Quick Summary of Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 41
In Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 41, “Nobody Can Lift a Quain Stone Alone,” Garfiel, having somehow gotten past Otto and Ram, confronted Subaru and Emilia on the steps of the trial ruins. Overcome by despair at the memory of his attempt to get through the trial, Garfiel has decided to destroy the ruins — and trap all of them in Sanctuary, forever. Can Subaru, even with a revitalized Emilia by his side, even slow Garfiel down, much less convince him to stand down? He if can, does Emilia stand any hope of getting through the trial herself? And what happened to Otto and Ram?
Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 41: My Turn to Host!
Welcome to our collaboration review of Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2, Episode 41. Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime and I have teamed up to give you twice stunning insights. Well, 1.5x the insights. She usually has more insights than I do.
Irina, before we get to the review, any opening thoughts about the episode?
You always write so much when you host. The readers are going to think I’m a real slacker. I mean they’re not going to be entirely wrong, but I was hoping I could fool them a little bit longer.
And I really enjoyed that out of nowhere erection metaphor. Crow said he didn’t see it. But I didn’t imagine that huge, long purple fist thing that was coming out of Subaru’s general crotch area, did I? Man I hope I didn’t, cause that seems like something you shouldn’t be hallucinating. Unlike all those good healthy hallucinations.
This is off to a great start!
It’s more likely our readers will think I’m an undisciplined writer for whom the word concise is aspirational.
And yeah, I missed the metaphor first time through. Maybe I thought it was Subaru’s wish fulfillment?
Review of Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 41
I hope those of you who enjoy re:ZERO in novel, light novel, or manga form will pity those of us who are anime-only. Because there were three major developments in this week’s episode, and that’s not counting the interesting character developments that, in other series, would have constituted the episode’s high points!
This was a Garfiel-heavy episode. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
In this episode, we learned the subject of Garfiel’s trial and the impact it had on his life. We learn that Subaru can take one helluva punch and not die (though one of his teeth, sadly, belongs to the ages). We also learned that Subaru can throw a respectable punch — and one punch that is, to most, invisible. The episode gives us a scene with Ram that was so shocking it made me question my understanding of reality, or at least my understanding of Ram. And finally, we get what is to a poor anime viewer as myself, a thunderbolt revelation of Emilia’s identify.
And those are only the high points! Seriously, in some series, that would be a freaking cour.
Did I miss anything major, Irina?
I don’t think so. Honestly, you did way better than me. I really only noted one important event, maybe 1.5. So, I’m looking forward to seeing what I missed!
Garfiel, Living with the Failure of His Trial
Garfiel confronted Subaru and Emilia as they emerged from the ruins. Blood covered him, and he looked furious. Whatever had happened between him and Otto and Ram, it had reawakened his memories of his trial, and Garfiel was in complete despair. Unable to face his past, he declared his intent to rip the ruins apart and bring an end to the trials.
Now, the episode had opened with a view of what had happened. When Garfiel was very little, his mom had decided to leave him and Frederica Baumann behind in Sanctuary. Garfiel perceived it as his mom wanting to abandon the two of them and seek her own happiness.
Somehow, Subaru had learned about this, and he hammered Garfiel hard with questions like, “Garfiel, what are you so afraid of?” Emilia confidently joined in and shared her experience in the trial.
I’m curious what Emilia thought she was going to do. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
The exchange was intense. As someone who adores dramatic dialogue, it riveted me to the scene. When it became clear that Garfiel wasn’t listening and intended to charge through them, Emilia actually stepped in front of Subaru, but he gently pushed her aside. Then Garfiel transfigured into his monster self.
Garfiel Goes Full Monster in Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 41
Irina, what odds did you give Subaru of surviving at this point?
I watch reZero during the evenings, so I did see a few tweets about it before watching the episode. And one was from this person who tweeted that they hoped Emilia would get a chance to do something this week. Then responded to their own tweet like 15 minutes later with “Yeah!” and a screencap of Emilia on the staircase with her arm in front of Subaru all protective like from this scene.
I was thrilled. So I get to the scene and I see them talking about stuff. Garf is getting increasingly angry (because as we learn later he’s going through puberty mood swings) and Emilia steps forward thrusting her arm out and I think:
Awww yeah, this is it. Emilia is going to whip out some ancient power and completely destroy this guy (in a non lethal way of course). Or maybe she’s going to muster up that confidence Crow mentioned and actually give a scathing and poignant speech that will own the boy so hard he won’t even be able to stand after that. Heck, she could seduce Garf, that would be super unexpected. Emilia the femme fatale! They could even play into the whole vulnerable thing they’ve been going for and make her cry and be so cute that Garf just can’t bring himself to even try to hurt them anymore. Whatever the case may be, Emilia is here to save the day.
