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How To Watch Re: Zero Anime? Complete Watch Order Guide

Do you fantasize about magically being teleported to a realm beyond our own and become a super-awesome hero who fights off mystical demons and saves the day?

Do you sometimes wish you had a reset switch that would take you back to a time where you hadn’t messed up? If your answer to those questions was affirmative, then Re:Zero is just the anime for you!

A series that does not have a very unique setting, stands out among other Isekai simply because of its amazingly fleshed-out characters. All of the major characters experience incredible character developments, and all of the minor characters are quirky and memorable.

Which Re: Zero anime to Watch? Complete Watch Order
Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World

Re:Zero is not all sunshine and rainbows, though. The plot has many gore elements that serve as a consequence of the characters’ actions.

1. Watch Order

Re:Zero has two seasons, the first has 25 episodes and the second season was released recently. Other than the two seasons, a director’s cut has also been released in April 2020. The cut has 13 episodes each an hour long.

2. Original vs. Director’s Cut: What to Watch

The original series has 25+ episodes, each episode 25 minutes long. The Director’s cut, however, has 13 episodes, each being an hour long. The overall plot for both is the same with some extra scenes and tiny changes in the director’s cut.

While the plot is the same, the director’s cut is of the superior quality, having better animation than the original. For first time viewers, it is recommended that you watch the director’s cut and skip the original unless you want a re-watch of the exact same story.

Which Re: Zero anime to Watch? Complete Watch Order
Re: Zero

If you have already watched the original, it is totally up to your preference. If you haven’t watched the anime in a long time and wish to prepare yourself for season 2, the director’s cut is the way to go. Otherwise, you can watch the director’s cut after episode 6 because that is when more noticeable changes take place.  

3. Release Order

  • Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (2016)
  • Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu: Shin Henshuu-Ban (2020) *Director’s Cut

4. Other Media

I. OVAs

  • Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu – Memory Snow (2018)
  • Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu – Hyouketsu no Kizuna (2019)

II. Spin-Offs

  • Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Break Time (2016)

III. Specials:

  • Re:Petit kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (2016)

5. Chronological Order 

  • Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu – Hyouketsu no Kizuna (OVA)
  • Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Or the Director’s Cut) (Episodes 1-11; Episodes 1-5)
  • Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu – Memory Snow
  • Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Or the Director’s Cut) (Episodes 12-25; Episodes 6-13)

6. Conclusion 

The release order is the recommended order for Re: Zero simply because it makes more sense that way. The OVA, Memory Snow should be watched in between episodes 11 and 12 if you’re watching the original version or between episodes 5 and 6 of the director’s cut.

The Spin-Off and Special hold no relevance to the plot and can be skipped.

Re:Zero (Official Trailer)
Re: Zero (Official Trailer)

7. About Re:Zero

Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World is a Japanese light novel series written by Tappei Nagatsuki and illustrated by Shinichirou Otsuka. 

The plot is based on Subaru Natsuki, the protagonist who gets sucked into a fantasy world on his way home from the convenience store. He gets attacked by a group of thugs and is beaten to a pulp immediately, but this girl from the fantasy world named Satella saves him. To return the favor, Subaru helps her find the stolen insignia. They both get murdered by a mysterious force in the end, and Subaru wakes up with his new ability to reverse time upon his death.

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