「聖域の始まりと、崩壊の始まり」 (Seiiki no Hajimari to, Houkai no Hajimari)
“The Beginning of the Sanctuary and the Beginning of the End”
And finally all has been revealed. Wait, you thought I was serious? Hah! As if Re: Zero is going to be that rewarding only halfway (three quarters?) through its latest season. Yes, more answers were forthcoming as even more questions presented themselves, but hey, I think we are all familiar with this game by now. Except when the OP/ED decide to make an appearance, that definitely is a game for gamblers.
After all the fun of Emilia’s past we got the truth of Sanctuary, and lo and behold it’s not as nefarious as one may have been led to believe. There’s certainly a lot at play under this hood: Roswaal’s infatuation with Echidna, Ryuzu being the source of Sanctuary’s impressive barrier, the utter lack of explanation for what happened after Sanctuary’s emergence. The big one, however, is the reason for Sanctuary’s existence in the form of Hector, the Demon of Melancholy, who besides being a complete and utter unknown certainly gives some concerning vibes when even Echidna (and potentially every other witch) appears scared of the guy. It’s not difficult guessing Echidna’s current existence owes to whatever transpired after Sanctuary activated, though how specifically that transpired – not to mention how Roswaal got out of that situation alive – appears to be something to discover at a later date. Got to have something to look forward to after all.
In current times, however, things are a little more straightforward. For all the philosophical jousting over feelings between Subaru and Roswaal (not sure laser-focused love requires such enthusiastic justification on both sides), it’s pretty much just a case of what strategy will prevail: the one seeking to tear down and consume everyone else in the name of one supposed savior, or the one aiming to build up and utilize everyone to help realize the potential salvation one could induce. Or in other words, whose love is more real. It’s fairly easy to think Subaru will get through this latest hassle just fine (Beatrice and Ram make for a potent duo by themselves), but how he does and who might suffer for it definitely are questions we’ll have to wait and find out the answers to.
One way or another one more big fight looms on the horizon, and you can bet its outcome will lay the groundwork for everything—and everyone—to come.