I had a feeling this episode was going to ramp things up, but there was no way I could have predicted a scene like the rabbit one. I’ve seen my fair share of fictional horror deaths but this had to be one of the more disturbing ones.
This was a really intense episode and it had a lot going for it. I’m glad that Subaru went to confront Roswaal, and while we have even more questions, we at least got one answer. Beatrice is not a witch cultist and what she has is actually not a Gospel but actually a book closest to the Tome of Wisdom, the tome being a book that tells the true future and there are only two copies of it in existence. What the cultists have as their Gospel is a defective version of the Tome, and the reason Beatrice called it a Gospel was because it lacked an official term.
Hmm, there are two of those books. I sure wonder who has the second copy of it. Yeah…it could be Roswaal. Roswaal reassures Subaru that he’s an ally of his but it still doesn’t sit right with me. He did give another part to that “question”, and I still don’t know if it’s a good thing or not. But now we have more questions. If Beatrice has nothing to do with the Witch’s Cult, then how does she personally know Betelgeuse? Who exactly was her mother for her to have this important and powerful book in her possession and what happened to her? How are these Gospels even made? At least it’s nice to know that Beatrice isn’t an enemy, though I didn’t really think she was even if she were possibly a cultist. There’s still a lot we still don’t know about Beatrice but I never suspected her of being an enemy. With her book being able to tell the future, then could it be possible that she’s aware of Subaru’s power. With me suspecting that Roswaal also can see the future somehow, either being because he’s a cultist or he’s not but is in possession of the other not-quite Tome, then it’s possible.
With that out of the way, we run into Garfiel and things took a turn for the worse. It was heartbreaking seeing everyone get killed like nothing, especially Otto since he and Subaru had a nice moment last time. I couldn’t really write out why Otto calling himself Subaru’s friend was a big deal last time, but it’s plainly obvious for my stupid brain. Considering Subaru was alone for so long and lost all his friends before back in his world, it meant a lot to him that he met someone that outright would call him his friend since he hasn’t had that feeling in so long. So seeing Otto sacrifice himself to save Subaru hurt my heart. And best girl Patrasche too. And because of Subaru’s death, who knows if we’ll get a scene like this again. Grr! Garfiel’s beast form was massive and powerful, nothing like Frederica’s. Could the difference really be in their difference of beast blood, and the difference is that much? And here I thought Frederica’s was powerful.
I don’t want to talk about the rabbit scene because it honestly disgusted and terrified me, but what in the hell was that? What is this crystal and why did that even happen? Why would he be sent to a different world/future/illusion??? to get killed like that. We know that Frederica is innocent in all this and it doesn’t seem like she’s tampered with the crystal pendant, so it just begs the question…WHAT? And WHY? And HOW? Who’s behind all this and what do they want?
The last portion of the episode with Echidna was a cathartic moment. There’s been lots of moments in the series where Subaru’s been able to confide in people and let out his thoughts and emotions, but he’s never been able to tell anyone about his traumatizing Return by Death ability or else they be killed. Finally, after so long he’s able to let his heart out and tell someone what he’s had to go through. In the physical sense, Subaru hasn’t been alone but on the other hand he’s been too alone and exhausted from keeping this secret to himself. Dying numerous times in numerous ways, having to solve these conflicts on his own, and just the emotional stress is enough to make anyone want to give up. I can’t imagine the relief Subaru feels of finally having the ability to be able to tell someone all the pain and trauma and suffering he’s had to endure all this time on his own. I’m glad he can have this moment.
Question is, what’s going to happen now? Will things go like how they did in the previous timeloop or will something else happen? I have no clue so I’m ready for whatever the show is going to throw at us next. Except…those demonic rabbits. Not that, please not that again.