***Minor Spoiler Review***
What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World “Otto Suwen / A Reason to Believe”! Now you know that this was the episode that I was looking forward to from this season. Ever since Otto began playing a bigger role, making his voice heard, and proving that he isn’t someone to overlook, I have been awaiting the week where they would decide it is time to tell his story. That time was now.
First off, I was impressed with how things turned out between Otto and Garfiel. I mean this could have easily turned into a deadly situation for the guy considering what we have already seen from the way Garfiel treats those he doesn’t like. Though as I have said above, we are at the point now where we are seeing why Otto isn’t the one to overlook or underestimate. How he bought Subaru time was nothing short of being very cunning and smart about what needed to happen for him to stall someone who clearly had him outmatched in power.
From there they wasted little time jumping into the story of smol Otto. There were some things you could have figured out for yourself easily, though other things hit you like a flood. Especially emotionally because you did not expect the kind of life Otto had to live as someone with a divine protection. Truthfully, up to this episode I didn’t even look at this ability of his that way. Yet there is was as a legitimate power which they took full advantage of to weave a story through Otto’s past and present. Now what hit hard was the realization that Otto was also someone who struggled through life. He didn’t give off that impression when we first met him, but now it’s hard not to see it. Especially after you have seen the side to Otto which emerges when he sees someone who neglects the help that’s right in front of him.
Now at the same time I wasn’t prepared to see any action, but wasn’t going to argue against it either. I was thrilled to see that even in action, Otto has something to bring to the table. Even a third-party player who proved to really hold more power than what we had seen in the past.
This just left us with one Subaru who had a meeting with a girl while everyone else played distraction. What came of this scene was gutwrenching because both Subaru and Emilia were finally backed into a corner enough that there was nothing between them but their true feelings about one another. Maybe Subaru more than Emilia, but finally we were at least seeing Emilia do more to acknowledge the fact that she has a problem with following through with the things she’s responsible for. As for Subaru, I loved seeing him open up to Emilia fully about the way he feels about her. I mean it’s not as if he hasn’t shown this in the past, but now he was being fully transparent about not only his feelings, but the true things Emilia needed to hear that she wasn’t going to hear from anyone else.
Though don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of repeating between the two of them that almost made me feel like they were about to just argue in circles. If that was the case, I would have rolled my eyes and skipped over that part entirely, though fortunately that was not the case.
Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World “Otto Suwen / A Reason to Believe” turned out to be one of my favorite episodes in the end. In its own way it was the full package. And above all it was the episode that us Otto fans needed.