Introduction for Re:Zero 2 Episode 33
Before we talk about Re:ZERO 2 episode 33, I’d like to say that the weather’s a bit odd here in Ohio, USA. We’ve had a few storms strike north to south and a few others striking south to north. We’re pretty much a west to east sort of state, so this change in status is bewildering. I think 2020’s trying to tell me something, and it’s probably a monosyllabic Anglo-Saxon word. Ending in “you.”
How’re things in your part of the world, Irina?
Montreal weather traditionally s*cks. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Aside from about a month and a half during September and October, it’s really more of an indoor city. Winters get unpleasantly cold. There is lots of beautiful snow that pretty much turns to brown slush instantly and freezing rain ice storms have become increasingly common. Our power lines aren’t buried cause we never learn. We cover the streets in salt that corrodes everything, ruining boots and cars alike. The summers get uncomfortably hot and it’s ridiculously humid making everything instantly sticky.
Let me do some math here as I try to convert stuff to Farenheit. It can get above 100F and does get below -40F. It’s also not unusual to have a 30F difference in a matter of a few hours. I’m saying all this because… This summer has been unusually mild and really nice. A very good mix of rain and sun has made everything green and lush. It hasn’t gotten too hot yet, and yesterday it was about 50F in until lunch and only got up to about 66F which is really lovely. I’m afraid to jinx it, but it’s been good lately.
I really hope the hurricane hasn’t done too much damage in Texas and Louisiana. I just checked, and as I write it’s been downgraded to a category 3 again, but I haven’t looked up the aftermath yet. There’s not much news out for the moment.
Same lack of news for me. I’m just glad one of the two hurricanes that hit apparently did little damage. Two on top of each other seems excessive, even for 2020.
Re:ZERO 2 Episode 33 (or 8)
Well, I’ll say this about Re:ZERO. It makes a world threatened by COVID seem safe and comfy. Episode 33 (by Crunchyroll’s counting), the 8th episode of the second season, is called “The Value of Life.” It might have put Subaru through some of the worst experiences of his career. And maybe, just maybe, one of the most comforting. Maybe.
Though it’s really hard to tell with this show.
I’m going to move away from that comment.
Beatrice: Now an Enemy?
This episode picks right up with Ram’s “old granny” statement from the previous episode. It then quickly descends into a uniquely Re:ZERO kind of hell. Subaru’s goal is to save Fredrica, Petra, and, of course, Rem. So after Otto had rescued him near the end of the last episode, Subaru first took a detour to talk to Roswaal. Their brief conversation proved something as much as Re:ZERO proves anything: Beatrice is not a witch cultist. Though I suppose it doesn’t rule out a meaning of either witch, cultist, or both that’s simply unknown to me. After that, he thought he was ready to go back to the mansion.
Is this the face of a man who would like to Subaru? Okay, yeah, it is… Then why do I so want to believe him? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Irina, what did you take away from that scene?
Any scene that Roswaal is in has got my approval. I love the chap. And it seemed like we were finally making some progress in the storyline. I found that it was a nice good setup to the episode. I have no complaints about it at all.
This said, I do think it would have been a good time to develop Garfiel’s character a bit. We have learned a few things about him and his past. He’s starting to get decently fleshed out. I feel like if they really nail down and make us feel his motivation right now, it is going to make everything else just a little more engaging.
Still, if I can get some Roswaal or some Beatrice, I’m a happy camper. I will gladly watch an episode with just those two. or a season…
Also, I remembered the line “Roswaal said to ask the question.” I remembered it and Subaru had forgotten. Considering this show slips from my mind like sand through my fingers, I was really proud of that!
Garfiel on a Rampage
Now Garfiel’s an Enemy?
Garfiel looks angry… Capture from the Crunchyroll stream
Satisfied that he wouldn’t have to consider Beatrice an enemy, (Subaru pretends not to trust Roswaal but in the end, he’ll just believe whatever the guy tells him. Subaru is a Roswaal Tsundere.) Subaru, Otto, and Ram prepared to leave. Unfortunately, Garfiel wanted to stop them. Like, really, really wanted to stop them. He wanted to stop them in the worst way. And I mean that literally. Otto and the townsfolk tried to shield Subaru, but Garfiel not only killed them. He slaughtered them. Otto was in at least two pieces. Garfiel even crushed Patrasche after she tried to throw Subaru to safety.
