Thursday, November 10, 2016

Re:ZERO~Starting Life in Another World: Complete Series


Age Rating: 17 and up
Rating: 9 1/2 out of 10
Episode Count: 25
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Format: Japanese with English Subtitles

Official Synopsis:

"Natsuki Subaru, an ordinary high school student, is on his way home from the convenience store when he finds himself transported to another world. As he's lost and confused in a new world where he doesn't even know left from right, the only person to reach out to him was a beautiful girl with silver hair. Determined to repay her somehow for saving him from his own despair, Subaru agrees to help the girl find something she's looking for..."

My Review: 

Re:Zero is the most enjoyable form of frustration I've ever known! This series crawls up under your skin, imbeds itself into your inner most psyche, and slowly but surely eats away at your patience, leaving you to revel in unsubstantiated musings and unprovoked rage!

Leaving many questions and very few answers in its wake, this anime appears to derive a particularly twisted form of pleasure in playing with its audience’s emotions. It jerks you around nine ways to Sunday, plays with your heart like a dog’s chew toy, never apologizes for an instant, and … has you thanking it for that misery.

Re:Zero is the most dysfunctional relationship you will ever have with an anime. This series could turn even the most sadistic of individuals into a masochist in one viewing. Despite the unprecedented frustration you experience while watching its infuriating story unfold, it somehow manages to not only keep you coming back for more time and again, but begging for it to do so.

As you quickly become accustomed to its predictably unpredictable nature, you’ll begin to realize that much of Re:Zero’s appeal lies in its nerve wracking suspense. Fueled by its multifaceted story, clever characters, luminous animation, intense pace progression, brilliant character arcs, gripping story, and foreboding OSTs, the anxiety it brings is anything but contrived.  

Re:Zero effortlessly created a world in which everything is as thrilling as it is terrifying,  beautiful as it is beastly, and everyone is as lovable as they are untrustworthy! It has you second guessing every conspiracy, conclusion, and possibility you contrive. It never lets you take a break for a moment—right when you think you’ve caught on to its little mind games and it can’t possibly fool you anymore, it pulls the rug out from under yet again, throwing in yet another unexpected element to its already complex story.

As undeniably stressful as it is to navigate through Re:Zero though, that’s what makes it so exciting to watch. You can never tell who is friend or foe, what confounded conundrum is coming next, or where its infinitely infuriating story is heading. In a day and age where most supposed twists and turns can be met with, “I saw that coming,” Re:Zero manages to keep its story fresh and fascinating. Despite its cyclical episodic format, by continually adding new characters, venues, and ventures, this series never felt stale or stagnant for a second.

I called it when I said Re:Zero was going to be the black horse of the Spring 2016 season. They say the opposite of love isn’t hate, but neutrality, and I think Re:Zero is a good example of that. Despite the frustration you feel watching it, it’s that same rage that proves just how invested you are in its story and characters. So if you find yourself wanting to throw your television out the window because something didn’t go the way you would have wanted it to, remember, that’s your love for this ingenious little gem talking.

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