Anime 101: Re:Zero

Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World, is a dark fantasy, psychological thriller that began airing in 2016. The story is based on a light novel first published in 2012. This multi-award-winning anime is a perfect example of an ‘isekai,’ or anime in which one finds themself in another world. Re:Zero is a captivating tale of time travel, magic, and self-growth.


In the anime, Re:Zero, Natsuki Subaru suddenly finds himself on the streets of a fantasy world. He has no idea how he got to this magical realm or why he was summoned. However, back in Japan, Subaru was an avid gamer who was bored with life. So, rather than trying to get back home, he’s excited for the opportunity to live out his dreams and win this new game.

Unfortunately, this new world isn’t as bright and fun as he initially thought it’d be. Subaru is quickly cornered in an alley by muggers. That’s when he meets a mysterious half-elf girl. She saves him out of the kindness of her heart, despite her pressing quest. A thief has stolen something precious to the girl and to show his gratitude, Subaru agrees to help her retrieve it.

After locating the thief’s hideout, Subaru ventures in to take back what was stolen. There, he sees blood on the floor. A dead body lies in front of him. There’s no time for him to escape before being brutally murdered by the assassin waiting inside. The anime doesn’t end there, though. The brightly lit streets of the fantasy world greet him once again when he regains consciousness.

How did he get back to town? Why is it daytime again? The people Subaru spoke to earlier don’t recognize him. Events are repeating themselves. He realizes he’s been given the power to go back in time, but only when he dies. For the low-price of experiencing death over and over again, he is able to re-write his past.

Re:Zero follows the story of a man who hates death more than anything, but is forced to surround himself with it in order to save the ones he loves. This anime is gory and suspenseful, while simultaneously tackling difficult topics such as dark pasts, complex morality, and self-worth. The world-building is extraordinary and the characters are charming. This is a must-see anime if you’re a fantasy fan.

Where To Watch

Re:Zero is available for streaming on HBO Max, Amazon Prime, Netflix, VRV, Funimation, and Crunchyroll.

Cosplay Options

If you’re interested in cosplaying from Re:Zero, there’s a large cast of characters, so there are plenty of options to choose from! .

Natsuki Subaru – Subaru likes to live in the moment. He’s loud, confident, and loyal to his friends. He has short black hair and wears a sports jacket.

Rem and Ram – Rem and Ram are twin maids working for Roswaal L. Mathers. Rem is talented and adores her sister. Ram is clumsy and cold. Both sisters are very blunt. They wear matching maid uniforms and have short blue and pink hair, respectively.

Emilia – Emilia is a half-elf princess candidate. She is kind-hearted and possesses very strong ice magic. She has long, white hair and wears an ornate white dress with purple trim.

Take a photo with the Re:Zero car at Anime St. Pete!

Instagram user, @Pixlperfect_x will have his amazing Ram and Rem itasha on display for Anime St. Pete attendees.

Meet the Voice Actors of Re:Zero

This fall, you’ll have a chance to meet the voice of Ram at Anime St. Pete on September 17-18.

Ryan Bartley as Ram

Read more about our favorite Ryan Bartley characters here!

Also, you’ll have a chance to meet the voice of Natsuki Subaru at Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay on December 10-11.

Sean Chiplock as Natsuki Subaru

Read more about our favorite Sean Chiplock characters here!

Meet Re:Zero Voice Actors at Anime St. Pete

You’ll have the chance to meet Ryan Bartley of Re:Zero at Anime St. Pete in St. Petersburg, Florida September 17-18. Anime St. Pete is a brand new con and St. Petersburg’s only anime convention! It’s being held at The Coliseum, the same venue St. Pete Comic Con was held at in January 2022. Anime St. Pete tickets are on sale now.

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Anime St. Pete Goes Big with a Line-Up of Six Popular Anime Voice Actors

The new con is going big with six anime voice actors. Here are the voice actors scheduled for Anime St. Pete:

  • Dallas Reid, who voices Asta from Black Clover and Zack from Angels of Death (below, first row left)
  • Bryson Baugus, who voices Shoyo Hinata from Haikyu!! and Falco Grice from Attack on Titan (below, first row right)
  • Aaron Dismuke, who voices Tamaki Amajiki from My Hero Academia and Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist (below, second row left)
  • Ryan Bartley, who voices Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion and Young Kyojuro Rengoku from Demon Slayer (below, second row right)
  • Chris Guerrero, who voices Ainz Ooal Gown from Overlord and Shadow from Sk8 the Infinity (below, third row left)
  • Jill Harris, who voices Noelle Silva from Black Clover and Chiyo Yumehara from The Disastrous Life of Saiki K (below, third row right)




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