「怠惰一閃」 (Taida Issen)
“A Flash of Sloth”
Just when you think it’s all over, it’s not! Crazy! This Sloth Sin Archbishop is not only just one “person” but he’s multiple-beings at once. I never thought that he’d be more than one physical being and it seems like each follower is just as insane as the “original” (and with the same powers). That certainly took me by surprise when there was another person with the “invisible hands” crushing people. On the flip side though, it doesn’t look like the followers are hard to kill since they fall pretty easily to Wilhelm and even the triplets. Still, the fact that they all continue to be deranged and creepy, makes me uneasy knowing that any one of them can appear any time. The Witches’ Cult will prove harder to deal with than Subaru (and company) initially thought.
A new revelation that came out of Subaru’s most recent encounter with Betelgeuse is this gospel/bible that’s given to all the Witches’ Cult members. Just when you thought you knew it all, there’s still so much about this world that’s foreign to Subaru (and the audience). Although the gospel doesn’t mention Subaru (as per Betelgeuse), the fact that Subaru even picks it up and keeps it is a sign. Plus if nothing else, Betelgeuse reconfirms something that we all theorized about earlier – Subaru is Pride (another Archbishop). However, Subaru was teleported to this world without a book; plus, he doesn’t even know anything about the Witch, never mind the act of actually worshiping her. It sounds like a far stretch to imagine that Subaru could become the Archbishop that Betelgeuse implies, but like I said before, it does explain a lot about Subaru’s involvement in the story and his “powers” (invisible hands included). I still stand by my theory that the gospel, Subaru’s powers and the dark hands will eventually contribute to the unveil of Subaru’s true identity(whatever that may be) but maybe not for a while. He’s obviously linked to the Witch somehow but where that connection is, has yet to be revealed.
The entire episode felt like it was a good setup for the final arc of Re: Zero and it ends off in true Re: Zero fashion, with a cliffhanger. The episodes starts with Subaru and Julius talking it out with Subaru not completely forgiving Julius for his humiliation but at least acknowledging his faults. And that apology shows a huge step forward for Subaru so I’m not going to take it lightly. It was a shame that we didn’t get to see Subaru truly step up to forgive Julius and admit it, but at least that relationship has shown maturity from both parties and I can pat Subaru on the back for that. Clearly the confession with Rem did a lot for Subaru’s growth and development as a character and he’s no longer wallowing in self-pity or suffering from main-character syndrome. The cliffhanger at the end wasn’t what I expected at all – in fact, I don’t know what this means at all for Subaru and the people he’s left behind. Has he been transported somewhere? Is he in an alternate dimension? Has Ram sent him here on purpose? Ram hasn’t been on screen with actual speaking lines for a few episodes now and since I initially liked her character, I’m excited to see her again. There are a ton of questions from me about this last scene but I won’t get my hopes up considering that Re: Zero isn’t known for putting everything out on the table. With only 3 episodes left for this season, I’m sure the show isn’t going to wrap everything up nicely for viewers. There’s surely going to be more cliffhangers and a lot of unanswered questions but I can only wish that there’s less than more.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: We’re finally getting back to killing the Witches’ Cult… it’s just not as easy as it seemed. I still stand by my theory of Subaru being “Pride” and not knowing… but the missing Gospel contradicts that theory =S And now he’s transported to another forest? Or am I imagining things? And what is Ram doing there?! #Rezero