Re Zero has been one of the most influential anime in these past four years. If you have watched any isekai anime, then you would’ve probably liked Re Zero a lot. But why is it so popular? We’ll get to that topic in the review. Before that, if you’re thinking Re Zero as a part of fate/stay franchise, then you’re mistaken. It is solely a different franchise with a distinctive adaption.
If you haven’t watched Re Zero yet, you might’ve not known about it, or at least you didn’t give it a try because of some negative reviews. Well, now spend some more time reading our review because it might convince you to watch it or you can at least know why it is so popular. Well then, let’s get to the review.
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Genre: Adventure, Drama
Re Zero is an isekai anime with a base story of a light novel series by Tappei Nagatsuki. From 2012, the series began serializing on the website Shosetsukai ni Naro. And in 2014, Media Factory began publishing seventeen volumes of the manga. The three arcs of the series are the adaptions from the manga. The first season of the anime aired in 2016.
The story follows a normal young man Natsuki Subaru who gets summoned into a different world. However, he has no idea who summoned him there. Not long after his arrival, he gets beaten by a group of thieves, and that’s where he meets Emilia. She searches for her stolen insignia, which is a must protect item for her to become a princess.
Emilia helps Subaru from those burglars, and he assists her in finding the Insignia. Soon after they find whereabouts of insignia, they go after it. But the least they know, much darker forces are after the insignia. While Emilia and Subaru find Insignia, they both get murdered brutally. However, Subaru reawakens alive and ends up at the place where he was summoned to. Can he prevent the outcome of destiny?
Just like every isekai anime, our main character Natsuki Subaru gets transported into a new fantasy world. But what makes this plot unique from those regular ones? Unlike in other isekai anime, Subaru transports into an entirely different world where he experiences hell instead of getting along with every new world character. In the beginning, the plot seems unclear, and many unanswered questions will rise in the audiences’ minds. Well, eventually, you’ll find answers to half of it. Probably the remaining mysteries will make sense in the upcoming season.
Honestly, I never thought Re Zero characters would be so exciting and adorable. Even though every character hasn’t equally developed, some characters like Rem and Subaru make the series even more impressive. Right from the beginning, you’ll notice some adorable moments from Rem, but as you move forward, you’ll be totally shipping Rem with the protagonist.
If you ask me about my favorite loli characters, Rem would surely occupy one of the top 3 spots. Making of Rem character is probably one of the most challenging things in this anime. Thus, character development has become one of the best aspects of the series.
Just as you’d expect from a fantasy isekai anime, the animation is top-notch. Generally, in isekai anime, the environment sets in a different world. Portraying the beautiful visuals along with the pin to point animation is a part of isekai success. While the animation stands as top-notch, the character designs such as Emilia and Rem are outstanding. What more do you want from an anime? Well, Animation should be one of the best aspects to make Re Zero a visual classic.
Let’s not say it has the best soundtracks and background score, but according to the scene, the music does make you love it. The opening of Re Zero is so good, but it takes some time to get into your mind. I don’t find a particular word for its music, but if I had to define it for you, music does a great job in making the scenes more intense. Thus, Music ended up being one of the most vital aspects of Re Zero.
Usually, the protagonist of an isekai anime always steals the characters’ attention with his abilities. But in Re Zero, Subaru is weak right from the beginning and struggles until the end. The one thing that keeps him going on is hope to find his very reason for summoning. However, it does have some cool fights that’ll mesmerize you. Significantly, the battle with the white whale is one hell of an epic one. So, if you’re into action anime, this one will hook you up.
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While Re Zero has so many aspects that make it a great anime, it did has some minor flaws, though they shouldn't be considered. Because Re Zero uses a different narrative structure where most of the audience find it unique, with the promising plot, it lets you hook up right from the beginning, and until the end, you'll notice some good character development. It might not have some cool soundtracks except its opening; it truly does a terrific job in making scenes more intense. The animation is top-notch, just as you'd expect from the environment of an isekai anime. And if you prefer to watch an action isekai anime, that works too. You get to watch some cool fight scenes like against White Whale and Sloth. Overall, it is a fantastic anime to watch if you're a fan of isekai anime. It makes the best out of the little things. So, we'd recommend you to watch it!
- Exciting Plot
- Interesting Characters
- Stunning Visuals
- It might not give you a good impression at first