「次なる場所」 (Tsuginaru Basho)
“The Next Location”
Best prep those lawn chairs and get the popcorn ready, because it’s time for the real suffering to commence. While I imagine the random name drops and new locales may confuse more than foreshadow right now, this episode largely did the job of prepping the field for Re:Zero’s next big arc, because if the teasing wasn’t enough, the appearance of certain faces might be. After all, we all know what Witch means in this franchise.
Besides the fun of what’s to come, the big thing this week was the return of some well-known (and soon-to-be known) faces. Beatrice naturally is the biggest (well, narratively at least), with attitude and stubbornness returning with a vengeance to ensure Subaru’s own unique form of selfishness is not left without a counterbalance. Beyond the fun of tart Beako-isms though, there were a few key details which did emerge, notably that refusal to divulge Sanctuary’s location and how to get to it, name dropping someone called Geuse (take a guess who you think that is), and the existence of a Witch Factor. Obviously the girl is involved with more than simple knowledge considering that foreboding atmosphere and utter lack of info, but to what degree (and its relationship to Subaru and Emilia) remains to be seen.
Beyond Beatrice came our new arrivals—and with it a whole host of teasing. Frederica I think is going to quickly top the charts thanks to pointy smiles and calm maidly demeanour, however the elephant in the room with her of course is her relationship to Rosewaal and her knowledge of Sanctuary. Once again we have another character who knows far more than she’s letting on, and a small part of me is fully expecting a personality change and power reveal of some sort once Subaru and suffering begin the dance anew (remember those initial impressions of Rem and Ram? Subaru certainly does). The more important ones to pay attention to though will be our little elf cutie pie (hint hint), and obviously Echidna thanks to calling herself the Witch of Greed. Besides the major implications of there being more than one Witch (since Echidna is not Satella before people get ahead of themselves), there’s also her involvement with and/or plans for Emilia, since you damn well know that magical device didn’t suddenly decide to screw up. Couple it with Puck’s eerie silence and earlier request from Subaru and you can wager things are about to get a little hectic.
We may still technically be in the preparatory stage, but with pieces this hefty, it sure won’t take long before the consequences make their presence felt.
OP: 「Realize」 by Konomi Suzuki