from different background and how they accept reality. Some people can deal with it (so they join the "good" side) and some people can't (antagonist). And all this are happening while revolving around a mystery behind the main protagonist and the main antagonist.
I hope this helps people who are watching or going to watch this anime with a much more open mind because you definitely will need it because you cannot just go into this anime treating it as a simple action shounen anime because it is not just that.
I have seen 4 and a half episodes of this show. Episode 1 seemed promising. Ok story line and an ok plot. Now let's jump ahead to episode 2. For the first 12 minutes, there was literally nothing happening at all. I mean AT ALL. The whole first half of the episode was 1 long and emotionless conversation. The characters don't have any personality, literally.
Episode 3 was ok. There was a good amount of plot advancement and was slightly entertaining.
Now to episode 4. I watched 14 minutes, eagerly awaiting for the episode to end. They go into another long and boring conversation about the
most ridiculous event. I don't want to spoil it, but let's just say that it's entirely preposterous, even for an anime.
Now I am dropping this show here because I seriously can not tolerate more of a long conversation. The author introduced such great characters, or at least ones that had a lot of potential, and literally did NOTHING with them.
I have no idea why this show is rated as high as it is. It is incredibly poorly written. I am honestly given the idea that the writer had no idea what he was planning to put in the plot, so he just made a whole episode of talking to fill in a time slot.
I mean, if you like to listen to long, boring, and fictional conversations with the most dull of characters, you'll love this anime.
On the other hand, if you like an actual story, then I would highly recommend staying away from this one. I am awestruck by its high ratings.
Probably my 4th review, and boy did this anime become a let down quickly. Don't get me wrong, the premise is a great idea, but the execution is poor with Re: Creators. Episode 1 is promising, but from there it falls into cliche valley.
What began it's descent from a really, really good anime, which I saw a different review suggestion this could be a classic--which I find a joke--is I think the second episode which provided us a theory as to why everything is happening.
This theory was poorly placed because the characters from the anime worlds were just introduced and with no evidence supporting the
theory, yet with all logical reasoning behind it, I couldn't accept it. A few episodes later we do get that evidence but it's already ruined my immersion.
Another aspect where it falls short is the random introductions, and the sudden stops in fights when the fights are possibly the best parts of the anime, paired with the music, it's all but flawless, but they are stopped for no reason other then the theory which provide the reason but to avoid spoilers I won't get into it.
If the theory came about correctly, after evidence was provided, I could accept it, but there's more that plagues this anime. And it could be personal preferences but that's for you to decide.
The main character--I don't know if it's a culture thing, but he is weak. Sota later hides stuff, and it feels like a plot point drawing out, but there is no reason other then his own pride or something that he's hiding the information when it's need. That's why I say it's a plot point, just something to drag the plot on. It's not suspenseful if that is what they are trying for, it's just poor writing.
Going along with that, the characters are also pretty sub par, and paired with the rather great dialogue, it's ironic that they want to try to have a good story, but are unable to.
Overall, it's a nice anime to watch, but not a good one, and nowhere near a classic. I'll give it credit where it's good but if a story is bad, it's not going to be good. Art is great, Sound is fantastic, the rest, poor. See it as you'd like but know that I find this series lacking.
Update Note: Began episode 9 and it just made a mess of itself. No point for me to continue to watch it and I probably should have dropped it long before now.
what happens when you bring your favorite anime character to our world. considering the copious amounts of shows where we have the opposite and we go to their worlds it's a little refreshing.
the art is good but I don't really care enough because the show is mostly people sitting around talking and giving exposition. for the action scenes, we do see it is fairly original and fluid it is worth the sitting around.
the music isn't that memorable to me but I like the casting choices. it feels like they belong with the characters.
the characters are amazing, going in you may expect basic mainstream anime tropes
but everyone feels alive and like they're their own person. they are very memorable and they do have their references to other characters from different stories but it was done right to feel as if it is not cliche. They have great reactions to the realization of the situation they find themselves in and seeing who their creators are, are they like gods they imagined or not. the main character doesn't add much as he is just around to tell us who the characters are as king otaku (not a stereotype btw) but I guess it's useful knowledge.
the story is great but it's too much say and not do. like I said before its 90 percent sitting around talking in one room and that can be boring and for a lot of people is. I am really into this show for I don't know if I can handle it for 22 episodes from my history with anime I will get bored and I hope we get a little more movement at least. Otherwise, I love this show and want it to improve. i want more show and not tell
i give it a 8 out of 10 the story is enough to keep you watching but don't be surprised if you want to skip through at points.
::THIS REVIEW ASSUMES YOU HAVE READ THE PREMISE PROVIDED ABOVE, I AM NOT YOUR PERSONAL WIKIPEDIA::
Alright, so way too many people have been giving this show badly written negative reviews for dumb reasons, so I'm gonna set the record straight on why Re:Creators is THE best anime for Spring 2017, and has the potential to be one of the best anime of the year.
