「約束した朝は遠く」 (Yakusoku Shita Asa wa Tooku)
“The Morning of Our Promise is Still Distant”
So is the title foreshadowing what’s to happen? Is this “promised date” the reason that Subaru keeps dying? Probably not, but it’s a nice hint at the fact that he’s going to keep repeating these few days until he finds out what (or who) is murdering him. The last few minutes of his episode were pretty gory and by now, I’ve grown used to the fact that I’m always on edge while watching Re: Zero. You know that when everything’s going too smoothly, tragedy is just around the corner. Not to mention that this show airs on the same day of the week as Game of Thrones! Sundays are officially my hermit days. The death of Subaru for a second time confirms the theory that he gets a “revival” every time he dies (and I’m calling it a “revival” because that’s essentially what it is, not because I blogged Boku Dake ga Inai Machi) and he was indeed murdered at the end of last episode. Now the question is, who and how? I brought up the idea of poison in my last post and I will bring it up again because I think that’s likely what’s slowing him down. What is physically chopping up his arm and slaughtering him is another story. It reminds me a bit of Elfen Lied where people get dismembered and it’s because Lucy has f*cking invisible telekinetic arms slicing you up! That probably isn’t the case here but you never know in the realm of fantasy. There’s definitely no shortage blood here folks – hats off to White Fox for keeping it up every week.
If it wasn’t for that ending, I would’ve thought that this week was actually pretty tame and a good follow-up to the introductions last week. This time the twin maids get more screen time for the viewers to really tell the apart and get to know them. They’re not one and the same and they actually have very different personalities – who would’ve thought? Ram, being the older one, was a bit easier to read but not any less interesting. She teaches Subaru how to read and write their language so that she and Rem could have it easier. Midway through the night, she falls asleep on Subaru’s bed too, which sounds to me that she’s less hardworking than she appears. Or perhaps she has other ways of compensating for the fact that Rem is a lot more skilled then she is? On the other hand, Rem’s interactions with Subaru were vastly different from last week and his injuries vary too. I think the obvious speculation would be that Rem is after Subaru and the dog bites were a huge contributor to his slow death… but is that too blatant? Subaru also cuts himself when he’s peeling the apple with Ram so why couldn’t Ram have poisoned the knife? Ram probably has more of a motive if she sees that Subaru is warming up to Rem more. Rem doesn’t seem to have motive at all for killing Subaru either though unless she thinks that Subaru is being rude to her older sister (whom she’s clearly protective of).
With all this speculation, I’d love to hear what other people think. I’m sure there’s plenty of foreshadowing and hints dropped, but as someone that hasn’t read the manga or light novel, I’m going to enjoy it for what it is. The fact that Subaru is smart enough to try and relive the entire duration without making too many variations is wise of him – although I don’t know how much closer he is to finding the murderer. He’ll need to work a little harder next week to understand who is out to get him and why. If his promise to Emilia has anything to do with it, maybe he should be on the watch-out for whoever is listening to their date conversation. We also haven’t heard much from Roswaal (thank God for lack of creepy clowns) or Beatrice this week so maybe we’ll see more of a focus on them later on. Rather than being a servant around the house, I’m sure Subaru could ask for any other position in the household to investigate more. Re: Zero is shaping up nicely to be more of a psychological thriller and mystery than anything else. I love it but it’s very deceiving for people coming into for an “action/adventure/fantasy” series.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: A slower ep to build out the characters – specifically Rem/Ram. Takes the time to differentiate them. And just when I thought it’d be a quieter episode… BAM! #Rezero #neveradullmoment
Full-length images: Because I missed one last week.