「地獄なら知っている」 (Jigoku nara Shitte iru)
“I Know Hell”
Are we enjoying the suffering-go-round yet? Because you know full well it ain’t even halftime. Well, maybe. We’re still down and dirty in the realm of education through death, but the first signs of change are finally upon us as more answers are gleaned, foreshadowing is introduced, and one character gets set up for a major shift in importance. Kind of makes you wonder what’s going to ruin this turn of fortunate events.
Although the mysteries of Sanctuary are still very much unspoken for, we did get a decent tidbit thanks to the little pointy eared cutie Ryuzu. Probably no surprise the area is (was?) Echidna’s playground, but a playground with the purpose of creating a vessel for her soul? And Ryuzu meant to serve as the vessel? Now that’s getting spicy. It does explain the various appearances of Ryuzu over time though, and also likely what drives Garfiel to try and protect Sanctuary so much. If the whole purpose of Sanctuary was to provide one Witch immortality and you’re head of security, naturally you’d want to avoid having others come in and crash the party—especially other Witches wanting in on the action. Still need to figure out what specifically has Garfiel so invested, but hey, halfway there as Subaru brazenly shows.
The main point of contention for the moment, however, is going to be with Subaru as it looks like we’re about to learn what makes the Beatrice-Roswaal duo tick. While I firmly expect a good deal more foot dragging on major reveals here (got to hype that second cour you know!), the indication of Sanctuary’s purpose alongside Beatrice falling in with Subaru pretty much confirms our little guardian has direct ties to Sanctuary and likely Echidna to boot. It’s anyone’s guess just how Beatrice ties in with Echidna and how Roswaal fits in the middle of this magical puzzle right now, but I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if everyone’s current situation all comes down to experimentation gone wrong or someone else crashing the immortality party. After all, considering Echidna has not yet deigned to speak on Sanctuary’s importance and Satella just happened to be able to stroll on in after Subaru met Daphne, Minerva, and Typhon, you can bet there’s at least one more important secret left for us to discover.
Well, at least right after we get to round three with everyone’s favourite bowel remover.