「悪辣なる怠惰」 (Akuratsu Naru Taida)
It seems like Re: Zero is getting less and less buzz these days but maybe that’s just me. I hope this isn’t an indication that it’s losing steam because the last episode is coming up in 2 weeks! It’s crazy just how fast 2-cour comes and goes when you’re watching such a gripping show. Not the mention all those cliffhangers at the end (almost every week!). I’m afraid that Re: Zero will still end this run with another cliffhanger but hopefully answer more questions than it proposes. There’s no doubt in my mind that another season will be in order once this finishes but it better end off on a high note and maybe some answers about the Witch and Emilia herself.
Speaking about Emilia, she finally returns to action this week. For a main heroine, I definitely feel like she’s taken a back seat to Rem for more than a few episodes now. Unlike last week though, Emilia returns with flare by defeating one of the “Fingers” (I find so weird to call them Fingers when Followers rolls off the tongue better) but cries in the process after the threat is over. I’d like to believe that her tears are for all the fallen villagers and other individuals that passed during this massacre because of how soft-hearted Emilia is. Sometimes I’m skeptical of her character, but based on everything she’s done and said these past 23 episodes, it’s hard to imagine that she’s not doing her best to save everyone around her. Despite the fact that everyone is still prejudice against her and doesn’t seem to respect her, she still does what she thinks is right and I give her credit for that. She doesn’t have the most character development in the story and seems almost too perfect to be true, but I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.
After last week’s cliffhanger, I was very much looking forward to seeing more of Ram which turned out to be a bit anticlimactic because I thought she was the one behind Subaru’s illusion (or whatever that was). Turns out she wasn’t and when she did appear, she asked about a blank letter (which Rem wrote a few episodes back) which raises the question – what happened to Rem? And if what I think happened, did in fact happen, just how did it happen? I thought the White Whale was long dead…
And finally, getting to that cliffhanger which one again demonstrates how many distorted faces Subaru can have. I’m quite disturbed by the 180 degree head turns and tilts; body parts are not meant to bend that much and the mutilation of their bodies are creepy too (maybe they’re called fingers because they all chew them off). Anyway, Subaru being a vessel for Betelguese was certainly something I wasn’t expecting. It suddenly all made sense after the fact, but I felt so distraught for both Julius and Felix when they were faced with the decision they had to make. I didn’t feel as bad for Subaru as I should’ve (mainly because we know he can come back to life); I felt worse for Felix and Julius because they had to actually kill Subaru for the sake of finishing off the Witches’ Cult. I always get choked up during these scenes of self-sacrifice since it’s never an easy decision for the person doing the killing and it’s worse to be the one left behind. Luckily, in this situation, the world reverses back in time after Subaru is killed even if no one else has recollection of it. Subaru might lose all his progress so for his sake, I hope this new save point is after the White Whale’s death. Another restart this late in the series?! That’s crazy! Or maybe they’ll find a way to save Subaru by extracting Betelgeuse out of him (even if that’s the unlikely solution in my opinion).
Author’s Note: Happy Labor Day! I hope everyone had an amazing long weekend and/or a good start to the school year. It was a long weekend/vacation for me this past weekend so my posts have been delayed. Hopefully I can get to Shokugeki no Souma sooner rather than later. Thanks again for putting up with my tardiness!