「俺を選べ」 (Ore o Erabe)
Oh now that was a culmination if I ever saw one. Threats dispatched; new life-long friends made; and, oh yes, promises of final showdowns – I dare say we got it all and then some. Also red ogre girls surviving to fight and verbally abuse Subaru for another day. Admit it, you knew she’d pull through.
Given how much it was built up earlier, no big shocker that Beatrice’s redemption moment (hey, it sort of counts as redemption!) was a nice and long drawn out affair. While easy to guess Subaru would finally make the tart little librarian see reason, I must admit I got a sympathetic chuckle out of her rationalizing during the whole process. Poor Beatrice was at heart sheltered and, in a sense, coddled; outside of Ryuzu Echidna was all she knew for intimacy (in a parental capacity) and all she had to go off of for understanding. When Echidna stated that Beatrice’s role would end when a suitable inheritor of her knowledge came around, no surprise then Beatrice took that seriously and put her trust and faith in it fully. That person would obviously identify themselves, and in that moment Beatrice would have her new Echidna. Or in other words, happy ever after.
The catch of course is that this isn’t exactly what Echidna had in mind. The flashback shows pretty well that rather Echidna likely anticipated Beatrice finding the suitable person herself. Just take the grimoire she was given to determine her future, it’s not blank due to age – it’s blank because Echidna made it that way. What does a blank future indicate? That you’re meant to fill in the pages yourself. It’s interesting to note in this regard that Roswaal likely received the same blank tome, except instead of throwing trust in an unlikely stranger, he used it as a means of keeping his love for Echidna alive (soul hopping isn’t just the purview of Betelgeuse, who knew?). Both of Echidna’s disciples thus refused to accept the reality of their situation, choosing to cling to memory and self-imagined hope instead of letting their futures escape the confines of their pasts. Beatrice of course finally accepted needed change in the end thanks to Subaru’s relentless intransigence, but Roswaal has a bit of work left to go. At least until Ram finally awakes, because I guarantee between her and Emilia the poor guy won’t be allowed to mope for too long.
Well, they will right after dealing with the Great Rabbit and finally leaving Sanctuary for good. Re: Zero after all is never one to leave off an arc that easily, and with the whole team now together, I think we’re in need of a good battle to see just what the new and improved Subaru party is made of.