「自称騎士ナツキ・スバル」 (Jishou Kishi Natsuki Subaru)
“Self-Proclaimed Knight Natsuki Subaru”
I’ve defended Subaru quite a bit over the past few months when viewers would bash him for being annoying or self-centered… but this episode takes the icing on the cake. Subaru proved not only to be quite ignorant but just not very self-aware of the situation he’s thrown himself in. I’m not annoyed at him, but I’ve got to say that he had it coming. Emilia gave him all the benefit of the doubt and this episode just shows how Subaru has been living in his own world. With all the revivals he’s experienced, it’s no wonder he’d have a mental breakdown but it’s entirely different than the one he went through with Rem and Ram a few weeks ago. This one shows that he can’t just fix things by dying and he should take into consideration how other people view his behavior and actions.
The episode starts off exactly where we left off with the beginning of the Royal Election. I’m not sure exactly what this entails of yet but from the sounds of it, it’s got to be a battle of some sort with all the candidates and their accompanied knights. With a short introduction of Felt (who still behaves like the same girl we know her as), we get into the Subaru scenes which he kind of basically makes a fool of himself by proclaiming to be Emilia’s knight. Then what follows is another silly fight which Subaru obviously loses, and then a further defeating blow when he has a full out argument with Emilia about what happened since they met. There’s a lot of opposing views about how Subaru handled himself during the day and personally, I’m not with Subaru on this one. While I don’t think it was out of character, I do think he made a lot of bad calls and he could’ve easily removed himself from the situation instead of digging himself in a bigger hole. Subaru has always been outspoken and someone that does what he wants because he believes it’s the right thing. The only thing wrong with that though, is that he fails to see the big picture. He might think he’s doing the right thing but to others, he’s being disrespectful, ignorant, and untrustworthy. I understand where Emilia is coming from and I actually was somewhat glad to see Subaru fail at his fight against Julius Euclius (Eguchi Takuya) because it puts things into perspective. He’s not the strongest, he can’t just say what he wants without repercussions and there will be moments that he’s going to feel hopeless. I think Subaru needs to realize that he’s not the ”main character” in this world despite his abilities, he’s alone if he can’t build relationships the right way.
I sound really hard on Subaru and that’s because I think this is a rude awakening for him that he didn’t expect. I empathize with Emilia in this situation because she really doesn’t know Subaru that well and he doesn’t seem to understand that. He’s a stranger… a stranger whom puts his faith and trust and affection on Emilia who never asked for it. It’s like a secret admirer that never goes away and in fact, might even embarrass you in front of all these people on your big day. As if Emilia doesn’t have enough issues to deal with (with her similarities to the Witch and all). I don’t think she really owes anything to Subaru because she’s already done so much for him – from letting him stay with her, to healing him and watching over him… what more can she do? She’s not going to be indebted to him for life and I think Subaru needs to realize that. Since all these past lives only exist in Subaru’s head, I do feel bad that he has to face all these inner conflicts and turmoil alone; but you can’t force yourself on others either. With each life, he should be more appreciative of being given another chance and not take these opportunities for granted. I get it – he’s just a child and he has a lot of built-up anger and frustration, but hopefully this will help him grow up and see his life in a different perspective. Maybe this is what he needs to really change his ways or his approach on the situation.
Going forward, I hope that each episode isn’t going to end up with an explosive Subaru and his rage outbreaks. I prefer he analyzed his situation a bit better before speaking, similar to episode 6 which he slowed down to look and observe. There’s a lot going on here that isn’t focused on Subaru and it’s probably hinted early on what’s going on with this royal election. There’s talks of the Dragon and equality within the kingdom, there’s also a clear division between the rich and poor which Felt wants to eliminate. These are very serious issues and similar to any political debates, each representative has their own promises if they were to rule Lugnica. If it turns into a battle of wits and games rather than a duel, that’d be cool too. I don’t see Re: Zero being a psychological game though even if there’s more than meets the eye amongst all the new cast. Anastasia and Crush feel very static for the time being so they’re probably easier to predict, but Priscilla and Felt are far more interesting and their views can be more polarizing. Emilia behaves exactly like I’d expect her to and her choice of sponsor being Roswaal is different… I still don’t trust him at all (creepy clowns).
Bottom Line – @ RCCherrie: What a tense episode of #ReZero! Just that argument at the end had me so on edge. Poor Subaru. There’s a polarizing view on whether or not Subaru’s were OOC and while I don’t think it was, I still think he behaved irresponsibly.