All I want is for Emilia to not be sad but I guess that’s too much to ask.
After a bit of a break, we come back to Re:zero and it looks like things are going to ramp up now that Subaru made a deal with Roswaal. It’s a pretty huge bet that he’s making, hoping to both liberate the Sanctuary and protect the mansion. We know this is a huge feat, and I wonder what’ll happen to Subaru if he happens to fail. Dying…maybe. But I’m sure that Roswaal will have his own condition as Subaru does, being that Roswaal must be there in the future for Emilia. Roswaal never stated what he wanted if Subaru would lose the bet so I’m just afraid that Subaru jumped into something a little too quickly again.
I like that we started off with the Otto scene from last time. The first time Otto and Subaru declared each other friends was really sweet and wholesome, but this time it left an even bigger impact. This was a real turning point for the both of them, Otto pleading with Subaru and Subaru seriously relying on others for help. I’m not sure if Subaru told Otto EVERYTHING but they seem to be on the same page, and Otto is just really cool. What a bro.
This was a pretty good episode but I feel like there was a bit too much going on and it was a little fast, which is a complaint I’ve had for this season. Emilia’s past, the bet with Roswaal, the Ryuzu convo, Puck, and Ryuzu Shima missing. These are all great and interesting things but they kind of went by a little too quickly and didn’t quite have the emotional impact.
Emilia’s past I know was just a little snippet, I’m so excited to see what else we’re going to learn.
I just realized I didn’t watch Memory Snow and there were a couple of scenes I didn’t recognize? Shit. It was great knowing Emilia’s reason for wanting to take part in the royal selection, which is to hopefully save her family and people that are encased in ice with Roswaal’s help. I always wondered how the two of them met and what kind of relationship they had, so that was a great reveal. We also see a tiny snippet of Emilia’s memories with a woman named Fortuna (her mother?) and nothing more.
It’s interesting that Puck’s contract sealed away some of Emilia’s memories. I sort of had a theory of who Puck made a contract with, but I’m not sure why Emilia’s memories of her youth are a concern but there’s still so much of Re:zero with its characters and world we still don’t know much about. Also it’s just suffering that we finally get to see and hear Puck after such a long time and then he breaks the contract and disappears just like that! T_T Puck and Emilia’s relationship is really special and I grew to love it so much more after the movie, and I would have been more of an emotional mess when Puck disappeared, but like I said the moment felt a little too quick and didn’t feel right. If this really is it for Puck, that’s really how it’s gonna go down? I don’t know if we’ll ever see Puck again so I will say I’m a little disappointed in with this scene, but it still makes me sad. He couldn’t even explain why he had to break the contract and leave, but I’m going to guess that he at least had enough time to explain it all to Subaru before that scene cut away to Emilia. Just another thing we’ll have to wait the answers for.
This hasn’t happened in any of the previous loops so this could possibly be the thing for Emilia to pass the trials. Subaru is finally giving Emilia his precious time and is actually listening to her, and that scene of them together made me so happy. Also a little exasperated because the entire time I was thinking “Damn it Subaru, this is what you should have been DOING FROM THE START!”
We learned about lots of other things, such as various Ryuzus being in command and Shima (the one that hangs out with Garfiel) going against the contract with Echidna in order to help Garfiel. There’s also still much we don’t know about Garfiel and his family situation, but they sure love to tease this stuff.
A pretty good start to this half, and it looks like Subaru’s plan is already in action. What on earth is he going to do to liberate the Sanctuary and save the mansion? It’s way easier said than done, but so far things seem to be going well. But…Puck… T_T