Re:Zero -starting life in another world- is an isekai anime that takes a very different approach towards its genre to give us something unique and amazing. Fans all over the world love this anime for its fantastic visuals and brilliant story. Today, we are going to take a closer look at all of the different aspects of this anime that make it a huge success in this Re:Zero review of seasons 1 and 2.
Re:Zero Story Review
The plot of this anime follows the story of a young boy named Subaru Natsuki. One day, while walking out of a convenience store, Subaru Natsuki suddenly gets transported into a fantasy world. Subaru also receives a pretty unique ability in this new world that makes him immortal. In this fantasy world, Subaru gets sent back in time whenever he is killed. That sounds like a pretty spectacular ability, but it is absolute torture for Subaru. We follow Subaru’s adventures as he tries to survive in this dark and horrifying world.
Now, from the plot alone, we can quickly tell that this isekai anime is quite different as compared to every other show in the genre. This show does not just give us another cliché story in which the protagonist is just wildly overpowered, but we actually see Subaru struggling to survive in this new world.
The story progresses at a very good pace and slowly introduces us to the breathtaking world of Re:Zero.
Art & Animation:
While the art style of this anime can look a bit cliché, the animation itself is absolutely breathtaking. Every scene in this anime has been masterfully crafted by studio White Fox which is a well-renowned animation studio. The transitions between different scenes are just perfect, and the narrative direction is also nothing short of astounding.
Re:Zero gives us a cast of the most memorable and unique characters that have pretty realistic personalities. None of the characters in this anime are associated with a single quirk as they all have incredibly well-built personalities. The personalities of all the characters in this anime slowly develop as the show progresses.
One of the many reasons behind the success of this anime is the fact that Re:Zero gives proper screen-time to every side character as well. Subaru Natsuki is probably the most beautifully written character in the entire series as his personality develops quite drastically.
Re:Zero Review: Notes on Season 2
Of course, I just have to mention the brilliant season 2 in this review as well! While the first season of Re:Zero was pretty good, it still felt a little bland and incomplete. Some episodes felt a little too repetitive, and the pacing of the story was a little too slow.
Studio White Fox has fixed all of the errors of season 1 in this breathtaking sequel. The pacing of the show has greatly improved as we learn a lot of things regarding the world of Re:Zero in just 13 episodes. Also, the show no longer feels repetitive at all. Every episode brings something new to the table and finds a way to surprise us.
While we can’t call it a masterpiece just yet, Re:Zero is still one of the best isekai anime that you can watch right now. This anime takes the usual isekai tropes and presents them in a fresh way using its unique premise and story.
Unlike other isekai anime, Re:Zero is a pretty dark show that shows us the reality. Subaru’s new fantasy world is just as complex as his own world, and it is filled to the brim with riddles and mysteries.
Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- is a must-watch anime, and I’d recommend it to any anime fan who is ready for a horrifying and complex story.
In terms of actual numbers, I’d give this anime a rating of 8.5/10.