「クウェインの石は一人じゃ上がらない」 (Kuwein no Ishi wa Hitori ja Agaranai)
“Nobody Can Lift a Quain Stone Alone”
Well, it may not be a week of awkward kisses in Re: Zero, but it certainly is one of lap rests and plot movement. Also happy Ram noises, but I think we’re better off keeping that one quiet. Yes, Re: Zero has now hit the stage where breaching Sanctuary is a very real thing, and while we have yet to see Subaru and friends succeed, rest assured the challenge isn’t insurmountable.
Given how Garfiel showed up as the ultimate blocker last time, I imagine a few wound up surprised the inevitable fight transpired as it did. Subaru calling out Garfiel’s past? Sure. Subaru levelling up thanks to Sloth Witch Factor activation? Can get behind that. Subaru actually beating Garfiel with some timely animal assistance? Alright, now we’re talking. To be fair to Garfiel, however, it’s not as though he had the mental fortitude needed to actually win that fight. When endowed with a false belief of maternal hatred in the face of every conceivable truth it’s not too shocking the mental dichotomy would hold him back, or that he’d hesitate after being blasted with everything he sought to forget. Sorry Otto, speaking to animals and throwing explosives only gets you so far when confronting crazed tiger boys.
Besides the fun of punches to the face, however, Garfiel’s humbling does provide some timely answers as to the current Sanctuary situation. We know now why Garfiel remained in Sanctuary while Frederica left for example, and given Garfiel’s own beliefs, the reason why he was determined to keep everyone within Sanctuary—i.e. prevent dredging up his old memories. Likewise, Puck’s contract break has been succinctly answered thanks to a little combat assistance, while Subaru’s own nighttime disappearance has revealed its purpose at the just the right time. In short, solving a lot of the remaining confusion, although that itself simply leads to further anarchy down the line. After all, Garfiel might be dealt with, but it’s now Emilia’s turn, and per the sly (re)appearance of Echidna, this round likely won’t be as easy as the one before.
Considering Subaru has already rejected Echidna’s offer previously and Emilia has suddenly found her courage, you can bet this witch won’t be taking the probable defeat of her trials lying down. Not in the slightest.