It’s over. It’s finally over. Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- has come to a close with a total of 25 episodes under its belt. So how was it? It was by far the worst part of my week, and the most disgusting excuse for an Anime I have ever watched. 0/10 do not recommend, do not watch. Ever. Just kidding. Re:Zero is actually the best harem anime I’ve seen in ages. Kidding, again… kinda.
Re:Zero is about a strapping young lad named Subaru. One day he get’s pulled from the real world and into a fantasy world, and from there he has to adapt to survive. By adapt, I mean fail a lot before succeeding. But such is life, right? Thing is, he dies before he succeeds. Usually for most of us, when we die we don’t come back for a second, third, or fourth chance. Subaru, on the other hand does. It was this gimmick that hooked me onto the show in the first place. Protagonist dies? He goes back to a “save point” and gets to try again. It’s interesting to watch how he goes about getting past obstacles, but at the same time it spoils the destination.
I have very mixed opinions on Re:zero. While it looks and sounds nice on all fronts. The story is pretty coherent, and consistent. Not perfect, but definitely not bad for what is more or less, a time traveling story. So this leaves us with the characters. I found most of them interesting, and appreciated that quite a number of them weren’t really one note characters. They go through their own growth, and thanks to Subaru’s death gimmick, we get to see different sides to some of them. Then of course, there’s the protagonist… Subaru.
Subaru is a moron. He is both the show’s strength and biggest flaw. In the first 3 episodes, he was alright with a bit of dumb, but after that his character goes down a slope of intolerable, unrelatable stupidity. Watching him be him, week by week was horrible. Sometimes, I found myself shouting at the screen, watching as he essentially wasted episodes learning next to nothing from past mistakes. He very quickly became a protagonist I wanted to see fail. This isn’t to say he doesn’t have his moments, but they are few and far between. If anything, my dislike of him stems from an incompatible pattern of thought between myself and him. That, and he’s stupid even when given emotional, situational allowance. To give him and the show credit though, I came back full circle on the last 3 episodes with a generally (more-or-less) positive opinion of him. Shout out to episode 23 for that.
I’d say more, but when it come’s to Re:Zero, all I want to talk about is how much I hate Subaru, and plot points that delve into spoiler territory. So with that said, if you enjoy the journey more than the destination then go ahead and give Re:Zero a try. Otherwise, you might find yourself irritated by how predictable Re:Zero can be. Granted, even then it might still be worth a try. Thinking about it now, I might have enjoyed and tolerated Subaru more if I hadn’t had to wait a week between each episode.