Here we are again with another flashback, this time with Echidna and her crew. It was a wholesome time with the four of them, but we all know that didn’t last for long. We finally got the reason for how the Sanctuary became what it is, and many other things. But as well as some answers, we also got some questions too.
I think the biggest takeaway from this episode was the introduction of Hector, the Devil of Melancholy. We barely spent any time with him, but he seems to have some sort of connection with Echidna in the past. I’m not sure if he was targeting her specifically or if he was just rampaging for the hell of it, though that doesn’t really make all that much sense for me. While the Sanctuary was supposed to be a place of protection for those being chased away or in need of saving, it would also keep Hector away which is probably what Echidna wanted. Roswaal and the others anticipated his arrival so that much seems to be true. What’s most interesting, however, is how similar Roswaal of the present and Hector are. Roswaal (with the makeup) has the same speech pattern as Hector, and he even wears the same clown-type clothing. I don’t know if he and Hector have a personal connection to each other, but there may be some connection. Roswaal must also be a Devil of whatever like Hector to explain the similarities between them, as well as how Roswaal has been alive for hundreds of years. He’s definitely no regular human, so there is absolutely more to him that hasn’t been explained. With all the titles and beings thrown around in this series, I wouldn’t even be surprised if Roswaal were something.
Ryuzu being in the crystal is explained as she was the catalyst to create the barrier around the Sanctuary. The scene between her and Beatrice was emotional. While Betty acted like the bratty older sister, she cared about Ryuzu and vice versa. It’s no wonder that Beatrice refuses to really get closer to anyone else such as Subaru. After losing the people she loves so much, why would she want to get close to anyone else and fear losing them all over again? It’s really upsetting.
It hurts more after seeing their interactions this episode. They really were like a little family, with the bickering among them so akin to siblings. It was really wholesome and peaceful, so of course this whole ordeal would be very traumatizing to Beatrice. She basically lost everything and is alone, and I just go back to the scene in the library where Beatrice is crying and protecting her book. She’s just lost and alone. T_T Also she was extra adorable and round in the flashback and I wanted to hug her.
In the end, it looks like Roswaal isn’t going to let up. I loved the visuals at the end with Roswaal and Subaru’s faces lining up together. Their ideals and mindsets are different, but they are similar in a way. Weakness vs strength, choosing to cling to the past vs learning from the past and growing from it. The battle between them isn’t going to end and the attack on the mansion is still going to happen, so we have that as well as the next trials that Emilia is going to have to go through.
I do have to wonder how long the next trials will take, and when we’ll get to the mansion. We have only a few more episodes left and I still think there has to be way more in this arc. I absolutely adored all the character episodes we got this season, but I expect (or at least I hope) that the plot will pick up from this point on. Free the Sanctuary and save those in the mansion in 5 episodes? We’ll see!