“Despair” Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Review and Recommendations

“Until you say, “I’m home”, last night’s “See you soon” is still in effect.”

Coming from the Spring season, Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Re:Zero) finishes its run in summer 2016. Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu has found a lot of success throughout the season with a story that constantly was flipped around and whilst presenting the viewers with a wide variety of emotions. The exact story telling and how everything played out allowed for it to take different concepts and factors in order to provide a great story line rife with intensity and drama.Following one Natsuki Subaru and his transportation to another world, it provides for a very common start. However, unlike other anime, his journey is of one that isn’t a hero, but of one that is on the bottom of the food chain having to provide for himself and use his own knowledge whilst having no “living” power unlike others in a world filled with magic and other worldly beings.

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As it progresses Subaru becomes the main highlight of the series itself and the interactions with other characters are superbly portrayed through great dialogue to show his range of explosive emotions. Learning of his ability to essentially respawn allows for a story to be told with different outcomes “generally” allowing for an omnibus. It’s a story of one that doesn’t tell all of the triumphs during ones life, but one of all the beat downs, and ongoing beat downs that one may receive. Disparity ensues as he is unable to take everything, where Kobayashi Yuusuke (seiyuu) does a great job in showing a fractured mind but also one that knows the harshness of the world against ones expectations.

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In regards to other areas, Re:Zero provides a whimsical amount of different moments which pleases the eye. At times the animations are bright and lovely, reflecting that of a field of flowers, showing the good and kindness in the world. However, a majority of that time the animations is set in more duller and darker themes in order to emphasize the effect of the situation and the darkness that Subaru faces each episode. This being combined with seemingly well constructed fighting sequences allowed for its realism to shine. It hurts when ones stomach is getting cut open, or when losing a limb, and this was all shown in a great way.

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Rem Best Girl!

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OP/ED: For a 2 cour season, it provided 2 different OP and EDs. With each and every one of them reflecting the journey and characters themselves in the series. The animations provide to be some that honestly reflect everything that occurs and how Natsuki Subaru is at the center of it. The musical themes are darker and a lot more slower matching the overall atmosphere provided by the anime.

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Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Was it Good?

Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu provided a roller coaster of drama throughout the season. Through both ups and downs, the emotions of the characters really shone through and the story line was one that at times punched you in the gut, it’s a beat down at heart, but one that’s addicting to watch. For what it does in its genre, its different its not bubbly but one that paints a realistic reflection of the world, and that is what makes it so great.

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Recommendations: Through watching the series, it clearly shows its not like any other “character gets transported to another world” anime, but it does share similar aspects such as magic and different races, thus I recommend the following:

  • Steins; Gate
  • Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
  • Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

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