OP2: 「PARADISUS-PARADOXUM」 by MYTH & ROID
「絶望という病」 (Zetsubou to Iu Yamai)
“The Sickness Called Despair”
I hate to beat Subaru when he’s down but the poor kid just doesn’t learn. It’s painful to keep reliving the same scenes from last week, but it really drives home how hard he took it… and yet at the same time, he keeps doing what he thinks is “right”. As I watch Subaru try and better himself and get stronger, I can’t help but feel like he’s doing it all for the wrong reasons. Not to say that he doesn’t have the right intentions in mind, but it doesn’t translate well in-person. Subaru also forgets the context and the circumstances which he’s in and it frustrates me that he’s blind to what’s going on around him even though everyone else is giving him the benefit of the doubt. Reinhard, Crusch and Felix are all trying to explain things to Subaru but he’s not really having it – especially when Crusch and Felix blatantly state that they’ll be enemies if he leaves the castle. This is one scene which really had me cringe again because Emilia brought him here to be in Felix’s care and once again – Subaru runs away because he thinks he knows better. Even Rem tries to reason with him and he overlooks everything else because Roswaal’s manor’s in danger. Now, he might be right – but in that situation, he didn’t know any different so he’s really upsetting a lot of people on a hunch and throwing away the last contract which Emilia made for him. Once again, not really listening or showing any signs of trustworthiness and in the end, it doesn’t make the situation any better for either himself or Rem.
I’m starting to get why people are annoyed of Subaru – he’s becoming a main character that has a lot of personality and he’s actually a good guy but it’s hard to be on his side. His actions could be interpreted in so many ways depending on which side of the fence you’re on and what’s frustrating is not that his point of view, but his lack of understanding for anyone else’s point of view. He’s very tunnel-visioned in this quest to be Emilia’s savior that he actually becomes so ignorant of everything else – even if it’s for his own good. To the point that even though Rem clearly has a lot of affection for him, puts him to sleep in order to proceed on her own. Rem knows that having Subaru come along would only drag her down and she goes off without him hoping that he’ll stay behind. Of course, we all know that he won’t and when he finds out that Rem has died in the village, he’ll only think that “it’s because I wasn’t there”. How about not internalizing everything? It’s understandable that Subaru thinks that arcs 1 and 2 were “saved” because of him, but not everything is about him and he’s not going to fix and save everyone. That’s the harsh reality and he needs to learn that this arc. Hopefully it doesn’t have to be with the permanent death of Rem though.
Without spending another full episode talking about Subaru – let’s just say that I hope he improves over time or he’ll become the character we all love to hate. As for all the other events going on in the episode – there isn’t too much that isn’t all said in the last few minutes of the episode. It wouldn’t be Re: Zero without someone dying in some crazy shock and awe scene. After Rem leaves Subaru, he ventures looking for anyone to take him to Roswaal’s manor and finds Otto (Amasaki Kouhei) who takes him as far as his dragon would go. Otto is probably someone of importance later, given that he actually has a name and some screen time; just food for thought. Leaving Otto, Subaru bumps into the same group of people that slaughtered Rem/Ram’s village in their flashback but they don’t really do anything to Subaru from what we can see. When Subaru arrives at the village, the finds that everyone is dead… and burned and massacred in the most gruesome ways possible. In the process, Rem is also murdered and there’s no signs of anyone else. The cliffhanger isn’t much to go on right now but if the OP is any indication, we’re in for a surprise once Roswaal and Emilia show up again. I don’t think we’re going to get a reset this time nor a resolution anytime soon but that means that it’s likely that Rem might stay dead? There’s also a new character that resembles a crazier clown version with the creepy hands that grab Emilia at the end of the OP; which I also assume are the same hands that prevent Subaru from speaking up about his revival abilities. I’m not sure how that plays out into the elections just yet, but Emilia seems to have a slimmer chance of winning than Felt now with all the hate she gets resembling the Witch. Poor girl.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #Rezero and its cliffhangers. Damnit, now he probably has a revival on his mind. Subaru continues to get on my nerves a bit, but hey… at least the story is still moving along.