「魔女たちの茶会」 (Majo-tachi no Chakai)
“The Witches’ Tea Party”
If I was a betting man I’d say we’re setting up for one mighty showdown next week—but this is Re:Zero and we all know how far such monetary commitments typically go. Yes, it was a multi-witch special this go around as Subaru progressed a stage while fending off promises of sunshine and rainbows, yet for that glitters you know deep down the true pain and suffering for our boy has yet to really begin.
Out of every detail described this week, probably the most ominous is Echidna’s attempt at
securing a boyfriend wrangling Subaru into a contract. As pre-season PV’s hinted towards the girl is not as nice and chummy as she comes across and definitely has an ulterior motive at works—the only question was what. Cue the contractual obligations she nonchalantly throws out after giving Subaru the goodies he’ll get, because hey, what’s a little breach of privacy between friends? I find it quite funny Echidna is taking the roundabout route here; she can clearly coerce Subaru into doing what she wants considering the mental shenanigans she is capable of, but is willing to spend the effort getting him to willingly sign up likely given the uniqueness and alure of his Return by Death. It’s the perfect play to her greedy personality, and you can definitely bet the teasers of what lies underneath her good cop won’t take long to make their official appearance.
The other interest, however, naturally lies with Beatrice given we learned what was easily predictable following last episode’s events. As suspected, the girl is effectively a product of Echidna, a spirit sworn to protect her library (happy to know whose it actually now is aren’t ya?) until the appearance of the right person—who naturally is left up to Beatrice to deduce because Echidna truly only knows how to take over give. I’ll leave it to you to guess how Subaru will wind up saving Beatrice from her self-inflicted purgatory, but without a doubt he will rescue her and will wind up having Beatrice effectively treat him as her new master, because mid-story power-up. And with Beatrice at his side you know the tribulations of Echidna’s second Sanctuary trial won’t be that bad to deal with, especially considering the witch looks set to try and do whatever she considers necessary to finally wrap Subaru around her finger.
Couple it with all the fun to be had of every witch including Satella being in on the festivities and darling I dare say we have one hell of a season finale on our hands. Oh, and the annoyance of that whole season break before getting to part two, but I’ll try to pretend I didn’t know that was a thing.