Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World “Choose Me” Review

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What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World “Choose Me”! After the amazing episode we got last week, I for one really had to see what came next for everyone. Even when the fighting is finished, and the trials are beaten, there’s still so much work to be done in order to survive the series of events which plague Subaru and company.

The first half of this episode began with the story taking us back to what follows for Emilia who finds herself smack in the middle of the big mabeast threat. This part was a shocker because I for one never thought that Emilia would be one to find herself facing the kind of threat that was now looming with the sudden snowfall. Though before they stepped into the scene, there was simply Emilia continuing to show her growth from overcoming the trials. That was a heartwarming scene because this new situation could have easily broken anyone who was now feeling hopeful about the future. A new sense of purpose, new courage, and yet still facing obstacles which challenge her fortitude.

You really had to love the writing for Emilia since every action and conversation she had throughout this episode proved that she was not going to be shaken as easily anymore. She was channeling a new kind of energy which allows her to be a beacon of hope, and display a courage which created comfort in others taking her lead. Long gone was the girl who needed to be protected from the evils of the world. Now she was in the thick of it and being a damned good hero.

Then there was the captivating story of Beatrice that they decided to tell in full. It was all so compelling because they held nothing back by jumping into the details of her situation. The hows, the whys, and making us believe that it would be hard after 400 years of loneliness to think that someone like Subaru is “that person”. How they even handled that last bit was brilliant too. After what Subaru said to her last week, you would have thought that was it for Beatrice. This guy told her she was a fool, and that he was not that random person. How do you reach someone after that?

Though it was how Subaru followed up which captured the true beauty of this moment. The writing was on point considering how cleverly they played with the wording of Beatrice’s promise. It wasn’t enough for Beatrice to sit there waiting for that person. She needed to understand that this couldn’t just be just any person. She needed to know who that person was, why she should want to leave with that person, in general she needed to know that the choice was always going to be hers.

Which made it just as heart-stopping when Subaru who has grown so much this second season has reached a point where he himself understands what it takes to reach someone like Beatrice. Again it was also brilliant that they changed up Subaru’s writing that he now knows when his bravado isn’t enough. Not everyone needs to be saved. More specifically, not everyone needs to be saved by him. Sometimes he just needs to be able to show people what they are worth, because it’s easy to fall into despair not being able to see in yourself what others see. You thought his speech to Emilia couldn’t be topped, and then here he was digging deeper than he ever had before.

In the end, Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World “Choose Me” is the episode which solidified this second season as the amazing season as it is. It is honestly a crime that more people are not talking about this series after the consecutive perfect episodes that they have put out after the second half of the second season began.

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