「咆哮の再会」 (Houkou no Saikai)
“Reunion of Roars”
Ahh, now things are starting to heat up – quite literally. And with unexpected developments to boot! While there may be legitimate complaints about how long Re: Zero is taking in getting to the good stuff right now, it’s hard denying that when the pieces finally fall together, the results prove impressive. After all, bringing back both Elsa and Puck implies serious fun on the horizon.
Given all the focus on Emilia and Roswaal these past few weeks, I’m sure it proved a little surprising when Ram of all people got some time in the spotlight. Major time. Although Ram still bears some of the “comedic relief” overtones born during Re: Zero’s first season, time like this really highlight how Rem isn’t the only part of the blue-red ogre duo with quiet attention to detail or impassioned desires. Ram may not show well what she’s feeling at times, but you can be sure it’ll come out when the moment requires it. Something Roswaal didn’t fully expect. Yeah, there may be some confusing or otherwise forgotten aspects concerning Roswaal’s and Ram’s relationship not well touched on here, however I think the main implications are clear: Subaru isn’t the only one fighting against Roswaal’s obsessive desires, and this side of the fight isn’t likely to go as Roswaal plans thanks to a little spiritual assistance.
As for the main attraction of rescuing the mansion all hands are finally on deck, and oh boy the results will be a blast. Besides reunions and the hilarity of Garfiel now being a confirmed squirt, the setup to finally break Beatrice free of the library has been created and Subaru is poised to pick himself up yet another magical girl. Well, at least if Emilia doesn’t suddenly decide to now take declarations of love as declarations of friendship – one never knows, have to keep those ship lovers guessing! Considering four episodes remain it’s not likely Subaru and company will easily overcome Elsa and her yet-to-be-re-revealed partner, but as Emilia is soon to wrap up the Sanctuary trials (her new mindset is unlikely to falter after coming so far) and Roswaal has been stalled in his grand plans, I don’t anticipate too many life-ending challenges in the close.
One way or another the troubles of Sanctuary are finally entering the endgame; all we can do now is wait and see how the dust finally settles.