Re:Creators is a new anime series that started on April 8th, 2017. It’s produced by TROYCA and written by Rei Hiroe (Black Lagoon) and Ei Aoki. The premise is the opposite of the usual “swept away to a fantasy world” because in Re:Creators, the fantasy characters are brought to Earth. The show’s protagonist, Sōta Mizushino is your ordinary “nerdy” teenager. He likes anime, manga, and aspires to be a light novel author.
From the promo material, it looks as though we’ll be introduced to various characters from fantasy stories that Sōta is a fan of. We’re only one episode in so far, so the characters we’ve seen the most of is Sōta’s favorite heroine Celestia Yupitiria (or Selesia if you go by the subs on Amazon) and the mysterious antagonist “Gunpuku no Himegimi.” I really like Celestia’s design, she kind of reminds me of a more matured Emi Yusa from The Devil is a Part-Timer.
The first episode was very captivating, because it drew you into the action right away and left it mysterious enough to keep you wanting more without making it obnoxious. It was a good mixture of action and humor, I especially liked the part where Celestia was driving a car for the first time and thought she found the button for the “weapon” on the car, which turned out to be the windshield wipers.
The story itself seems very interesting. Gunpuku no Himegimi has summoned the characters from these fantasy worlds into the “real” world of Earth. She refers to it as the “land of the Gods” and makes references to finding your creator. Here is my prediction for what is happening: the authors of the stories are “gods” in the sense that their stories have willed these worlds and characters into existence without their knowing. So our ordinary world is actually some kind of higher plane of existence that creates other universes based on the creations of imaginative people.
I think the girl in the beginning of the episode that is shown committing suicide is most likely the creator of Gunpuku no Himegimi. Ordinary authors/artists are actually creators of entire worlds without realizing that it isn’t just imaginary. I’m not sure what will happen when the characters locate the authors of their stories. Will they be able to write their future? If the stories are finished, will they be able to act against the fate written into the books and anime series? We’ll have to wait and see!
Normally, I feel like this could be an extremely corny premise, but the way it’s set up here makes it interesting. If it was just characters from a book or t.v. show brought into the real world without a good explanation for how that was possible, I think it would fall apart rather easily. I like that they justified it by alluding to the fact that the writers of these stories actually have the power to create alternate worlds from their creations.
The soundtrack is composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, who has worked on various different anime, series, and movies. From the works I have listened to, I enjoy his music quite a bit. His project group SawanoHiroyuki[nZk], worked with vocalists Gemie and Tielle for the opening theme of the show: gravityWall. It’s a great tune, very upbeat and melodic. The full version will be available on June 28, 2017, when the CD single drops.
Listen to the T.V. version of “gravityWall” here:
Be sure to catch Re:Creators on Amazon’s Anime Strike service.