「泣いて泣き喚いて泣き止んだから」 (Naite Nakiwameite Nakiyanda Kara)
“I Cried, Cried My Lungs Out, and Stopped Crying”
This is the first episode in a long time which Subaru doesn’t end up dead. I was waiting for it and I was anticipating that moment where the music starts and someone comes up to kill him but nothing. We don’t even get to the fourth day this week! I think this is a sign that this is it guys – this is the turning point and the final loop which Subaru is going to have to live through because he’s going to make it to the end (of this arc anyway). He’s made huge improvements since last week with this new revelation that the twins aren’t out to get him and in fact – they’re just super protective of one another and he has to gain their trust and friendship in order to avoid dying unnecessarily. Subaru has really made a conscious effort to give it all he’s got – to the point that he’s overexerted himself in a day. Time looked like it was flying by but I think he was trying to do everything he could to “speed up” the process. In reality, I think he STILL looked suspicious because he was so happy-go-lucky and knew too much. If it wasn’t for Emilia, I’m sure Rem would’ve said a thing or two to Roswaal or Ram. Thankfully, there are no signs that anyone’s out to get him (yet).
Speaking of Emilia, this was definitely the episode that focused more so on her relationship with Subaru. Even though we’ve seen him try and woo her several times, it’s more clear to me now that in each loop, she trusts Subaru and tries her best to see what he’s going through. She comforts him, teaches him things and is quite open-minded to the fact that he seems to know nothing about their world. It’s strange how I’m not questioning Emilia’s involvement at all because all I see her as, is an innocent bystander at this time. She hasn’t done anything in the past 8 episodes that really raise any red flags – other than how she introduced herself the first time. She really has nothing to gain by being nice to Subaru and gaining his trust; although, her connection with Satella is always up in the air. I’m inclined to believe that she’s doing it all from the goodness of her heart. She might not be attracted to Subaru that way, but she’s nice enough to offer him a lap and ear when he needs it. Considering how I think this is his last loop – it’s not a bad start to a proper relationship with Emilia.
On the surface, Subaru didn’t learn too much that I feel like that audience couldn’t have already guessed. For one – Subaru came to the conclusion that someone outside the household must’ve placed the curse on him. And that someone (or something!) would’ve been in the village. I already guessed that it was the dog… or someone pretending to be a dog or not a dog at all but we’ll see if my hypothesis is correct next week. Puck reveals that Subaru has a power of his own and while Rem and Ram control the air and water elements (not confirmed, only a guess), Subaru’s background is shadow. Foreshadowing something here? Maybe. Unfortunately Subaru lacks control over his power and I don’t blame him. He’s not even from this world, what do you expect him to do? What I’ve only assumed are that his powers are linked to this dark aura and hand-clenching moment – which in return, are connected to Satella. So if Satella is the one that sent Subaru to this world (and gave him his revival ability), it only makes sense that he smells like her and performs the same magic as her. Now how that is linked to Emilia and what’s going on in their world is still yet to be determined. A lot of theories are floating around online about how Emilia and Satella could be related but then how does Subaru fit into all this and why did she send for him?
Author’s Note: Sorry for the delay this week. It was a long weekend on Monday which was exhausting for me. Next Monday will also be a long weekend for the US so I hope you all have a great Memorial Day!
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: The first episode which doesn’t have Subaru dying… and it was actually fairly lighthearted =) Rather than focusing on the twins again this week, there’s a lot more of Emilia-tan! #ReZero