This was another one of those episodes that was full of monologuing and exposition. It went in a crazy direction and the ending was a great cliffhanger and while lots of stuff happened, there’s not much to dive into too deeply.
Subaru wakes up and heads to the ruins in this new time loop, hoping to speak with Echidna and get some help. However, he was accidentally thrust into the second trial and it took me awhile to understand what was happening. We don’t really know for sure if there actually are parallel worlds Subaru left behind, with the characters having to deal with the aftermath of his death. The second trial, like the first, takes the memories in Subaru’s mind and creates a world from it, but since Satella has the authority over Return by Death, we have no idea if what we saw was real or not. I’m not quite sure how I feel about that if that were to be true, the problem was that this second trial happened a little too quickly. I was intrigued by it but it all ended too quickly before I could really get into it. I suppose the episode wanted to get to the witch’s tea party as quickly as possible since I feel that would have been more entertaining to most people. Also, fake Rem appeared and at least he was able to figure out she was a fake. From what Echidna revealed afterwards, it doesn’t sound like Subaru even passed the trial…I think. Again, it happened too quickly for me to understand. But man…if Emilia can’t even pass the first trial, I don’t know how she’ll be able to pass the second one. T_T
We finally got to meet all the witches, meeting Camilla and Sekmet, whose sins don’t really match up with them design wise. Looking at them, I would have guessed their sins to be the other way around. And again, I’m not really feeling any of the character designs or them as characters. They all feel a little too out there and too tropey for my liking and too…waifu? Certain designs in this show have been a little out there, like Felix, but for some reason I feel like the witch designs are taking things a little too far. A little too anime, if that makes sense, especially when they’re all fighting over him like a harem, which is not my thing.
I like Subaru but the fact that he almost agreed to Echidna’s contract was so unbelievably stupid. If something ever sounds too good to be true, that’s because it probably is and there’s always a catch. The fact that he didn’t even think of that makes me want to pull my hair out, Subaru you idiot! Whenever there’s a contract, make sure to learn everything about it, especially when it’s a witch of all people making that contract. It just blows my mind, really, and it’s hilarious in a pathetic way that one of the witches had to tell Subaru to ask her for all the details, not just the supposed “good” ones. Goddammit Subaru…
Echidna shows her true colors, and she’s a witch to the core and it’s not surprising. I never fully trusted her but her unabashed love for knowledge, wanting to take advantage of Return by Death, and not feeling a single thing for Beatrice was pretty awful. That entire speech of hers was extremely unsettling, especially when I’m not a fan of the super obsessive crazy characters. That speech, the music, the sparkles, camera angles, and that smile…NOPE. No thank you, I’ll pass. I’m glad that Subaru backed out of it, but things suddenly get worse when Satella casually struts in. It’s weird that only a few of the witches there showed a negative reaction, while a couple others were excited. But to be honest, I don’t really know anything about them so there might be some reveals next time. I can’t possibly imagine what will become of this tea party now that Satella is there, but with Echidna trying to take Subaru away from her, it maybe won’t go well. Still, it’s exciting that we’ll possibly hear Satella speak for once. You know, without the million “aishteru…aishteru…aishteru…”