Re:Creators – 07

I realize Re:C is a 22-episode run, enabling it to take its time when it deems it necessary, or when the plot demands it. But despite a couple of characters gaining important information for the road ahead (or at least drawing closer to it), I really struggled to figure out what actually happened this week, which is hardly ever a good sign that the episode itself was necessary.

The interesting multi-vector battle on the riverbank never met its potential, as Mamika flexes her mahou shoujo muscles to put an end to the duel between Celestia and Alicetelia as well as between Blitz and Mirokuji.

As a result, the Celestia/Meteora and Alicetelia/MUP factions go their separate ways, and we’re treated to the former faction….simply sitting around doing nothing yet again.

Chikujouin Makagami also goes off on her own, but only to visit and promptly murder her creator off-camera, no doubt using her power of words. In the process, she reads her own source material, starts to understand her situation better, and vows to “regroup” and continue her “Miracle Great Emperor Plan.”

I like how Chiku is only on her own side at the moment, but there’s such a thing as being too far-removed from and un-invested in everything else going on.

Meanwhile, Kanoya Rui’s creator has a hunch about MUP being the creation of a doujin artist on a DeviantArt-style site, and hits paydirt—before Souta comes clean about knowing her.

Souta’s continued refusal to do so is becoming a liability, not just in terms of the safety of creators, but in that all Souta’s character is, at least so far, is the secret he carries. I want more.

Perhaps my favorite part of this somewhat stingy, uneventful episode is one in which Mamika reaches out to Souta, believing they’re alone together, but actually being shadowed by Chiku.

Mamika admits that she may not be in a world where everyone like her gains power from simple “belief” in things, ideals, or people, but that doesn’t mean she’s willing to give up on her usual way of doing things; just modify it to better suit her new world.

She manages what no one else could: get some info about MUP out of Souta. Specifically, her name is Altair, and most likely hates the world of the creators, which definitely makes her capable of “planning something very bad”, as Mamika puts it. I just hope that “plan” isn’t just a MacGuffin.

We’ve seen people suffer and die, but recently, only by Chiku’s hand (well, words). When is whatever Altair is planning actually going to organize into something that actually threatens the world?

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Author: braverade

Hannah Brave is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

3 thoughts on “Re:Creators – 07”

  1. Quite a few things happened :
    – Yuuya’s officially joined the anti-Altair team.
    – Magane is chaotic evil, and is only out for herself. Is likely entertaining dreams of being a god in the real world, and throw a demonic monkey wrench into the proceedings.
    – A cliche was broken – Nakanogane found out about Altair, rather than wait for Souta to tell them himself in a much later episode.
    – Mamika is now questioning whether her side is the right side, and seeks more info.
    – Paving the way for a reveal of Souta’s history with Setsuna, and thus the driving force of Altair’s plans.

    1. Well sure, things happened, it didn’t feel to me like enough happened, and meanwhile it squandered whatever momentum it built up last week.

      Yuuya’s joining the team is (ironically) dependent on keeping him entertained; Mamika has been questioning her side for some time now; Souta’s history with Setsuna already feels a couple weeks late. And aside from a few murders and flips to the news channel, the peril of the public at large feels very distant and obscure.

      I’m not trying to rewrite (or re-create, heh-heh) the show here, just questioning the sometimes frustratingly incremental nature of the narrative: dribs and drabs, with few moves that feel like big pushes.

  2. I’m totally with you. Since the first episode or two, this show has really been spinning its wheels. It’s just one wordy explanation after another, with very little in the way of actual narrative momentum. I really don’t understand the praise it’s receiving in other corners of the internet.

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