Emilia Manages Not to Save the Day
I don’t think I managed to get all those ideas quite sorted out in my head before Subaru just pushed her aside and she spent the rest of the scene literally standing in one spot with her hands folded on her chest.
In Emilia’s defense, she was every bit as effective as Subaru in changing Garfiel’s mind. Which is to say, not at all. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
So now I’m wondering if the person on Twitter just saw those few cells and immediately took a screenshot and tweeted it out or did they saw the whole scene and they were being ironic. In any case, they got me good!
Yeah, that was a bit of a letdown. I wanted to see what she intended to do!
Garfiel charged. Subaru, instead of running for his life, charged, too! When he got within a few meters, Subaru screamed “Shamac!” and that dark cloud that’s his only magical ability billowed out. Garfiel couldn’t see his target, and in the confusion, Subaru stabbed Garfiel in the arm with the gem from Frederica’s pendant.
I did not know that stone would revert Garfiel to his normal form, but it did. Subaru kept trying to talk sense into Garfiel, especially encouraging him to “Learned what strength in numbers means!”
Like Subaru didn’t just learn that lesson a few episodes ago!
So Long, Little Tooth
Garfiel, though, tenacious as all get out. He didn’t have his monster form, but the dude still had his fists. He landed a blow on Subaru’s face that he expected would drop our hero. Subaru just glared at him. Well, glared and spit the broken tooth out. RIP, little tooth.
Now we come to one of the major developments. Garfiel still would not listen to Subaru’s reasoning, and he charged again. You know that knot of Satella energy that we’ve seen within Subaru before? Well, it woke up. It took the form of a fist and slammed into Garfiel’s chin.
Oh that was the erection looking thing, right?
An alternative representation of Subaru’s new power.
Yeah! It looked… just like that… You know, I really should have seen it right away.
And that’s the most unusual high five I’ve ever seen. Or is it a low five?
Shape aside, Irina, am I right in thinking that’s an awful lot like the power Petelgeuse wielded? What does this mean for our hero?
I gotta admit, that’s not where my mind went. But sure, your thing is really good too. Yeah, I mean totally. Petelgeuse, that’s it. Who would ever think of anything other than that. I take it back, that is 100% exactly what I thought as well. It’s just like the Peter guy …
Garfiel’s One Tough SOB
The blow (hehehe) nearly finished Garfiel. But remember I said he was tenacious? I was selling him short. He would just not back down. Subaru was near the end of his endurance when Garfiel… well, he didn’t so much charge as shamble with purpose towards Subaru.
Fortunately, Subaru’s newfound appreciation of teamwork paid off. Patrasche decided it was her turn, and she smacked Garfiel across the courtyard and into a stone wall.
Nice shot, Patrasche.
Well, somebody’s proud her herself! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I didn’t expect to see her. Did you, Irina?
I really like Patrasche. She always shows up just at the right time!
Subaru collapsed, and when he regained consciousness, he could that Emilia had laid his head in her lap. It was a pleasant continuation of their relationship, and I am sure Subaru enjoyed waking up that way. He was confused, though, when he asked Emilia about Garfiel, and Emilia answered that he was over by the wall. But that they shouldn’t interrupt.
Ram, Always Going Above and Beyond
Interrupt? Interrupt what? Subaru looked over and saw a sight that made me question space/time.
Garfiel was lying unconscious. That’s not the unbelievable part. The unbelievable part was that Ram had placed his head in her lap.
Had placed Garfiel’s head.
In her lap.
I did not know such a thing as even possible. Now, I felt a little better about my worldview when he woke up. Because as soon as he came to, Ram asked if he was awake. As soon as he confirmed he was, she flicked him away and said, “Then get off me already.”
Ram’s not patting Garfiel’s head. She’s going to fling him off her lap. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Yeah, I exaggerated a little, but that shot was about the most unexpected thing I’ve seen this season! What did you think, Irina?
Yay, Emilia did contribute… as a pillow. She didn’t even get a chance to do first aid or something. It’s fine, I get that Subaru is the hero and he drives the action, but why does Emilia have to be so bland about it. She could have at least thrown him off like Ram or screamed out insults at Garf during the fight to distract him.
You know how Flanderization is taking a minor flaw or tick a character has and slowly blowing so out of proportion that the character becomes ridiculous? This is the opposite of that . This is like slowly smoothing out any traits until the character is completely dull. And I think she deserves better.
