「待ちかねた再会」 (Machikaneta Saikai)
“The Long-Awaited Reunion”
Well I imagine those expecting a quick resumption of pain and suffering will be disappointed by a second round of Re:Zero exposition, but it’s kind of hard faulting an adaptation willing to take its time. From Rem to Sanctuary to a new (and definitely not intentional guaranteed) focus on mixed blood, Re:Zero is going on setting up its largest arc yet, and you can rest assured the payoff intends on meeting any lofty expectations.
For the anime-only viewer the “official” reveal of there being more than one Witch probably proves surprising, but I suspect matters get slightly more, shall we say, insidious once you realize there’s a Witch for every deadly sin. That’s right, each Sin Archbishop has their very own
waifu sinful maiden. Frankly there’s a lot unspoken for behind the scenes with Echidna’s little spiel to Subaru here, but in short expect a lot more on this front to factor into things, particularly the parts concerning the involvement of Witches in the development of Re:Zero’s current society and world. Obviously Echidna is papering over a few things as is wont of someone embracing Greed as a way of life (always better to embellish the good, it gets you further in life), but Subaru possessing the Witch factor of Sin and his coincidental stumbling upon Echidna’s tea party should be all the hint you need to guess where this little story is heading.
As for real world affairs things will also take some time to play out. Not only do we have our first taste of Garfiel (whose relationship to Frederica should be pretty damn obvious if pointy food munchers are anything to go by), but we also now know what Sanctuary is, and more importantly, why Roswaal and friends haven’t left until now. It will undeniably take a while to determine why mixed bloods are unable to leave Sanctuary and why only they can participate in its trial, but given the ominous title of Graveyard of the Witches and Roswaal’s injuries I think you can similarly guess where this side of things is heading. There’s a good deal of Witch-specific history set to make its appearance this arc, and with Subaru given special status to attempt the trial himself, more than a bit of tasty information on his power and the reason for its existence waiting in the wings. Might take some death (read: a lot of death) to dig down to the truth, but you can firmly expect the fun of Sanctuary is only just getting started.
After all, when any isekai lead winds up waking up back in the real world, you damn well know things are about to get a little spicy.