「平家星の笑った日」 (Heikeboshi no Waratta Hi)
“The Day Betelgeuse Laughed”
And so the faucet of information is loosened yet again. While I imagine some are growing impatient with the speed at which Re: Zero has decided to drop Emilia’s past, one has to admit the results are fun to watch in action. Three weeks of thirty-minute episodes with no OP and ED? Now that’s anime time usage to die for.
Although still unclear why Emilia and her band of merry ice flinging elves was targeted, we’re certainly starting to fill in the gaps. The appearance of Pandora, the Witch of Vanity (the only one Subaru hasn’t actually met mind you) alongside Regulus is enough to show something critical lies at the heart of this situation, and the fact Pandora is demanding the seal itself is enough indication that whatever it is won’t end well for all involved. Well, unless you’re an ardent member of the Witch’s Cult already, but I think we know now how far loyalty gets you among this merry band of freaks. At least we do have a pretty good idea of what makes Betelgeuse tick now, as the love he became known for was centered on Fortuna and enhanced by the Sloth factor selflessly used for her benefit. Not sure it immediately explains his descent into madness, but never fear, I think that bit is coming up next.
As for the other biggie this week in Echidna, Ryuzu, and Beatrice, less revealed than more confirmed. Beatrice’s spirit status and contract with Echidna is already known from last season for example, but Beatrice being involved apparently right from the start alongside a less clownish Roswaal? That’s certainly a tasty tidbit hinting towards fun down the line. While this discussion seems out of place given the immense focus on Emilia right now, it’s a good prelude to what comes once Emilia beats the trial given securing passage out of Sanctuary does nothing to actually deal with the threat to the Mansion and Beatrice. Subaru still needs to figure out a way to properly clear this latest checkpoint after all, and Ryuzu is likely the means to do that.
Whether or not it’s enough to avoid another death is anyone’s guess, but hey, it wouldn’t be Re: Zero without some uncertainty.