We finished this timeline with a gutwrenching scene. What's unique about these failed time lines is that we see different angles of characters especially during their worse moments.
Beatrice truly cares for Subaru. We learned where her commands are and how she feels about humans.
What's tragic is that Subaru cannot reveal that he can go back in time after dying and resetting. This causes so much misunderstandings as Subaru isn't scared to kill himself. The people who care will stop him from killing himself.
WE get a montage of Subaru being calm and not repeating what he had done in the past timelines, being supportive of Emilia.
However, because certain folks can smell the witch's scent on him, this causes people to turn on Subaru especially those who haven't completely trust him, Garfield and the elder. WE learned more about Frederica and Garfield being half siblings.
Otto's character is spotlighted a lot. We get to see the relationship between Subaru and Otto become deeper as well as Otto's abilities, to hear gossip.
We have a deadline, 10 days well so far Subaru thinks this is the deadlline.
I think Subaru's strategy before getting kidnapped by Garfield was to finish the trials and return with everyone, strength in numbers to fight Elsa.
Ep 33 The title, Value of Life, is a cruel irony. Subaru wants to make sure no one dies and would go to great lengths to kill himself to get a respawn before anyone's death became permanent and irreversible.
However, no one knows Subaru's ability because he cannot tell them and it would kill them, too. Last episode demonstrates with Beatrice. This week's episode had Otto, his black dragon, and the villagers all risking their lives.
What the show does best is unpredictability in the mystery. Of all the brutal suffering and deaths Subaru has face, this one so far is the most gruesome.
Subaru surrenders thinking Garfiel won't hurt anyone. However, Garfiel was going to kill him. Instead, he kills Otto. Tragically, this arc shows Otto as a developed character, a close companion Subaru can trust and rely on.
In a very cathartic manner, Subaru finds someone he can finally tell them about his ability and the suffering he has faced in the witch of greed, Echnida. It was a beautiful scene.
Can we trust Echnida?
Her motivation is greed. She wants to know everything.
Pretty heavy episode with lots of information thanks to the Witch of Greed who can swap with other deceased Witches. We saw the introduction of many witches: Typhon (Pride), Minerva (Wrath), and Daphne (Gluttony). In their brief intros, we get a glimpse of their personalities notably their quirks.
We learned what we can about the limits of Return by Death.
I had a hard time understanding Typhon's character until Typhon shows up again. Minerva is a person of justice which I find interesting since she represents Wrath. Daphne is the scary one with an interesting outlook on life and why she created 3 mabeasts that wreaked havoc for 400 years. Daphne was trying to provide food but believes in law of survival, eat or be eaten. However, her 3 creations became too much for anyone to handle. The Whale was the strongest of her creations. The rabbit is difficult to take down due to its ability to multiply infinitely. It has a hive mind, only one single mind to eat everything in sight, targeting large mana sources as its priority.
Oh I made a mistake in the past comments but it's natural to do so since I'm an anime only viewer. The rabbits appear in the sanctuary. I thought Subaru was transported somewhere. Now, Subaru has 3 major problems: Elsa, Garfiel, 3 trials, and the rabbits with a strict timeline. Oh then, we run into an unexpected problem, the witch of envy appeared. She made a very dramatic, memorable debut (she might have appeared earlier as her voice appears when Subaru tries to summon her)
"The title of the episode" is quite memorable for her lines.
It appears Roswaal knows Subaru's ability as he accepts his death.
Echnida knew. I didn't know the handkerchief can do that.
With the groundhog thing, we can see different scenarios and the "food chanin". Satella is definitely not to mess with. She easily kills Garfield and the Ryuzu clones.
We see her face for the first time but it's not good enough yet. We can see why Satella and Emilia are said to look alike. Since she's crying, I'm not sure if she just looks older.
His encounter with Satella really jump start and help him. He got so much clues on things like finding the hideout of Ryuzu where her original resides in an crystal.
We learned Echnida tried to make clones as a vessel for her. Her experiment failed. Also, these clones have mana which the show doesn't explicity say this but this is why the rabbits show up. The rabbits are attractive to mana sources. Also, Garfield can control the clones because he's an apostle of greed. He's a hypocrite as he targets those who has the witch scent. He should have one too because he has ingested the tea that has the Echnida's fluids in. Ryuzu makes a comment on Garfield's lover. I guess that's why one of the clones seems attached to Subaru.
We get scenes of Subaru's relationship with Emilia and then Otto. Emilia saw a weaker side of Subaru and finds solace in it, forgetting her failure during the trial. Otto becomes the overprotective father to Subaru. Subaru cannot tell Otto as he's plagued by the past timeline of Otto being killed (presumably. The anime doesn't explicitly say it).
OUr last scene is with Garfiel. Subaru lays some powerful words to make Garfield stand down even without having proof of what he knows. His eyes and the episode title convinces Garfiel. In summary, the episode fleshes out Ryuzu and her origin story. We get more info on Garfield but we don't see his point of view on his backstory.
