Anime Review: Re:Zero – MarzGurl

An unlikable kid gets sent to a mysterious fantasy world, and he respawns every time he dies. Do these elements mix well together?

About MarzGurl

MarzGurl, a.k.a. Kaylyn Saucedo, is an Internet animation and gaming personality, known primarily for her work on Channel Awesome (home of other famed internet personalities such as The Nostalgia Critic and Linkara) and Screenwave Media (YouTube multi-channel network that hosts James Rolfe a.k.a. The Angry Video Game Nerd, Brentalfloss, and Team Four Star). She is also a former Crunchyroll news writer. She rose to fame for her in-depth, introspective, and satirical review videos for subjects such as dollar bin straight-to-video animation to the works of legendary animators such as Ralph Bakshi and Don Bluth, the former of who recognized and commended her work on his Twitter. She also runs her own thriving Twitch channel where she and her partner JoshKnightThe1st, a.k.a. Joshua Saucedo, produce the weekly nerd culture podcast Beyond The Black Rims. In 2015, she released her first feature length film “Farewell, FamiKamen Rider” which she co-produced, co-wrote, and co-directed with JoshKnightTheFirst. The film is a conclusion to the FamiKamen Rider web-series produced by late Internet personality Justin Carmical, a.k.a. JewWario, to whom the film is dedicated.


In recent years, MarzGurl has expanded her activities beyond the Internet realm to include live appearances at conventions. She has hosted panels at Anime Expo, MAGFest, Oni-Con, and many others. Her panels cover a wide variety of topics from animation, to Japanese culture, to her own work and the work of Channel Awesome. She has also become known for her widely popular Nerf Wars, where attendees compete in a variety of Nerf games in an environment designated by the event.

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8 Comments on "Anime Review: Re:Zero – MarzGurl"

TragicGuineaPig
Guest

Amelia? Please tell me she doesn’t yell rambling speeches about the nature of Justice while standing on top of high objects!

So let me get this straight: the main character is a guy who goes out of his way to help this girl because he’s interested in her romantically, and she just happens to be a half-elf who is also in line for the throne. There’s only one thing to say about that: “WELL, EXCUUuuUUSE ME, PRINCESS!” (And yes, I agree, the guy is a douche).

Rezro
Guest

Not really.. Emilia is a good person, but she isn’t naive.

Also there is way much what going on in this series, but I would not spoil the detail.. in fact MarzGurl did great job in avoiding what people should not know.

TragicGuineaPig
Guest

It’s a reference to The Slayers.

Chicken Puppet
Guest

Glad to see you doing anime reviews. I have periods where I want to consume lots of anime, then periods where I lose interest for a little bit, I think it’s normal.

I lost a lot on interest in the “respawn at checkpoint” plot device. It’s just been done too much recently including that Tom Cruise movie, and it takes a lot of weight and consequence away from character actions once the novelty wears off.

Bill Murray did it best in Groundhog Day!

TragicGuineaPig
Guest

If you think about it, it’s basically “Loading Savegame” from an RPG, so it fits very well with the fantasy setting.

I liked it in Stains Gate. In Stains Gate, essentially the character was trapped in a hell of his own making, and yet he chose to relive those moments over and over again because he was convinced he could make everything right, that he had to make it right. I’m trying not to give anything away for anyone who hasn’t seen it though.

Chicken Puppet
Guest

No I get that, I’m a gamer nerd above all other forms of pop culture that I’m into.

I’m just commenting on this particular plot device becoming overused lately.

Rezro
Guest

That depend on definition of “taking away consequence” as constantly dying is worst faith then death. Also that isn’t the real twist of the story, as even if complains about protagonist are justified this story is self aware enough to make a important plot point from protagonist douche personality.

Chicken Puppet
Guest

I haven’t seen this anime, so I can’t comment on the quality of it’s use here.

My complaint is over-use of concept in general. Like time travel and alternate dimensions, it has the potential to become one of those overused tropes that writers use to retcon and convolute a series’ canon.

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