「鬼がかったやり方」 (Oni ga Katta Yarikata)
“Fanatical Methods Like a Demon”
He’s alive! Subaru is not dead for once, which isn’t all too surprising as most people already anticipated. Emilia, Beatrice and Rem come to his rescue this time but it comes with a price. He’s been cursed so many times by these mabeasts that he only has half a day to live! Subaru’s reaction shocked Beatrice more than the actually news because it’s not like he’s a a stranger to dying anymore. He just wants to know more, the who and why and how to prevent it; and as a viewer, I just want to use this opportunity to learn more about this world and how it operates. The episode has built out the setting for Re: Zero a lot more and now we know the repercussions of exactly what happens when you encounter mabeasts, why they’re attracted to Subaru and a bit more about ogres and demons. It’s incredible just how much there is to know even though we’re almost halfway through the series. I really do feel like I’m in Subaru’s shoes, learning everything for the first time and learning new things every day.
Now the best part of the episode for me this week was when Ram finally revealed the story of how she lost her horn, or rather, even just offering up the information that she has no horn unlike Rem. It’s said that she was born with one but for some reason, hers got chopped up in a past event with Rem. Is this a reference to the Ogre story we heard not so long ago? Was she trying to blend in with the village and gave up her demonic form in the process? Or perhaps she did something bad (like Rem currently) and had her horn chopped up? It would make sense why Rem is so protective of her older sister (as I’ve mentioned before) and why Ram resorts to chopping off Rem’s in this situation. It’s also interesting to note that demons whom are twins are each born with one horn as opposed to the pair and I wonder if that in turn means that they’re each half of what they’re fully capable of. I can’t imagine what both Rem and Ram would be like if they were both out of control. They would serve as both maids and bodyguards for the mansion.
Most of the episode is focused on the hunt for Rem before she gets herself killed for the sake of saving Subaru. What a long way Subaru has come to prove himself to the maids from being potential murderers to his saviors. It was a chase around the forest as Ram and Subaru try and track down Rem in her demon state. She’s hard to find if it wasn’t for Subaru’s bait to attract the mabeasts to him instead. Even though the mabeasts were created by the Witch, the reason that Subaru probably still lures them in is because they’re attracted to her smell – and the reason he smells like her, I believe is because he gives off her stench every time she clenches his heart. Of course, assuming that the mabeasts were created by the Witch, that also probably means that the shaman puppy is linked to the Witch or possessed by her. With this final scene, it’s implied that Rem will also lose her horn like Ram did – but this means saving her life by returning her back into a conscious state. It would be a nice twist though if Subaru used this opportunity to attack the puppy instead since the scene flashes back to the dog. This is assuming that the other mabeasts would die if he killed the main source – the shaman dog. We’ll have to wait another week to see how it’s done. And once that’s settled… maybe we’ll finally get past this arc and on to the next because the deaths in the mansion would stop.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Hmmm… I have to say, I actually like Ram more than I like Rem #dontthrowrocksatme And now we know the story about demons and their horns. Poor Ram =( I wonder why she lost hers… #ReZero