Re:CREATORS – Episode 2 [Dynamite and Cool Guy… That Wasn’t Funny]

Now that Meteora and Selesia are living with Souta, the three of them of them attempt to get a better handle on their current situation. The two women offer to help Souta with various aspects of his life, like homework and cleaning, in return for information about themselves.

The three go out to eat at “YcDonalds” and Meteora shares her theories. One such theory is that characters like herself and Selesia exist in the human world because they are described in stories, and because the human world and the characters’ fictional worlds have started to resonate with each other, present events are occurring because they’ve been created within a fictional story in the human world.  Meteora goes on to say that information in the human world is of such a great magnitude that it has the ability to give birth to new worlds. In other words, as Selesia puts up, the things that humans come up with are the things which determine the characters’ fictional worlds.

As the three travel around the city, Meteora says that in order to get her to co-operate, the grey-haired girl shared some of her plans with her. She wants other fictional characters to be brought to the human world and know of its existence so that they can work together to try to control their Creators – humans. Then they can pressure humans to change the fictional worlds they created for the better. But how did she become aware that the world she lived in wasn’t real?

Night falls, and the three head back to Souta’s house. Up in his room Souta googles the name of the company which produced the video game Meteora is from. Then Selesia asks Souta to find the company which created her anime, and he complies. Selesia is clearly uncomfortable knowing that pictures of her have been created and posted online without her knowledge, and that people are able to watch her “world” 24 hours a day, also without her knowing.

Meteora almost sees one of Souta’s old drawings and asks him if he’s the Creator of his own world. Souta stammers that he hasn’t drawn in a long time, and Meteora encourages him to continue practicing his skills. Otherwise the “unborn” world he started to create will never come into existence and join the other millions of stories which have already been created, like stars in the sky. How poetic!

Souta e-mails the light novel author, Takashi Matsubara, and asks to arrange a meeting. Souta, Selesia and Meteora go to his office the following day, and Takashi clearly thinks that Selesia is just a really good cosplayer. When he doesn’t believe that she’s real, Selesia pulls her sword on him. As Souta and the girls are trying to convince Takashi that Selesia and Meteora are real, Mamika Kirameki shows up. She transforms into her alter magical girl ego “Magical Slayer Mamika” when Selesia refuses to join forces with the grey-haired girl, “Military Uniform Princess.”

The girls fly around the skyscraper, with Mamika launching pink heart-themed attacks at Selesia. While Selesia puts up a good fight, she can’t do anything much without her mecha. Eventually Mamika launches a superpowered attack at Selesia and slams her into the ground.  Mamika seems stunned upon the realization that in the human world, she can cause pain, draw blood and damage her surroundings. She claims she didn’t really mean to hurt Selesia, thinking that the human world would be like her own.

Selesia gives a big speech to get Mamika to make up her mind about fighting her, and this causes Mamika to launch one final attack at Selesia. Just as it looks like Selesia is going to die, the dust clears and a sadistic-looking purple-haired man stands in front of her. Souta explains to Takashi that this stranger is from a manga called “Exclusive Underground”, and his name is Yuuya Mirokuji. Which means they’re all fucked, because in his world he was the final boss. *dun dun duuun*

My thoughts: I think that some of the concepts raised by this show are pretty fascinating. How did “Military Uniform Princess” originally become sentient and aware of the fictional world she lived in? How did she become aware of Creators? Are current events playing out in the human world just the result of a fictional story that someone somewhere is writing? *head explodes*  x__x  And how does “Military Uniform Princess” know about Souta, and appear to recognize him?  I have a tentative theory, but am not completely sure if it will pan out. Time will tell.

That being said, although I really like this show, I don’t know why I’m not being hooked by it. Maybe I just don’t have the mental energy for this kind of show anymore. *shrugs*  I might stop covering it but continue to watch it; I haven’t decided yet. But for now I want to continue blogging it in the hopes that something will finally click and I’ll have a bit more enthusiasm for this show. Because honestly I think it’s a really neat concept, something different in the world of anime. I’d like to give it a chance if I can.

 

Nikolita

Just an anime-loving social worker. I've been watching anime for almost 20 years, and I read manga as well. I've been to Japan twice and would live there in a heartbeat if I could.

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6 thoughts on “Re:CREATORS – Episode 2 [Dynamite and Cool Guy… That Wasn’t Funny]

  1. You know, it probably doesn’t have as much mecha as I would’ve liked, but still, this is THE show for me this season.

    Kind of ironic that Mamika, a character who theoretically should be among the good-est of good guys, is portrayed in a negative light (albeit for totally justified reasons), whilst Yuya, who definitely looks like he should be a villain, might end up on the protagonists’ side. I definitely look forward to seeing how that ends up.

    P.S. If Celestia was bothered by that promo art on the official site being on display for all to see, how will she react to stuff that’s more…not safe for work, both official and fanmade?

    1. See and I don’t like mecha (ironic because Escaflowne is my all-time favourite anime), so the lack of mecha works perfectly for me. ;D

      Yeah that was a nice twist, that Mamika is a magical girl but she’s not portrayed positively. I too am curious to see which alignment she and Yuya will end up at.

      LOL hopefully she doesn’t see anything too inappropriate for her sake. Poor Selesia.

  2. Hiroe Rei said Re:Creators’ premise was influenced by the 1993 Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Last Action Hero. It was essentially a metafilm poking fun at action movie cliches, especially when the movie characters break into the real world and find themselves reacting to its differences from their movie world.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Action_Hero
    Creators is about the same thing, except replacing movie characters with animanga ones and the Uniformed Princess’s plotting.

    Creators is 22 eps, so if you don’t feel hooked by it now, I’d suggest putting it on hold and rewatch after half the season has aired. The story direction may be more clear once you’ve seen several episodes in 1 go.

    How do you think the scene of the spectacled girl killing herself in Ep 1’s opening ties in to all this, btw?

    1. I think she was a fictional character who couldn’t accept that she was a human’s creation, that her world wasn’t real. What’s your theory? :)

      I thought about doing that, but I pushed through with Endride and ended up really enjoying the last few episodes. I might give it a few more – I’m going to be losing a couple of extracurricular activities soon, and I’m hoping that I’ll have more energy to put towards Re:Creators.

      Thank you for the Wikipedia link! I’ve never heard of that movie but I’ll definitely read that article. ^_^v

  3. I love how they’re playing with the frouth wall on this episode, specially the speech about Hiatus mangas.

    The way they played the mahou shoujo tropes were brillant.

    >Nanoha’s befriends (Listen-Divine- to me -Breaker-!)
    >Pretty Cure colateral damage
    >Sakura style
    >Madoka tier mindbreak post traumatic.

    I want to see the persona user.

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