Is Re: Monster Anime going to be any different from the million other ‘re:’ titles?

Is Re: Monster Anime going to be any different from the million other 're:' titles?

Re: Monster is a Japanese web novel written by Kanekiru Kogitsune and published by Alphapolis. It was later adapted into a light novel, the inspiration for the manga which has now been announced for an anime adaptation to be released soon in 2024 by Studio Deen.

Seven Seas Entertainment publishes Haruyoshi Kobayakawa’s ongoing manga adaptation, describing the series as such:

When a young man begins life anew as a lowly goblin, he forges past all obstacles with a combination of strength, smarts, and a monstrous appetite in this action-packed shonen fantasy manga!

Rou, formerly Tomokui Kanata, was a human with an Esper ability. One day, he was killed by Kirimine Aoi, a childhood friend who became his stalker. Later, he wakes up only to find himself reincarnated as a Goblin, a Monster Species considered to be of the lowest class. His memories as a Human and his original Esper ability, Absorption, remained in him. Having a second chance at life, Rou is determined to live it to the fullest.

The premise of Re: Monster

Is Re: Monster Anime going to be any different from the million other 're:' titles?
Re: Monster | Image courtesy of Studio DEEN

Parabellum is a mercenary group created by Rou on Day 67 built on the former orc mines in the Kuuderun Great Forest. Its members have a lot of different variety of races all working together as one under Rou’s command which has never been seen before in the world until Rou’s arrival/reincarnation. Usually, a mercenary group at most has 2 or 3 different types/species of races, but Parabellum has more than 10 different types of species of monsters as its members.

The name itself stems from the saying: “Si vis pacem, para bellum”, which means “(if) you wish for peace, prepare for war”.

How is it any different from the other re: Titles?

Is Re: Monster Anime going to be any different from the million other 're:' titles?
Re: Monster | Image courtesy of Studio DEEN

With so many other anime titles with the prefix “re:”, it’s natural to wonder if Re: Monster will offer anything different.

On the one hand, Re: Monster does share some similarities with other “re:” titles. The protagonist, Rou, is reincarnated into a fantasy world, and he must use his new powers to survive and thrive. However, there are also some key differences that set Re: Monster apart.

  • Rou is reincarnated as a monster, rather than a human. This gives him a unique perspective on the world and allows him to interact with other monsters in a way that other protagonists cannot.
  • Re: Monster is a much darker and more violent series than many other “re:” titles. The world of Re: Monster is a dangerous place, and Rou must constantly fight for his survival. The series also explores some complex themes, such as racism, discrimination, and the nature of good and evil.
  • Re: Monster features a large and diverse cast of characters. Rou is surrounded by a group of loyal friends and allies, as well as powerful enemies. The series also features a variety of different monster races, each with their own unique abilities and cultures.

Conclusion

Is Re: Monster Anime going to be any different from the million other 're:' titles?
Re: Monster | Image courtesy of Studio DEEN

Overall, Re: Monster is a promising anime adaptation with the potential to stand out from the other “re:” titles. The series features a unique protagonist, a dark and violent setting, and a large and diverse cast of characters. It remains to be seen whether the anime will be able to live up to its potential, but it is definitely worth keeping an eye on.

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