Re:Creators is very interesting for many reasons, but the interest starts with who is working on this show. Re:Creators is written by Rei Hiroe, the creator of one of my favorite character driven action pulp series, Black Lagoon. A thoght provoking series
with interesting and colorful badass characters, Rei Hiroe proves once again his apparent talent as a writer on his work writing Re:Creators, but more on the story later! This show is directed by a proven director who has worked on two VERY notable Studio Ufotable Anime, named Ei Aoki. Known flr his work on FATE/ZERO, and the first Kara no Kyoukai film, as well as Aldnoah Zero , the first anime by studio Troyca which he founded. And impressive roster for the most important components, director and writer. Needless to say, this is a POWERFUL dynamic duo, and it shows when watching Re:Creators.
>Let's Talk Visuals!
And Ei Aoki's directing really does seem to bring over some essence of the visuals that Ufotable is notable for. The crisp and well defined, realistic yet stylistic look and feel of Re:Creators is quite awesome. And it reminds me a bit of Fate/Zero. Especially the way the hair of the characters look. It has this solid gradient look that is similar to Fate/Zero. Basically what im saying here is that this anime looks as visually appealing as Fate/Zero, which is one of the best looking anime since 2010.
Re:Creators also has some impressively well put together acton scenes. The way Ei Aoki is able convey the sheer impact of the few fights we've seen so far is very exciting and got my blood pumping everytime. Each character fights in a way that is distinct. In fact, the amount of fighting in the first episode is part of what i think threw a lot of people off when it comes to this anime. This is NOT an action/adventure show. It is not your typical Isekai either. I've even heard people describe the series as if they had expected it to be some kind of edgy battle royale a la Future Diary.
>Let's Talk About Talking and Clever Characterization!
And so we must address the main crticism of Re:Creators earlier rather than later... the exposition. Many a viewer has the potential to fal for the trap and expect Re:Creators do be something of a spectacle. But thismseries is about IDEAS, THEMES, and most importantly STORIES. Sota said it himself, "a story about stories". So naturally, a show about this stuff will spend a lot of time discussing it.
I've a read few reviews on this site, and personally talked to a few people about the dialogue in this anime. Every single person had taken the exposition at face value and wrote it off as lazy or heavyhanded. However I would argue that it is one of the most genius aspects of Re:Creators's writing. There is this character named Meteora who dispenses inordinate amounts of dialogue and exposition. While this does seem like just an exposition dump on the surface, there is actually more to it than that (even I was initially criticising the exposition). You see, Meteora is an NPC character from a story driven JRPG. She was written in-universe as a character meant to dispense information at the player later into the game's story. She comes from a game where her purpose was to deliver exposition, so the scenes pf her talking nonstop about all the theories she has about the identity and motivations of the villain, as well as any other exposition she delivers, as well as her role as a mediator all makes absolute sense for the character. It's all a part of her characterization, as well as informing the audience. Rei Hiroe effectvely and subtly incorporated these two element into one another in such an awesome way.
(Remember, Exposition is a constructive tool, not a weapon for destruction. Just because you have a lotmof exposition doesnt mean that its a bad thing. Exposition can be handled well, juet like it is in this very show)
In fact, Re:Creators has quite a lot of subtle characterization. Matsubara's quick remark in episode 5 about Selesia being a person and not mere intellectual property. Magical Slayer Mamika's character arc is also very well done. With subtle visual storytelling and simple dialogue the show clues us into exactly how Mamika feels. her character is conveyed entirely through showing, not telling, and the other characters are getting a similar treatment!
>Let's Talk Characters!
Re:Creators has a very strong and memorable cast. All interesting in their own way. Character design was tackled by Rei Hiroe himself. And while I dont have a clear idea of what his style is since i havent read much of his manga, I do think he absolutely NAILED the look of the show's characters. Each character that came out of their in-universe anime and manga and games all have designs that look distinct and realistic. The fictional characters in the cast all feel like they could have been a character in a real anime.
Selesia is a fictional character from a mecha anime/light novel who was written as a headstrong female lead tsundere type girl (Shut up, typical reviewer, she was written that way intentionally). Selesia is a pretty entertaining woman and I love seeing her interaction with her creator, Matsubara. It's a fun pairing that I would like to see more of. I love feisty bitches, and while she isn't really a bitch, she's got that sexy fire in her that I like.
Meteora is an Exposition dumping NPC from a semi-popular JRPG with such a true-to-reality engrish name, it feels almost real. Meteora is my least favorite characters by the simple fact that I dont care for deadpan, stoic characters who act emotionless. Not a flaw or anything, i just don't like those Rei Ayanami types. Meteora is still a well written, well characterized character.
My favorite character so far is Magical Slayer Mamika, no contest. she's a magical girl from a show like Precure, very simply written and naïve to no end. The sheer amount that she develops over 9 episodes is astounding, I love her character arc. None of it explained through infodumps, all great writing.
There are so many great characters in this show, with many layers of clever writing and detail that makes them feel even more real than the characters who created them. Magane is an absolute blast to watch as she talks circles around the other characters. Her most powerful asset is that sharl tongue of hers. A lot of the most entertaining dialogue comes from her monologues and manipulation. Rui Kanoya is fun in the way that he acts like how i think Shinji Ikari would act if he were given te opportunity to cut loose, and its so fun to think about. Alicetaria is an interesting take on the rigid knight with honor and she reminds me much of a character from Fate/Zero or Berserk.
