This episode blew me away and caught me completely by surprise. I’m giggling like a huge idiot right now BUT WOW! With a fantastic backstory episode for Otto, Ram just being fantastic as usual, the Subaru and Emilia to that kiss. This had to be one of my favorite episodes, along with Subaru’s backstory episode. This season has been one hell of a wild ride.
So this was a very character-driven episode and these are always my favorite. I really wasn’t expecting a whole backstory for Otto but I absolutely enjoyed it. Otto is one of those characters that I really didn’t expect to like at all when he was introduced in the first season. Honestly, he didn’t seem like a character that would stick around for too long, who would just appear once in awhile to help Subaru and the others out. But here he is and now he’s stolen my heart.
Otto’s backstory sort of reminded me of Zenitsu’s from Demon Slayer, but much worse. Otto was born with divine protection with the “soul of language”. The anime did a great job really giving us a clue to how Otto as a child lived his life, with constant deafening sounds of pretty much everything all at once. For awhile there it was driving me crazy but imagine living with that. It’s maddening, and even worse that he couldn’t really communicate with his family. And what a nice family. I was worried they were going to abandon him or neglect him, but his parents did their best and his older brother was wonderful in helping him write his thoughts so he could communicate since speech was pretty much impossible. And while we don’t know what Otto wrote (darn you fake language), I’m sure it was along the lines of “i love you” and his family being relieved and reciprocating that love, and all of them having a happy cry together. It was an extremely touching scene that got me emotional as well, and I’m glad that none of them changed after that. Unfortunately Otto got himself screwed over with his town and had to leave, and through some ups and downs made a living as a traveling merchant.
I find it so interesting that his ability kept growing along with him, where the deafening sounds faded away and he discovered that he could speak with animals. And we could see from his fight with Garfiel that if he uses it too much it can actually hurt him. I’d love to learn more about it. Otto did so well and my love for him skyrocketed, learning about him and really putting himself out there all for Subaru. Especially when he was alone for a quite awhile, for him to trust Subaru this much and care about him is incredibly sweet and makes their friendship stronger. It’s just crazy how strong the side characters in Re:zero are. Even Ram, who I feel is extremely underappreciated, especially when compared to her much more popular twin. Rem is great, I love her too, but Ram is just as good. Seeing her fight off against Garfiel was super entertaining and her interactions with Otto are fun. The fight with Garfiel was a little off but I thought it was still done well. I just hope these two made it out okay since it looked real ugly.
Now…it’s hard to even start with the second half. If I had to complain about one thing, it would be the lack of interesting angles throughout Subaru and Emilia’s exchange. Re:zero has always done well with its direction and camera angles and I felt it was sort of lacking this time around, but they did do one detail with their faces being reflected in their eyes that I love.
It’s no secret that I love Emilia, and no secret that I ship her hard with Subaru. And this whole scene really shows why I love it so much. First of all, I feel so bad for Emilia and I don’t exactly blame her for how mentally and emotionally weak she is right now. One of Emilia’s biggest fears was being abandoned and left all alone like she once used to be. With Puck being such a huge part of her life, losing him was one step to her breakdown. The only other person she could depend on was Subaru, and he ends up breaking her promise of staying by her side until the next morning. Sure, it may seem like she’s overreacting since it’s not like Subaru’s left her, but we already know from the many time loops before that Emilia isn’t too mentally strong and lost her mind when Subaru left her without saying. What’s a little worse now is that Emilia’s past memories from when she was a child is also coming back, and at this point the anxiety is more than she can handle and she doesn’t even know who she is anymore. Her one bit of support system and friend disappears without explanation and this whole life she didn’t even know about is coming back to her, I don’t blame her for not really knowing what to do and running off.
Now this! This is what Subaru should have done from the start!! He was honest with her and while he screwed up, professed his love to her once again. This time it was sort of akin to Rem’s confession to Subaru back in the first season but less…grandiose. It felt much more heartfelt and sweet, telling her all the things he loves about her and also pointing out her flaws, but still saying he loved her. And it made me giddy that he also used his mother’s words to give Emilia that push. Damn it, it was all just so romantic. I was actually really shocked that they ended up kissing because I really thought that they would save a moment like this for later. I was still in denial it was going to happen because once Subaru started leaning in, I thought “Ah, they’ll just get interrupted like in pretty much every other anime in existence”, with Garfiel busting into the place after dealing with Otto and Ram. Nope. It actually happened, it was beautiful, and I couldn’t stop myself from screaming a tiny bit but giggling a lot. And I think my favorite part from the kiss was Subaru asking for Emilia’s consent before he did it. He gave Emilia the choice to dodge away if she really didn’t want it, but she made her decision and they kissed. That tiny gesture may not seem like such a huge deal, but with so many anime having kiss scenes be sort of one-sided with one person surprising the other with a kiss, it’s so refreshing and sweet for Subaru to ask Emilia first before kissing her. Just him asking her shows how much he loves and respects her, and that his love for her is the real thing.
The whole time Subaru was really looking at Emilia, and I loved the detail of Subaru’s eyes reflecting Emilia’s face into them. While Emilia wasn’t sure to trust him, we could see that Subaru meant every single word he was saying. Emilia didn’t have that same detail in her eyes as she was so unsure, but it wasn’t until the end after their kiss that her eyes finally reflected Subaru’s face as she was finally able to see him and trust him. Ugh, my heart. It was just so well done and completely took me by surprise and I can’t stop being happy. What a beautiful moment.
There’s no way in hell Subaru can die in this time loop. With all we got this episode, I can’t see it happening. Please, don’t take this away from me… I’m so happy and satisfied. <3 Looks like we might get back into plot stuff next time with whatever is going to happen with Garfiel, but man it’s nice getting character-centric episodes like these. It just really makes me appreciate the characters and their relationships more. c: