I have a very long list of anime I need to watch. And the blessing of waiting close to two months to watch airing series is that I can watch through one series, and then go back and start another one. It lets me catch up on all them at once and get a good feeling for where the show is going. After watching Kabaneri, Sakamoto, and Tanaka-kun to their latest episodes, I decided that Re:Zero would be next as I’ve heard quite a bit about it. And I was not disappointed.

The Story

Re:Zero takes place in a fantasy world, but its protagonist, Subaru, is not from a fantasy world. He is from our world. But at the blink of an eye he was transported to this fantasy world. In a very short span of time, he learns that he possesses the ability to reset by dieing.

Story Thoughts

The premise of Re:Zero isn’t necessarily new. Its been done before. However, that does not prevent it from using this plot device to the best of its ability and thus far I have been on the edge of my seat from episode to episode. Its an amazing thrill ride and it keeps you guessing as to what will happen next. Its like watching someone play a video game where every tiny little thing you do alters the script somehow, but ultimately have to revert to a previous save in an effort to find the right combination of events to get the good ending rather than the bad ending.

On top of that I’d have to say that all the characters in the show thus far have been quite likable. I sympathize with the main character. He sort of reminds me of myself sometimes. And the female characters are great too. I’ve taken a particular interest in the sisters Rem and Ram, though more specifically Rem... for reasons.


The Art

The art of Re:Zero is... shiny. It’s good looking. Is it Ufotable? No. Madhouse? No. But its good, and that’s all that can really be asked for. The animation is also pretty good so you won’t find me complaining about that either.


The Sound

I wouldn’t really say that the soundtrack is anything special and the sound effects are about what you’d expect. The only thing really noteworthy here is how good the opening is. I’ve watched it every single time thus far.


The Verdict

Its good so far. Eight episodes in and its still going strong. That’s more than I can say for most shows. So I give my recommendation to try it. Some of you are likely hesitant to view it because of its overdone premise, but I say don’t let that stop you from giving it a shot. Three to four episodes should be enough for you to reach a verdict.