Fragglepuss Anime Review 235: Re: Zero -Starting Break Time from Zero- and Re: PETIT -Starting Life in Another World from PETIT- (Shorts)
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Parody, Fantasy, Short-Form
First Aired: Spring 2016, 25 short-form episodes
Summary: This iteration of Re: Zero utilizes the characters from the main series, transforming them into chibi versions of themselves. Each episode shows a few characters in one location dealing with a minor problem, allowing the viewer to become better acquainted with everyone in the series and the relationships between them.
This Re: Zero is short and sweet. The chibi characters are a nice complement to the original series, allowing for a look at the lighter side of their personalities. The shorts follow the same progression as the series with how new characters are introduced and how certain events unfold, so you can watch a short after each full-length episode if that’s what you’re into. The animation is nothing special and the soundtrack is minimal. The true draw is getting to know the characters. The Re: Zero proper series is like the main course that fills you up while the Re: Zero shorts are a tasty dessert that finishes off a fine meal and leaves you completely satisfied.
You might enjoy this if: You love the original recipe Re: Zero and want to know more. The shorts give details that are not in the regular series, from inconsequential facts like how Emilia hates pepples to interesting Lugnica facts like how the day is split into four timepoints.
You might not like it if: You have not watched Re: Zero. You will be lost and not understand anything about the shorts.
Note to the Viewer: -Starting Break Time from Zero- is the first 11 episodes of shorts to accompany the Re: Zero series. The shorts were then replaced by Re: PETIT -Starting Life in Another World from PETIT-. Between the two sets of shorts the entirety of the first season of Re: Zero is covered.
Re: Zero -Starting Life in Another World- Opening
(There is not a lot of Re: Zero PETIT AMVs, so here’s the opening for the original series. You should watch it before watching the shorts anyways)