I realized I was strangely attached to Otto. I have made no secret of liking everyman characters, so it’s not exactly surprising, but I honestly had a bit of feelings in this scene. A first for reZero, since I know none of the deaths have to stick. That’s probably why they are making them so gruesome this season. It’s a good way to get an emotional reaction even when your audience knows there are no true stakes.
I have to admit, there was something about Otto’s expression as he died that got to me, too.
I hated seeing this happen to Otto. It was harder on Subaru, though hardest, of course, on Otto. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Subaru Pushed Past His Limit
Subaru was ready for Return by Death even before Otto tried to save him by getting in the way of Garfiel’s blow. By the end, Subaru was begging everyone to let him die. He knew he’d come back. They didn’t know that, so they kept throwing themselves in front of danger to save him.
That might have been the hardest thing Subaru ever had to watch. He was a wreck by the end. I kept thinking, what else can this show throw at him?
Irina, did you expect Garfiel to be so ruthlessly murderous?
I mean, they’ve been building him up as an antagonist for weeks. Maybe I jumped the gun a bit on this one, but as I mentioned above, I do think that considering the laws of this universe, in order to really make the events visceral, they need to be really brutal. More than they would in a universe with permanent deaths, if that makes sense. Since re:Zero is a drama, establishing a more serious emotional connection with the audience is probably important.
You Think Garfiel Was Bad…
Subaru Awakens in an Empty Cell
At the end of the fight, Garfiel knocked Subaru unconscious. He awoke in his cell, but the door was open. It was winter. The village was empty; there were no people or bodies anywhere. There wasn’t a creature anywhere to be seen. Until he came across the cute little bunny with a small horn.
To be fair, even if Subaru had listened to me when I screamed “Run for your life!” at the screen, it wouldn’t’ve have made any difference. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
This was actually the scene in which I started to worry and feel uneasy. Not the bunny, before that. I thought oh noe, the idiot, now months have passed and his reset point will be after all the bad stuff’s happened and he won’t be able to change it.
I know this very episode gives me a good answer to the question later on, but I often wonder why Subaru doesn’t try to reset the second he suffers unacceptable losses. If he knows that he is currently in a timeline that he doesn’t want to exist for some reason, why take the risk?
Adorable Death Awaited
I kid you not. I yelled at my screen, “Subaru, you fool! Stay away from the cute bunny thing!” But did Subaru listen? No! When he reached out to pet it, the cute bunny thing ate his hand. Two of its friends ate one of his legs. Then hundreds emerged from the snow, and they feasted on our track-suited hero.
If I were Subaru, my last sounds might have been hysterical laughter. I mean, what else is this world going to throw at the guy?
What did you think of Re:ZERO’s answer to Monty Python’s Vorpal Bunny, Irina?
On the plus side, at least what happened to the villagers isn’t a mystery. On second thought, maybe that not very plus-y… Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
It was hilarious, and of course that’s the first thing that came to my mind. Holy Grail had enough of an influence for me to always be mildly suspicious of lone bunnies! I don’t know if it was entirely meant to be comedic, but I think so, even without the Python reference it’s a ridiculous scene. I had a great laugh about it and it was a good moment to inject some humour. Kudos on that.
Another Tea Party
Too Much Too Fast for Subaru
Subaru went back to his save point, but I don’t think his mind went with him. The bunnies were too much. He smashed his head into the marble floor beside Emilia until Echidna took pity on him and invited him to another tea party.
That was a little odd. Don’t get me wrong, Subaru has plenty of reason to be sporting some deep PTSD. I just wondered why now? Shouldn’t he be really used to it at this point? Last time he reset (last episode), he was super happy about it. It made his day to see everyone again and get a chance to make it perfect. What’s different this time? Is getting eaten by bunnies more traumatic than getting eviscerated by a witch after watching all your beloved friends die before your eyes? Maybe.
Maybe the townspeople plus Otto plus the bunnies were just too much?
Fortified by Echidna’s “Tea?”
Echidna wanted Subaru to praise her for making him stronger. Seriously, what is it that makes this witch so attractive? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Echidna explained that his soul hadn’t crumbled because he’d drunk her “tea” during the first tea party. She playfully asked for him to show her his gratitude. One thing led to another (including Subaru begging to be able to remember her after he left the tea party with such sincerity that I think Echidna was actually touched) until an idea struck him. He wanted to test her, and she said it was okay.
