What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World “The Long-Awaited Reunion”! Things are underway as Subaru and Emilia begin taking their first steps towards getting their house in order. And it begins with their first loose end from the end of the first season. I found myself very interested to see what had been keeping Rem, Roswaal, and the rest of the town people from returning home. Especially since this is leading Subaru and Emilia to the Sanctuary, a place where many fans of the manga seem to think is going to be worth the wait for the rest of us.
Like last week, there wasn’t too much going on with this episode that you would normally brace yourself for. A change of pace from the first episode, but not one I would argue with either. As much as we love the intense bits of this series, as well as the action, there is no denying the appeal of just getting those episodes where clarity to what is unfolding is the priority. So when things picked up, we jumped right into this tea party which the Echidna (Witch of Greed) has invited Subaru to. Their interaction was interesting for the fact that this was the second witch we have been introduced to, but Echidna was not at all what you expected her to be. When you think of these witches, the first thing which comes to mind is most of them being bastards in their own right. While it is too early to say that this isn’t the case, I was surprised that this wasn’t something we saw outright from Echidna. Instead, there was nothing but intrigue from her as she allowed this interest in Subaru to grow.
At the same time, I liked seeing a side to Subaru that was more fearless. One could say foolish, but what is someone really going to do to him that he isn’t just going to come back from? Even if it was a short scene, it was still worthwhile to get some entertainment from him taking nothing about this witch seriously. I know I wouldn’t, because that would have meant giving the other person the reaction they wanted. That said, this was an excellent week for Emilia too. There wasn’t too much that she did in this episode, but when it counted she made sure that we understood that we are dealing with a version of her who is more take charge. A step in the right direction if you ask me. To have the kind of power she does? Now is as good a time as any for her to show that she can bring more to the table, because I still think it is a problem if you fear Rem and Ram more than her.
I was only a bit bothered by the fact that Subaru didn’t do much to explain to anyone what had happened with the Witch of Greed. You would think that it mattered that they make everyone aware of what’s still a problem out there. Maybe it would have even created better insight into what was unfolding in Sanctuary. Now to be fair, I will give them credit that it might not be too important when bringing comfort to these people trapped. One problem at a time is a good approach to take.
I also found it very interesting to discover what was meant by calling this place a Sanctuary. To some extent it could be depending on how you look at it, but at the same time you could easily see why this would be misleading. Especially after to coming to terms with the revelation of why Rem, Roswaal, and the rest of the town people have not returned home yet. Aside from that, our introduction to Garfield was worth the wait for the resemblance to a certain someone we just got to know. It was through him that we got a better perspective of why a place like Sanctuary is not visited often. That and why the people who live in Sanctuary are not seen much of in other cities and villages.
All in all, another solid episode of Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World. There was certainly a “The Long-Awaited Reunion”, though short-lived as more pressing matters arise. I look forward to seeing how both Subaru and Emilia continue to live up to the attitude they have taken towards saving people.