After Subaru’s completes his own trial, he makes it back to the graveyard to find Emilia struggling. Subaru’s opts not to take part in the other two trials of the Sanctuary since Emilia was the one to do it, but it seems like it’s going to be tougher than they all thought. We briefly meet a new character, learn certain things, and we get an ending very akin to typical Re:zero. Things are going to heat up.
Garfiel brought up something when it came to Emilia, and it’s whether or not she even wants to face her past. Subaru opts out of completing the rest of Echidna’s trials because Emilia chose to do it herself, but we can see that she can’t get through the first trial of facing her past. I don’t think we’ll get this considering how the episode ended, but again I’d love to actually have an episode where we completely focus on Emilia and we get to see the fabrication and memories of her past like we did with Subaru. We still don’t really know a thing about Emilia’s past and upbringing, and I kinda wish Subaru maybe talked to her about it. He could see that she was struggling and I know he probably has no say in what she can do since this is a very personal trial that she needs to overcome herself, but at least to lend an ear and talk with her about it. Back to Garfiel said whether Emilia even wants to overcome her past or not is interesting and at this point even I wonder if she wants to as well. It seems to be a very traumatic thing, whatever happened with her, and it seems that Emilia always wanted to run away from whatever happened a long time ago. And I just feel so bad for her since she feels obligated to complete this trial and having to go through with it every night seems to be taking its toll on her. Also where are you Puck?! I wish we could focus more on her but things are getting intense on Subaru’s end.
Eventually Subaru convinces Garfiel to let the villagers go, but it’s pretty interesting what we hear from the new character we saw before, Ryuzu. A mix blood’s soul separates from their body when passing through the barrier so in essence they’re basically dead. This then lead’s to Subaru questioning why Ryuzu or Garfiel aren’t able to free the Sanctuary. They both can take part in the trial but they are not able to free the Sanctuary as it is contracted for residents of the Sanctuary. If I understand right, then that means the only one that can free the Sanctuary is a mix blood from outside the Sanctuary. I wonder why this came to be?
This also poses a possible problem as Ram explains to Subaru that there are those in the Sanctuary that do not want their home to be “free”, and Frederica might have some hand in that. Or something, but I still think that’s she’s just following Roswaal’s orders. There’s still many things we don’t know but considering what we hear from Roswaal this episode, I wouldn’t be surprised if the orders Frederica was following was from Roswaal. Though it’d be interesting that Ram wouldn’t know seeing as how close she is to Roswaal.
Speaking of, I knew there was always something off about him but this guy is pretty insane. Either he’s so stupid or he has to know something about Subaru because no other sane man would put all of this trust on this random kid, especially to make him go up against the freaking Witch’s Cult. Roswaal makes it sounds like it’s a good thing that he was out of the picture while Subaru and Emilia handled everything else because in the end Emilia’s reputation with the villagers is better, Subaru was able to form an alliance with Crusche and all that, they got all the credit. But there’s no reason why he would trust some random kid with weird clothes and a weird name. He may know about Subaru’s powers and maybe his message/the question to Beatrice might have something to do with that, I don’t know. If not the powers, it could be that Roswaal saw potential in this kid that can solve things easily because he has no idea that Subaru resets a bunch of times to get things right. Either way, I don’t know, Roswaal is kind of scummy and he freaks me out. He still intrigues me and I wonder what else he has up his sleeve.
Subaru returns to the mansion and honestly, whenever you see the harsh red sunset in this show you know something bad is going to happen. Disemboweler Elsa is back after such a long time of absence and things are going to ramp up quick. I’m guessing that Subaru’s save point is going to be right after him completing his trial, so we’ll see what Subaru will have to do to evade death this time.