Natsuki Subaru, an ordinary high school student, is on his way home from the convenience store when he finds himself transported to another world. As he's lost and confused in a new world where he doesn't even know left from right, the only person to reach out to him was a beautiful girl with silver hair. Determined to repay her somehow for saving him from his own despair, Subaru agrees to help the girl find something she's looking for...
The End of the Beginning and the Beginning of the End (Part 1)
Reunion with the Witch
Starting Life from Zero in Another World
The Happy Roswaal Mansion Family
The Morning of Our Promise Is Still Distant
The Sound of Chains
Natsuki Subaru's Restart
I Cried, Cried My Lungs Out, and Stopped Crying
The Meaning of Courage
Fanatical Methods Like a Demon
Return to the Capital
Next-level waifus, tons of suffering and this never-ever-seen resurrection thing. All in a single pack! Whatever, here's my honest opinion. Spoilers ahead. Re:zero is a serie that generated a huge fan-base from no where and everyone seemed to be in a huge hype train of "I hope this anime has a plot at some point". Lets get started: Whatch this if: - You like shonens and waifus. - You like magnifiedly stupid main characters. - You like seeing whale torture for 2 whole chapters - You don't mind things happening for no reason and unclosed plot parts. Don't watch this if: - The rest of the review is full of reasons to not watch this. Plot It looks like the author wrote down the actual anime trends (2016) and some animes he liked and copy pasted parts of them to mix them like if this was the "formula to success". And somehow, it worked. Typical shounen genere, cliffhangers, main character diving into a phantasy world, maids, neko-girls, waifu stereotypes, medieval swordsmans, some time travel or resurrection/resets, more cliffhangers, a "normal" dumb/retarded otaku as main character aaand done. The story doesn't follow a structure or a goal, he appears in this new world and... well... things happen, because of reasons. And the resons are usually forced dramatism and suffering. - First plot: they need to recover Emilia's medal without dieing. - Second: Roswaal's mansion characters being introduced while there's no main goal at all. - Third: The royal selection seems to be where the story was leading us all this time, but it ends being pointless since it doesn't even conclude. - Fourth: Bad crazy guys appear and we have to kill a whale because reasons. Most of this part is Subaru dieing all the time without advance in the plot, until Rem confesses his love and he becomes a supersayan. Then they proceed to bully whales for 2 or 3 caps. It never explains the most important points of the story: why did subaru enter this world, why does he this reset thing, who is the witch and how is this related to Emilia and Puck. It priorizes throwing in more new characters and anime fetishes. The only thing that concludes is that Subaru kind of saved his waifu and she loves him. Characters They are totally flat, and I'm not talking about their chests. You can easily notice that each one of them is a very stereotypical character copypasted from some other anime with close to zero depth. Even the main character which is the deepest and most important, has a very irregular progression through the story and he doesn't even really change that much. Conclusion At the end there is no message or lesson, the whole story is a big repetitive cliché about conquisting the girl, a girl thaat doesn't even have personality. Well, I like Emilia since all we know about her is that she is always trying to be nice to everyone and she may be the only character who colud be a role model or something, but she is swallow as fuck and there is zero intention of making her more than a standard waifu. Come on, at least Rem is a bit deeper as a character even if that's not much. My real grades for this anime should be: Cliffhangers: 10/10 Main character: 2/10 Harem and waifus: 10/10 Script: 1/10 Fillers: 9/10 Forced blood and suffering: 8/10 Flaws and plot holes: From the first chapter, I watched the anime thinking it had potential; expecting a greater plot to develop at some point. But I kept watching and nothing began. More subplots, more pointless characters and more exagerated blood. The problem is not about the plot and character development being not clearly spelled-out (which is a lot of the time just ignored), there's plenity of time in 25 chapters to get a way more consistent story, but the anime wastes most of it's time in unnecessary sub-plots and fillers that don't bring anything interesting to it. Main Story: - How and why did Subaru get transported to this world? - This whole "THERE WAS A BAD WITCH" thing. We will never know who was her, what were her intentions, was she as bad as pleople say ... - Why Emilia introduced her as Satella at the first chapter? Why was subaru "cursed" by the