Anime Name: Re:Creators
Author: Daiki Kase
Director: El Aoiki
Release Date: Mid 2017
Target Audience: Late Teen- Adult
Imagine you are minding your own business and you suddenly find yourself surrounded by the most popular characters in anime… and I am not talking about cosplay. Well that’s exactly what happens to Sota Mizushinon, an aspiring artist as he attempts to watch one of his favorite anime titles on his tablet. Somehow, he finds himself in the same world as the anime he was watching as the heroine begins to attack a mysterious chick who looks like she is straight out of a cold-war era anime. Before he knows it, he ends up back in the real world with the heroine and as you can imagine… all chaos ensues from there on out. It turns out, that popular anime characters were somehow being brought to the real world. Just as you may expect, it isn’t always the main character of the story who is the most popular in society's eyes. In fact, there are a number of villains and secondary characters that get brought to the real world.
Needless to say, when an individual finds out that their world is created by someone else and every event that has happened to them (and those that will happen) has been fabricated by a single individual, it leads to a huge existential crisis. Also, it can lead to an understandable anger depending on which anime character recognizes this. As a result, all the anime/manga/game creations that arrive in the real world seek to find their creators, and it makes for some interesting encounters. The mysterious soviet blade chick attempts to influence these creations to their side by claiming that the creations need to take revenge on the creators. Those who are opposed to this idea side with Sota, and a fight of good vs evil begins.
This anime is rather clean minus your stereotypical japanese bathhouse scene and an exchange of words in a penthouse between two of the characters (a conveniently placed towel prevents and reflections conceal full nudity, but to be honest not much is left for the imagination in these brief and non-sexual encounters). Language is limited, but there is a lot of blood and impaling. In regards to sexual content, there is a character that was from a “dating sim” game which brings about a few adult lines, but it is relatively tame. These factors make me hesitant to give it any form of kid or early teen approval rating.
Despite these few drawbacks (which I understand is a cultural difference), what I liked most about this series is that it honestly made you think. First, it makes you imagine what would happen if this occurred in the world today (it be pretty cool seeing Vegeta and the Elric Bro’s fighting evil together). More importantly, it makes you reflect philosophically by making you ask a series of existential questions such as: what would I do if I found myself in the shoes of those creations? If I could confront the omnipotent, would I get angry at my creator and demand changes to myself or story? Would I decide that I owed them my entire existence and become friends? When faced with saving a world that technically isn't mine, would I risk myself? It also takes a decent swing at addressing cyberbullying and the fear of not condemning it in society.
I would like to give this series a 7 out of 10 rating. The reason I give it a higher ranking is that I feel the ending was lackluster compared to the rest of the series, but it was genuinely authentic at the same time. I hope that a second season comes out in the future, yet I am unsure of how it would continue the current story-line. If you are looking for a deep and well thought out series, I would highly recommend re:Creators as a first choice.