I could go on, but good lord there is so damn much that I could say about these characters. NOT TO MENTION THE REFERENCES.
>Let's Hear Sound! (And then Orgasm)
Hiroyuki Sawano provides the OST and OP for this series. And it is his best yet. Sawano may not be my favorite composer, but its hard not to consider him one after hearing Layers. Out of every Sawano score i have heard this one is the most evocative and emotional. His OSTs for Attack on Titan, Aldnoah Zero, Kaberneri, and Kill la Kill, while all solid to very good, have a pretty consistent tone of excitement and bombast and badass metal af awesomeness that gets you pumped. Re:Creators's OST feels more distinct and fresh, while stillretaining his trademark sound. When his Soundtrack comes out for purchase, it'll be a must buy
The OP for Re:Creators is a lot of fun, has some touches of symbolism and foreshadowing. Also the monochrkme characters in front of a wallpaper of their respective worlds is a cool character showcase.
The voice acting is both cool and stylish, but also filled with top notch acting. We have TWO K-On Seiyuu in this show: Aki Toyasaki, the voice of airheaded Yui Hirasawa, as the awesome and fascinating villain, Military Uniform Princess (needs more screentime). Yoko Hikasa, the voice of the bashful Mio Akyimaa (best girl), as Aliceteria February. Not to mention Maaya Sakamoto AKA Ryougi Shiki AKA Shinobu, as Magane Chikojuin. Easily my second favorite perfomance of Maaya, after Shinobu. These are some great voices in unexpected roles that fit surprisingly well.
If only the subtitles faired as well. Whoever did these subtitles needs to go back to grammar class. I shouldnt need to occasionally use a notepad to decipher the roundabout translation into something easier to comprehend, while having to add puncuation. WHY AM I DOING THE TRANSLATOR'S/SUBTITLES DUDE'S JOB!? I was told these were the crunchyroll subs, if so, god have mercy on those lazy wrters over there, jesus christ. (But whatever, it's not that big a deal. It only happened twice now).
>Let's Talk Story, Themes, and Ideas!
So much to say here. Re:Creators touches on something that hits close to home: Storytelling.
This is a very meta show, and an interesting way of both conveying social commentary on how we consume media, as well as exploring the unique ideas of its setting, such as the idea of the created being able to pass judgement on the creator, which is a very interesting idea to explore, and it can apply to our real world and the religions that are all over the world.
The social commentary on the consumption of media can be seen in the character arc of Mamika. She is from a very unrealistic kids show that paints the world in a very black and white way. Its very clean, inoffensive and unchallenging. And when Mamika is faced with the harsh realities of pain and suffering, it really says something to me. Meteora's monolgue about how playing the game she is in had changed her perception of the world and made her come to some sort of actualization was a very powerful scene that spoke to me on so many levels as a writer. To see a fictional character grow to understand and appreciate the work of the person who created her is unbelievable.
The story also has what i interpret to be an allegory of plotholes that i find simultaenously hilarious and terrifying!
This is just a sample of the amount of intrigue I got from this series so far. And it will hopefully continue to add to that pile! I am really looking forward to see where Re:Creators is going. But I seriously doubt my thoughts will change too drastically. If I got this far in, the show has already proven itself on the merit of these first 9 episodes.
Really my biggest flaw so far is the occasionally overly literal translation in the subtitles. But that is the fault of whatever middleschooler translated it, not the show itself. Nor did it hamper the overall experience.
In conclusion, Re:Creators is a show that I feel I can understand where its coming from. Re:Creators is an intelligent, well written show with passion and wit behind it that I both respect and feel a slight connection to. So far, this has blown every anime of Spring 201i outmfmthenwater with its kickass OST, great visuals, fascinating ideas, likeable multilayered and charismatic characters, and an interesting story about our imagination colliding with reality in an engaging way that I cannot wait to see the next episode of every week.
Do yourself a favor, drop dat nasty harem comedy with the 12 year old so called Hikikomori named Eromanga Sensek and that enabling siscon stepbrother with no personalty, and pick up a real show with real ideas and something to say. Because if you aint watching Re:Creators, you are missing out.
Re:Creators: a show set in world where anime characters come to life. Yet, this isn't what studio Troyca envisioned Re:Creators to be. To put it simply, Re:Creators is a story about how our narrator: Souta, is contemplating over the loss of a friend in life, this coupled by how he must come to terms with defeating a villain who's creator is also his deceased friend.
Take my words with a pinch of salt however, I am not praising Re:Creators as a masterpiece and I'm doing the contrary. Re:Creators follows the same pattern of using the hero's journey as a method
of presenting an otherwise bland setting sprinkled with anime characters to appease the average weeb's despairing life. Despite being a bland and recycled story which is evident from the get-go the show manages to stay afloat with rich colour-grading and unique characters. Whilst there may be some instances where the anime manages to break the 'norm' and present some wonderful cinematography it struggles to keep above the waves halcyon sea of anime titles. In this review I will be doing an analysis on the first episode, splitting it into two halves as-well-as a sociology on the characters and their impacting roles on the story.
