Considering Satella had gobbled up everyone in her shadow, it was safe to say that this time loop was as good as done. And while it was a very short one, we did get to see a couple interesting things. One, Satella definitely looks a lot like Emilia but we already knew that since everyone and their mother stayed away from Emilia because of it. Still, it’s a bit of a shocker to actually see her. Second, Garfiel using his crystal to command an army of the Ryuzu clones. This could play a huge part later if things go well in this time loop, and I do sure hope they go well.
This was a very exposition heavy episode like the last one and it was pretty straightforward, but we did get some cool revelations this time. After being engulfed in Satella’s darkness, Subaru was able to see snippets of memories of his victims and was able to find a ruin. Using his crystal as a key to open the door, he found another Ryuzu inside a large blue crystal alike to the one he has. We learn that Echidna was working on essentially making herself immortal by making these clones of Ryuzu, embedding souls into every one of them. She had planned to implant her own soul into one of the clones but the experiment failed or I’m guessing she wasn’t able to find the solution in time before her death. So now this cloning system seems to continue making more clones. One thing I wish they explained was why Ryuzu Meyer wasn’t sufficient enough to house Echidna’s soul. Was her body too small or too weak?
Another huge revelation from this conversation was that an Apostle of Greed is able to control the Ryuzu clones. We clearly saw Garfiel controlling them in the previous time loop with the crystal, so with that we know that: Garfiel also took part in the trial and met up with Echidna, and that Subaru is also able to control the Ryuzus.
Ryuzu Bilma explained that they are made from “cores of artificial od that has been produced by magic” and then wrapped in mana. Basically, they’re just walking beings of mana. That explains why the horde of rabbits were around the area, but that can also benefit them later. As horrible as it sounds, and it may anger Echidna a great deal, Subaru’s basically found his answer to defeat the rabbits. Daphne mentioned that they could use a powerful magic user as bait to draw them out, but instead of one user it can be many. To draw out the rabbits, Subaru would just need to command the Ryuzu clone army into a specific spot to create a mana super spot, and destroy them somehow. Of course Garfiel would have to be in on that plan because he can control them too.
And Garfiel just doesn’t trust him but we all knew that. I’m still not quite sure Subaru meant in the end and what their conversation was about. Garfiel is protective of the Sanctuary and is on high alert because of the witch’s scent on him. Subaru seems he can read him pretty well but he knows that Garfiel is hiding something, and I wonder what that could be.
Subaru heads over to the mansion to tell Frederica and Petra to head out with Rem to the village and he’ll return with Beatrice. I do think it’s kind of weird that Frederica didn’t raise any questions about this sudden news, going along with it just like that. She wasn’t expecting Subaru to just come back so quickly and to just go along with this like nothing is kind of weird, but maybe I’m reading too much into this?
Well, Beatrice certainly did expect him to arrive and we know why. Whatever this contract was is coming to an end and we’ll on to the next step that Subaru’s planned. We’ve got three episodes left and I can only wonder what will happen in these last few.