Re:CREATORS was a lesbian love story all along.
It makes sense: it was into Altair that Setsuna vested her final wishes, and she’d spent a long time creating Altair, making music videos of Altair — she was Setsuna’s magnum opus. And of course Altair loves her back: the penultimate episode is glorious, with them really meeting each other for the first time, finding each other painfully human. Setsuna accepts that her existence is temporary and that she’ll have to return to being dead; Altair refuses to let fate reassert. Together they create an infinity of universes in which they can forever be together, going on new adventures, making their own stories. “You and I will be gods,” they say to each other as they embrace.
Yuri – 5. There’s some ambiguous relation between Alicetaria and Mamika, one scene of Meteora and Selesia engaging in a Pocky game. Then there’s an entire episode of Altair saving Setsuna from a second death (in slow-motion) where they hold onto each other and take up nearly all of the run-time hugging each other. It’s not as explicit as I’d like (please can’t they kiss?) but their episode is titled “I love you, too” which is as close as we can get to Yuri outside of specifically Yuri titles. Some clear homages to Puella Magi Magica Madoka, but happier and without the unfortunate implications of lesbians being emotionally unstable.
Service – 5. There’s one onsen episode. Otherwise, while Selesia’s outfit has a boob window the camera angles are always pointed away from T&A or panty shots.
Overall – 9. It’s not a conventional Yuri anime, but it’s a fantastic sleeper hit and the explosion of glorious lesbianism near the end ties it all together beautifully.
Erica here: Thank you very much Benjanun for the review!