Introduction: High Density Goodness
Irina, do you remember Planet With? This isn’t a random question, though it looks that way! I ask because one of the things that struck me about the series is how much it was able to pack into a single episode. I’d never seen a series be so plot-rich. Not only that, but it felt right. It never felt overwhelming. I thought it was unique in this regard. After watching I Know Hell, Re:ZERO Season 2 Episode 35 (a.k.a. episode 10) in particular and this season in general, I think Planet With has met its match. I usually take about 400 words of notes about an episode. I’d taken about that much in the first four minutes of this episode.
Before we dive in, how was your week, Irina?
So far so good. That long weekend really came at a good time. I’m looking forward to the next one. Who should I be petitioning to just have 3 day weekends from now on? Or maybe I should just stop working during my usual weekends and that would make everything better.
I’ve never watched Planet With, but you have piqued my curiosity. I’m adding it to the queue.
In Re:ZERO Season 2 Episode 35…
At the end of the previous episode, Satella, the Witch of Envy, had consumed everyone except Subaru and Garfiel. She was on her way to wreck havoc at the mansion, and when Subaru and Garfiel tried to stop her, she ripped Garfiel to shreds and pulled Subaru into her shroud of darkness, which exposed him to all sort of different memories — and her please to “Love me!” When it looked like he would be trapped there forever, Echidna’s magic let him turn Petra’s handkerchief into a dagger that he plunged into his throat.
After coming back to life, he struck up an alliance with Ryuuzu, who told him that because he had consumed some of Echidna’s “bodily fluids,” she now considers him the Apostle of Greed and can order Ryuuzu and her dozens of clones around. Subaru, more determined than ever to protect Frederica, Petra, and Rem, decides to push Garfiel to see not only be sure he can trust him — but to show that Garfiel can trust him, too. After refuting Garfiel’s accusation that Subaru had “no idea what pain or suffering even are,” Subaru makes it to the mansion and convinces Frederica and Petra to escape with Rem. He then has an apocalyptic conversation with Beatrice.
Irina, do you think that captured the major points?
Keep a Good Handle on Your Harem!
Subaru is in sort of a tough spot. Well then again, when isn’t he? Am I right??? Anyways, on the one hand he desperately wants to protect the ladies that are back at the mansion, but on the other hand, he’s seen the village completely wiped out in very gruesome ways recently. Killer rabbits and killer ex-girlfriends, well not really ex-girlfriends — it’s more on her side, although she is cute… it’s complicated!
And that’s why you don’t split your harem up, kids. You gotta keep all your adorable devoted fans in the same general geographical location for convenience. See, this is an educational show.
I’m taking some notes here…
I noticed that Subaru wasn’t all that worried for Roswaal. After that ending sequence last episode, I was hoping we would get some answers. I guess I should really know better by now than to expect answers from Roswaal. Still, I didn’t expect him to simply disappear this week.
The Two Big Events in Re:ZERO Season 2 Episode 35
I want to focus on two momentous events: Satella’s blood-smeared tears and Emilia’s reaction to Subaru’s breakdown.
OK! Sounds good. I want to go off on weird tangents regarding the Ryuzu clones. I have questions! Well then again, when don’t I? (Let’s see how long I can keep this going).
First: Satella… Sympathetic?!
I felt sorry for Satella. To the point that when Subaru tried to brush away her tears, I had completely forgotten to breath.
He put his bloody finger right up to her eye, and she didn’t pull away from him. Wow. She must really trust him. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
As I discussed with some of our readers last week, I have this vague, half-baked, idea that Satella and Emilia are the same in some way. Now, re:Zero is sort of a fuzzy existence in my brain in the best of time, so don’t ask me for too many details, but I always had this idea that maybe they were one soul split asunder or maybe linked existences where one cannot be without the other. Or maybe even that Satella is a representation of all the pain and grief Emilia has suffered that was somehow given life and now is running amuck, eternally in pain and not entirely capable of understanding the situation or even her own existence.
In any case, it has on some level always made me interpret Satella as a tragic character rather than one to be hated or feared. This reading has no real basis that I can explain, beyond the already established connection between the characters. Still, if you had told me last week I would feel sorry for Satella, I would have said, well then again, when don’t I?
Satella’s eyes look just like Emilia’s…
Subaru, Playing with Fire
That moment probably needs a bit of description. Satella’s continued “I love you” barrage had pushed Subaru to the edge of what was left of his sanity. That was before she destroyed Garfiel. Throwing caution to the wind, Subaru said the unthinkable, especially to the Witch of Envy. He told her that the number one and two spots in his heart were already taken. Even worse, he said that he had a better chance of loving Echidna or the other witches than her.
As soon as the words were out of Subaru’s mouth, I thought, “Well, nice knowing ya, dude!” And was Re:ZERO Season 2 Episode 35 dark, or what?Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
As much of an emotional cinder block as I am, even I gasped at that point. I thought she would rip him apart. What did you think, Irina?
