I want to protect her smile.
I thought Subaru was going to die at the end there. Is this the end of the first arc? I guess we’re following the standard light novel adaptation rules if it is. It feels like we’re moving onto greener (and hopefully less painful) pastures now that Elsa has been dealt with and Emilia will be taking Subaru home with her. I wonder why Elsa decided the only option was to slaughter them all? I can understand her attacking Emilia on sight, but why did she want to kill Felt and Rom while she was at it? Maybe she realized she could have gotten the insignia for free by killing them all (and there’s always the possibility that she’s just motivated by her desire to disembowel people). And all this time I was still hoping that talking it out was a potential solution. I actually envisaged Subaru succeeding by avoiding Elsa outright somehow, especially as we had no way of knowing how strong Reinhard was until now – although avoiding a confrontation might have been impossible if we take the theft for granted. It would mean bargaining with Felt would be necessary, and so nothing would have stopped her waiting for Elsa to show up to negotiate. Unless she was made to give it up by force, that is (and harming lolis is forbidden).
I really liked the fight scene. It was tense at all the right times, had lots of ups and downs and was filled with a surprising amount of banter. I had a slight worry that critical moments like these would end up with lots of deflated tension due to Subaru and his Revival, but surprisingly my concerns were unfounded. It’s true that there’s less at stake (in that even if he dies he gets to try again) but the reason it still manages to be exciting is that it’s annoying to re-do a loop. And it’s painful for him. All the effort and progress made by Subaru goes to waste if he’s forced to reset the loop, and that’s what’s at stake here – the fact that he’s so close to grasping success and breaking through to his ‘happy ending’. I also started thinking about what would happen if he only half-achieves his objectives from his point of view. Say Emilia gets killed by Elsa. Subaru will most likely reset, because his ultimate motive is to return the insignia to an alive Emilia. But what if Felt died? What if Elsa had killed Rom in their current loop, and Reinhard then arrived to drive her away? If Rom had died, would Subaru have considered his current loop a success? So my point is – will Subaru ever eventually be forced into making difficult sacrifices like that? If everything in a particular loop goes perfectly save for that one slightly insignificant guy having died tragically, will Subaru reset for their sake or just press on forward?
Anyway, Reinhard too stronk. He can make swords crumble into dust! If he hadn’t shown up, they would have been goners for sure. Him and Puck saved the day – although I’m expecting some questions from either Puck or Emilia in the future about how Subaru knew about Puck’s existence and time limit. As well as an explanation as to why Reinhard reacted so badly upon seeing Felt with the insignia. His issue clearly wasn’t that Felt stole the insignia – he already knew that. But for some reason it felt (ha ha) like there was a significance in Felt herself having stolen it and presenting it to Emilia in her hand. Can it only be handled by half-elves or something? Why does that have anything to do with her family name and age? If she’d stolen it from Emilia in the first place, wouldn’t that imply she’s perfectly capable of touching it? Don’t hurt her! She dindu nuffin!