And so we return to everyone’s favourite suffering trip. It’s been one hell of a wait to see where Re:Zero intends on heading next, but we’re here at last, and the results definitely don’t disappoint. If the end of last episode wasn’t enough of a mind twister, just wait until you get a load of this series’ next phase. And oh yes, expect plentiful spoilers from last season and even more assumption of knowledge because I doubt anyone is crazy enough to jump into this season blind.
Building off the major reveals about Roswaal and Echidna last time, this week, besides reinforcing how a season’s delay was originally not in the cards (thanks Corona-chan!), was largely about Emilia and teasing the reasons behind her current state of mind. I think most could’ve guessed something was up with the girl and her inability to pass Sanctuary’s trials, but the reason being from Puck locking her memories away after rescuing her from ice and Roswaal effectively coercing her into running for ruler so she could save her family? Now that’s going places. While there’s a lot left to discern about Emilia’s past – not to mention Puck’s reason for only appearing and breaking their contract now – it’s safe to say that we can Emilia to finally break through her trial quagmire alongside getting some answers as interest. Not enough to truly fill in the blanks of course (have to give a reason to keep this series chugging along), but more than enough to help whet the appetite.
The other biggie delved into this week was of course Subaru, as the kid has now made his first real step towards understanding and accepting that he cannot take on the whole world alone. Although I’m slightly surprised Otto was the one who broke through Subaru’s vainglory and convinced him to actually reach out, it’s undeniably a needed shock considering prior events. Hell, having Subaru half-admit Return by Death to the guy? Betcha didn’t see that one coming. Naturally, however, the major point of this change is getting Roswaal under control by using the disparate pieces of Sanctuary to overcome the challenges Subaru cannot face alone – i.e. breaking Sanctuary’s barrier and saving the mansion. Subaru may not be able to handle these challenges alone, but the combined skills of Otto, Ryuzu (all four of her), Ram, and Garfiel likely are once each of them is properly convinced and utilized. It’s the single most difficult task Subaru has ever undertaken, and you better bet you haven’t seen everything it has to offer just yet.
Best buckle up boys and girls, this season is going to be a ride.