Re:Zero is a deconstruction of the "trapped in another world" premise of anime milked in recent years. Whereas many titles of its ilk portray their leads as gaining powers of some sort in their new world, naturally adjusting to their predicament and being nonchalant over it, or being a chosen one to thwart some sort of great evil threat, our lead Subaru Natsuki enters the fantastical world he is whisked to with no supernatural powers beyond the ability to return to specific points in time after being killed and lets his ability to abuse the acquired knowledge of the future from his various deaths get to his head. This leads him at many points of the series to try deducing the causes surrounding the deaths he undergoes and overcoming the trauma it inflicts upon his psyche as he suffers from various deaths multiple times and has to bare witness to the deaths of those he develops bonds with in this new world.
Subaru is depicted as your typical NEET lead character who assumes he is being genre savvy over the present predicament he is in traveling into another world and becoming familiar with its inhabitants. However as he experiences his various time resets, he adjusts to his circumstances as best he can by coming to better understand the backgrounds of the different characters he encounters and the ways in which the fantastical world he inhabits work. Also due to his lack of supernatural powers, our lead finds himself having to exploit his acquired knowledge on incoming events and enemy abilities to often manipulate others and exploit the weaknesses of his foes to get the upper hand on them, often at great risk to his well-being.
Outside of Subaru's developments, Re:Zero also does a great job at fleshing out the world and characters of its series. The series mostly follows a medieval-fantasy based setting with magic and supernatural creatures like elves, dragons, and demons. Still, it does flesh out a number of the major and supporting characters in the series that Subaru crosses paths with and whom he will grow to befriend, ally, or oppose throughout his adventures. The politics of the world are also fleshed out as this serves as a major component of the show's plot and fleshing out of major character and potential love interest to Subaru, the half-elf Emilia. In spite of its engaging and fresh storytelling however, the series does suffer from some loose plot threads regarding future enemy threats to come and Subaru still being trapped in another world thanks to the rather obvious fact that its light novel source material is still ongoing as of now.
Inconclusive ending aside though, Re:Zero is easily one of the year's best titles thanks to its great deconstruction of the "trapped in another world" premise of anime in exploring how an ordinary young man like Subaru would endure the endless suffering he puts up with from coming back to life from the many deaths he endures. A definite recommendation if you are looking for something different from the stagnant number of titles recycling the "trapped in another world" premise.
Rating: 9 of 10
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
It was refreshing to see the main protagonist of one of these show not only start out as weaker than everyone else, but also dispel any notion that the restart ability would make all his challenges easy. The fight near the end was fantastically choreographed, and the series did what few shows of this kind do; develop their generic protagonist. Sure Subaru starts out as an annoying otaku, but he seems to actually mature as the series progresses as he witness more and more horrible events. I just hope they flesh Emelia out a little more if they give this show another season.
My only problem was in the middle when Subaru become depressed as hell, which I don't mind main character acting like human over tragic event and having the world weighing on them, but it went a bit too long with an annoying stupid speech episode because every stuck in a other world or video game have to do that, and Emilia was not flesh out as much. While I love it overall for making a repetetive genre be fresh with a great time concept, it still run some of the annoying trope and his internal struggle could have been done better.
I remember the first 2 arcs while long were what fans enjoy until the 3rd arc which divided fans over the protagonist and another thing.
I can't think much to comment on. I enjoyed the series and try to be neutral with the ship wars.
I didn't think much about the trope. I know light novels with an harem aspect tend to make their protagonists overpowered. I can't think of other non harem shows with a trapped in a fantasy show. Speaking of harem because of the merchandise and the video game, it can turn off some fans who like the show but hate harems in general.
While it's not like Sword Art Online which thrives on wish fulfillment and power fantasy, Re:ZERO almost gets that vibe. Subaru is luckily weak and helpless most of the time. He has to use his wits and knowledge from the time resets.
I do agree with this show working as a deconstruction to the "thrown into a fantasy world" sub-genre. I didn't even think of that until now, and it just made me feel even better about the show, despite already giving it a 8 or 9.
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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.
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