Re:ZERO 2 Part 2 Episode 48

Quick Summary of Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 48

In Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 48, “Love Me Down to My Blood and Guts,” Garfiel continued his ferocious battle against Knifey/Elsa. He seemed to be more than holding his own. But when he plunged his fingers into her left eye and she healed almost immediately, he realized this might take longer than he had though. Meanwhile, Subaru squared off against the gigantic mabeast. And by “squared off,” I mean he ran for his life. Is there anything he can do against such a fast and powerful mabeast — while wearing a Rem backpack? Finally, Ram and Puck went head to head against Roswaal. Can Ram prevail, even with the support of a Greater Spirit? It will all come down to her secret weapon…

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Don’t worry. This is all part of Subaru’s plan. I hope. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Were you looking forward to Garfiel’s fight against Knifey as much as I was? Now, I’m not saying that the production values slipped this season, but honestly, I was worried. Could Re:ZERO pull off a fight of this magnitude? Would we get the spectacle that the collision of two such powerful characters deserved?

Of my reaction, I’ll just say this. It made me quote from Return of the King. I only break out the good china for special occasions. And don’t get me started on Ram. I would have quoted Tolkien about her battle, but, well, that would have been repetitive. You’ll have to see what I mean.

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2 thoughts on “Re:ZERO 2 Part 2 Episode 48

  1. I don’t think Re:zero’s production problems this season are a result of budgetary constraints. White Fox is lengthening episodes significantly, cutting into the amount of advertising revenue it makes in the process after all, so it shouldn’t be an issue of money.

    I will say that White Fox has a lost a lot of staff over the years. Many White Fox employees quit working with White Fox to join Studio Bind bind because they wanted to work on Mushoku Tensei. As such, Re:zero had significantly less staff working on it compared to Season 1 and also was asked to complete working on Re:zero in a shorter period of time compared to Season 1, so it was a struggle all around especially considering the issues with COVID-19. I believe there’s a good chance that Re:zero might have been delayed even if the outbreak hadn’t happened given that the team working on Re:zero was only on Episode 5 by the time pandemic restrictions had been brought in.

  2. TCrow, Echidna stated after Emilia passed the first trial that the other two would be easy because they were not a good fit for Emilia’s experiences. I think it’s the opposite for Subaru. Because he loops over and over, the second and third trials would have been nightmares for him to try and pass as evidenced by what he went through in the second trial.

    I now see how this episode ties into The Frozen Bond as the voice, who was revealed to be Echidna, said that if Puck got too close to Emilia that he would cease to be himself, and this episode reveals that Puck’s memories were also sealed when he entered into a contract with Emilia, meaning it wasn’t just Emilia whose memories were sealed. He has now regained his memories about Hector, leading to him suggesting that Roswaal is backward-facing, which leads more credence to him imitating Hector to constantly remind himself of the beatdown Hector delivered to him over 400 years ago.

    I don’t think Satella is Emilia’s mother given that Emilia’s father was Fortuna’s brother, which makes him a pureblood elf, and as far as I can tell, Re:zero follows the laws of genetics to a tee. I still think there are 11 witches/warlocks because it appears that Subaru’s name is a major part of the lore of the series on witches. For those who don’t know, Subaru is also what the Japanese use to refer to the Pleiades star cluster. Six of the stars in that cluster are visible to the naked eye, and there are six dead Witches of Sin. The Pleiades star cluster is also referred to as the Seven Sisters, and there are seven witches bearing the name of the seven deadly sins in Re:zero. Vainglory and Acedia are historical sins, and vainglory and acedia are not commonly used in modern times, with people using vanity and melancholy to mean the same thing, so Crunchyroll probably just went with the modern terms. Given the presence of Pandora and Hector in the story, it’s clear that Tappei made use of historical sins in his story. Interestingly enough, there are eleven stars in the Pleiades star cluster with nine of them having names, making it fitting that there might be 9 Witches of Sin. Two of the stars have yet to be named, and as such, I propose there might be two secret witches that have some other concept applied to them instead of sins. Given that Pandora also referred to Emilia as “Witch’s daughter”, meaning that Echidna might not have said that to insult Emilia and maybe that Emilia’s mother is one of those yet-to-be-determined witches.

    And there is definitely something up with Echidna’s face given that Emilia didn’t recognize her. It seems there was a purpose to the flashbacks hiding Echidna’s face other than showing that Echidna is a sketchy character after all. I wonder if her physical body’s face looks different than what we see in tea parties and trials.

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