「それぞれの誓」 (Sorezore no Chikai)
“Each One’s Promise”
Sit back, take a deep breath, and calm those nerves, because yes, everyone’s favourite isekai tragedy is finally (finally) back in anime form. It’s truly been a wait and a half for more Re:Zero, between the likes of anime sequel purgatory and the shenanigans of Corona-chan, but after four years patience it seems has paid off, and oh boy are we set for some fun. The suffering after all didn’t take long to recommence.
Given the ubiquity of Re:Zero I won’t waste long on synopsis, details, and animation/voice acting (because honestly little has changed on that front): if you’ve seen it you know what’s happened and where you stand, and if you haven’t get on that first season to find what you’re missing out on (and so you can avoid inevitable spoilers). We good? Alright. From that point on this episode wasted little time in getting us back to speed—seriously, no OP or ED again!—with the first five minutes or so adding the extra material included as part of the recent first season edit, including the spiritual disappearance of everyone’s favourite blue ogre/demon/adorable best girl cutie pie Rem (Minase Inori). You would think after so thoroughly crushing the White Whale that Subaru (Kobayashi Yuusuke) would be due for some well-deserved rest and relaxation, but nope, that’s not how this story works. Re:Zero’s Witch brokers no blissful peace, and with the rapid appearance of Sin Archbishops Greed and Gluttony to offset the loss of Sloth—i.e. Betelgeuse—the promise of war will only intensity from here.
What’s particularly insidious about this latest arc of Re:Zero though is what Subaru is going to have to do to get back to his new par. Much like with his previous alliance-building to deal with the White Whale, Subaru’s Return by Death is only a half measure—the new reset point inconveniently falls after Rem’s and Crusch’s encounter with Greed and Gluttony. The poor kid is undeniably going to have to deal with new and excruciating ways to die courtesy of further Witch’s Cult insanity, and then repeat the slow and agonizing relationship building with an amnesic Crusch after coming to—at least if that reset point doesn’t update and make thing more complicated mind you. Couple this with the inevitable problems set to emerge once Subaru and Emilia (Takahashi Rie) reunite with Ram and Roswal at Sanctuary (because you can bet that won’t be a walk in the park either) and this season won’t be lacking in dark and heavy. No matter the changes Subaru has internalized, no matter how much he may now be prepared to face the deadly path ahead, you can expect scenes like this to remain plentiful, as the stakes couldn’t be higher and the enemies are only getting stronger.
Best grab a chair and get that popcorn (and Kleenex) ready boys and girls, because Re:Zero is back and it’s going to be like nothing you saw before.