New Anime Re:Creators Asks: What If Anime Was Real?

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This season’s breakout anime is Re:Creators, a show that asks the question, “Should we have empathy for our anime heroes?” Then it asks, “Are we responsible for our fantasies?” and “Why do magical girls love cheeseburgers so much?”


Re:Creators is about an otaku high school boy named Sota. His thing is drawing. One day, when he’s sketching out his light novel, he takes an inspiration break and cues up the anime Elemental Symphony of Vogelchevalier on his tablet. Suddenly, his tablet starts malfunctioning, and improbably, Sota is sucked into it. He lands in its Elemental Symphony’s fantasy world, right between the protagonist, a lady warrior named Selesia, and her enemy. They’re facing off in a giant mecha battle.

Moments later, the tablet malfunctions again. And it takes Selesia back with Sota into Sota’s city, which she calls “the land of the gods.” That’s because, as she learns, it’s where her world’s—Eternal Symphony’s—creators are. And she has some questions for them.



After time, more characters from video games and anime appear around Sota. Many have conflicting codes of ethics and worldviews based off their