An anime fan, my brother put me on to two shows I should keep an eye out for. The first was “Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this wonderful world!”, which I absolutely can’t get enough of. The other is Re:Creators. He’s tried to get me to watch this, but I’ve been distracted. I promised him that for our weekend call, I would watch the first episode and write about it. Covering episodic tales is a weak point for me, so it makes for some good practice.

Re:Creators focuses on Sota Mizoshino, a schoolboy who loves his favorite show, Elemental Symphony of Vogelchevalier and hopes to create his own anime/manga. While checking out the latest episode on his tablet, the device malfunctions, temporarily transporting him into the world of Vogelchevalier. Here, we’re introduced to our heroine, Selesia Upitiria and her nemesis, the multi-sword wielding Altair. In the midst of their battle, Selesia catches sight of Sota and saves him, sending them both back in the real world.

Sota informs Selesia that she’s a character, which she handles somewhat well. Before he can elaborate, Altair appears outside Sota’s apartment window and explains that she’s brought Selesia to the ‘horrific world of the gods of pleasure’, but doesn’t go into much detail as to why. Of course, that would probably be far too easy a reveal in the first episode. There’s a fun chase and fight sequence that ensues before it’s interrupted by a third mage-looking character, Meteora. Meteora causes Altair to leave, but not before welcoming them to our cruel reality. When the dust finally settles, Sota returns home to find Meteora and Selesia waiting for him. During the time it took for him to head home, they discussed the events that brought them to Sota’s world.

Running at approximately 30 minutes, Re:Creators is pretty fantastic. It takes a little while to get started, but by Episode 3, it moves along well. It reminds me a bit of the excellent film Stranger Than Fiction, with Will Ferrell and Emma Thompson. It’s left me thinking about the stories I’ve written over time and the characters I’ve created. How would our characters react in meeting their creators? Were the worlds we built complex enough to feel authentic? Overall, I’m enjoying the show.

Re:Creators can be found playing in Japanese with English Subtitles on Amazon Prime.