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Seriously, don’t. It’s freaking hilarious.

Recap episodes are a staple of anime. Like many viewers, I’ve skipped over more than a few of them in my time—at best scanning through them in the hopes of finding anything new. But I am so happy that I didn’t’ skip over Re:Creators’ recap episode—it’s both informative and hilarious.

[This article contains spoilers for Re:Creators episode 13.]

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Following up on the end of episode 12, where our heroes come up with a plan to defeat Altair and her allies, Meteora decides to recap in voice over everything that has happened up until this point. Of course, Meteora is more than a little biased. So what we get is Meteora trying to give an informative recap but instead getting distracted by her own thoughts and opinions on her allies and enemies.

Up until this point in the series, Meteora has been blunt, logical, and serious. There have been brief hints of the humor lying beneath the surface but, in this episode, we see her dry wit on full display.

Long story short, Meteora has a bit of an ego on her. After introducing both Sota and Selesia, we see her appear in the recapped story for the first time—but not her as she truly is, the her she dreams that she is. Meteora (Delusion), as she is called in the credits, is everything that Meteora isn’t. She is tall, sexily clad, busty, and powerful enough to kill Altair in episode one—which she promptly does.

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Oops.

Forced to abandon her delusional self so she can continue to recap what has actually happened, she starts running through the characters one by one. While the visuals are all clips of previous episodes, Meteora does give more than a few details about each and their source material.

This is especially helpful in the cases of Yūya and Blitz—whose pasts and home realities have been rarely mentioned. After all, knowing where they’ve come from and what exactly their powers are helps us both understand and sympathize with them.

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All this exposition is made entertaining by Meteora’s wit as she mocks the rest of the cast in her dry monotone—be that Selesia as she gets pounded on by Mamika or Alicetaria for not realizing that she’s being deceived by Magane. Eventually, she goes full Meteora (Delusion) again and even takes a stab at singing the episode’s ending theme song.

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The episode ends in a fourth wall-breaking rant about the nature of recap episodes and reassuring the viewer that it’s not a sign of production trouble or anything of the like.

All in all, it leaves us with a good laugh and a greater understanding of the characters of the show—especially the inner workings of Meteora herself.

Seriously. Go watch it. You won’t regret it.

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

Comments (1)
  1. I actually forgot that it was going to be a recap episode and watched it. I’m glad I did. That was easily the best recap episode in anime history, I’m sure.

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