He confessed to her that he’d been Returning by Death. Echidna simply said, “Hmmm.” She didn’t die. Puck didn’t show up to end the world. He couldn’t believe it. In a gentle voice, she explained that she had heard him on his path. “And before I heard you, I saw you,” she said.
Subaru collapsed and balled his eyes out. Can’t blame the guy. He told her that he had died “over and over… all alone… alone this whole time…” Echidna came over to him and gave him a huge hug. She told him that she’d been watching him since he arrived in this world. Then, as if we had forgotten she’s the Witch of Greed, she asked him to tell her everything about his experience.
“I want to know,” she said.
Subaru’s encounter with Echidna bordered on a religious epiphany. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Echidna’s Real Role in Re:Zero 2 Episode 33
Subaru’s Lonely Journey — Until Now
Irina, do you think she’s a passive observer? Did she set up some of what’s going on?
You know, I liked this scene. I still don’t understand the timing of Subaru’s breakdown but hey, I guess burnout doesn’t need a catalyst or anything. And I’m not sure re:Zero has ever really addressed how isolated Subaru’s unique condition makes him. Obviously we’ve known for a while that it’s traumatic and the grisly events are taking a toll on his mental state, but I never realized he felt so alone. It makes sense. He alone had to bear the burden and memory of countless deaths that no longer matter in any real way but he still had to watch a friend die. And even if he does tell someone, they’ll forget at the reset.
In many ways, no one actually knows him at all. Not only his restart ability but him. He learns and grows from all those cycles but everyone else stays in stasis. They only know him at specific points in his life. Finding someone who has seen it all and wants to know it all must be such a comfort. And although it’s a bit overdramatic, it finally gives me a tangible reason for Subaru not wanting to reset even when things go very wrong. Let’s see if he stays consistent in that.
Why Does Echidna Get a Pass?
One small thing I’m wondering about…. Echidna is a witch. A dead one, but still a Witch Occultist of high rank. We know it and so does Subaru. There’s no doubt about it. There’s a chance she’s linked with the imprisonment of the people in the village and she is at least indirectly responsible for all the pain Emilia is currently going through with these trials. Yet Subaru has no issue with her. Never has. He may not trust her all the way, but their relationship is cordial and occasionally flirty. He talks to her. And after today’s events I have a feeling he trusts her a lot more. They could be called honest friends.
Flirty indeed. Echidna almost seemed to respond romantically when Subaru asked that he be allowed to remember her when he returned to the world. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Yet, when he just suspected long time friend and confidant Beatrice of having some association with the witch cult, he was ready to call her an enemy right then and there. It broke his heart to do so, but that’s how dangerous and unacceptable he considers the cult.
So why is Echidna getting a pass? Is he setting her up for something or did that tea of hers have some charming effects?
I think two things are going on here: First, it might well be a side effect of the tea. Second, I think Subaru finds her really attractive. Don’t underestimate the impact that can have! There’s a reason patriarchal societies had to bad-mouth witches and downgrade goddesses. They had to contain the power of feminine appeal. Remember: It took the combined ingenuity and political might of the Bene Gesserit to restrain the Honored Matres in Heretics of Dune. Males were spectacularly helpless before them.
I need to read Dune again! But I want to see the next Re:ZERO episode even more!
Reviews of the Other Episodes
- Re:Zero 2 episode 1 – Like Dejà Vu All Over Again
- Re:ZERO 2 episode 2 (ep 27) – The Lost Forest of Clemaldy
- Re:ZERO 2 episode 3 (ep 28) – The Long-Awaited Reunion
- Re:ZERO 2 episode 4 (ep 29) – That Should Not Have Worked
- Re:ZERO 2 episode 5 (ep 30) – Once More Unto the Breach
- Re:ZERO 2 episode 6 (ep 31) – Knifey and the Three Maids
- Re:ZERO 2 episode 7 (ep 31) – Beatrice’s Reasons
- Re:ZERO 2 Episode 8 (or 33) – Before I Heard You, I Saw You
- Re:ZERO 2 Episode 9 (or 34) – Natsuki Subaru and the Magical Maniacal Menagerie
- Re:ZERO 2 Episode 10 (or 35) – The Witch’s Tears and the Apostle of Greed
- Re:ZERO 2 Episode 11 (or 36) – Fridge Horror