「ナツキ・スバルのリスタート」 (Natsuki Subaru no Resutaato)
“Natsuki Subaru’s Restart”
Just when you think you have it figured out, you don’t… because Re: Zero can be incredibly cray cray. Let’s take a step back and reevaluate Subaru’s loops. And of course, these are all my personal observations so please let me know if I’ve missed anything or if anyone has any more theories:
So I laid that all out because I think it’s important to note the clues I’m using to link up what’s happening. I’ve missed a ton of signs probably so help me out if I did. I think there’s someone that obviously trying to kill the people in the household – although I don’t know who their intended target is yet and why. Probably Emilia since she’s a candidate as ruler, but I can’t think of who it might be unless it’s a character we haven’t met yet (or the Jealous Witch?). Rem, Ram and Subaru all seem to be trapped in this loop as collateral damage to the killer’s plans because they either kill each other or die in Emilia’s place. Now, maybe the intent IS to kill Subaru and in which case… it sucks to be him because even if he can live through this arc, he’s going to have a target on his back forever. I’d like to think that it’s not though and he has to find a way to save himself and those around him in order to “get a new save point” and survive.
There’s also the case of his scent and I think it was brought up before and I probably brushed it off. People in the household are noticing that Subaru smells more and more and I’m certain that it’s because he smells more pungent every time he dies. And he smells like the Jealous Witch – which doesn’t help his case. Beatrice is the only one that mentions it to Subaru before she promises to protect him but if my theory is correct, then his “powers” are also probably a result of the Witch’s doing. Does that mean that she summoned him to this dimension? Likely but nothing concrete yet and we know too little about her to draw any certain conclusions. She could be the one trying to kill Emilia through Subaru but I also have no evidence that supports that either.
Putting aside all the speculations going forward, a large portion of this episode was focused on Subaru and his internal struggles and emotions of having repeatedly died by the hands of someone he trusted (or so he thought). The first part of the episode was stronger than the latter half in my opinion but they were both great at showcasing what Subaru was really going through and what everything else was going through. These are all real human emotions and you can’t blame any party for the way that they felt, even if their actions may be extreme. From Subaru’s POV, you’ve had to relive the same 4 days over and over again, trying NOT to be the bad guy and yet – for some reason – the people that you thought you trusted, still repeatedly decide to kill you (because in his mind, Rem was the one killing him each time). How horrific and crazy is that? And the poor guy has done nothing wrong. From Rem and Ram’s POV though, Subaru has been acting pretty speciously throughout the past 4 days; plus he smells like the
Wicked Witch of the West Jealous Witch. AND when Rem died, he didn’t even TRY and say or do anything that proved his innocence. Beatrice stepped up for him but she can only do so much if he’s going to run away. So in the end, I don’t think it’s anyone’s fault, but I can really feel that intensity in both Rem and Ram’s eyes and voices this week; they really wanted to kill him. Their seiyuus did a phenomenal job portraying their characters. Kobayashi Yuusuke did an excellent job with Subaru as well. His character really went through a change this week and it’s happening right before your eyes. The only thing that I wish they empathized a bit more was how Rem and Ram held Subaru’s hands throughout his nightmares to calm him down. I thought that was lost a bit in all the flashbacks but really solidifies how they’re genuinely good “people” and not just out to get Subaru.
Wow, I haven’t written this much in a long time which just tells me that I had a lot to say about this episode. It was both intense from an emotional standpoint, but also a lot of queues and hints given about who the real killer could be. Obviously, it’s not just Rem and Ram who were out there, but also someone else who’s cursing the household. Beatrice really shined this week and I love that it defined her role more. She’s not just serving Roswaal but thinks for herself. Emilia and Roswaal have really been out of the whole discussion so far of what’s happening so hopefully Subaru will try and involve them more in the investigations. I don’t think Emilia will have much to say but Roswaal… he’s still a huge mystery to me.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Beatrice is so kickass, why couldn’t Subaru befriend her earlier? Love her even more than Emilia now. A doom and gloom episode this week on #ReZero. Brings a new perspective to Subaru’s situation and his “ability”.