To understand why I considered Re:Creators anything other than a masterpiece lies intuitively within the first episode. When I first entered into this enigma I was bewildered, the first halve of the pilot was quick to show us everything which laid out the setting as a clear self-manifestation of how 'Otaku-Culture' has become very predominant in the lives of many Japanese people. Furthermore, the camera panning had been carefully planned, focusing on important shots to invoke metaphorical meanings. This is noted when the camera pans out to show the en masse of people walking 'aimlessly' through-out Akihabara. To iterate this point with opinion, there is nothing wrong this the idea that technology and culture have a cyclical co-dependence and to be frankly honest I found it to be an interesting theme, however, this theme does not sit happily with the premise of Re:Creators. Sure, using a vibrant colour grading in contrast to the grim death can invoke a sense of a social fallacy within society but it doesn't account for the fact that episode then tips itself over with the introduction of the premise of 'world-jumping'.
The second halve of the pilot was extremely contrasting to the setting and themes already presented in the first. The colour grading becomes more vibrant with a dominant pallet of blue and white with no contrasting factors to account for, evidently proposing the idea that there are no-boundaries within the proposed world of Re:Creators despite having put emphasis on the critical stand-point of society previously. Furthermore, we're dropped alongside Souta into a fight between two mysterious figures: A Red haired Mechapilot and a White haired, evil-voiced counterpart. Whilst presenting us with a fight can be seen as a cheap gimmick at times it does work in favor of Re:Creators. It tells us everything we needed to know about the contrasting characters. I will now talking about these two.
What I noticed immediately from the get-go were the pain-painstakingly similarities between Celestia and Saber from F/Z. To put it into short sentences, Celestia is a princess whom has been transported to our world similar to the premise of F/Z. Furthermore, both of these two characters have the same social stratification in which they both parodies. To understand this you have to understand that they're both of royalty, yet they're also warriors which creates a parody. In my opinion I've noticed something rather unique about these two characters. If you've seen F/Z and the ending (Spoilers), Saber is seen angry at her own fate and as well at Kiritsugu for their twisted ideals. This is played exactly the same as with Celestia and her author (there are other heavy inspirations from F/Z such as Saber learning to instantly drive). Celestia's character design isn't really as creative as it was originally intended to be. However, what differentiates the differences between the two characters is the qualities they both have, in-terms of Celestia is quite lacking. It's obvious that the director wanted to present a character which broke the 'norm' of female archetypes, however, no matter how much effort was put into creating our heroine, the archetypal characterization could not be broken.
Moving onto our next core character: The antagonist. Little has been stated about her character so far which is often a writer's device in order to add a mysterious aura around their characters, however, this is not the case with Altair (Gunpuku Hime, Military Uniform Princess). Despite the ending of Episode 5 being very entrancing at the ending the buildup throughout the series so far has been rather inconsistent. Despite this, there seems to be something more consistent with her character which is her personal gain. I would actually go as far as to say her motivations are surprisingly exemplary, for those who don't know, Altair is balancing the death of her creator whilst wanting to destroy Humanity for that very reason. Moving onto her character design, I want to deviate from the review to say that her design is actually very prominent and the most consistent thing as well as the most mysterious part about her. For those who don't know, Altair is wearing a Shako with a 'Tete de Lion a Crochet'. I want to keep this short but her character design bears resemblance from the French Second Empire.
The latest episode proved more than anything that the anime is wanting to present a story. Extremely sufficient and coordinated action scenes.
Decided to drop it after a terrible build up to a fight in episode 6 between these 3 characters that I realised I couldn't care less about if I tried. That and the long ass build up was too cringey to stomach the entire show after experiencing.
The characters in general are the main reason for this show being a massive disappointment, which it was as it had some potential as an initial idea. They all seemed to have no real development or anything interesting about them, especially after listening to their long boring and tedious conversations. Each character seemed like they could be the interesting
one that I'd finally care about, but no they never were.
The story and plot is also very boring and tedious. Nothing really flowed, and the initial idea seems good until you realise what a shit job they have done with those ideas. Characters motivations made no sense and the whole thing seemed to move at the pace of a disabled snail.
The art and the fight scenes were okay, but nothing special, and as such weren't anything to write home about or increase my opinion about the show in any way.
Overall, I just felt the characters and plot were too boring and uninteresting to make me even vaguely wish to keep on watching from this point. Don't get why this one has high ratings, but I would never recommend it.
to everyone who wrote a review to shit on this anime before it even expands and explains itself, even by judging from the first 5 episodes, go home.
this show is good. Genre? " Action " Music? Sawano. Director? Ei Aoki.
can't see why people are already calling this a harem. sorry but Mizushino Souta-Boy is not the "Protagonist" or "MC" as some claim, he may be essential but not the actual "MC" he even said he is what you call a " narrator " in the first episode.
some already shitting on the " Logic " behind those "Colliding Worlds" thing, and when the Anime is
trying to explain itself, they just go " bah they try to make Meteora sound smart by explaining what's happening which is almost boring as hell, like, she was almost talking for 2 episodes, nah nah, this show is half-assed." like, are you serious? wow. They shit on the Logic, and they shit on how it tries to explain its Logic. just skip it, it's your loss.
