Note: This review is part of the XII Days of Redemption reviewing event. This is for Day VII and contains mild spoilers while not giving anything too critical away.
"Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World" is a 25 episode action/fantasy anime series about a shut-in that gets mysteriously transported into a world akin to a fantasy novel and after meeting a person that saves him from some thugs, he gets killed later on in the process of repaying his debt. That's when he discovers that he can go back to a certain point in time after death and is able to restart from there, but little did he know that using his power to bend his own fate will be a very dark and taxing task ahead of him.
Storyline This starts off like many "thrown into an alternate world" shows, but the interesting parts thankfully begin after the first deaths from episode 1 onward. Also, the fact that there are significant changes to Subaru's actions and events after his time jumps rather than said jumps being the same thing ended up helping the story on the most part and having his save points being updated increased (and sometimes relieved) the tension and psychological elements contained. However, a bit too much time was invested in Subaru's ability in some points along the way. Due to the series catching up on the source material (as well as being quite faithful to it), not everything was resolved or in place (The royal selection and some of the the bowel hunter fiasco for example), but the other story points were well done and the end result feels like more of a fitting end than something unfinished.
Characters Many characters started off very iffy with Subaru being the most out of the iffy side, but his development and his realization of him being a really lowdown and greedy person (alongside fixing some of that) managed to have him end up being a good character for the show, to a point. In fact, some people might be put off on the show because of his overall character, especially before he metaphorically looks at himself later on. The same iffy-to-good effect also happened with Ram and Rem, but moreso on Rem, since there was more emphasis on her and it was well used to the point of being the best character for this show.
Other characters that I enjoyed were Felix, Crusch, Reinhard, Wilhelm and Beatrice for either being rather fun characters or that they had some good origins. The lower neutral characters were Emilia for there not being that much on her, Anastasia for being an annoyance and Peltegeuse for being rather disturbing, but he was also a fun character to me and was instead a neutral character after re-watching him. The worst of this bunch for her overall character turns out to be Priscilla with the remaining characters being just plain neutral.
Pros and Cons While the art style isn't too different from other anime series of it's ilk, the animation happens to be very well done, especially for some key scenes and battles. While the musical score is decent with the second cour's opening being the best of it all, a lot of it is used very well through the show. The dark and twisted parts actually are used quite well for the show and even had some death scenes become really impactful. The series turned out to be really strong upon the second cour and had few instances where the quality was dropped down.
Those that don't like (or can't handle) blood and gore will have to be wary of it since there are many battles and death scenes that are very violent and grotesque, including some of Subaru's deaths and someone else being twisted like a rag to the point of near death. Some episodes feel quite slow, not including the first episode, which had a good pace despite being an hour long.
Final Verdict I found this to be a lot more fun that I initially thought back when this was first airing, and for proving me wrong after watching the whole thing, this gets an 8/10. Those that want to see one interesting take on the time-altering concept cannot go wrong with this show. Being a gore monger is an added bonus in case you are one.
Current Situation: I wanted another excuse to use Enterprise as an avatar again.
This show will gut you if you can get into it. It was a wild ride and I wonder if the author is a sadist. I remember the staff talked about how many times Subaru died. For the Crunchyroll broadcast, there were censorship. If you hate censorship, tip is hunt for the Blu-rays.
Whether you want to get involved or not, watch out for the Waifu wars, it's more deadly than the battles Subaru has endured.
I remember folks had issues with Subaru only in the third story arc when the Whale and Betejuice were the antagonists. It was hard to stay with him or hard to sympathize with him.
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT