「記憶の旅路」 (Kioku no Tabiji)
“A Journey Through Memories”
Oh Re: Zero, how I enjoy thee. Two back-to-back 30-minute episodes? And the likelihood of another next week? Darling don’t tease me like this. At least on the plus side it’s all about Emilia’s backstory now, and given the information coming out, you best be sure the reveal will be a doozy.
Given how utterly devoid Re: Zero has been to date of anything to do with Emilia’s past, it’s not too surprising a lot of this week left more questions than answers. While fairly easy to guess at Puck’s involvement with Emilia’s freezing and subsequent thawing (itself largely confirmed earlier), stuff like cutie pie Emilia’s confinement to the Princess House, the lack of presence of her biological parents, and her being forbidden from approaching a very ominous door-like seal hint towards something incredibly deadly at work behind the scenes. Well, that and the appearance of one sane Betelgeuse who you’d never think was actually the Archbishop of Sloth in a later life. Are we looking at the origins of several major players in the current Re: Zero? We’ll know soon enough.
Part of what makes what’s to come so damn interesting as well is the cliffhanger appearance of none other than Echidna’s Archbishop Regulus. Why the hell he of all people would be involved with Emilia’s trauma is anyone’s guess, but pretty easy to assume it has to do either with the elves watching the seal or the seal itself. It’s not like one particular witch has the apparent form of an Emilia-like elf and an origin wholly unknown. Oh no siree. Yes, I’m going to tease like mad and enjoy every last moment of it, even if the extent of what’s revealed this season is going to remain firmly up in the air.
As for other tasty morsels, well, best expect some shenanigans on the part of Echidna too as Emilia works her way through her memories, because I think everyone can recognize smouldering anger when they see it. Echidna may be greedy to discover where Emilia’s past traumatic experience leads, but she also is furious at Subaru for rejecting her and catching Emilia so easily. There’s plenty of the Sanctuary arc left to go after all, and while Emilia may get through the first trial, no guarantee Echidna will be so forgiving in the second.
Best get the popcorn ready boys and girls, the summit of this arc is fast approaching.