Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious!
In Re:Creators episode 7, “I don’t want to make a mistake for the sake of the people who are in my story,” last episode’s fight rages into the evening — is there any end in sight? Will the city survive? Meteora Österreich and Selesia Upitiria race to find Makagami Chikujouin’s Creator — will they find him before Chikujouin does? Masaaki Nakanogane comes up with a new theory, then makes an even more shocking discovery. Mamika Kirameki meets Souta Mizushino on a train and talks to him about Altair; how much did Chikujouin overhear? And why is she grinning so big?
What’s In This Post
- Kirameki continues to defend the fallen Meteora against Blitz Talker’s gunfire; Selesia and Alicetelia February trade hammering blows. As Meteora uses the Magical Slayer’s cover fire as a chance to retreat, Kirameki intervenes between her friend and Selesia. Alicetelia objects, but Kirameki says that if they can’t stop hurting each other that she’ll use her magical splash flare — even against a friend. Yuuya Mirokuji picks that moment to arrive and says he wants in on the fun.
- Mirokuji wants a rematch with Blitz. As the latter takes aim, Mirokuji releases his spirit familiar Hangaku, who, after pushing Blitz back, goes after Alicetelia to keep her out of the battle. Kirameki is determined not to let anyone fight, so she tries to stop Blitz and Mirokuji, the but latter is so strong she can’t keep up. As she urges Alicetelia to retreat, Rui Kanoya arrives in Giga Machina (after Aki Kikuchihara called him). Alicetelia takes Kirameki and retreats. Chikujouin slips away, and Blitz flies off after saying their time is growing short. Relieved that the battle’s ended, Kanoya uses Giga Machina to ask Selesia and Meteora if they were okay.
- Mirokuji goes back with Kanoya, Meteora, Selesia, and Kikuchihara to a government safe house, where he eats ice cream and Kanoya eats chips. Selesia says that with Mizushino’s help, they identified the novel Yasoukiroku as Chikujouin’s origin. Of course, she’s the villain. Her lies are so powerful that she can actually bend reality. The government official immediately calls to put the novel’s author under protection. Selesia and Meteora prepare to search for Chikujouin, knowing that she tends to kill people for fun. Mirokuji suggests that she may have changed and grown, like he has changed — the conditions of this world are different than the fictional world.
- Unfortunately for him, Chikujouin finds her creator before protection arrives. She samples various items from his refrigerator and reads his notes for his next work. Her research tells her what the others have learned: simply changing a scene on paper doesn’t give her different powers or change her world. Leaving her creator hanging dead from the ceiling, she leaves to start her plan of world conquest.
- Mizushino tells Marine, Nakanogane, and Takashi Matsubara that Blitz is a mercenary from a manga called Code Babylon. They’ve already contacted Kikuchihara to ask the author be placed under protection. Mizushino shifts uncomfortably as Nakanogane reasons that Military Uniform Princess couldn’t have been a minor character, since only characters who made a big impression on readers or viewers have been able to come into this world. He’s even more uncomfortable when Marine asks to see his pictures (Selesia mentioned his drawing skills to Marine). When he complains that his drawings aren’t good enough, the others encourage him, though Nakanogane mentions that in their line of work, they get a lot of harsh criticism. Remembering the web pages about Altair and World Étude, he starts to confess what he’s been hiding about the Military Uniform Princess. Marine, though, tries to encourage him about his drawings at the same time, and he loses his nerve. He excuses himself and takes a train home. After he leaves, Nakanogane and the others keep trying to figure things out. They get so far as to assert that their enemy has been pulling characters from anime, manga, and video games because that was the scope of her creator’s interests. Meteora interrupts them with a phone call to say that Chikujouin’s creator has been killed.
- On the train ride home, Kirameki happens to see Mizushino. She convinces him that she just wants to talk, and they head for a cafe. Chikujouin coincidentally sees them and, an evil grin on her face, follows them. She tells him that she thinks she’s grown since she arrived in this world, and she wants his honest answer: does he know the Military Uniform Princess? Even as he confesses that he does know her, Nakanogane calls everyone else together and announces that he found their enemy on a Doujinshi web site. On the video screen, he displays a picture of Altair; it’s a perfect match. Back in the cafe, Mizushino tells Kirameki that Altair’s planning something terrible because she likely hates the world. At a table nearby, Chikujouin smirks in delight.
