「らぶらぶらぶらぶらぶらぶゆー」 (Rabu Rabu Rabu Rabu Rabu Rabu Yuu)
“Love Love Love Love Love Love You”
From mystery to, well, more mystery—albeit with a dash of answer because yes, we definitely were good kiddies over this past week and Re:Zero always rewards good behaviour. Mostly. I imagine some are probably starting to grow annoyed we haven’t really advanced anywhere now over these past few weeks, however the drip feed of information and the subtle hints of where this story is going should be enough to satiate the more ravenous viewers. After all, when you get this many Witches in one episode, you know the follow-up will be spicy.
Probably the most impactful aspect of this episode were the Witches. Big baddies, penultimate masterminds, whatever term you have these girls are Re:Zero’s collective antagonist—and yes, they most certainly are girls. Ignoring why the likes of Minerva and Typhon decided to appear (except to tease their later importance), Daphne was the name of this game as Miss Gluttony deigned to explain that the White Whale was the least of everyone’s concern. Thought mabeasts couldn’t get worse? Oh you sweet summer child. The hydra-esque nature of the Great Rabbit though does mean Subaru’s task just got significantly harder, given he not must only contend with Elisa, but also something on the level of the White Whale. While two for once usually is the optimal deal, I’m morbidly curious seeing what plan the kid has to tackle this crazy threat because you know it ain’t going to be easy.
Beyond sneak peaks of future antagonist appearances though, the character of the moment was undoubtably Echidna as yet more info was gleaned regarding Subaru’s circumstances (and some future ones to boot). While the biggie was naturally Return by Death being a limitless skill (as if anyone thought otherwise), the more interesting aspect (at least for me) concerned the trials. For all the proscribed importance specified by Garfiel and Roswaal of Emilia overcoming the trials, it seems the sticking point is accepting and overcoming one’s past, which given Emilia’s post-trial response is something she cannot do. This will undeniably be the next major point of contention in Re:Zero, as the backstories of Emilia, Roswaal, and the Sanctuary have been danced around and teased enough to become an indefatigable itch in terms of audience curiosity. Mind you, I don’t anticipate the answers to Subaru’s current predicament to be revealed from learning what makes the (supposed) good guys tick, but we’ll at least have a better idea of just what threat is currently being faced by everyone involved.
After all, hard not thinking there’s something major set to drop (and plenty worse to come) when the face of Subaru’s suffering suffering herself just so happens to suddenly enter the picture.