From my point of view,This is not your every season anime, this is a golden gem buried in a bunch of rocks of "New" shows that are nothing but the generic bullshit Echhi, Parody , Slice of Crappy Life you get every season.
this gets a 9/10 till now.
When it finishes airing,i'll see if it actually deserves a 10/10 or not.
To summarize it: it is an anime with nice visuals, that is ruined by a very badly written story. It is possible to figure out the rough idea of what is going on in the first 5 minutes of the first episode, and slightly adjust information in the second.
Detailed breakdown below:
The story writing is exceptionally poor, and the main issue is that the story writer did not have a good idea about presenting new events. So, when the story needs to introduce you to some sort of idea, characters sit down in a circle and talk for 15 minutes. Sometimes they
invent "theories" out of the blue, and everybody instantly believes those and treats them as granted. Everything between fights is incredibly dull, and characters - all of them - act almost in the same fashion. Once again, we have "spineless male protagonist in glasses", and even though this is not a harem, this kind of character is incredibly annoying. There's ONE surprisingly well done character of a magical girl, but she doesn't get enough screen time.
Also, dramatic and tragic scenes are handled in surprisingly poor and tasteless fashion.
In general - huge number of dull scenes, or scenes where somebody explains something for a very long time, plus interactions between characters are incredibly awkward.
The art is actually fairly good and characters have decent design. There some noticeable instances of CG use, and characters could use a bit more detail, but overall it is decent.
Thoroughly mediocre soundtrack, that sometimes gets annoying. The anime features annoying "jester-type" villain and when that one was talking on several occasions I've felt disconnect between words and character. This doesn't happen often in anime, but happened in this case.
There's amazingly well done a character of a naive magical girl in the series, who looks genuine in every scene she arrives, and is incredibly sympathetic. However, everybody else is pretty much a carton cutout, and either act in completely stupid way, or follows some sort of cliched role. Interactions between characters are neither believable nor interesting most of the time. "Protagonist" is unlikeable, and is a classic "shy spineless otaku school boy in glasses" (I hoped this stereotype has died, but guess not).
This is a disappointment. The potential of the main idea was high, but poor execution and bad storywriting ultimately ruined it.
The best idea is to skip it. Aside from one well done character, there's little reason to watch it. If you're bored out of your mind, perhaps you you'll enjoy fights (plenty of those), but the dull character interactions and very long talking sequences are very likely to kill the fun.
Now-a-days many good anime become mediocre or plain out boring due to the repetition of the almost identical storyline/plotline and the audience (us) being exposed to these clichés or developments numerous times. Thus, whenever a new anime with a different plot arrives, it peaks my interest. Re-Creators belongs to that category and the criminally low score and constant online bashing of this anime spurred me to write my first review on MAL.
It sets itself apart due to its somewhat opposing setting to the ‘Isekai’ (other world) genre, where typically the MC gets transported to the imaginary world and becomes the hero. In this case, the
characters, both villains and protagonists, from different works such as Shounen anime, Magical Girl anime, Mecha anime, Visual Novel and Games are transported in the real world. The realization of them being characters dawns upon them and the sense of being ‘entertainment’ pours out a variety of emotions ranging from bewilderment, anger and excitement from being in a new fun play area. Thus, in order to be as much spoiler free as possible, the ideologies of these characters clash and along with it they fight for what they feel will lead to their goal. The most important pull factor for me became the premise of characters with different fighting styles from various genres battling against each other and the unpredictability of these clashes. Music is the strong point of this series, especially the battle music they play in almost every fight scene. It really makes the fights a hundred times more exciting.
Now, the dissatisfaction usually boils down to the first episode being awesome and the succeeding episodes being void of any action. The simple answer to that is that these episodes are used in explaining the premise of this series, which may arguably contribute to boring episodes in contrast to the first episode. Some (including me) point to the unlikeable MC, Souta, but miss the general point that this anime makes him take the back seat and the rest of the cast makes it much more enjoyable and entertaining. My view on this is to stick with it for a few episodes as it would ultimately lead to better understanding of the setting, plot, battles and in the end more fun to watch. I believe that Re-Creators is a hidden gem and a wonder in the making, causing it to be a must watch.
As of chapter 12 i decided to drop the series. This was far from good, instead it was disappointing. Chapter 1 was promising so i kept watching. It kept my hype until episode 6 where it dropped, plain and boring. Episode 7, 8 and 9 where the most boring of them all. Boring fights as well as boring dialogue. They talk about the same topic over 20 minutes, yet the story doesn't go on. We get to see some action scenes in all episodes, yet they don't finish them in the next one, they cut it with interruptions of some sort. I get that not
everything should be action, indeed a good conversation is needed, but in this case, there's no progress, they are always at the same point.
There's barely to no character development, everyone is just dull, empty and boring (Asides that they are useless), i'd say that the creators have more development than everyone else. Nothing to say about the protagonist, he was boring and weak, but we can't expect anything from him. And to this point they just dragged the story for 12 episodes, because his smart-ass aka small pride was hiding something about the "main antagonist" which was pretty obvious.
