「豚の欲望」 (Buta no Yokubou)
“The Greed of a Pig”
It’s rare to come across an anime which features a main character that has such polarizing views but still manage to keep the strong viewership that it has. You’re either going to be in the camp that sympathizes with Subaru and his attempts to save Emilia, or you think he’s an idiot and you just want to kick him down for lacking better judgment. Either way, I think it’s agreed upon that Subaru is definitely an interesting character to watch and love him or hate him, he’s here to stay. I’m personally in the camp that probably wants to beat the poor kid even when he’s already down but I do feel bad doing so. I can understand where he’s coming from but it still doesn’t make his actions any more excusable. I neither agree with what he’s doing or what he’s saying, but given his mental state, I can comprehend why he does what he does. It’s just unfortunate that in the world that he’s in, he has to suffer alone and he’s not going to get anywhere with his attitude and the rabid look in his eyes. He seriously looks like his eyes are going to pop out of his sockets soon and he’s going to attack someone. I’m not going to get into more details about why Subaru is an unlikeable character or what makes him so deranged (that’s beating a dead horse now), I just hope that he doesn’t remain so tunnel-visioned throughout the rest of the anime. He’s given so many chances to change his approach and rather than looking at it like everyone’s against him or everything is about “me me me”, he should look at it from another perspective.
What I liked this about this episode was how it explored what others thought about Subaru’s situation and how he approaches the other candidates for help. While I’m not in Subaru’s stressful situation and I can’t imagine how it feels to be him, I still think that he’s behaved irrationally and there should be a smarter way to confront the problem. First of all, he knows that he’s seen things that others haven’t and he should know that it only makes his character MORE questionable by approaching people for help when the problem hasn’t even arisen yet. I liked Crusch’s calm and rational behavior in response to Subaru’s and it only empathizes just how single-minded Subaru is. Whereas Crusch thought about what it would mean to her, her supporters, and Emilia; Subaru only thought about one thing – the Witches’ Cult. When Crusch said that Subaru never even talked about saving Emilia’s life, she hit the nail pretty hard. To Subaru, it might be so obvious that he wants to save her life, but not having actually SAID it or portrayed that idea, leaves people to question his motives and behavior. We know that Subaru has good intentions at heart, but no one else in the capital knows that (except Rem) and the more he goes about spouting Witches’ Cult talks, he more people will think he’s crazy and untrustworthy (or a revenge-driven maniac).
And people in the capital will take advantage of that naïve, desperate behavior like Anastasia did. Subaru just doesn’t understand the gravity of the situation he’s in because all he can think about is defeating the Witches’ Cult and saving the village. He doesn’t understand why people would be reluctant to help and it’s not because they’re evil people, they just have other agendas and priorities. Subaru also hasn’t done anything to gain their trust or help so they gain nothing from him – other than information which Anastasia so gladly accepted. It’s a tough world out there and Subaru has to learn one way or another. Surprisingly Al still treated Subaru with some respect as Priscilla kicked him out and I’m beginning to like him more and more. Everyone else is just beginning to show their true colors and like I said, it’s not their fault that Subaru has dug himself in this hole – it’s his own fault and they’re not obligated to help him.
At the end of the episode, Subaru is finally on his way back to the Roswaal manor in hopes of saving all the villagers and Emilia. He bumps into Otto again (I knew he would come back!) and his group of other merchants and Subaru pays them all for their help to transport all the villagers somewhere safe before they’re attacked. We don’t get very far before this mysterious fog appears and there’s this giant eye that’s beaming right into Subaru’s soul. No one else seems to notice and there’s no other screams of terror so I’m assuming it’s either in Subaru’s head or it’s a trap set by someone (or a dragon?!). He also whips out his cell phone again which somehow still has battery life in it to read the map – say whatttt? My cell phone battery dies in literally a day without charging… but that’s assuming I use it all day long too. Some new characters introduced this week are Mimi Pearlbaton (Fuiji Yukiyo) who resembles a child but is actually one of Anastasia’s captains; and Russell Fellow (Ookawa Tooru) who is a merchant that visits Crusch at the beginning. Little is known about him at the moment other than the brief introduction that Wilhelm gives, but I’m sure Russell will reappear sometime to talk about the high value of steel now.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Every other episode is such a cliffhanger for #ReZero and every other episode is just so mindblowing. Seriously can’t take it X_X This scene was so cringe-worthy. I hate looking at feet, nevermind kissing someone else’s! AHHH >_< #ReZero
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