「白鯨攻略戦」 (Hakugei Kouryakusen)
“Battle Against the White Whale”
For a second there, I thought the whale might not actually appear.
… But it does! In true timely fashion too. What an amazing feat to see a giant floating white whale against the armies of Crusch and Anastasia. It’ll be an incredibly battle next episode if we can actually see how they bring down the mabeast or if something else is going to pop up. I’d be more interested in seeing how they fight against it (and win) but maybe someone else might come along to spoil the fun, who knows!
As it turns out, after last week’s episode, Subaru does come around and finally use his knowledge to put a plan into place. Obviously with some help from Rem, Anatasia and Russell, he’s able to convince Crusch to help him – by killing the White Whale. Given that it’s a beast that everyone is aware is connected with the Witch and has hurt so many people in the past, everyone is determined to work together to put it down. Not without some fair trades in between, but at least this solves a piece of the puzzle which Subaru is going for. He’s one step closer to getting to Emilia without killing anyone; within his own circle anyway. I don’t think this battle will be without causalities in the armies. Out of everyone involved, Wilhelm seems to be the most invested and for good reason (although it’s not thoroughly explained just yet). We know that the Whale took the life of his wife and now he’s out for revenge. On top of that, when Wilhelm married his wife, he took her surname! That was unexpected add-on because even in today’s society it’s not very common to see the male change his last name… unless of course, the female is of importance (which I’m sure his wife is). He clearly hasn’t forgotten her all this time and I was under the assumption that the whale fog (or its other powers) make people disappear from memory so I wonder how that fight went down. Maybe it wasn’t much of a struggle on her part at all.
The episode introduced a few new cast members as well (and brought back some returning ones whom haven’t gotten many lines). This includes the Captain in Anastasia’s camp, Ricardo Welkin (Nomura Kenji) and he’s quite the outgoing, outspoken fellow. He has a good spirit around him but also as Captain, he holds a high command which makes him scary too. Subaru better not get on his bad side. We also see Mimi’s brother, Hetaro Pearlbaton (Han Megumi) and he looks just like Mimi (except with shorter hair). Very different in personality from Mimi as he’s much more serious and calm by nature. Mimi’s just adorable though – gosh, I really want to see how she fights and see her get serious.
Overall, I thought the build-up of the episode was well done and at a good pace for what’s to come. Generally I would expect these types of episodes from Re: Zero after every epiphany that Subaru has or an explosive finale to an arc. You need time to set-up the epic battles and fights and I’m hoping that this fight with the Whale is the good one. Not that I want people to die, but I think this is it – Subaru is finally going to complete another
level arc and move on past this point in the story to save Emilia. There’s also the Witches’ Cult led by Betelgeuse wandering around nearby but maybe they’ll show up sooner rather than later. With this huge army, they’d be stupid to attack but if they do, I’m sure Subaru would win this time. This way he can kill two birds with one stone and save Emilia. Let’s not get ahead of myself though, we’re still a good 6 episodes away from the ending. I’m proud of how far Subaru has come since last week and with his faith in Rem (and vice versa), I’m sure he’ll go far now. He’s made a drastic improvement in trying to change the course of the future and I’m sure he’s going to succeed this time.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: For a second there, I thought the whale wasn’t going to appear o_o lol! #Rezero. Finally we see Subaru succeed at something! Been waiting for this moment for a long time. He’s finally learning to plan ahead.