witch? Why does he ressurrect? (The anime gives some hints about this questions, but not real answers) - Subaru is sloth? Subaru is pride? The whale is gluttony? Puck is wrath? What's the point about this sins thing anyway. Same for that thing about "we have many types of magic, like pokemons, subaru has shadow magic" that leads nowhere. - The royal selection looked like the main plot for the second half of the seaon, but it ended up pointless and uncompleted. - We don't know anything about Emilia's past/origin. - Filler chapters. The plot advances very slowly, it is a 25 chapters anime, but all his plot could be fit in less than ten. Most of the episodes are not relevant to the story ... I could tolerate it if the anime had no potential or no plot to explain, but it just keeps adding shallow characters instead of adding depth to the ones we already have; keeps adding mysteries and plot flaws that will never be resolved, instead of responding to the ones we already have. More flaws: Unnecessary/uncomplete characters: - Wilhelm: he is just filler material, what the fuck. "Hello I'm a badass widower old swordsman that hates whales" is pretty much all we have from him, this could be summarized in a sentence but we do get many chapters and thousands of flashbacks about this "I'm a knight with a reason to fight" character. Doesn't add anything to the story, just a reason to kill whales and have "epic battles". - Beatrice and Roswaal were introduced but we did never know much about their past / never aported anything relevant to the story. Why do Roswaal support Emilia anyway?¿? - Elsa "Gut Slicer". Why did she appear in the first chapters and then vanished for no reason? Left with a "see you soon", never came back. Whatever. - Felt. She joins the royal selection because... Magic? :D - Puck: why does he call Emilia her daughter? Who is Puck? You can theorize about it, but it's not clear. - Subaru: he just changes all the time from being a complete piece of trash to a goddamn fucking boss pussydestroyer. Because he decides it. And the reason for his harem to fall in love with him is just because he is the main character, doesn't go deeper than that. We could keep going for hours talking about flaws but w/e. Recomendations: If you like this "resurrection thing", read the manga All you need is kill: it is what re:zero tried to be. The film adaptation is "The Edge Of Tomorrow" if you can't read, but it isn't that good. If you like the drama in re:zero, read Oyasumi Punpun: Not a happy story, and what a masterpiece. Subaru would feel his life is great after reading punpun. To avoid recomending only mangas, some anime: Steins;gate has time-travel, suffering and some save your waifu simulator. The first ten episodes are pretty damn boring but then it gets pretty damn good. Made in abyss: suffering and friendship in a fantasy world. It's cool but starts slow. PS: all of this review is based based on my opinion and my shit taste. If you are reading this, thanks for reading or scrolling to this point :)
Before you blacklist me please read what I have to say. By the way 5/10 means average not below average. Also some spoilers may be in here but they will be set of like this (spoiler here). Let's start with the most obvious things, being this is in no way shape or form similar to Erased or Stiens;Gate anyone who says so lied. It doesn't have great characters like Stiens;Gate or a mystery to solve like Erased yes it has flaws but is it bad? No but it was overhyped. Now onwards and upwards. The first three to four episodes are actually promising a total idiot for a main character but like any show showing a character to develop over time is necessary, then came the next episodes, and what happens? Forced character development followed by drum roll 2 minutes of plot and a cliff hanger, for how many episodes you ask I don't know it's still happening after 8 episodes. As for the story, what story? (Do you mean the unexplained teleported to another world and and when he dies he resets thing yea sounds awesome right) great news 8 episodes and not even a hint to what's behind this cool idea.Characters, I actually have a favorite character you know that shop keeper who he keeps telling he's broke (the one he resets to) now he's relatable just a man just trying to run a business. All the rest are as follows naive protagonist, cute shy girl, a couple of eccentric people and two cute maids and that's it so far oh and that library chick what's the description for her? Emotional stunted. I guess it would be cool if the characters weren't set up like a harem anime think about it you will soon see I'm right.Every thing else is cool the world mainly but seeing as we never see it after the first couple of episodes what's the point?Anyway it's your choice blacklist me, start a debate or trust me it doesn't matter. Final verdict awesome idea poor execution. Wasted potential don't waste your time.
