Re:Creators Ep 20: The Shattering Mirror and a Ghost from the Past
In Re:Creators episode 20, “Somebody receives the power of creation, and the spirit is redeveloped from their passion,” Team Kikuchihara reels in the aftermath of the explosive climax of the last episode. Altair continues to give the concept of “Over Powered” (OP) an even worse reputation. Takashi Matsubara urges the use of their secret weapon, which, of course, doesn’t go as planned. Finally, Souta Mizushino and Magane Chikujouin follow their own train of thought…
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious!
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3 Favorite Moments
- 6:34: Sirius’ entrance was suitably dramatic, don’t you think? The animation of her initial strike on Altair drew an appreciative “Oooooo!” from the audience (okay, from me). I struggled, though, with accepting her as a character, given that she couldn’t even speak. In fact, my first inclination was to worry that Altair would take over her sparse personality. By the way, “Terrible Joke of the Week” goes to Altair for meta-invoking “Don’t call me Shirley” when she said (7:28), “You can’t be serious!” Of course, Altair, Sirius can be serious! Altair’s face as she said that expressed such disgust that I had to laugh!
- 12:20: You saw it coming, right? Altair’s rebirth? After everyone relaxed, thinking she was dead? Yeah, so did I. But that didn’t make it any less cool! Altair’s new outfit, a fusion of hers with Sirius’, was quite fetching. More dramatic, I thought, than her original.
20:56: Confession time: I got chills when Mizushino and Chikujouin said in unison, “A lie about a lie will turn inside out.” I loved everything about that moment: the spell around Meteora suddenly blazing brighter, Meteora’s shocked expression and swirling hair, Kikuchihara just having experienced a moment of despair; even Mizushino’s resolute expression. The whole series has been building to this moment, and all the pieces came together. Because of Chikujouin’s power, the train station that we first saw in episode 1 came into being, and there was Setsuna Shimazaki walking down the stairs. Hats off to Reddit user MillenniumKing for noticing a key difference between this Shimazaki and the one we knew before: she’s wearing Mizushino’s glasses! I’m dying to know what that means!
I’m trying out a new format for my reviews. Instead of listing everything I liked about the episode, I’m forcing myself to limit it to three things. It’s arbitrary, but I hope the new format will keep the reviews shorter and more enjoyable for you to read! It might help me be more creative, too (limits can do that, you know!).
Why does everyone keep calling Altair a bastard? Isn’t that term reserved for males? Or am I just old fashioned? Oh, and get off my lawn…
Where’s Chikujouin traveling to (20:49)? Instead of “Where in the World is Magane,” would a better title be “Where the Hell is Magane?” You know, because she’s kinda evil and all… Though if things continue the way they are, she’s likely the savior of earth! That’s gotta be awkward for folks like the estate of her writer!
The run up to Altair taking over Sirius was almost so obvious I wondered if the surviving created characters were playing along to make Altair think they thought she’d lost — but no, they really thought she’d lost. Masaaki Nakanogane said it: Sirius was less information dense than Altair (13:21), so it was almost a foregone conclusion that Altair would subsume her. Matsubara’s explanation of why they chose this plan was logical, so I intellectually accept it — but my gut is not so forgiving. I don’t like Altair winning so well, so often, and so completely. Actually, it offends me.
Is that on purpose?
As soon as Mizushino and Chikujouin talked about doing something impossible, I figured they were talking about bringing Shimazaki back. In fact, given how OP (Over Powered) Altair is, Shimazaki’s return was almost inevitable, because honestly, nothing else could possibly stand up to Altair. But like Altair winning so much, I found Shimazaki’s return almost disappointing, though I felt Mizushino and Chikujouin chanting “A lie about a lie…” together so emotionally powerful. Why? Because even I could see it coming!
What do these two things mean? Given the skill the writers have demonstrated in setting up this world and its characters, as well as assaulting the fourth wall with such delicacy, I can’t believe my reactions are accidental. It’s to the point where I’m patting myself on the back for foreseeing that Altair would wrest control of the Birdcage from Team Kikuchihara, and that Mizushino would try to recreate Shimazaki. But isn’t that just me as a viewer picking up on the foreshadowing clues that the writers placed for me?
Aren’t I just following the clues the writer left for me?
I think I’ve used up all of the foreshadowing that I caught. I have no idea what’s coming next. I can guess that Mizushino wouldn’t ask a fictitious version of Shimazaki to forgive him — that’d be hollow! — but beyond that, I really don’t know. And I’m not even sure of that! I’m relying on the writer’s skill to pull all this together.
I have to admit that the writers have used so many solid techniques, played on so many tropes, and setup such a meta-driven story that I’m waiting for the next step with bated breath. I don’t know what’s coming, but I have faith that the writers will pull it off.
I’ve written so many reviews and consumed so many works of fiction that I haven’t been able to say that for quite awhile.
Of course, that’s the goal of any writer, so I wonder if that’s the whole point of Re:CREATORS: To evoke a sense of wonder to their audience. An audience with jaded viewers like me sitting in it?
They might just pull it off!
What do you think? Let me know in the comments!
Other Posts of Interest
- Titans, Heroes, Queens, and Swords: Spring 2017 Anime Preview Part I
- Re:Creators Episode 1: I will remember everything that happened to me
- Re:Creators Episode 2: ……. that wasn’t funny
- Re:Creators Episode 3: Don’t worry about what others said. Just be yourself
- Re:Creators Episode 4: If so, I want to protect what he loved
- Re:Creators Episode 5: So, why don’t we have ourselves a guys’ night out?
- Re:Creators Episode 6: You are the one who knows where justice lies
- Re:Creators Episode 7: I don’t want to make a mistake for the sake of the people who are in my story
- Re:Creators Episode 8: I CHOSE this way of life
- Re:Creators Episode 9: The world requires choice and resolution
- Re:Creators Episode 10: We know exactly how you think and how you’re fighting
- Re:Creators Episode 11: We cannot decide where we go but you can
- Re:Creators Episode 12: Be desperate and draw something fascinating
- Re:Creators Episode 13: An unpredictable story that no one knows where it’s leading to
- Re:Creators Episode 14: I feel painful and so useless that I want to cry but it’s fun nevertheless
- Re:Creators Episode 15: This is perfect! She couldn’t have been any more perfect!
- Re:Creators Bonus episode ENTER THE WORLD OF Re:CREATORS
- Re:Creators Episode 16: This is the actual beginning, isn’t it?
- Re:Creators Bonus episode: Summer Special Spending Time with the Girl Creations
- Re:Creators Episode 17: I mean I’m the CREATOR
- Re:Creators Episode 18: As long as we’re alive, we have to enjoy our lives to the fullest
- Re:Creators Episode 19: “The story continues, as long as there is someone out there, who believes in my existence
- Re:Creators Episode 21: I love you, too
- Re:Creators Episode 22: Re:CREATORS