Gentleman (and ladies): say hello to the patented death spiral. It took long enough for Re:Zero to get past the niceties, but now, at last, we’re in the thick of things. Subaru dies; he awakens; death begins a new; something, somewhere, changes, and the whole process begins all over again because suffering never gets boring. Ever. We can pretty well guess a major shakeup is coming sooner rather than later, although the specifics of it right now remain firmly in doubt.
Probably the biggest unanswered question last week was how Subaru was going to reset in the library, and oh boy did we find out the bloody way. Elsa accessing the most sacred of spaces? Adds a certain sense of dread to the proceedings given how much the space has been emphatically indicated to be hidden to everyone but Subaru. Nevertheless, Elsa’s surprise visit isn’t the most pressing curiosity considering Beatrice was shown to be overtly hiding some important truths from our sufferer in chief. We can well-guess the little lady is tied to Sloth and has a personal reason for favouring Subaru in the current events for example, but what is that specific reason? Your guess is as good as mine. Goes without saying Roswaal knows though, and Subaru will undoubtably have to start giving our unintentional jester some very pointed questions before too long.
Beyond the fun of repeated
vegetable Rem murder death by Elsa, however, the really interesting bits once again lay with Sanctuary. We now know for example that mixed blood status requires one to be less than 50%, which coincidentally offers a good explanation for why Subaru can take the trials. It’s not a stretch after all to think being touched by the Witches would give one a half breed status, and Subaru, given his condition, is arguably the most important of them all (just ask Otto). The only major question is why Garfiel is so determined to prevent Subaru from being involved with the trials and Emilia’s struggle, but frankly that curiosity all but answers itself. In some way, Sanctuary has ties to the Witches, and likely to prevent whatever befell it before, someone who has no direct ties to them must be the one to complete the trials for one reason or another. Mind you there’s undoubtably more to it than that (because Subaru is suffering and suffering is eternal), but rest assured we’re about to discover a great deal more about those who are so central to the conflict within Re:Zero.
Of course, whether it comes before or after Subaru’s next date with bowel removal is up in the air, but hey, it just wouldn’t be a proper story without some suspense.