Re:Zero 2 episode 36, “The Taste of Death,” forced me to confront the question: How dark is too dark? Is it a question that we can only consider in retrospect, after we’ve seen the whole story? Is it a line that moves? Do the brutal events of a previous episode push the line ever so slightly forward, making what happens in the next episode a little more acceptable by comparison?
Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime and I collaborated to review the latest episode, and you can read the full review here. In that review, we talk about what happened to Beatrice, and it was something that went in a direction I didn’t expect. Like, at all.
More than any other series I can think of, Re:ZERO rewards the viewer for paying attention. But it extracts a toll, too. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I want to be clear: I am not in any way disparaging what the show’s doing. It’s just that after watching Re:Zero 2 episode 39, I’ve never wanted to mount a “Rescue the Characters from a Fictional World” mission more in my life. Seeing what these people go through every week is starting to weigh on my heart.
Almost as much as the guilt of wanting to see the next episode, knowing what it will likely put them through…
Please head over to Irinia’s site to read our collaboration review of this episode. I’d also love to know what you think — please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments!
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 32) – 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
- Re:ZERO 2 Episode 12 (or 37) – Evil Rem and the Uninvited Guest
- Re:ZERO 2 Episode 13 (or 38) – What is Taken Shall Be Returned