In Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 39, “STRAIGHT BET,” Otto beats the meaning of friendship into Subaru. Emboldened by this unusual act of bro-ness, Subaru confronted Roswaal and made an outrageous bet with him. Is Subaru in his right mind? Is Roswaal right and Subaru’s being too “greedy” — and all that implies? Or is Subaru on to something — something big?
Somehow, I was lucky enough to collaborate on not one, not two, but three reviews this season with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime! And one of them’s Re:ZERO! How cool is that? Very cool, that’s how cool!
Irina, before I dive in, any opening thoughts on the episode?
I’m the lucky one. It’s no secret that I’m not exactly the biggest re:Zero fangirl, but it is so much better with a friend.
I also couldn’t imagine the Promised Neverland without Crow, it’s sort of a unit in my head.
As for opening thoughts. I was a little afraid I would have forgotten everything again. I seem to suffer from a very specific re:Zero amnesia. However, I’m happy to report I recognized most of the characters!
I’m in plain type, Irina’s in bold type, and there will be spoilers.
Four Key Moments in Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 39
As usual, Re:ZERO packed a ton of information into a single episode. There were four major events I’d like to touch on. I’d like to say they’re important, but hey, this is Re:ZERO. Who knows how it’ll work out? Anyway, we first get Otto in his Solid Bro Moment(™). Then, Subaru confronts Roswaal, clown to clown. Subaru tries to enlist Ryuuzu (well, one of the Ryuuzus, at least). And finally, we get the triumphant return of Puck.
I have to admit one of the things I don’t like about the franchisees is how exposition heavy it is. So many info dump monologues. It’s just not something I tend to appreciate in animes but I have a feeling I would like it a lot better in novel form.
Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 39: Otto’s Bro Moment
Otto’s Bro Moment Setup
This episode picks right up where we left him at the end of the previous season. Of that moment, Irina had said, “And even now, in the last minutes when all seems lost, it’s Otto is there to bring Subaru back to his senses!” And that’s exactly what Otto did here.
I’ll give Otto this — he had an effective head-butt. He’s pretty insightful, too! I had laugh when he got Subaru so angry that our hero charged, only to trip on a root.
“You finally lost your temper, but you forgot to pay attention to your footing. That just sums you up perfectly, doesn’t it?” Dang, Otto! But it’s exactly what Subaru needed to hear. It convinced Subaru that he could ask Otto for help. Subaru still hesitated, though, and said he didn’t know if Otto would believe him.
Otto’s grown a lot since he was a one-note merchant driving a wagon! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
“Just stalk talking. I’ll listen until you finish,” the merchant said. There was something just honest and hopeful about this scene. What did you think, Irina?
Reaction to Otto’s Moment
Otto is one of the few characters I actually like. I guess that’s not fair, but he’s one of the few not evil characters I actually like. I enjoyed seeing him. In fact, I would say the opening act all the way up to the credits was pretty fun. I was really pleasantly surprised. It was way more fun than I have had with re:Zero in a good long while.
I was getting all ready for a long drawn out pity party from Subaru, but once again it was Otto to the rescue. One thing I was wondering about, when Subaru said he had asked a friend for help, was he talking about Roswaal? Has Subaru ever considered Roswaal a friend? If so, Subaru is kinda mean to his friends. This said, he’s been pretty mean to Otto as well, so maybe he’s just that type of guy. He’s all about the ladies, not so much the gentlemen. He was nicer to Echidna than to Otto.
Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 39: Two Clowns against the World
Subaru Confronts Roswaal
Otto’s inspiration didn’t stop with just asking Otto for help. Subaru decided to confront Roswaal. He walked right in and told the disciple of Echidna that he, Subaru, was going to save the mansion, liberate Sanctuary, put Emilia on the throne, and would even see that Roswaal’s dreams came true.
I’ll tell you what. It was worth the price of admission to see Roswaal astonished. It’s plain he’s not used to it! He rallied and told Subaru that the “sheer greed” of Subaru’s goals amazed him — a clear reference to Subaru’s relationship to Echidna. Subaru’s confidence faltered for an instant, but he recovered with my favorite quote of the episode: “Roswaal, put the clown makeup back on, okay? You’re throwing me off my stride. As two clowns at the mercy of fate, let’s fight this out fair and square.”
Gotta admit — seeing Roswaal so shocked was interesting. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I like the idea of “two clowns at the mercy of fate.”
Irina, Roswaal’s one of your favorite characters in the series, isn’t he? What’d you think of this scene?
