「オットー・スーウェン」 (Ottou Suuwen)
Slow and steady wins the race—or at least garners you the most unexpected of outcomes. Yes, you’re not seeing things, that definitely happened (eat your heart out Emilia fans), and oh yes, it makes what’s to come all the more interesting. The Sanctuary arc has been called Re: Zero’s best for a reason after all, and we haven’t even hit the real goodies yet.
While I’m sure the life and times of merchant Otto aren’t at the forefront of popularity, I have to give Re: Zero credit for being willing to actually spend time on fleshing out these secondary characters. Otto, like many others, isn’t simple cannon fodder or comedic relief, he’s very much a necessary element in helping Subaru ensure he gets the outcome which breaks through the latest Return by Death loop. Even if Otto’s involvement is, well, less than perfect. Talking to animals sounds fantastic in theory, but not all creatures are open to heartfelt discussion. Just ask Ram.
The latter half, however, is where the real meat lay, and not just for that bit of eagerly awaited (if future uncertain) fan service. Similar to Subaru last season with Sanctuary’s first trial, the release of Emilia to remember her past is another bit of necessary development to break through the malaise of self-enforced ignorance. In learning of her past, Emilia, much like Subaru, is in part believing that she must take everything onto her own shoulders, but unlike Subaru and his hero complex seeks to withdraw into herself to spare others any pain. It’s the wrong and inherently selfish thing to do, but it’s also understandable given Emilia has effectively been a bird in a cage; suddenly obtaining total freedom (in the form of memories) would be terrifying under the circumstances. Thus the importance of Subaru’s very calm, very open, and very crazy declaration of love. Yes the kid may have left during the night, sure he has reason to dislike, but when you’re smitten such cares go out the window, and right now Emilia needs that level of support to keep her righted as the tempest which is her past burns itself out. Of course, this isn’t to say Emilia is deserving of the support—that remains to be seen—but at least we can expect some proper advancement through Echidna’s test.
Well, right after getting through Garfiel, and something tells me that’s going to be slightly more challenging.