This episode was very shocking and frustrating but in a good way as the mystery - we uncover answers but get some questions as well. We are not there to completely solve. I think Subaru might have one more failed attempt.
This is Betty's big emotional scene. Yet, I don't feel anything. This is supposed a culmination of scenes of her until this point, but I don't feel anything. We don't feature Beatrice like we do with Rem and Subaru's parents. We get her established goals and motivation. Like Roswaal, she's connected to Echnida as the library is a vast knowledge of the world, Echnida's desire to know everything. This is a key scene. We are lacking something that makes this scene feel cathartic. I feel bad because we had some good Beatrice scenes in the past failed timelines.
Missed foreshadowing on my part - I wish I had better eyes
Every time we had Elsa in the past episodes, I didn't notice the doors were all open. This is how Elsa manage to kill Beatrice over and over. I feel so stupid.
Here we go, another foreshadowing which amounts to the awesome writing of this franchise. The mabeast from the 2nd arc of ReZERO is now connected and the mystery which I fail to bring up is now resolved. Maylie was the girl who tried to mess up things. We don't know who is Maylie and Elsa's contracts still.
Brutality and brutality off screen says a lot about this franchise. The franchise makes good use of its groundhog mechanism to display the brutality and darker sides of characters when face various situations.
One scene where fans just want to slap Subaru. It's a natural flaw of Subaru. It's a good character moment that can divide fans in a good way. Unfortunately this time, it spells Beatrice's death. In her last moments, Beatrice teleports Subaru.
At first, I was confused and thought Satella took over Emilia or that this was a fake Emilia. It's Emilia. Later on, Roswaal explains when Emilia is isolated, this is what happens. I assume the trials also added in breaking her further.
Of course Subaru wouldn't accept it. Garfiel is really quick to anger and transforming.
This is a good goal yet this is the part where it got frustrating for me because Subaru eventually allow his feelings to cloud him. I can't blame him. Roswaal had answers. We only learn so much in a short amount of time.
Roswaal is an enigma. We don't know his desire/wish like we did with Beatrice. Just like Garfiel and others, we see a darker and brutal version. This was a shocking moment where he kills Ram and Garfiel. He kicks Garfiel's head which is off camera. Reason for his action is to have a conversation alone with Subaru.
At first, I thought Roswaal knew Subaru's return by death just like Echnida. However, after watching the episode twice (2nd time to collect pictures for my comment), Roswaal doesn't know the means of how Subaru restarts things. He notes about his current self and then another self that will be there when Subaru fixes things.
It's confirmed that Roswaal created the snowstorm. I don't know how Subaru realize that point. thankfully, he asked and got his answer. Roswaal created it to make Emilia unstable and then to get her scorn by Garfield and villagers.
This line of Roswaal implies that he doesn't know how Subaru start things over. If he did, he would have killed Subaru.
The time conditions for the rabbit is nonexistent. Roswaal states the snowstorm might have attracted the rabbits. Subaru adds what he learned from Daphne. The rabbits move closer to Roswaal as he talks.
This speaks volumes of how analytical and perceptive Roswaal is.
While the episode doesn't show it, it hints that Subaru had outrun the rabbits but at a cost. His legs are all mangled and bitten. He dies. In his last moments, he lays his head upon Emilia's lap. Emilia greets him. I suppose the temple is the safest place.
These lines suggest Emilia and Satella are somewhat similar not just their looks but their desires.
Almost forgot to comment on last week's episode. I didn't have time to screenshot. My comment will be short as I don't remember what I was about to say.
We have a tea party with all the witches including a surprise guest, Satella. Will we see Satella's face since this is a space where Subaru doesn't suffer from Return from Death's side effects?
We see Echnida's true colors as she tries to get Subaru to sign a contract with her. Subaru finds out how Echnida feels about Beatrice. Which made him reject Echnida's mutual benefit offer (he helps her and she helps him)
Oh the biggest thing for me was seeing many worlds' scenarios after Subaru's deaths (whether it's suicide or death). It opens up the mythos and how characters react.
3 News articles (I'll comment on the last episode after finishing comments on the rest of the summer shows)
The timing of the anime series was originally supposed to air on Subaru's birthday and then end on Emilia's birthday.
Today marks the birthday of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- heroine Emilia, and also the day that the second season of the TV anime was originally scheduled to end, according to a Tweet from light novel author Tappei Nagatsuki. Before the pandemic delayed the second season, it was scheduled to start on April 1 after the Director's Cut of the first season ended, which also coincided with Subaru's birthday.
"This is a disappointing story. If it weren't for the postponement of the show's broadcast because of Corona, tomorrow, the 23rd, would have been the last episode of the second season.