Hello, we have ourselves something interesting and relatively new as far as the cliche setting goes. Let's start by saying what this is in terms of genre. You will have your typical teenager coming over to another world. Elves, demons, magic, medieval times - as far as this goes we've all seen this before. However, as far as recommending this I would tell almost everyone to watch it. It doesn't matter if you like this type of show, it's not the dominant trait of it. But let's explain everything like I usually do. Watch if: - You generally like shounen-type anime, - Your idea of watching something involves understanding and thinking, - Fantasy is your drug of choice, - You appreciate visual fanfare and eye-candy. Don't watch if: - You hate cliffhangers, - You need everything spelled-out in terms of plot and character development. ANYTHING BELOW THIS POINT MAY CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS Story 9/10 My personal ranking as far as story goes rates this anime very high. Probably on par with things like "Death Note" and "Madoka Magica". Do not look for similarities in terms of setting or even the story itself there, though. What I mean by this is that I believe the idea for the anime is great and somewhat unique. This is inevitably tied to both story and characters, but I will put my thoughts down here - before you get bored of reading. The main concept (apart from "person in another world") here is that the protagonist will ressurect after death. Not only that, but he will turn back time as well. The idea is easiest explained as an "auto-save" feature in real life. He will go back to a point, remember all his choices and will be able to change events somewhat. There are two ways I found one might look at it. You could treat this as the typical hero power an MC gets in this type of story, but I believe that to be incorrect. Another way of looking at it, as I believe the creators might have intended, is that the guy has no special features about him. He isn't some long lost prince, has no sword coming out of his butt or a magical eye that strips females of their wits and garments. There is some kind of curse on him (let's call it auto-save curse) and he will make the best of that bad situation. What you typically see in shows of this genre is the hero making choices that are ALWAYS correct. If you ever thought outside the proverbial box while watching the genre you'd have at some point asked yourself at least one of the below (or a variation of it): - "How does he always get to the right place, how does he even know where to go?" - "How come he talks to this person he just met like they know eachother forever and gives them advice?" - "Seriously, you just got to this world... why do you know everything and do the right thing every single time? Can you read their minds?" For me it's utterly frustrating that heroes just come and take the reins, guiding everyone, including the viewer through the cliche plot without a single hiccup. Like, "Ok, so I am in this world, and we need to kill the demon lord" - 15 episodes later they are at the demon lord castle, walking to his throne room. How did he even know which way it was... In this show you get to see what an actual human being might do, if put in the same situation. He will make MISTAKES. Luckily his "auto-save" lets him try and try again until he gets it right, or as close to that as possible given the circumstances. If you never thought about the above cliche you will after you watch this show. This is also the most compelling reason for watching that I can give you. Animation 8/10 Visuals are stunning. It's pretty, it's colorful, things are animated and move almost like they should. Given some of the gore I feel it might have been a smart idea by the animators to deliberately conceal some of the more gruesome shots - we get to avoid the omnipresent Rays of Light(Tm), while at the same time we know what happened. Some parts might be too light-hearted and maybe attention to detail could have been better with the scenery, but there really is nothing to complain about. You will find that it's pretty, I promise. Sound 7/10 I loved the OP, most of it anyway. There's absolutely noting bad to say about the VA's as well. Sound is not intrusive, it plays its role, builds up tension and helps the overall vibe. While it is the lowest point of the show, that is only because everything else is so great. Characters 9/10 Bread and butter of the series. While the idea and story are both amazing, they would not work without the characters. The MC is actually a typical teenager. They made him a bit too dense, but that is most likely so he doesn't intimidate teenage viewers and they don't feel too inferior. Most any teenager should be able to relate to him, given the fact he has no special powers and tends to actually have emotions that resemble a human being. While this sounds negative, it is far from it. Most shows present you with a sock puppet that will headbutt walls, peek on girls and shout out skill names while disposing of enemies. This guy thinks, analyzes, makes mistakes and LEARNS from them. He is also a role model type, so it's safe to let your teenager watch this, if you're a parent. Characters have layers, but are not rushing to the MC to tell him their life story. They tend to be very secretive and through decent plot manipulation (and use of "auto-save") the MC gets to discover that some are not what they seem. Genuine relationships develop, sometimes cut short but the MC dying and such. Overall 8/10 This is a show that everyone should at least try. No matter if you're just looking for a casual shounen or you'd like to explore the more interesting aspects of it, this anime will deliver. The only downside is that clever use of cliffhangers makes you want more. As such, for those who hate waiting to see what happens, one might need to wait for all 26 episodes. Wholeheartedly recommended.
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