The anime could've been a great one for the season, yet they ruined it. The art and sounds are nice but that's it. I do enjoy conversation in anime, if they are part of the plot. In this case, the plot was everything, but the things they talked. Dropped with no chance to re-watch. Boring and plain. I have no idea what the studio was thinking, it was such a good premise, but ended up being your typical shounen anime.
I don't really care if you don't agree with this, but please refrain from calling me a troll, just because i didn't like something you loved.
Re:Creators is being criminally underrated this season because it had a cliche sounding premise and very meh first episodes. But if Re:Zero and Madoka have taught us anything it's that cliche sounding premises may not be so cliche after all, and that sometimes shows need time to get the ball rolling especially for a two cour. This show is ballooning with potential, I'm just hoping that balloon doesn't pop
Re:Creators is truly a gift that keeps on giving, as it really does have 9s across the board so far for me and is set to keep up that pace. The first thing I have to praise
is actually the supposedly cliche premise. The idea of bring other characters into our world from different universes isn't exactly the newest thing ever, but it has never been executed in this way. These characters from fiction are actually aware of the oddity of their existence in the modern world, and the other characters are too. We see magical girls surprised by how much destruction and pain their attacks can cause, single minded driven characters that appear foolish when placed in circumstances with real consequence, and very typical anime stereotypes explored as if they were real people. And the best part is, they grow out of those stereotypes as they learn the realities of the world of their creators.
The interactions between the creators and created are also great. To some creations their creators are like gods, but to others they're more like parents. I'm pleasantly surprised to see interactions that aren't entirely unrealistic from pretty much every character in the show. The real live humans behave rationally for the most part, and the anime characters behave like anime characters. As the show goes on, even the more boring characters(like the MC) are fleshed out much more until they become legitimately interesting.
The great thing about original anime is that their stories are usually better since they don't have to hack something together to try to give the illusion of finishing a story when the source material is unfinished or sometimes not possible to adapt fully. Re:Creators seems to have a grander plot occurring in the background and I couldn't be more excited to see where it goes. At this point I could see this becoming a classic as iconic as the first two I mentioned in my review.
First few episodes shows promise. I didn't mind the talking at first, but after 9 episodes full of convoluted mishmash philosophical nonsense, I gave up. They use it as filler to extend time. I think this anime would have been over in 5 episodes if not for the senseless talking. It got me so frustrated I almost had a heart attack from shouting at the screen to move the stupid plot along.
The only thing I liked about the show is Mamika, and how her character is developed and killed off. I like that plot. The rest is just mishmash
like this review requirement, I will show an example of what the show is doing to fill the time it needs in order to be a full episode show. And do you know what I think about this requirement? I think this requirement is good. It makes the reviewer really invest in the show. But you know what, I could be lying. I don't really think I like this review requirement, but then again, I think it is important.
So, save yourselves the frustration and disappointment. Watch some other shows.
I dropped this show, so i'm not sure if it's gonna get much better from here; but at this point its safe for me to say that this show is an example of an anime studio trying very very hard to be "meta and artsy". That's by no means a bad thing, but the show tries to hard to be strong emotionally and dump all this dialogue and exposition on you that it forgets to be entertaining
What I mean by this is that the show is almost entirely driven by explanation and exposition, so much so that the plot itself crawls along at an
extremely slow pace, and tries to distract you from this fact with it's (admittedly) beautiful art and unique character designs. The animation is also very fluid and almost has enough to it that you could watch the show based off the visuals alone.
But not me, I got bored.
Update: O.k. I'm back on the train, I gave the show another shot and watched the most recent 2 episodes and I have to say I really enjoyed them. A lot more action (which is gorgeous) and the plot is actually moving along with the new "Shark girl" acting as a sort of catalyst forcing the main characters to actually ACT. All my previous criticisms still apply to the first ~5-6 episodes, but honestly if you're willing to put in the time I recommend it.
Anime characters are brought to life (let’s not spoil it by going into detail)
Humans hold a sense of god like power over them
Interesting things emerge from this combination
This anime was not on my to-watch-list. I happen to stumble upon it by chance and here I am writing the review. Initially my reason to watch this anime was its interesting premise. Now my reason to continue watching this anime is that it I am interested to see where the story goes from here. Till now I haven’t been disappointed.
Imagine the shock of anime/manga/game characters realizing that they have been created by an author. Their greatest victory
or greatest sorrow could have been a mere product of that author’s whim. Understandably they are angry and some want that to change while others might not be so rash about it. Then again some of these characters might not give a damn
On the other hand imagine the surprise of the author to realize that they were affecting lives in such a manner. How would they feel happy or maybe sad or even afraid of their own power?
Now the best part- imagine the creator and the created meeting up and sitting down to talk things over. Eventually deciding to tweak the story/character description a little to see what happens.
I liked the originality of the anime as it introduces its premise to the viewer’s. Also the premise might sound loaded but till now the anime has a somewhat light hearted tone.
Don't get fooled by the first episode, Re:Creators is nothing like it. In reality the show has boring and static plot with underderveloped characters and ocassional moments of good animation accompanied by good music.
