Even though this seemed like a slower episode because it was full of exposition, there was still a lot going on and a lot of things we found out. Also just seeing that after-credit scene with Roswaal holding the second copy of the not-Tome of Wisdom was such a vindicating feeling. So much to unpack this time!
To Echidna, it seems that the Return by Death is limitless. It’s caused by Satella’s delusion and as long as she has this delusion, Subaru will continue to have this power. By “delusion”, what does that exactly mean? Like a delusion in the literal sense? With that ending (thank god i wasn’t wearing headphones), it may be the delusion that Satella is in love with Subaru, but then the question is why Subaru specifically? Satella has this obsession with him and she gave him this power because she doesn’t want him to die ever or make mistakes. But what is she doing this for, why Subaru of all people? There must be some goal she wants Subaru to accomplish for her to go this far, but I can’t think of what it could possibly be. It can’t be anything simple as just finding him amusing. It’s also interesting to learn that it’s only Subaru she cares about, anyone else isn’t part of the future and it’s certainly possible to permanently lose those Subaru cares about if he’s not careful. It would seem that Rem isn’t important (poor girl) and is just a blip in all this, but of course Subaru won’t let that continue, such as he’s been doing for all this time. Since his ability is limitless, which Echidna is only guessing right now but it seems to be correct, Subaru can try as many times as he wants.
We then move on to The Great Rabbit, which we disgustingly saw last time is one of the Three Great Mabeasts that were created by Daphne, the Witch of Gluttony. Just like regular rabbits, they breed pretty quickly but these things also breed infinitely and can spread very quickly. The “future” that Subaru was transported to somehow showed the horrors of these terrible creatures, as they eat any living thing in front of them. It’s horrifying to imagine that everyone else went through the same torturous death Subaru did last time, but it goes to show how powerful these things are. For Echidna to say that defeating these rabbits would be even more difficult than the White Whale is a crazy thought considering many lives were lost to that thing. Subaru having to figure out how to defeat those things, while also having to break the barrier and getting everyone out, take them all to the mansion in four days…ugh, I don’t envy him.
I’ve been curious to meet the other witches but they weren’t exactly what I had in mind. I’m not a fan of these loli designs, and Daphne’s in particular is kind of cool but I feel like isn’t too fitting for Re:Zero? Minerva is cute, but again not what I expected. Daphne looks like she belongs in a sci-fi story and not this one with that futuristic iron maiden of hers, so I’m not quite sure what to think but her and Typhon are pretty unsettling.
I’m just shocked that Daphne was way more helpful than I thought since I thought maybe she would have fought back. Her reasoning for creating these Mabeasts are interesting in a twisted way, and she follows her philosophy of killing to survive to help Subaru out, even if it’s against her own creations. The rabbits are lured out by mana and while he may not be able to destroy every single one of them at once, they all share one consciousness so I guess he just needs to destroy most of them? While it was a bit of a chaotic introduction, Subaru was able to get lots of important information out of her that could help him in his next time loop. Using a powerful magic user is a good idea, question is who it would be?
We didn’t really get the most concrete answer to the conditions of having a tea party with a witch. Apparently they get stricter each time and Subaru’s been able to meet those conditions each time, which is crying out “I want to know” from the bottom of his heart. Not exactly what I was looking for, but…okay then. He’ll also be able to meet with her in the trial, though I’m curious to see how Subaru will convince Emilia that he’ll do it instead. Which makes me pretty sad because I was ready to see my girl Emilia go for it and get her own character growth and some spotlight, so it’s disappointing. :/
The whole tea party was pretty great, and we got lots of information but I can’t believe that Subaru forgot all about the pendant. Sure he mentions that he was eaten by rabbits but he for some reason didn’t even ask about WHY he was even in this “future”. I was hoping that would come up while they were talking about The Great Rabbit so now I’m left wondering what the hell even happened. Honestly, while we did learn a great deal there still could have been things Subaru could have asked Echidna but I guess that would make the story a lot more boring.
Whenever Subaru sees Echidna again, I wonder what it is that she wants to tell him.
And just when we thought that we didn’t see enough witches, we find the Sanctuary covered in darkness as Satella embraces Subaru after repeating I love you. Now, either it’s actually Satella in front of them or it’s Satella controlling Emilia and making her do all this because Emilia wasn’t even in the ruins when Subaru woke up, which I find seriously weird. No way would Emilia leave Subaru behind, and if anyone went in to grab them once they noticed something was wrong, I don’t think they would leave Subaru behind either since he was still on friendly terms with everyone at this point. Dammit Satella, what are you doing?!
And Roswaal, hm hm hm! With his Gospel in his arms, he lets himself get swallowed by the darkness. From his words, it seems like this time loop is already a goner, but we’ll see what happens next time. But seeing Roswaal with his own Gospel answers so many questions I’ve had before and it makes me glad, but it still doesn’t quite say what he’s planning and what he wants.
Just when you think things couldn’t escalate any further they certainly do!