We immediately pick up where we left off, and while the barrier around the Sanctuary is gone thanks to Shima and Emilia completing the trials, there’s still the problem with the snowstorm, the great rabbit, and saving Beako back at the mansion. Compared to last week’s quicker paced episode, this went felt a little slower. And while I was happy with the Beatrice development, I did feel like it was drawn out and repetitive.
I really do feel for Beatrice. She’s been alone in that library for 400 years with minimal visitors, and the worst part is that she was seeking “that person”. But in the end, “that person” isn’t a specific person. In the end, “that person” is a person that Beatrice herself deems worthy, but she never really thought about it like that. She was waiting for a sign and remained stubborn about it, and ended up in a spiral of loneliness. Subaru may not be “that person” to take over the library, but he is the person to finally free Beatrice from her solitude.
It’s nice, but I do think the whole thing was drawn out for too long and the dialogue being repetitive too. I think it could have been condensed into a shorter time frame, and in place of that time it would have been great if they spent more time on Beatrice’s flashback and memories. It was more or less things we already knew like Echidna giving Beatrice her task and whatnot (we still don’t get to see her face), and Beatrice waiting for the special person.
The biggest thing of interest from these memories was the reveal about Roswaal. I had been wondering what the deal with him was, whether he was human or not. With the knowledge in the library, it seems that Roswaal was able to replicate his soul and save it into a vessel, which would end up being his descendants. The biggest question is why all of Roswaal’s descendants look and sound just like him. If Echidna had the knowledge to replicate a soul, replicating a vessel should be as easy as well. And we’ve already seen that with Ryuzu herself, someone that the original Roswaal had a connection with.
We still don’t quite have an answer to why Roswaal is sort of similar to Hector. There’s a bunch of theories you can come up with, one being that he could have inherited the equivalent of Hector’s factor. But from what Puck said, and especially with what we know, he’s just a plain normal human and nothing more. And he can’t be like Hector no matter how hard he tries. Which is pretty sad considering Hector and Echidna had some sort of connection with each other (romantic? platonic?). Roswaal wanting to change himself to be as close to Hector to, in a way, be closer with Echidna is just…REALLY sad. It may not be completely an act, as he does have a yellow pupil and I did think it was telling that his yellow eye twitched before he broke down into his pleas. There may be something going on. Seeing where Roswaal will go from here will be interesting. He’s lived his life completely attached to his tome, following its every whim without a second thought. Thinking about it, I don’t think he ever had a mind of his own. He didn’t question whatever was in the book, and now that it’s gone, he’s at a complete loss. It’s really pitiful, all in all. And Emilia swoops in, trying to smack some sense into him. Bless her~ <3
And hey Ram is alive and that’s all that matters! Phew.
Shima got rid of the barrier surrounding the Sanctuary. There was a very short moment where Echidna’s voice came out of Shima, so Echidna still seems to be around and watching over. I’m not exactly sure the significance of this, if there even is but I felt it was worth pointing out.
Next week will be the big finale. With Subaru and Beatrice coming back to Emilia’s side to take on all the rabbits and protect everyone else, how will the finale go? I expect a big fight of course, but I’m excited to see how it’ll end after the battle. Hopefully not too painful of a cliffhanger.