「踏み出した一歩」 (Fumidashita Ippo)
“A Step Forward”
And here’s where the fun begins. Or, well, the fun for some of us, because something tells me intestines in the open isn’t the most pleasant of experiences. That’s right boys and girls, five episodes in and it’s back (finally?) to Re:Zero’s tried and true suffering loop. Not the thing Subaru was hoping for in between relived memories and post traumatic Emilia of course, but hey, the audience always wins in the end.
Probably to the surprise of no one, yes, Subaru’s flashback last week was indeed concocted by Echidna. No real shocker there; with Sanctuary’s trial having been teased so damn much it was naturally going to be impactful, and nothing more than vivid experiences typically meet the requirements of said events. While Subaru overcoming his own past is complimentary enough all things considered, it does beg the question what experiences Emilia is having trouble coming to terms with when she cannot only come to terms with it once, but twice. We’re obviously in store for some interesting flashbacks regarding our unknown half-elf white witch this season, yet the nature of that past—and its relation to the current year—is very much up in the air.
The intrigue, however, definitely lies in Subaru’s relationship to Sanctuary and what could be called Echidna’s interest in him. His ability to leave Sanctuary proves he’s not half-blood, yet Echidna has permitted him the privilege (if you can call it that) of taking the trial to leave. Naturally we’re missing half the picture here, with Sanctuary’s purpose and the reason for the trial up in the air and hidden behind vague words and even more ambiguous phrases. Roswaal after all knows a great deal more than he’s letting on (particularly in regards to Subaru’s place in current events), while Garfiel is all but emphatically pointing towards Frederica as a prominent point of discovery for Subaru and friends. We’ll get those answers (and then some) soon enough as is wont of this series, but you can bet your cute half-elf that said answers will come with a price.
After all, when everyone’s favourite bowel releaser Elsa Granhiert returns out of nowhere, you damn well know we’re in for some tasty (or bloody) Return by Death shenanigans. Stay tuned and keep one eye peeled boys and girls, because Re:Zero is now set to start finally delving into the many mysteries of Sanctuary.