A hero from our world who ends up inside a computer game world has become a cliched trope for a fantasy anime but that doesn’t mean it can’t result in good stories. Re:Zero is a candidate for one of the best in the genre.
Re:Zero does two things differently. The die and come back again aspect of a computer game is embraced, becoming something of a curse for the hero. Secondly, it can be morbid, dark and brutal at times. This isn’t always a pompom waving anime about fantasy escapism. I don’t think anyone fancies being any of the characters in the show.
The trailer for the Re:Zero OVA “Frozen Bonds” has been released but we don’t yet have English subs for it and so I can’t really tell what’s going on.
Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World – Frozen Bonds is a prequel. It may help shed some light on the acknowledged secrets of key characters; Emilia and Puck.
The OVA isn’t a brand new invention, it’s an adaption of the light novel of the same name.
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