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In Re:Creators, one character stands out as the black sheep in the crowd: Magane Chikujōin, a character whose powers are so fascinating you’ll be captivated by her every word, whether you want to or not.

[Note: This article contains spoilers for Re:Creators.]

In Re:Creators, fictional characters from various stories come to life in the real world. The character archetypes are varied and their motives are quickly dividing them into sides, despite what their original character designs may be. One common trait among them—aside from the fact that they’re all fictional characters—is the fact that they’re all superhumanly powerful. You have flying sword fighters, a rocket-launcher armed sorceress, a magical girl who fights with exploding hearts, a gunslinger who shoots gravity bullets, a spirit-conjuring delinquent, a dragon-slaying warrior, and a boy piloting a literal giant mech.

Then, there’s Magane Chikujōin. A character from a light novel series, Magane fights with words. By manipulating lies, she can literally bend reality to suit her own ends.

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We’re introduced to Magane in episode six in a bookstore. Attempting to walk out of the store with books in hand, Magane is stopped by the shopkeeper, who accuses her of shoplifting. Magane states that the books she’s holding are her own and, as proof, she says that there’s something written in pen on a specific page and that she doesn’t have anything on her person to write with. The shopkeeper calls her a liar and turns to the page of the book—which happens to be a book titled Inhabitants of Cthulu—and on the page of the Hounds of Tindalos there is the message, “This [creature] will attack the old man in the bookstore!” When asked if he thinks the message is a lie, the shopkeeper says of course it is. Magane then activates her power with the key phrase, “a lie of a lie.” A Hound of Tindalos appears in the bookstore and kills the shopkeeper.

In this way, Magane’s ability is somewhat complex and requires some setup, but we can see that it holds nearly limitless potential for havoc. Magane presents a statement that is a lie, and by having someone reject it, she can then make it true, no matter what it is. 

We see a further extension of Magane’s powers in episode nine where she fights Yūya Mirokuji, a manga antagonist. Magane sees Yūya’s attacks with his wooden sword and casually mocks him, saying his attacks probably won’t have any effect on her. Yūya responds boasting that no one has ever taken one of his blows and left unscathed. Magane says her phrase, “a lie of a lie,” and Yūya’s next attack simply damages everything around her—leaving Magane untouched.

This shows that, even if someone doesn’t directly call her a liar, as long as they contradict something she says, she can still activate her power.

We also see that her power doesn’t simply dissipate. When Yūya tries the same attack again, it still has no effect, indicating that any lie Magane makes true will remain true so long as she is alive—and perhaps even longer.

(On a side note, the fact that Magane is voiced by Maya Sakamoto, and Yūya is voiced by Kenichi Suzumura—husband and wife in real life—gave the fight an extra layer of entertainment for the voice actor fan in me.)

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Because Magane’s ability lies (heh) in what is spoken, it makes every scene with her absolutely spellbinding. I spent the entirety of episode nine glued to her every word and interaction, waiting for that moment when she’d tell a lie and have someone reject it. Not only that, but Magane is a wordsmith, choosing her words and how she says them to manipulate others like puppets. She’s a coyote, using truth and lies as a weapon to make others destroy themselves.

Obviously, this means the easiest way to fight Magane is to just keep your stupid mouth shut. But this is anime, and a battle without banter is like a three-dollar bill. The only character who would probably kill Magane without a word is the series antagonist, the Military Uniformed Princess.

Story-wise, the fact that Magane is on her own, opting not to side with either faction, is perfect. She is a wild card, unpredictable and treacherous. The fact that she can bend reality also makes her a loose cannon deus ex machina and potentially more dangerous than any other character, including the Military Uniformed Princess. I can’t wait until Magane opens her pointy-toothed mouth next.

Re:Creators can be viewed with English subtitles on Amazon Anime Strike.

Comments (10)
  1. Oooooh….. so that’s how her ability works.
    Thanks for explaining it guys!

    • You’re welcome!

  2. I see ANN and Anime Now are very VERY fascinated this show. Yes, it is a good show but do the sites have to promote this almost every week?

    • John, this is a fair question so allow me as the Managing Editor to pop in and answer it. But first, a quick note: Anime Now! has zero control over what is written on ANN. Likewise, ANN has zero control over what we write here. Our editorial and writing teams are completely independent, so I can’t comment on anything on their side.
      However, as for Anime Now!, I’m not blind to the fact that we often have one Re:Creator’s article out of the 17 articles we publish each week. The reason why is two-fold: 1) It’s an excellent show with tons to talk about and 2) people keep reading and enjoying the articles. While I am wary of burnout, as long as my writers keep pitching excellent topics about the series and people keep reading them, I see no harm in writing about the series regularly. I hope this answers your question.

  3. This Anime is so good, I really like it

    • It’s an excellent twist on an old idea that I’m surprised they didn’t do sooner.

  4. One of the best anime in this season

    • Strongly agree.

  5. She’s a fox, not coyote.

    • In this case, I was referring to the trickster god/spirit, Coyote. I did consider using other trickster references like Loki, but Coyote seemed closest.

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