Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Studio: White Fox
Source Material: Light Novel
Plot: Re:Zero follows a high school student Subaru Natsuki who has been summoned to another world on the way back from the convenience store. He has no idea why he is here or who summoned him. Things become worse when he is attacked by random hooligans. But when he is saved by a mysterious, silver-haired girl with a fairy cat, Subaru cooperates with her to return the favor. When they finally manage to get a clue, Subaru and the girl are attacked and killed by someone. Subaru then awakens in the place he was summoned as if time had re-winded itself.
Impression: Re:Zero premiered with an hour long episode and I believe that this was a good choice on part of the production team. But I will get to that later. I started the anime with no notion of what it was about. So, when I started watching I was like “GREAT! Another anime where the protagonist is summoned into a fantasy world. Where have I seen that before? Oh! Look he’s even wearing a jumpsuit. All that’s left is a useless Goddess, a masochist Knight and a one-time use per day time bomb and you got KonoSuba!” I was thoroughly annoyed. It was at the halfway point of the episode where it got my attention. Things get very serious very fast. He gets killed. And respawns! Everything he had done up to the point he died was reset. Then he tries to make sense of it all and goes about it in a roundabout way. And gets killed again and things reset again. This anime has certainly caught my attention and I want to see what happens next. I can see a lot of potential. Now the reason an hour long episode was a good idea is that if the episode was usual length it would end at the point of first reset. And people would think it’s just another virtual reality-ish anime and we have seen way too many of that recently. Some people might even drop the show. Making it an hour long gave the anime more time to hook the audience in with the second reset.
With that said, Re:Zero has the elements of two of the best anime of previous season. The fantasy setting and quirky protagonist of KonoSuba and time rewinding elements of Erased. On top of that the MC has the desperation of Okabe from Steins;Gate to make things right. Though it is a mish-mash of a lot of previously seen concepts, it’s the first time they are put together. I believe that they could go places with this.
The characters were pretty generic fantasy setting characters. We have a borderline tsundere half-elf mage, a quirky loli rogue/assassin and a spirit mascot that looks like a cat! The animation was good. One thing that caught my eye was that the background characters seemed to be moving very slowly and with weird postures like low budget 3D production. I don’t know whether it was intentional but it certainly caught my eyes. The music was decent enough.
That said I found Re:Zero to be interesting and will definitely watch the next episodes to find out what happens next. The first episode was an 8 out of 10 for me.
Here is the Promotional Video for Re:Zero:
Here are some screenshots from the first episode of Re:Zero: