When Subaru Natsuki leaves the convenience store, the last thing he expects is to be wrenched from his everyday life and dropped into a fantasy world. Things aren’t looking good for the bewildered teenager, however: not long after his arrival, he is attacked by some thugs; armed with only a bag of groceries and a now useless cell phone, he is quickly beaten to a pulp. Fortunately, a mysterious beauty named Satella, in hot pursuit after the one who stole her insignia, happens upon Subaru and saves him. In order to thank the honest and kindhearted girl, Subaru offers to help in her search, and later that night, he even finds the whereabouts of that which she seeks. But unbeknownst to them, a much darker force stalks the pair from the shadows, and just minutes after locating the insignia, Subaru and Satella are brutally murdered.
However, Subaru immediately reawakens to a familiar scene—confronted by the same group of thugs, meeting Satella all over again—the enigma deepens as history inexplicably repeats itself. – My Anime List
Based on 18 review scores:
Dr Animaniac Unscripted
So every season there is the one anime that is the most hyped up, the most popular and the most talked about; which sparks debates and wars and just general hate from those who hate the hype. ReZero absolutely is that show this season, just as Erased was last season’s. Sometimes these shows were not very deserving (like OPM in my opinion), while others were, but maybe not quite as much as initially believed (like erased if I’m being honest). However, there is no doubt when I say that ReZero is the best anime of this season, of this year and one of the best of all time. Episode 1 may not convince you and may make you think it’s just the same old fantasy anime of a guy being pulled to another world to find a harem of girls waiting for him. (i.e: SAO, Konosuba, etc.) However, episode 2 quickly snaps you out of that thought and causes you to give the show a second look.
Excellent Anime for Girls.
I’ve read many comments that compare this show to Konosuba. While both shows involve a track suite wearing otaku getting sent to a fantasy world with a fair share of female character, that’s where the similarities end. The “teleport to a fantasy world” storyline is so common in anime and manga that it is just silly to compare these two based on that alone, though to be fair, the track suite thing is kind of weird. Konosauba is a satire of the cliché “teleport to a fantasy world” storyline. On the Other hand, Re:Zero, while following the “teleport to a fantasy world” storyline, has a very unique and well done mystery aspect that you just don’t see in the fantasy genre. If its anything like the manga the mystery plot will get really good as the show progresses.
The title “That’s all this story is about” has some finality to it, as if this is all Re:Zero has to offer. The finale is certainly conclusive, but it does not close the doors to a continuation at all. With the popularity this series has earned throughout the year, I would be very surprised if it didn’t get a second season in the next few years.
All in all, an imperfect but still solid and satisfying, and entertaining finale. If a second season comes along one day, I’ll surely be tuning in. If not, it was a fun ride. Often stressful, enraging, and heartbreaking…but also fun.
Awesome idea poor execution. Wasted potential don’t waste your time.
My Anime List
Re:Zero has a great deal of issues when viewed under these lenses, and none of them are insignificant. No matter how emotional its scenes and copious amounts of death and suffering made you, it would be quite hard to argue there is much more value to Re:Zero than its spectacle. It is a master at manipulating the audience’s feelings, and while it succeeds at entertainment and has one neat little moment, Re:Zero fails at making the case that it is anything more than lavishly produced, yet cheap theatre.
Overall, I was really into the show. Despite the gripes I mentioned at the end, the show was a real joy to watch, and didn’t disappoint on the initial hype it brought. Whether you binge watched it or watched it weekly, the pacing was fantastic, and it never felt like I was wanting for more to be going on, nor did I feel as though it was moving too quickly to understand or keep track of. Very solid, highly recommended.
Mad Maz Reviews
Re:Zero is not without its own tropes or faults, but it is a show I intend on giving a solid chance to. The characters seem interesting, story format is engaging and allows its audience to really be mindful of the material at hand, and it has no problem revealing certain answers while leaving the rest to be a mystery that the series will answer (hopefully) with time. For now, I am satisfied watching a series unfold that has some real promise these season as it treads the line of being extremely funny and somewhat dark all at the same time!
I’ll add that it was quite inconsistent. The first arc was great, the second arc was a disaster, third arc was amazing, and the rest was pretty good.
I really like this anime and it does a good job with its plot and characters.
Re:Zero may not be a deep show with any real meaningful message at the end of the day, but it clearly is head and shoulders above most of its competition as an isekai show. Every week it provides top-notch quality entertainment with several gripping and impactful moments you are not soon to forget. Moreover, it not only swats away any reason to doubt its setup, but blows you away with meticulously crafted and cinematic-like scenes. Almost every episode leaves you wanting the next one right away, and truly, you could hardly ask for much more than that.
Anime UK News
Overall, I recommend Re:Zero to everyone as it breaks the trope of the ‘being transported to another world’ genre and offers something new. If you can look past Subaru’s annoying personality for a few episodes then you’ll be fine, and even if you can’t, you’ll probably be too busy being amazed by the latest cliffhanger to really care. There are little things to look past, but provided you can this is a solid series. Perhaps it’s not the best anime of 2016 and maybe we won’t even remember it in a year’s time, but for now, it’s one of my favourites of the year for sure.
I loved ReZero, it was a really good show so I recommend that you people give it a try too.
The Outer Haven
Despite its slow start, ReZero kicks into high gear halfway through the series and simmers into a story that can still hold your attention and make you want to see more!
Read more at The Outerhaven: ReZero: Starting Life Over from Zero Review http://bit.ly/2enjYpv
Monkeys Fighting Robots
I could go on all day about things I hate about Re:Zero. The edginess that stretches all across the second half, with characters like Beetlejuice. Or the inconsequential plot of the throne election. Or the way Subaru uses the honorific “tan” for Emilia almost right away. Frankly I don’t even feel like mentioning their relationship because its so baffling to me why it is even a thing (what I said before pretty much can equate to their romance). And all the escalated reactions of Subaru towards the knights or political figures. It’s like this dude is pure ID and has no sense of living in a society and never knows when to stop. But again he somehow knows how to handle everyone’s problems because he’s nice. Its out folks, we can get rid of all the Psychologist and Psychiatrists and replace them all with nice guys, because all it takes it a dick and good intentions to solve your problems.