Ram, Smacking Garfiel Around With Love
Apparently, Ram was well aware that Garfiel was in love with her. She declared, almost clearly, that she was most certainly not about to say how she felt but that he’d need to work hard to find out how she might feel.
Ok, this time I feel like I actually remember something. We found out in part 1 that Ram knew all about Garf’s feelings. I’m almost sure of that.
Garfiel’s in for a long, though probably rewarding, journey.
Speaking of journeys, Garfiel does undergo the trial one more time. He confronts his past and learned, with the help of little Frederica, that his mom hadn’t left because the two of them were a burden on her. She’d left to find their father, who she intended to bring back to Sanctuary. A landslide had killed her on the way out, so little Garfiel had internalized the loss.
GArfiel got some much needed closure. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I’ve said this kind of thing before, but this series brings it out in me: In other series, that would have been a solid, satisfying emotional endcap to the episode. But it wasn’t enough for re:ZERO. No, it had to drop a major bomb after where the ED would have been, if this show had had one.
Emilia Heads Back In Near the End of Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 41
Emilia entered the ruins to undergo the trial. She found all sorts of scribblings on the walls. They were dozens of encouraging sayings from Subaru. That seems to be where he was instead of keeping his promise to stay with her as she slept.
So, she’ll probably forgive him.
Her trial starts. And who do you think Emilia sees waiting for her in the dream forest? It’s Echidna! You might remember from previous review that I hold her in high esteem. Echidna berates Emilia, calling her bold and loose for kissing up to Subaru. Emilia stood silently, enduring the insults, until Echidna asked why the “witch’s daughter” didn’t say something.
So I’m thinking, cool, I get to see Echidna again! Wait, witch’s daughter? Is Emilia Satella’s daughter? I didn’t think she was the daughter — I thought she was Satella!
Hey, look who’s back! And she doesn’t look happy! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Then Emilia adopted the finger pointing stance she’d learned from Subaru. I’m still in the warm glow from seeing the Witch of Greed when Emilia said, “My name is simply Emilia! I am the Frozen Witch, born in Elior Forest! I won’t give in to the malice of a fellow witch. I’m quite an insufferable woman, after all!”
Emilia’s a What, Now?
Okay. I have questions. But before that, Irina, what do you make of this development?
Honestly, I was so relieved to see that. Even though it did feel a little unearned. I’m not sure if it’s the pacing of the adaptation that’s off or I’m simply missing some cues. In any case, I thought it was a cute shot and exactly the sort of thing fans have been longing for after seeing Emilia so reduced for so long.
Of course, we’ll see how this goes. There is a small chance that she’ll just revert back next episode. This was just the after credits tag, they don’t have to stick to it if it doesn’t suit the tone going forward.
As for the witch thing, well she looks identical to Satella so it’s not a big shock. Considering the Frozen backstory and the fact that she had a magical familiar and demon servants, it fits pretty well.
Closing Thoughts about Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2 Episode 41
The Frozen Witch and the Witch of Envy
Does this mean that Satella, the Witch of Envy, is actually Emilia’s mother? Who’s her dad? What does this mean for Satella’s relationship to Subaru? What’s Subaru going to do when he finds out Emilia’s a witch?
The last one’s a dumb question. Subaru is head over heels in love with Emilia. He’ll just discover he’s head over heels in love with Emilia, the Frozen Witch.
Still, it seems like Subaru’s already interesting life is going to get even more interesting.
Based on the story so far, I would be inclined to believe you, it changes nothing for Subaru.
What If The Show Explores the Nature of Attraction?
But wouldn’t it be super interesting if Subaru wasn’t in love with Emilia. Like what if he had never been. What if that’s just magic…
Lately, I’ve read a few fantasy stories where that question comes up. If only one partner is capable of magic, and magic can charm and entice mortals, can one ever be certain of their feelings? And the question beyond that, even if someone does love you just because of magic, does that matter? Is it really so different from falling in love because of their laugh or because you saw them across a crowded room?
Is Subaru in love with Emilia because he thinks she’s cute and adorable, or because she wills it? Is there a difference? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
It’s actually a pretty interesting exploration of the meaning of romance and what we attach importance to. It’s also a very contemporary question, in a world where love is evolving and changing form, what does it mean to each of us? I dunno, I think it’s sweet.
Man, I really hope they explore that!
I’ll give Emilia this: She decided to throw down against the Witch of Greed. It’s like she skipped Garfiel because the little dude was too far beneath her.
Guess the next episode will show if I’m right!
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