I told Subaru that he had zero game. That is not how you talk to a lady, dude. He may not have heard me through the TV. To be fair, he had a few things going on at the time. And yeah, I thought she would explode him. Although I would have loved a simple slap on the cheek that didn’t even hurt him that much cause it was all she could even manage in the situation.
Yeah, he was really busy!
Instead of killing him, she “embraced” him in her dark cloak of energy. And for the first time, in addition to telling him that she loved him, she also pleaded, “Love me.”
Echidna Helps from Beyond the Grave
Couple of quick notes before I go on. First, Subaru’s voice actor, Yuusuke Kobayashi, turned in a stellar performance. Second, so did Satella’s voice actor, Rie Takahashi. Her voice was so lyrical, so ethereal, and so utterly insane that I couldn’t help but be drawn in. When Subaru jammed the weaponized handkerchief into his throat, her pitiful gasp almost broke my heart.
Then Subaru, this poor guy who has been through death after death after death, saw her pain, and something in his heart was moved. I do not think he was being ironic when he tried to brush away her tears, leaving only a bloody smear, and said, “I… swear… I’m going… to save you.”
In spite of everything she’d done to him and practically everyone he knew, he still told Satella that he would save her. The animation effects gave this sequence an unsettling, eerie feel. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I think anime has broken my idea of romance, because that was the most romantic thing I’ve ever heard.
What’d you think, Irina?
I think it’s a standard harem hero trope. I’m pretty sure I have seen this in a lot of other anime. I also don’t know if it comes from a romantic impulse.
To me, seeing how devastated Satella was when she frantically realized she couldn’t save Subaru, was much more touching and felt more altruistic to me. Maybe I’ve just seen so many shows where the hero is compelled to save everyone that I find it more special when someone allows themselves to be vulnerable or accepts to be saved.
Then again, I am very romantically challenged. You really shouldn’t take my word for these types of things.
Second: Emilia Empowered
Remember in previous passes through this timeline, how Subaru offered to take on the trials to spare Emilia, and she thought he was saying she was too weak? OMG I DO remember that! Crow, I remembered something!!! Well, after Returning by Death, Subaru saw that — thankfully! — he was back on the marble floor beside Emilia, who was muttering fearfully in her sleep. When he reached out to comfort her, he saw that his hands were shaking. He hadn’t recovered from his ordeal with Satella. Can’t say that I blame him, either.
This is significant because when Emilia came to, she started to give voice to hear fears, as she had before. Then she saw Subaru trembling uncontrollably, and she went into sympathy/support mode. Completely forgetting her own pain, she rushed to comfort Subaru. That did two very important things.
As soon as she saw the anguish on Subaru’s face, Emilia forgot her own fears. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
First, it reminded Emilia that she can be the strong one. With Subaru dissolving into sobs, she forced herself to be strong for him, but her strength still came from within. She didn’t need help. She was the pillar of strength. That permeated her attitude for the rest of the episode.
Second, it gave Ram a chance to unload some high-quality snark, like “You were supposed to help Emilia-sama, but you only caused trouble for her. Why are you even alive?”
Irina, what did you think of that scene?
I liked it a lot. Finally, this is the Emilia I remember. Much more interesting. This is actually what I was trying to explain in my previous paragraph. Not sure if I did well.
Emilia and Beatrice… and Bunnies
One random thought. My god, Emilia looks pretty in moonlight! And Beatrice can be ridiculously cryptic.
Beatrice is the best. Simple people like us cannot hope to understand her.
Every time we see Beatrice, I feel like the universe expands just a little more… Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I made a joke about the Emilia night light in my gallery post.
So quick question. If all the Ryuzu clones are made out of mana, why haven’t the rabbits attacked way sooner? They must be a very tasty snack to them, no? Or do random Ryuzu clones become rabbit food every other day and we just don’t hear about it?
I wondered why the bunnies were able to enter Sanctuary. Are they usually not able to, and that keeps the clones from being snacks? But if that’s the case, what damaged the barrier in the last episode? And if it’s not the case, why haven’t everyone become bunny snacks before now?
The Sad Clones
Re:Zero has always been full of fridge horror, however there is something very unsettling to me about the clones. Something wistful and a little sad about their quest for identity through the smallest things like a name or a hobby. And something so lonely about having no needs.
Then again, I’m kinda into clones as a narrative device. I know, I’m basic.
The clones were sad. I’m really curious why Ryuuzu wanted Subaru to ask her about her last name again the next day? That’s the kind of detail this show throws at us constantly!
I hope we get to find out more about Ryuzu and catch back up with Roswaal next week!
Let’s hope! That wraps up our review of Re:ZERO Season 2 Episode 35. Now the wait begins!
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