「エリオール大森林の永久凍土」 (Eriouru Dai Shinrin no Eikyuu Toudo)
“The Permafrost of Elior Forest”
And that boys and girls is a wrap. Or at least the first half of the wrap, because you obviously didn’t expect to get all the answers did you? Right? Right. Yes, with another glorious half hour episode (albeit now complete with actual OP!) gracing our screens the final bits of Emilia’s past were revealed as the setup for Sanctuary’s endgame was laid bare at last. Make no mistake, there’s still plenty left to learn, but at least a light is now shining at the end of the tunnel.
Given what we knew to date of Emilia and her childhood situation, it’s probably just a tad surprising that not only did the girl freeze everyone and everything in her immediate presence, but also that Pandora was the one who messed with her memories something fierce. The course of events after all fails to identify the role of Puck and Roswaal later on with Emilia’s unfreezing, although given all the blatant teasing on the part of Pandora and Emilia’s immense magical strength it’s not hard guessing why. One does not nonchalantly call Emilia the daughter of a witch amidst her bringing forth a key to unlock a seal containing god knows what without seriously indicating that is the honest truth. And as for what’s hiding behind the seal, well, I imagine we’ll get that answer once Satella’s backstory is properly revealed – and Pandora returns to try her hand at convincing once again.
As for more down to Earth shenanigans, nothing really intriguing, at least this week. With Emilia having concluded the first trial and Echidna grudgingly accepting the girl will breeze through the remaining two, it’s up to Subaru to now save the mansion from Elsa. How he does so is the big question, but right off the bat you can expect things to go differently this time given the involvement of Garfiel, Otto, and Ram, and the earlier discussion from last season about Subaru saving Beatrice from the library. Roswaal may anticipate some further deaths on the part of Subaru here (that sly greeting with Otto definitely hints towards it), however I’m not too sure he’ll be able to salvage his strategy. When you’ve got the whole gang properly working together, Emilia set to finally lift Sanctuary’s barrier, and Elsa as the only persistent threat to contend with, it’ll take more than one wrong move this time for the jester to prevail.
Unless a witch or mabeast deigns to get involved once again of course, but I’m not about to start making predictions on that.