Story: Fictional charakters fight to save/destroy the real world. This plotpoint is revealed in ep.2 and the story comes to a hold since this revelation. 80% of the show is exposition or explanation of few past events, which are deliverd in boring and expressionless monologues by Meteora in a meeting room, dining room and other iterations of rooms with a lot of chairs and tables. In case you were asleep the first
time, later in the same episode this exposition will be repeated. And finally, there is a reacap episode and other recap moments to remind the sleeping viewer about "storyprogress".
An element not present enough in the show is the discussion between Creations and Creators. Creations are not contented with their worlds, yet there is not much philosophical dialog about what role fictional characters and stories play in real world. A missed opportunity?
What the show has a lot of, are hardships of creating an anime or being a creative mind in anime industry. With this Re:Creators breaks the 4th wall a few times, however, those attempts seem more laughable than witty. In the end it seems as an excuse to show how hard it is to create a good story.
But it has a spa episode.
Re:Creators has more in common with Shirobako than with Fate series. This was not a compliment. Combine the worst ideas from those 2 shows and you have Re:Creators.
Charakters: The show has around 10 Creations, their Creators and a handful of additional charakters - a big cast. A good show would struggle to fill so many charakters with life and personality in 22 episodes. But Re:Creators is not a good show, so it does not give its charakters any development, personality or human interactions between themselves. Considering all the exposition scenes, there is just not much room for charakters at all.
Sota, our "main character" is a spineless, whiny and useless brat, whose existence is questionable.
Meteora, probably the worst charakter in the show, exists to dump exposition at the viewer. Her backstory is that she is an exposition charakter in a game, so I heared how some people are OK with her expositions in the show. It is a reasonable excuse, however it does not make the charakter itself better or the story more enjoyable.
Most charekter development so far had Mamika and Aliceteria, not much but something, however the viewer should not root for them.
Art & Animation: The art is flashy and detailed, animations are fluid and crisp, if rare fights are happening. Those fights do look good, but lack interesting choreography or direction: energy beam to the left, jump to the right, explosion in the middle. Otherwise static shots in boring meeting rooms.
Sound: Here does Re:Creators shine with its coherent background music and good oppening as well as ending themes.
When I first saw this work was originally written by Rei Hiroe I got very excited and the reason is quite obvious: He created Black Lagoon. And who the hell doesn't want another slice of that amazing cake? I miss his amazing and well developed characters, his mature approach to write Seinen with all the deepness of works like Cowboy Beebop but without the psychological thickness of works like Evangelion.
In a nutshell, I expect quite a lot of Rei Hiroe. And when I looked into direction, I got a very amazing surprise to know it was going to be directed by
Ei Aoki. And if it does not ring a bell for you, well my friend, Ei Aoki is one of the best directors out there. Kara no Kyoukai, Fate/Zero, Aldonoah.Zero, Ga-Rei Zero are masterpieces that serve as testimony of my words. The guy knows how to direct Seinien, not a single doubt.
Then I found myself with another BIG NAME: Hiroyuki Sawano. He is composer for works such as Blue Exorcist, Kill la Kill, Aldonoah.Zero and MOST IMPORTANT: Shingeki no Kyujin (Attack on Titan).
And with such a cast of talented individuals, my expectations for Re:Creators started very, very high.
Many individuals have very accurately decomposed several aspects of this amazing work so I won't bother to repeat it again. Instead, let me approach this review from another perspective:
THE AMAZNG Re:Creators POTENTIAL
This anime has all that is needed to make a long lasting time-proof masterpiece. And some kids are actually not liking it (therefore it was a lot of mixed reviews) because this is not what they expected. In Re:Creators is not about Fan Service, is not about Action Scenes (although it contains some very amazing ones), it is also NOT a male harem. Is a (sometimes) slow paced anime full of dialog, introspection, philosophy and a very original perspective on how anime, manga and game characters perceive us (instead of us, viewers, perceiving them).
If you are looking for a mature and interesting perspective about what may happen when fantasy worlds and the real work collide, look no further. It will remind you of Fate/Zero as well as Re:Zero. However, Re:Creators has it's original flavor and the cliché characters are designed specifically to go beyond their own clichés. An amazing example is Mamika. Oh Gosh Mamika is such an amazing character.
All that said. I expect Re:Creators to become a masterpiece. So far, so good. We will see what Fate has to say.
Re:Creators may be one of the most underrated anime i´ve put my eyes on. I will surely write a full review when this show ends but my goal for now is to encourage you my friend to watch this anime beacause it has a lot of potential and until now (ep 8) its my favourite anime from the season.
Many people will say the episodes lose time in "meaningless conversations" but its important to realise that its no plain exposition buying time. It may start a bit slow for anyone expecting a battle royale full of explosions and epic moments but Re: Creators is far more
than that. It manages to gives us a set of characters completly different from one another and make them grow in the context of the story.
The setting of having anime/game characters coming to the real world gives this show the chance to start with a character that already has been defined by its author and actually make it grow according to this whole new world.
Also another motivation is how good this anime looks and how Hiroyuki Sawano manages to make music epic enough to induce and orgasm in my ears. SOOOOO.... Give this anime a chance guys its far more than meets the eye and you are not gonna regret watching it.
This is my first review here. I feel like a lot of people who are watching this are mistaking it as an action anime turned boring and got turned off.