Reinforcing What We Already Know
It was nice to see them both smiling, I guess, but I didn’t really get the point of the scene. I think it was just a bit more expo in case we forgot what happened in the first part: They reestablished the various upcoming conflicts. As a utilitarian scene it was alright. Those are never that interesting if you don’t need them. but if I had waited a year between part 1 and part 2, I bet I would have been really happy they added it.
Subaru Tracks Down Ryuuzu
Subaru Finds Ryuuzu Arma
This episode could have subtitled “Subaru’s Quest for Assistance,” because he next tracked down Ryuuru. I think we knew that there were more than one, with several of them being supervisors. Turns out there are three supervisors right now, and Subaru was talking to Ryuuzu Arma. At first, she thought that he’d compel her to help him using his authority as an Apostle of Greed. He said nah, he wanted her to help of her own free will. She didn’t have a response to that. I love verbal interplay like that. I liked it even more because Ryuuzu’s voice actor, Aimi Tanaka, has such a beautiful, lyrical voice!
We learned something here, and I don’t understand the importance. There were four Ryuuzu supervisors, but one disobeyed the rules and now lives in the forest. That was Ryuuzu Shima, and the rule she broke was that she dashed into the trial dungeon to save Garfiel when underwent the trial and didn’t return.
Subaru was on a streak — he surprised folks left and right! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Any idea how this might be important, Irina?
Ok, I’m sorry to all the fans out there but man, Ryuuzu is boring. I had so much trouble focusing on her monologue and I honestly don’t care that much about her at all.
So Echidna made Ryuuzu, probably for sh*ts and giggles as Echidna does and I assume the older models had some sort of authority. As senpais and all. Then Echidna put a bunch of rules, for funsies and when one disobeyed she randomly punished it. This sounds oddly familiar.
I bet Echidna doesn’t care anymore if she even remembers. In any case, I’m not sure it’s important in any way.
Not Emilia’s Pout
I’d like to talk about Emilia’s pout next. It’s a very nice pout! And I’d like to talk about Subaru’s tender scene where he comforted her. But, well, I’m not the mushy type, and I think the next scene was even more important. I’m talking about the scene where Puck came back.
But not for long.
At first, I thought, “Hey, cute! Little Puck!” But Puck was more little because Puck was leaving. He didn’t say why because he said he didn’t have time. In what might be the biggest expression of confidence in Subaru ever, Puck said “I’m entrusting you to the one whose love for you is second only to mine.”
Then, warning her that her memories would be unlocked when he disappeared, the crystal that was his home cracked on its chain around Emilia’s neck, and Puck was gone.
Emilia was distraught, but not as distraught was she became when she remembered her mother, Fortuna.
What’s Emilia going to do without Puck? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Clearly, I need to watch Memory Snow, because it looks like those are the events that Emilia remembered. What’d you think of this scene, Irina?
Puck, The Best Part of Emilia?
I know I mentioned this in the past but Emilia is the most boring character ever. Well, she is to me. Aside from the character design, I really have no interest for this character at all. Except for Puck. I do like her dynamic with Puck which is why I liked her so much more in season 1.
Anyway, this was basket case Emilia and apparently she has some Frozen background. I have never seen Frozen. I wanted to, but by the time I got around to it, I had heard so much about it, I was kind of over it already. The craze has died down now, maybe I should go back and watch Frozen. I bet I would understand tons of references that are going over my head at the moment.
Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 39 Wrap Up
The show ended with Emilia going missing after a nightmare. Subaru had promised he’d stay with her, but he was gone when she woke up. However, he knew right where to find her — in the trial dungeon. When he saw down beside her, we could see that his face was all scratched up.
I’m not sure why Subaru left Emilia, but when he found her, he was all scratched up. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
What’d you think of the episode, Irina?
I quite enjoyed the scenes between Otto and Subaru, as well as the short scene with Roswaal. Subaru looked like he was actually having fun in that scene, that might be a first. I also got curious about what exactly the plan is. That last conversation between Garfiel and Otto piqued my interest.
The rest of the episode wasn’t really my thing. I didn’t connect much with it and maybe I just don’t get it. Overall, I would say I liked this episode more than most of part 1. And I do like the set up, like I said. I’m curious to see what Subaru and Otto have planned.
That’s the thing with time loops, it’s at it’s best when everything comes together. So that bodes well for part 2!
And with Subaru trying to de-emphasize Return by Death, we might see quite a difference in his approach. Now, we wait for next week!
Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 39: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Season 2 Part 2 – Episode 39 discussion
- Cactus Matt Anime: ‘Losing The Bet’ Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 Part 2 – Episode 1 Review
- AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog: Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season Episode 14
This Collaboration (I Drink and Watch Anime and Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Review of Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 39: STRAIGHT BET
- Review of Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 40: Otto Suwen / A Reason to Believe