Re: Zero

In typical anime fashion, Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu begins with an unexpected turn of events on our protagonist. In a moment, he is inexplicably placed in another world which is inhabited by a variety of different races, where he meets pretty girls. Okay, great, so what sets it apart?

The first thing I'd like to point out is that our hero, Subaru, is shameless about his vaguely sexist opinions and unreasonable expectations of this world to be like, well, an anime. I thoroughly appreciate the writers' decision to blatantly point out typical anime tropes throughout the show, while simultaneously letting the show fall victim to those tropes. For some reason, it's delightful. Another thing I appreciated about Subaru's character is that he's not gifted with some special power. At one point, it seemed the writers set up the opportunity for Subaru to become a Gary Subaru (ba-dum ch!), however it's clear that was just a red herring when Subaru tries to use his affiliation with the dark element in battle, and gets the crap kicked out of him. 

Moving on, the plot is relatively straightforward. Subaru finds himself in a time loop that resets when he dies. The madness that comes with the constant re-living of his love interests' tragedy is somewhat reminiscent of Stein's Gate, an anime close to many viewer's hearts. 

The art is very well done and I just adore the character designs. The use of color is spectacular and the expression of the characters refrains from using the common un-detailed, dramatized expressions that wee see all too often in anime. This could be simply because a majority of the characters are bitter and/or stoic, but it's still an element I appreciate.

Since the series is still airing, I'm hesitant to give it a rating. Right now, though, it's probably sitting at 8.5/10 keys.