「醜態の果てに」 (Shuutai no Hate ni)
“Disgrace in the Extreme”
It’s like the light has finally dawned on me and suddenly, it all makes sense!
…Well it doesn’t ALL make sense, but I can piece together more of the story now about what’s going on… I think. This week’s episode revealed a lot more than I gave it credit for (or maybe it’s all intentional) but it goes a long way to explain Subaru’s character and just who is he exactly? We’ll start from the beginning with the whale attack (which a lot of people already predicted). It’s not a huge surprise given that Rem mentioned it a few episodes back in passing but man, this whale is HUGE and it’s a scary looking mabeast too. Reminds me a bit of Moby Dick or the story of Jonah (or any other story involving massive whales)… Anyway! After Rem sacrifices herself so that Otto and Subaru can escape, I thought Subaru was going to end up dying anyway and the whole set of events would reset again but nope… Subaru lives on. It dawned on me that Subaru was probably the reason that the whale chased everyone down, but clearly he’s the only one that avoided death while ironically, Otto was the one that died by the hands of the Witches’ Cult. Those knives gave it away. And what was it all for? To save the village from Betelgeuse’s attack. I was a bit skeptical when he made it back to the village and all the kids showed up – I was expecting someone was going to come and kill them all or Subaru would try and kill himself first. That didn’t happen but even when he comes out alive and healed, nothing goes his way.
Then everyone that encountered the whale (except Subaru himself) seems to have been forgotten. Rem (and everyone else) is wiped clean from everyone else’s memories and Subaru is once again, alone. Alone in remembering the horrific events and even if he were to go around to try and convince everyone that what he experienced, happened – he’d just be seen as crazier than he already is. Subaru has to go through a different type of suffering that isn’t a result of his reset but perhaps it’s the whale that puts these phenomena in place. I don’t know how this magic works and it’s one of the outstanding questions that I have after this episode but god*mn… you can’t help but feel sorry for Subaru again. He’s digging himself deeper and deeper into this situation that he knows little about and even though he has the right intentions, no one will believe him. I understand that it’s tough when you don’t know why people can’t remember or why you’re the only one that does, but Subaru can’t forget why he’s here. He should still inform people of the Witches’ Cult and Betelgeuse’s intent on attacking – that would’ve been a better stance to take with Ram or Emilia.
Now all my jibberish from here on out will be my theory of what’s going to happen and what happened to Subaru during this episode that made me reach my epiphany. As soon as Emilia died by the hands of these invisible hands (literally), it became more clear that these hands are physically manifestations of some sort and they’re not just in Subaru’s mind. I thought for the longest time that these “hands” were the Jealous Witch’s and for some reason, Subaru was sent to his world by her to do… something and they prevent him from leaking the “truth”. But the truth is, Subaru probably doesn’t even know that much (if anything at all). All he knows is that these “hands” prevent him from telling others about his reset abilities and now, Betelgeuse has them too. Plus, they actually killed Emilia in cold-blood this time which is new. So my suspicions are on Subaru now. He might not know it yet, but I think the biggest tell this week was that a) the hands are real and b) Betelgeuse (the “sloth” in the Witches’ Cult) has them too. So that tells me that hey… maybe what everyone is saying about Subaru is the truth and he’s the only one that is in denial?
Not to say that Subaru is a bad person, he truly thinks he’s good; it’s just his circumstances that make him the most likely culprit of everything that’s going on even though he doesn’t realize it. He thinks he’s saving people and preventing bad things from happening, but maybe he’s the one that’s driving all these bad things TO happen. A couple of episodes ago, Betelgeuse called Subaru “Pride” and I think that was one of the biggest hints we could be given at this point as to who Subaru really is. Was Betelgeuse mistaken because he’s just mad and crazy and no one wants to believe him? Or maybe he’s implying something…? If Betelgeuse has these “invisible hands” that were gifted to him by the Jealous Witch and Subaru has them too… then maybe…? Or am I totally going down the rabbit hole with that call? That would explain a lot – like why Subaru has a smell and why he has powers at all to begin with, but of course, it doesn’t explain why him and his connection to the Witch. Like I said, I don’t think Subaru WANTS to be a bad person and he’s trying his best to do what he thinks is right – just nothing comes easily in this world and he has to realize that.
Now getting to that cliffhanger – holy sh*ts it’s Puck!! A lot of people called it when Puck emerged in his “true form” and basically froze the world over in what appears to be one of the more memorable endings to date. He does call Emilia his “daughter” so that was one of the hints thrown out there. Now we actually see Puck (still in his cat form) but with a fire in his eyes and he’s ready to kill. No doubt, this is where Subaru will probably die yet again and get his reset. He’ll also get to see the full wrath of Puck though and what he has up his sleeves next to Betelgeuse. I think the Witches’ Cult is strong but they ain’t got nothing on a spirit that can just freeze hell over.
Finally, Beatrice shows up again and I’ve been wondering what she’s been up to since (what feels like) ions ago. She turns up just as Subaru is hunched over Emilia’s dead body and Beatrice doesn’t sound surprised, but she also doesn’t want him around anymore. To her, it’s probably obvious that he killed her (intentional or not) and even though he wants to die as well, she won’t do it and instead, she sends him away. I think this is Beatrice’s way of showing a bit of pity and compassion for him but also noting that he did a crime and he can’t stay in the manor anymore. I don’t think she’s covering it up or is up to no good… but I wish it was conveyed a different way. She could’ve screamed or yelled or something but instead, her calm demeanor can be unsettling.
This is turning into more verbiage than I intended to write so I will end off this week’s predictions with that. As always, I’m interested in hearing what everyone else thinks (and if there are theories others have about Subaru) but please keep spoilers in tags. I try and monitor the comments as much as possible but I’m only human so… any help is appreciated =)
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Omg I get it now… it’s like all of #Rezero has fallen into place in just one episode. I don’t understand EVERYTHING but it’s a start. If people aren’t dying, people aren’t remembering… which is another kind of suffering and despair. #Rezero