「水面に映る幸せ」 (Minamo ni Utsuru Shiawase)
“Happiness Reflected on the Water’s Surface”
And so the battle begins. There should be no major surprises right now that Re: Zero will be indulging in Sanctuary’s endgame for all it’s worth, but it’s certainly eye opening just how much the show is benefitting from White Fox’s smart use of time. With so much to feature who doesn’t love a good thirty-minute episode – especially when it’s accompanied by several more in reserve.
While the focus this week was deservedly on Beatrice and Subaru in preparation for explaining how the party escapes the situation created by failed countermeasures, Emilia was arguably the one who stole the show. This was the first real point where we’ve seen just how far the girl has come: in the face of a present she was desperately yearning for, she accepted its impossibility and chose instead to embrace the reality before her. It seems like a small thing, but when Emilia has been plagued by feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and perpetual doubt, the willingness to look the totality of those feelings in the eye and accept them for what they are is pretty damn impressive. It was never her fault for being coddled so much and being unable to really think for herself after awakening from her icy slumber, but it sure would’ve been if she refused to act after discovering the truth of her situation.
Emilia’s second trial too goes a good way to explaining why Echidna loathes her so much. In effect Echidna sees herself in Emilia: she sees the girl desperate to hold onto and prosper with her self-made family all the while circumstances try and rend it asunder. The difference of course is that Emilia has accepted her past; Echidna is still living with the guilt of what happened to Ryuzu and whatever transpired with Roswaal. It was easy to forget such things when able to taunt, criticize, and laugh at Emilia when the girl was incapable of looking at her past, but now Echidna has convenient foil to paper over her regrets – and I guarantee it absolutely eats at her. There’s a reason after all that one is the Witch of Greed, and the other has never become a Witch except through mistaken identity.
As for the mansion battle itself, we’ll get to that next week when I imagine the full force of Beatrice’s current situation and Subaru’s solution for it makes itself felt. With everyone else growing into their own it just wouldn’t be fair to leave the little librarian without her own bit of development, and given the magical nature of the threat before the group, we’ve got the perfect opportunity for it.
There might only be three episodes of Re: Zero’s latest arc to go, but you can be damn sure they’re going to be one hell of an entertaining three week ride.