The schedule would have been too perfect, starting with Subaru's birthday on April 1 and ending with Emilia's birthday on September 23.
Damn you, Corona...!"
It would have been too perfect and a good way to show how much detail production put into every facet of the series. Sadly though, COVID-19 got in the way of everyone's plans, but at least we now have the second season airing and the staff looked after and given more time to make the show as best as they can (and boy is it good!).
Surprisingly though, Nagatsuki teases that the second season was originally supposed to be aired concurrently rather than spilt over two parts, with the second part of the currently airing season finishing next week and starting back up in January. All of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- is available to watch right here on Crunchyroll.
In episode 37 (or episode 12 of the second season) of the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- anime, the character Echidna, who is voiced by Maaya Sakamoto, performs a roughly two-minute speech. Series creator Tappei Nagatsuki revealed in a tweet last Thursday that it was approved after a single take.
"Oh, right. I forgot to mention one thing!" the author wrote. "Echidna had a long speech which was approved after a single take. Maaya Sakamoto, you're too amazing. I fall to the ground in worship."
Kadokawa began streaming a promotional video for the second season of the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- anime on Thursday. The video highlights the events of the season's first half, which just concluded on Thursday morning. The second half of the second season will premiere in Japan in January 2021.
Kadokawa's livestream for the second season of the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- anime announced on Thursday that the second cours, or second half, of season two will premiere on AT-X on January 6 at 10:30 p.m. JST before debuting on Tokyo MX at 11:30 p.m. Mayu Maeshima will perform the opening theme song "Long shot," and nonoc will perform the ending theme song "Believe in you." The livestream also revealed a key visual:
The livestream revealed that the second half of the second season of the Re:Zero ~Starting Break Time From Zero~ (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Break Time) spinoff series will premiere on the Kadokawa Anime Channel on YouTube on January 8 at 8:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. EDT), and each episode will be streaming for two weeks only. AT-X will run each episode after each episode of the main anime.
The second half of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-'s second season will also air on TV Hokkaido, KHB Higashi Nippon Broadcasting Co., Ltd., TV Aichi, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co., Ltd. and BS11. Abema, d Anime Store, and other services will stream the new season in Japan.
Taka: I remember watching Devils' Line. I can't remember any issues I had. I have to look at my comments.
Oct 13, 2021 2:07:17 GMT
Old Man Dream: One of those familiar vampire stories in a modern setting where the male lead hates himself because of his vampiric nature and is in love with a human woman. The execution of the whole story is pretty clumsy and from what I gather, the anime is...
Oct 13, 2021 9:20:17 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...rushing through 40 chapters of manga material to fit into 12 anime episodes. Definitely shows with how quickly it's creaming through events, with the main couple being bland between angsty male vampire and the human female devoted to him.
Oct 13, 2021 9:21:50 GMT
Old Man Dream: Besides that plot, said male lead's involved with a secret government agency tasked with controlling vampires that give into their bloodlust.
Oct 13, 2021 9:22:42 GMT
Old Man Dream: And adding more insult to injury, the new Injustice animated movie is a big mess.
Oct 14, 2021 1:39:37 GMT
Taka: I read through my comments. Bloodlust and rapes along with innuendos. The romance I never mentioned of - with the details you mentioned - I remembered now it was pretty bad.
Oct 14, 2021 4:39:16 GMT
Old Man Dream: I'm thankfully pretty far in the series. Just have 3 more episodes, which I should get taken care of by tomorrow evening. Kind of regret thinking this would be a good title to dabble into for Halloween.
Oct 14, 2021 9:17:57 GMT
Taka: Didn't catch the Injustice movie. Waiting for it to be digitally available. That's a shame.
Oct 15, 2021 1:57:55 GMT
Old Man Dream: The movie got leaked online a week early before its release date. The negative reception to it, especially with how regarded the comic book and video game versions of Injustice are, got me curious to see how bad it was. I won't spoil things unlike most...
Oct 15, 2021 9:18:08 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...folks are unfortunately doing. But I'll just say that it both tries cramming too much into an 80-minute film and alters things rather heavily compared to the game and comics.
Oct 15, 2021 9:19:07 GMT
Taka: That is a shame considering they split Long Halloween into two parts. I guess with Injustice, you are appealing to 3 groups: the video game folks, the comic book folks, and then the new fans.
Oct 16, 2021 5:59:49 GMT
Old Man Dream: It sounds like you're assuming the games and comics run separate stories. The video game series serves as the main story of the franchise, while the comics serve as prequel or interquel to expand on and fill in the details on events that weren't...
Oct 16, 2021 12:33:54 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...elaborated on within the video games.
Oct 16, 2021 12:36:18 GMT
Taka: Thanks for the correction. For some reason I thought the video game was loosely based on the comic books and treated the two as separate stories. With fighting games, I assumed they had more flexibility due to different endings.
Oct 17, 2021 2:49:30 GMT