Ohhh man, no no no. You can’t just do this to Ram. Anything but that, please! I’ve finally been at peace more or less with this season, but I don’t need the heartbreak with Ram!
But phew, there’s a lot going on here. Most of it was spectacle, and a great spectacle at that, but we got some info I didn’t expect in more ways that one. This episode sort of had the same issue as last episode with things jumping from one place to another, but this time I felt it was better. The transitions didn’t feel so abrupt, and while the scene in the beginning with Subaru felt a little out of place, it didn’t take away from the episode too much.
Starting off, the Elsa and Garf fight was pretty good. I was worried because last episode the fight was pretty underwhelming and I didn’t think we were going to get more. Well, I was wrong and the animation was better than usual. I did think the “sister” thing came out of nowhere and the story felt like it needed to force a sibling parallel for Garf and Fred. Elsa calling Meili her sister didn’t really add anything and I just thought it was a weird addition. Elsa’s entire being and backstory was also surprising. I knew she wasn’t normal (obviously) but I didn’t think that she was a vampire. Other than the regeneration, there wasn’t really anything else that pointed to Elsa being a vampire so I thought the fact was sort of shoehorned in there too, along with the backstory. Was she born as a vampire or did someone turn her into one? And does her biting Garf mean anything and will he be okay? Also it looks like Elsa really is dead. Whenever we get a backstory during a fight, that usually means a character is going to die. I expected her to stick around for a little longer, but we got the hint of her impending death when we saw that she couldn’t regenerate after Garf’s bite. Interesting that it seemed like she had a limited number of deaths, which is what Garf figured out on his own. It’s a little weird to see Elsa gone when she made such a huge entrance in the first season. Though not going to lie…I won’t miss her too much. She kind of freaked me out. :T
Emilia completed her third trial, which also was a pretty easy one. She was presented with a possible future with a horrible end, and it’ll be a good idea to go back to that scene and pick out the voices and see if it’ll matter later on. It’s a scary thought, but Emilia seems confident enough to fight a future like that. That’s fine and all, but the part that stood out from this whole scene was whatever the hell is going on with Minerva???
Either Minerva knows who Emilia’s mother is, or Minerva is Emilia’s mother. And honestly I think it’s the latter! Minerva being the one to greet Emilia at the tea party is too significant to ignore, and she is a witch, and Echidna repeatedly called her the daughter of a witch. And why else would Minerva hug her and refuse to let her look back at her? Why would she cry after Emilia says that Fortuna is her mother? And why hug her when she supposedly has never met her? There’s way too much happening here for it to just be a random encounter thrown in. And they sort of wear the same type of clothes? Or maybe I’m reaching there. Still, this is an interesting turn of events.
Emilia completes her trials and things get even weirder when she comes upon Echidna’s grave and says “Who is this?” The anime purposely doesn’t show us her face, and it makes me think that the Echidna we’ve seen in the witch’s world is not how she actually looks. In her grave, she had the same hair and the same clothes but Emilia still couldn’t recognize her. Is the Echidna we know even the real one? It’s also really telling that in Roswaal’s flashback, the anime also didn’t show Echidna’s face. It’s sort of pointing out that Echidna’s appearance changed at a certain moment, and the Echidna that we see now is most likely how she looked before whatever happened that changed her appearance. Hector did say she looked more adorable back then the last time he saw her. What’s going on here?
And to make matters worse and more weird, Emilia finds herself in a snowy world and not back in the Sanctuary where she should be. What else will she have to endure?!
And lastly, there’s Rem and Roswaal. Before getting to that, we find out that Roswaal is the reason why Puck was unable to leave his gem. And interestingly, Puck also knows about Hector. There’s so many characters tied into what happened 400 years ago that we really need to unravel what happened back then.
Now…I still don’t quite understand Ram’s love for Roswaal. I’m trying to rationalize it, but honestly I just don’t like it. This is the man that took part in destroying her village and killing her people. And now she loves him? Even he doesn’t understand and neither do I. This is pretty much a Stockholm Syndrome type of thing going on and I just don’t like it, I never liked it. Is it because she took pity on him? She looks up to him? He supplies her with mana and she’s grateful? Seriously, what the hell is going on here? I just don’t like it, so it’s sad that Ram is doing so much for a man that would happily dispose of her (as we’ve seen in a past timeloop). Like…Garfiel is right there! Stop wasting your time on this creepy clown. And I love Ram, seeing her get blasted like that hurt my heart. Please be okay! Please Puck tell me you saved her! T~T
Also Ram destroying Roswaal’s tome is HUGE. First, I think an important magical book being able to just burn to ashes like a normal book is kind of funny and underwhelming. Second, this poses a huge problem for Roswaal and whatever plans he’s had. He can’t tell what’ll happen in the future anymore so he’s at a huge disadvantage. Also Ram singlehandedly took away the one thing that tied Roswaal to his past, and to Echidna. She did what she wanted to do, and unfortunately she might have paid it with her life. And I certainly hope not! But I’m mostly interested to see how Roswaal will do from here on out now that his precious tome is gone.
So much happened this time. It was a much better episode this time around with a hell of a cliffhanger. I’ll continue to deny Ram’s possible death as I patiently wait for the next episode. 😡