「ロズワール邸の団欒」 (Roswaal-tei no Danran)
“The Happy Roswaal Mansion Family”
The horror of having to repeat the same ordeal over and over again would be 10x worse if you had to repeat the stuff you thought you succeeded already. Re: Zero reminds me so much of Edge of Tomorrow where Tom Cruise had to repeat the same day over and over again. Literally. But the slight advantage that Subaru has is this new “revival” point. Storytelling-wise, I thought the staff positioned this perfectly and the bomb that it drops implies both a new start for Subaru but more importantly – he was murdered in his sleep! Obviously no one likes a cliffhanger, but it was paired very well with the music and being the complete opposite tone from the rest of the episode with that title? Oh, the irony. There is nothing “Happy” about living in a resident that may be out to kill you. Or who knows, maybe it wasn’t someone within the home but an assassin from somewhere else. That’s the scary part – Subaru has no idea who did it, why or when. Subaru has technically been living for a week now and during this time of “peace”, everything seemed so normal and then, you get stabbed in the back. Trying to backtrack an entire week to see where you went wrong might be more troublesome than just a day so I’m excited to see how he does it.
Not everything is as it seems in the Roswaal Manor and despite the welcoming attitude they had towards Subaru, I’m sure there’s a lot they’re not telling him. I’ll start with the easy one – Emilia, who has demonstrated her character and personality multiple times in the past few weeks already. I trust that she’s genuinely a good person and she wants to do what’s right but she’s holding back a lot of secrets from Subaru (for good reason I’m sure; he’s a complete stranger) and she puts up a high wall to hide behind. For example, being a candidate to rule the nation?! Beatrice (Arai Satomi) is a new character this week and she was hired by Roswaal to protect his library. She has an obsession with Puck (but he’s just so cute!) and her magic allows her to transport the gateway to the library to another door in the mansion. Subaru gets on her nerves because he can locate her so easily with one try. Asides from the attitude of hers, I don’t really sense any red flags coming from Beatrice even if she’s capable of strong magic. Rem (Minase Inori) and Ram (Murakawa Rie) are next and they’re the blue and red headed twins accordingly. Rem does the cooking and Ram does the cleaning; even though Rem claims to be capable of doing both very well. I’m generally not very attracted to the quiet/emotion-less type of girls (not to mention that they’re twins) but I’m intrigued by them nonetheless just because they’re in the OP and seem like pivotal characters. They’re probably the ones I trust 2nd-least in the household. And they’re so good at the cleaning/cooking… they could’ve poisoned Subaru. The last individual is Roswaal L. Mathers (Koyasu Takehito) himself and he’s the one that owns the estate. My first impression of him was – ”Oh my god, I’m scared of clowns!” and then when I calmed down, he reminded me a lot of evil clowns that you know are out to get you. From his demeanor to his seiyuu and just his creepy appearance in general, I don’t feel comfortable watching him. His relationship with Emilia is also one that I wish they talked about more. She said she didn’t have any family so who is he to her? For all I know, the creators could just be throwing red herrings everywhere but I’ve clearly taken the bait and I dub Roswaal as the most conspicuous character in the household. I just don’t trust him (yet).
I feel like time-travel is a trend in anime these days and I can’t get away from them. However, that’s not to say that it’s a bad thing and I actually like all these different interpretations of it. A lot of people were anxious to see this anime blogged and rightfully so. Re: Zero definitely has its own original spin on the fantasy/adventure genre with a mysterious undertone that makes it a more mature watch. I love that it isn’t all about the comedy and plethora of females surrounding Subaru, but there’s actual substance to the story. It reminds me a bit of Zero no Tsukaima except with less ecchi and more serious mystery. Plus, Re: Zero actually animates the gore and death scenes (with the sound effects too) which turns it up a notch from cute to ”OMG!” (that’s two gory White Fox shows for me now). Stilts has a lot on his plate so I thank him for covering episodes 1-3 already. It’s going to be another long ride as I watch cliffhanger after cliffhanger but hopefully the show will continue to impress.
Bottom line – @RCCherrie: Enjoying the slice-of-life moments in #ReZero this week but hoping to get back to the mystery next time! Man, the music can be super spooky, especially when you know that something bad happened/will happen but I love how it really fits the tone of the anime. Damn those cliffhangers!