Story: 7- Interesting premise and as an original anime, the story unfolds nicely with some elements of humour but contains a lot of dialogue to swallow in the first 3 or 4 episodes. Characters from different mediums (manga, anime, video games) are now becoming part of the 3D world. One side is trying to disrupt the balance of the real world by seeking vengeance against their creators (whether intentional or not). The other side who sides
with the MC are trying to find all the creations and protect them in order to stop the Uniform Military Princess (the person who brought them to this world) who wishes to bring this world down with her as her creator has already left the world.
Art: 8- No complaints, I like each character's appearance and I think it matches with their descriptions quite well. The MC is drawn very plain. I guess he is more like the narrator of the story, although he does play an important part to the story. Animation is quite smooth as well, not surprising about that since TROYCA also did Aldnoah Zero.
Character: 7- Some of the characters introduced get shoved into the background and didn't get much time to shine yet. We get to see a variety of characters splashed on the screen, but only got to explore 2 or 3 so far so I am hoping that they do something with the two or three characters that they just introduced and never really had more screentime after that point. My favourite characters would probably be Meteora (some may find her boring with her long dialogues but thats how she was like in her world as well. I see her developing each episode and I love that she has a gluttonous and mischievous side to her as well ( She is voiced by Rem's VA, how can you hate her?). We also have Gunpuku Hime who is the main "antagonist" of the show. While we get to see some of her reasons as to why she would come to hate the world, she hasn't had that much screentime after ep 1, but she does make a memorable impression and you can see that they spent a lot of time into her character creation. Her battle moves are badass and she clearly is going on her own path without caring about what the MCs think. Freshly introduced in ep 6, we have Magane, who dresses in a high school uniform, but gives off a villainous aura. She has a great sense of humour (in ep 6 where she's just sipping on juice while watching the two sides battle it out)and is the only creation so far to have killed a human (if i'm not mistaken).
Sound: 9- OP is awesome- as expected of Hiroyuki Sawano. He also did the insert tracks for the battles and they are pretty epic as well. I am loving the music in this anime and you can tell they put a lot of effort into it.
Enjoyment: 9- I was hooked from the first episode onwards, I even found the episodes with a lot of dialogue quite enjoyable. I feel that it is needed for the world building and progression of plot. Action was good in episode 1, picks up nicely again at episode 5. Episode 6 left off on a high note where all the creations are fighting against one another for the first time. Guess we are only missing the military uniform princess so I'm expecting her to join in Episode 7.
Overall: 8- I will continue watching this as I think these first few episodes are setting the anime up for something greater. I'm excited to see how this story will progress. I don't recommend it to someone who was expecting a shounen.
This is my first review but wanted to give my opinion of this series so far (up to ep 6). The word that comes to mind when thinking about this anime is disappointment. The starting premise is a great idea and fairly original. Characters from different media coming to our world would be amazing. The art is great and the music gets you pumped for the fight scenes. There's a good variety of characters and you get really excited to see where the story will take them. Here's where the the disappointment comes in.
I'll start with Souta Mizushino (the main character), I cannot find
the reason he is even in this show. Hes the typical shy MC but we barely learn anything about him. He doesn't drive the plot forward, he has no real importance, and he barely seemed to be in episodes. The only purpose he had was to give information, either to the "creations" (anime people) or the viewers, and with the introduction of new characters hes not even needed for that now. Another problem with this show is flow. Some episodes have good balance of action, information, and drive. Other episodes are bogged down in dialogue and don't go anywhere. There is too much talking in certain episodes, and that's not even the main problem I have with the talking in the show. The conversations don't have the substance to warrant the time used for them. They say the same things over and over but disguise it with "big words" so it sounds important. On top of the long conversations the anime doesn't show scenes of what they're describing or reflect any of the consequences they talk about in their conversations. Most of the plot is through dialogue and never shown. A very basic rule of good story telling is "show, don't tell" but this anime does the complete opposite. Even after so much dialogue, you get very little of characters' backstories or what the worlds are like that they come from. With the problems from the main character and so much dialogue the one aspect that suffers the most is the "drive". There's no clear A to B, the reasoning behind characters doing what they do isn't established, and there's no sense of urgency. There's literally a part where they say they don't know what to do and they just wait in a room, even though they just discussed a huge problem that needs to be solved. Things just seem to happen and all the characters are just along for the ride.
Some parts I will praise the anime on is the realism they try to have. An example is some fights happen in the cities, and of course there's collateral damage. Unlike some anime, bystanders actually notice this and the government gets involve. Which I always appreciate when a fictional world reflects off the actions of the main characters, so that's a nice touch. It's also nice that they chose different characters from different genres and not just one media.
So in conclusion, there are good or even great parts about this show (which is why I will continue watching it), but there are a lot of problems that hold it back from being above average. It's disappointing because you can see the potential this starting idea/premise had. It's still only 6 episodes in, for 22 episode anime so it could (and hopefully) improve, but it will be hard to recommend an anime with "it gets good around episode 7". I highly doubt ill drop this anime for it being purely bad, but the wasted potential is a different factor. I'll try to update this review when more episodes come out if people found it helpful.