What I Liked
Alicetelia and Selesia seem almost evenly matched. Alicetelia’s heavily armored with a lance to match, but Selesia is no less strong and had greater speed and maneuverability. I think they could have gone at it all day! I also thought it was a nice touch that Alicetelia felt compelled to argue her case as they fought, saying that her cause was more urgent than Selesia’s. Maybe Alicetelia’s feeling a little doubt about her leader, the Military Uniform Princess?
Kirameki’s evolved a bit, too. When we last saw her fight, she became almost frantic when she couldn’t convince Selesia to surrender. In this episode, she tries to convince Alicetelia that if they can’t agree, that they should just leave each other alone. It feels odd to say, but the little magical girl is turning out to be one of the more complex characters in the show.
I know that Chikujouin is completely evil, but how can I not chuckle at her enthusiasm as she watches the battle?
I think Kirameki’s reaction to Giga Machina showing up was probably close to what mine would be. That thing is huge, and it landed right in the middle of the river.
Seeing the gigantic Giga Machina standing in the middle of the river, waving its arms and asking if Selesia and Meteora were okay, was surreal. That’s among the last things I’d expect a giant mech to do.
Chikujouin’s power is called “Infinite Deception of Words.” Gotta say she seems like she’s an expert at it!
I think that Kanoya’s developing a man-crush on Mirokuji. I guess he’s at that impressionable young age!
Seriously, I hate that Chikujouin is so adorable: she calls her plan to take over the world “My Miracle Great Emperor” plan — that’s so cute! And yet — she says it out loud in such an innocent voice as her creator hangs dead from the ceiling. Casual evil is so chilling!
That scene was even more disturbing because of the cooking utensils on the floor; she apparently had interrupted him preparing a meal. The flicking light also gave the scene a Doom 3-like feel.
I had to smile when Marine announced proudly that she kept up with other artists so her work wouldn’t begin to look dated. She looked so pleased with herself that it was contagious!
When Nakanogane said that as professionals, “we get harsh criticisms all the time,” I had to wonder: was Mizushino’s friend an amateur who couldn’t handle harsh criticism? Nakanogane’s point seemed pretty important given how upset it seemed to make Mizushino feel.
As much as I like Meteora, I have to say that it was a pleasant change of pace to see the three main Creators trying to think things through on their own. They seem to have made a lot of good headway, too!
It’s cliche, but Kirameki’s hood had cat ears. She’s standing on the train talking about very serious matters, and she has cat ears. This show is so much fun to watch!
She’s a polite girl — she pushed the sugar to Mizushino after she was done. And though she’s clearly the younger of the two, she had to take the initiative to calm him down as the situation nearly drove him to panic.
What I Liked Less
I’m getting a little impatient with Mizushino. I think that Selesia and Meteora at last should have earned his trust by now; not to mention Marine, Nakanogane, and Matsubara. Why won’t he tell them? I fully expect the next several episodes to answer that question, and this complaint may only be evidence of my impatience. But jeesh, kid, at least tell Selesia! She kinda saved your life!
We learned more about this world’s mythos in this episode. We knew that just rewriting a scene to change a world, or re-drawing a character to add a new trait, didn’t work. Now we know two more important things:
- Once they arrive in this world, the Created begin to change and grow
- The death of a Creator at the hands of a Created has no apparent affect on the Created
Changing and growing might be dangerous for our heroes. So far, the Uniform Military Princess has her own aims, and we think they involve the destruction of our world. But now Chikujouin’s here. She was a) delighted to hear this was the world of the gods, b) she’s learned more about the Creator’s powers, and c) she’s adapting her plan to rule the world. Will she conflict with Altair? Is this all part of Altair’s plans?
When will Mizushino man-up and tell his friends what he’s telling Kirameki?
This week, I saw the first evidence that Kanoya wasn’t happy with this character design. Maybe because of his bromance with Mirokuji, he went on about how he wished he’d been designed as cool as his new friend. I wonder how feelings like that will play out now that we know the Created can develop independently now that they’re in the real world? We get to play with so many interesting ideas because this show’s so serious about developing its concept!
So, about the villain: will Altair continue to be the main villain? Will Chikujouin supplant her? Or will Mizushino snap and overshadow them all? Let me know what you think in the comments!
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- 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 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 20: Somebody receives the power of creation, and the spirit is redeveloped from their passion
- Re:Creators Episode 21: I love you, too
- Re:Creators Episode 22: Re:CREATORS