「命の価値」 (Inochi no Kachi)
“The Value of Life”
Few answers, more questions, and a whole heaping of suffering: yupp, it was another episode of Re:Zero alright. I think by now we’re used to the excruciating drip feed of information this show enjoys the hell out of using whenever a new arc kicks into high gear, but from this point on the annoyance is certainly going to be felt. There’s a whopper of a reveal hiding in plain sight, and Subaru is going to have to do his utmost to bring it to light.
Probably the biggest (non)shocker this week is that Roswaal indeed knows far more than he’s letting on. From having Ram provide timely assistance to playing 20 Questions with Subaru, the guy clearly has a secret and is very blatant about making it a game. The obvious reason of course is that it’s personal: Roswaal hired Beatrice for a reason, and the terms of that contract may not allow for Roswaal to go about revealing personal Beako details. Another option though is that Roswaal knows more about Subaru than initially apparent. Roswaal’s line of questioning (particularly his remarks regarding Subaru’s wording and emotions) hints towards some understanding of just what our man of the moment is capable of. I wouldn’t expect him to exactly know about Subaru’s Return by Death or its origins, but given everything so far, I also wouldn’t put it past Roswaal to suspect the Subaru he’s dealing with isn’t the same one he’s dealt with before.
And as for Return by Death, well, I think this scene speaks for itself. No matter the thoughts on yet another Subaru breakdown occurring (everyone has their opinion on it by now), it’s quite intriguing to know that Subaru’s “protective” mechanism doesn’t kick in around Echidna. Is it due to the differences of Echidna’s world? The bodily fluids? Piercing love arrows through a cutie pie’s lonely heart? Your guess is as good as mine, although all the talk of Witch factors arguably provides a timely hint as to the nature of Subaru’s condition. One way or another Echidna is the answer to most—if not all—which is Subaru butting heads with right now (heh) and what he must do to actually fight back. Getting such answers won’t obviously be easy (too many varied and unintentionally comedic deaths to give up that easy), but without a doubt Echidna, and by extension Sanctuary’s remaining trials, are what will help piece this elaborate puzzle together.
The big unknown is just what (or who) Subaru will have to sacrifice next to reach that next major step.