Re: Zero -Starting Life in Another World- / Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Psychological, Mystery, Thriller, Déjà vu
First Aired: Spring 2016, 25 episodes
Summary: Suburu Natsuki is a seemingly normal teenager living a seemingly normal life until he is mysteriously transported into a fantasy world with no idea of how or why it happened. Luckily he is familiar with the world of fantasy through video games and other means in his regular life. Suburu is beginning to come to terms with this new world and thinks he understands the rules until he is pummeled by some street toughs. Things are looking grim for our weakened protagonist until the magical Satella helps him out. Now it’s up to Suburu to learn the true rules of this fantasy world that has become his reality, including any ability he may or may not possess.
The Re: Zero story may seem the like usual anime “protagonist taken away from their normal life and placed in a mysterious fish-out-of-water fantasy world” scenario, but the plot quickly thickens into something unique. What starts out as something of a comedy turns much darker with all the trails the characters are put through. Suburu thinks he has a handle on the situation and is even excited about it, but that all changes as surprises are constantly thrown at him. He learns that the only constant is change as he unravels secrets while remembering the details of everything that’s already transpired.
The characters are memorable and distinct in their appearance, even with the twins. Their development is noteworthy, from Suburu’s obvious changes to the subtle changes in the others. The episodes left me wanting more. I’m glad most of them were out when I started watching so I could binge watch most of the series.
You might enjoy this if: You can’t get enough of the 1993 film Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray as Phil Conners.
You might not like it if: You want an action-packed thriller as opposed to one of the psychological variety.
Note to the Viewer: Make sure you always watch until the end of the episode, past the credits. There’s usually more episode to be seen. Also, if you want to learn more about Suburu’s new realm, check out the Re: Zero Shorts starring all our favorite characters.
Re: Zero Ending Credits – STYX HELIX by MYTH & ROID
(I would watch the credits roll by after almost every episode and just think about everything that had transpired. The intense ending to several episodes left me in shock and disbelief. I grew to enjoy the song attached to the credits so here it is)