「死の味」 (Shi no Aji)
“The Taste of Death”
Zero to sixty might be the go-to auto phrase of choice, but for Re:Zero? Yeah, I believe we can start applying it too. We all knew some tasty tidbits would drop eventually, yet having both Beatrice and Roswaal do their level best to truly upset the status quo certainly came out of left field. Not to exclude some other scrumptious shenanigans though, oh no siree.
Barring the usual unknowns surrounding Re:Zero, the currently biggest black hole was how Subaru was going to reset his latest romp through suffering, and oh boy did we discover that and then some. While nice knowing where the Great Rabbit came from courtesy of Maylie’s timely appearance (who had pint sized malbeast controller on their bingo card?), the fun was arguably more in Elisa’s re-emergence thanks to some surprise multidimensional hacking. Not to say it wasn’t already obvious the girl had skill mind you (earlier episodes alluded to her talent), but doing so at the right possible moment? Oh now that’s just delectable. Yes, I might be slightly hungry if the food adjectives weren’t a dead giveaway.
Of course, the meat this week lay more with the good guys, especially our tartly backtalker Beatrice who finally revealed what I imagine some had a good inkling of. As suspected, Beatrice is a spirit contracted to Echidna to watch over her library (yes, it’s not actually Roswaal’s) until the appearance of a select individual. While up in the air whether Subaru is that individual—such a point is deliberately left unanswered for future fun and games—there’s certainly no faulting the poor girl’s desire to be released considering 400 years is an awfully long time and Roswaal’s ability to annoy even the most stoic of individuals. Although it’s a given Subaru will find a way to free Beatrice from her contract, the manner of it is wholly unknown, and you can bet it will factor into how Subaru finally overcomes the bowel remover once and for all. Not like I anticipate it being a problem once the picture is complete, but when your enemy is able to quickly dispatch with the truly talented, yeah, you might have an issue on your hands.
And as for Roswaal, I think the message speaks for itself. Someone outside of the Witches, in some way, finally has an inkling of just what Subaru is capable of, and you can bet he’ll do what he can to ensure Subaru plays to his tune. Whether or not it involves having Emilia go full Envy to ensure her election prospects are in order remains to be seen, but one way or another, you can firmly bet the next couple of weeks are going to get a little crazy.