「少女の福音」 (Shoujo no Fukuin)
“The Maiden’s Gospel”
Well I dare say things are getting a little serious in Re:Zero land. We’re still technically in the roundabout section of the Sanctuary arc—i.e. teasing the hell out of reveals for later—yet for all that revving there’s quite a bit given to heartily chew upon. From ominous Frederica oaths to Roswaal shenanigans and yes, even a bit of further Subaru suffering, plenty is already out on the table, and we haven’t even hit Subaru’s second reincarnation yet.
Probably the biggest (or most important) unsurprise of the week is the update to Subaru’s Return by Death checkpoint. While having it positioned before his attempt at Sanctuary’s trial made some sense via Re:Zero’s mantra of suffering (Subaru reliving past trauma is right up there with Steins;Gate Okabe PTSD at this point), I cannot say having it after is a bad decision. We now know what happened in Subaru’s past, a point of contention—i.e. Subaru’s motivation—has been smoothened over, and few I imagine would want to keep on repeating that flashback again and again. Plus it’s not like we’re lacking for suspense and intrigue now; between Frederica’s oath preventing her from speaking (likely down to magic if force is needed to break it) and Roswaal’s own desire to see Emilia complete Sanctuary’s trials alone (certainly due to the election driving Emilia’s actions) there’s quite a bit left to figure out. And that’s before touching of Echidna’s role in these matters.
Right now though the major threat is Elsa, and for pretty obvious reasons. While Subaru may have determined the timing of her arrival, the combined effort of a thoroughly spunky Ram, transforming Frederica, and himself isn’t enough to overcome the bowel lover, particularly when she’s willing to also bring along a pet. It’s anyone’s guess how long it’ll take to get Beatrice involved in this fight (as that ending all but hints towards), however the arguable biggie of this current predicament is Elsa’s client. Someone, somewhere has a pretty damn good idea just where Subaru is from, and just what he is outside of being part of Emilia’s camp. Maybe not enough to fully recognise his otherworldly origins mind you, but probably enough to know the kid is far from being just some charismatic weakling. In any case piecing together the reason for Elsa’s presence will be the immediate name of the game, and with Rem’s and Petra’s lives also at stake, a mystery which will likely take a few Return by Death attempts to properly figure out.
Or at least after Beatrice gets a chance to shine and explain the circumstances preventing her from dealing with the latest potential threat to Roswaal’s personal library.