「ただそれだけの物語」 (Tada Sore Dake no Monogatari)
“That’s All This Story is About”
Let’s talk about that ending first because it’s at the top of my mind right now. I am not a novel-reader and I haven’t spoiled myself with what’s going to happen next (although I have read a few bits and pieces here). First and foremost, I’m glad that WHITE FOX decided to go down the happy ending route. I don’t doubt that there could have been a darker/worse alternative for an ending and a part of me thought it could go there, but I’m glad it didn’t. Ending with Emilia and Subaru left a better taste in my mouth and makes me more hopeful for what’s to come if a second season does come. I’m not the hugest Subaru x Emilia supporter out there – Rem has made a strong case to be a better match for Subaru and there’s a lot more of that ship in the series with all they’ve been through but, Emilia is still the first girl and the main girl. So to ultimately see the two of them end up together and talking it out after a long arc, feels like a satisfying ending to me. There’s no denying that although I might not love this ship, there’s a real connection there. And you know what, at least Subaru has the guts to continue on knowing that it’s unrequited love. When Subaru jumped in to save Emilia in that old-fashioned damsel-in-distress type of manner, I couldn’t help but swoon. Man, this guy really nudged me the wrong way a few episodes back and now he’s actually being that hero and knight-in-shining-armor type of way. My heart actually skipped a beat when I saw how far Subaru would go for Emilia and that romantic gesture sealed the deal for me. Combined with the confession and the animation, and soundtrack, it just leaves me wanting more but also very content with how things went. Good job WHITE FOX.
Everything leading up to this ending was… just as I expected. Betelgeuse gets slaughtered by Julius but not before trying to possess Subaru. I didn’t think that Subaru would actually use the Witch against Betelgeuse but now that I think about it, he really took a risk there. All we know is that the Witch prevents him from telling the truth and clenches his heart each time, but does she possess him in the process? I don’t know, but it was gratifying to see Betelgeuse pushed out by the love of his life (sad, but true). Subaru is really starting to use his head now and using this “unique ability” to his advantage. I’m not sure who this Witch is and where she is (if she’s even alive) but for some reason, she’s really trying to preserve Subaru by keeping him alive in this world. It’s just unfortunate that this “ability” has also turned into a curse for him. Betelgeuse comes back again and again to try and possess Subaru but he finally dies by flame and d*mn, this guy just can’t let it go. I hope his undying affections for this Witch (whom clearly doesn’t love him back) isn’t a common trait for all the other Bishops (if they exist). Here I am thinking that there’s no way that Subaru can take him alone, but I’m impressed by Subaru’s own strength in this battle; especially when he goes as far as punching Betelgeuse physically off the cart. His symbolic gesture of writing in the gospel is just the icing on the cake when it comes to destroying Betelgeuse both literally in body and mind so I hope this means he’s really gone for food. Man that dude freaks me out all the time with his hands and head tilts.
Now I know there are still a ton of questions that everyone’s asking. I definitely feel like there’s a lot that I could be listing right now and you know what, I’m okay with not getting those answers yet. The finale was satisfying enough to hold me over until next season and I respect that WHITE FOX didn’t try and cram everything in or make an original ending or even leave it on a cliffhanger to keep people hooked. I can empathize with everyone that’s probably wondering what happened to Rem (I think that’s one of the biggest questions) and Crusch. Who is the Witch and what makes Subaru so special? And how is the Witch related to Emilia (they sounded oddly familiar hmm…)? There’s a lot of other outstanding questions that I think could shed some light on the other side stories going on as well – like what’s going on Roswaal and his suspicious behaviors? And what’s going to happen with the elections now that Felt’s a contender? There are so many questions I have regarding the side characters that I’m not even going to go into it because that would drive me insane. As for this arc though, at least it’s over and done with and that’s all I could hope for with this series. For anyone that has read the novels (or know of any spoilers), please let me remind you to use the spoiler tags available. You never know when and if a second season will come up and some individuals might want to keep it a surprise.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Wow. that was one crazy marathon of #Rezero… I feel like there’s still so much to be told but they could’ve have ended it any better =) I’m so proud of Subaru for the long journey he’s had after all these weeks. He’s come a long way. I wasn’t expecting such a confession by Subaru but gosh d*mn, I couldn’t help screaming, “KISS HER!”.
If there’s any anime that I’ve blogged on RC that slid under the radar for me, Re: Zero would be it. In fact, it slid so far under the radar that I had no intentions of blogging it until Stilts basically
coerced asked me to take it over. And there’s no greater debt that I have for him than I do now because I’m so glad that I agreed. Re: Zero has been an emotional roller coaster through and through; an anime that has it all – from action to thrills and chills to hair-pulling cliffhangers. It gives you adventure, fantasy, and romance all wrapped neatly with an exciting story to go with it. The characters are a love and hate relationship – as people can be but it still manages to make you feel invested in the series and these characters. There’s almost nothing bad that I have to say because once you step back and look at the series as a whole (whether or not you hated it), Re: Zero did the best thing by keeping its audience coming back week after week. It continued to deliver the high quality episodes (although some episodes are better than others), the source material wasn’t completely butchered and it draws people in. Re: Zero was (and will continue to be) a successful anime and if nothing else, will serve to drive an increase in light novel readers.
Re: Zero started off as innocently as many anime do… with a young teenage boy that gets transported to a unknown land and he meets a young girl that he’s immediately attracted to. Subaru and Emilia’s meeting in the beginning will be the set up the foundation for their entire relationship from here on out. And as cliché as the introduction feels, I guarantee that you’re in for a wild ride if you just make it through the first episode. The first arc really pulls you in – with all the deaths, the attempts from Subaru to save Emilia and just the repetitiveness of each scenario. There’s no doubt in my mind that Subaru would triumph… but then the second arc comes around and it really takes you for a spin. New characters, new motives and just an endless cycle of question after question. By the time you get to the third arc, you think Subaru has finally got his break but instead, he gets pushed around, and beat up more than he ever has. He is literally driven mad. And this is where all the controversy and debates ramp up because you start to see Subaru in a different light and behave in irrational ways. As Re: Zero airs, the show goes down this dark path which begins to feel more and more hopeless for Subaru. It’s a tragic story told from the perspective of a young teenager that has no idea how to deal with his situation, let alone communicate with foreign people. You’ll feel bad for Subaru, you’ll want to smack him, shake him and yet, still want him to succeed because this story isn’t going anywhere without him. It’s a frustrating trek when you’re watching Re: Zero but I promise that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Despite all the hate that Subaru gets as a character, all the angst and craziness that is Re: Zero, I still commend the series for going down a route that not many mainstream anime are brave enough to venture. To create that much controversy about a characters’ mental state and have such polar opinions about him is rare. However, I think that’s what makes Subaru so interesting. He can be both realistic and not since he challenges a lot of norms of anime MCs. It’s refreshing to see how broken he can be and yet still bounce back each time determined to do better. There’s no shortage of character development if that’s what you’re looking for in a substantial anime. Trust me, I don’t think many people will be disappointed that they gave Re: Zero a shot. The OST, the animation and all the extended footage (at the expense of the OP and ED sequences) really show the effort WHITE FOX made to make this series special. And it is! It’s truly a story deserving to be told and it certainly makes me more anxious to read the light novel now. So final note is – watch this folks! You won’t regret it.