So far it’s been a pretty good week for me. I finally got over whatever has been ailing me. 6 months of shortness of breath and chest pains was really starting to wear me out but my breathing has been pretty much back to normal for almost a week. Fingers crossed that it stays that way!
How are you Crow? I hope things are great for you too!
Wait, you’ve been under the weather? You should have said something! I would have sent happy thoughts your way. Glad you’re feeling better, and hope you stay that way! Things are overall good. My family is healthy, I’m still employed, and it’s a great anime season. Hard to ask for more!
Looks like I’m in bold this week. There will be spoilers. And one great huge reveal! Well, moderately large, anyway. Unless you already saw it coming, in which case, welcome me to the club!
Emilia finally gets a chance at the spotlight for the first time this season, as we discover a bit about her childhood. Emilia sure does look a whole lot like Fortuna (who is not(?) her mother). We did see Subaru’s parents quite a bit in part 1 and I remember that I was impressed at the cartoon genetics. Subaru looked like both of his parents but wasn’t identical to either. It really did look like a mix. So I don’t think that reZero simply makes family members look identical like that.
What I’m getting at here is: Is Emilia a clone? Maybe there was a witch cloning project. We already know clones are a thing in this universe and Emilia now has 2 people that look exactly like her. I think it kinda fits…
This said it’s hard to think too long about that cause little Emilia is pretty adorable. What did you think of little Emilia, Crow?
Every bit as adorable as Mini Nezuko! She acted like a small child, too. I mean, what adult would try to be stealthy by saying, “Sneaky sneak?”
It’s striking how much Emilia’s attitude has changed in this episode. In fact, adult Emilia is acting almost the same as little girl Emilia. Are you enjoying this change Crow? And do you think it was all from just one kiss?
The kiss and the love letter might have been catalysts, but I think Emilia’s wanted to be strong and face this all along. Remember how she reacted when Subaru offered to take the trial for her?
I think, though, that I’m interpreting your question too narrowly. I do think Subaru’s support and affection encouraged her. She’s facing the trial on her own terms, so even though he supported her, he’s not doing it for her. She’s standing on her own.
I’m not sure if it was to even things out but by contrast, Echidna seems to have been royally beigified. All she really did this week was to relay information in a fairly neutral way. Personally, I really enjoyed the bit of a bite to Echidna’s personality. I find that most of the reZero cast are really straight forward. You know, good guys are super good and bad guys are really bad. The witches brought ambiguity which livened that up a bit.
This said I can see some people preferring this more straightforward Echidna. I know you were a huge fan of the character, Crow. Any thoughts on this change in personality?
Guilty as charged! I’m gonna back your interpretation. Snarky Echidna is best Echidna. She’s the Witch of Greed, for heaven’s sake. She’s not Quietly Annoyed Dispenser of Facts. She got a few jabs in, like when she said “I will simply find satisfaction in your suffering.” Even that felt too passive for Echidna.
Or maybe she’s just biding her time? That cliff hanger…
There’s probably something I’m not remembering again because some parts of the flashback were a bit confusing to me. Like why were they barricading little Emilia inside her room from the outside? The only purpose of that was to keep her in as anyone outside the door can just lift the piece of wood, but then everyone seemed to know that she was escaping and when they caught her out of her room, no one cared or mentioned it? Also why did Geuse react so extremely to seeing Emilia?
I don’t think you’ve forgotten anything, at least not in the series. I still need to make time to watch the OVAs and movie (danged necessity to earn money for food and stuff). But now that you’ve mentioned that name… When did you figure it out? I feel like an idiot for sitting there for about 10 minutes thinking, “Wow, that robe… And that last name… The first name sounds so familiar…”
For me it was the hair color. Not that many green heads in reZero.
I am not the quickest on the draw.
We got a small preview of things to come in the after-credits sting but figure it’s about to get really bad. We do know that something super awful happened to Petelgeuse’s character design but I’m guessing there must be something more. Coming up are the events that broke Emilia and traumatized her completely. Considering what we have seen her go through since the beginning of the show without letting it affect her for more than an episode or two, and what all the other characters go through on a regular basis and bounce back like it was nothing, I’m guessing this is going to be some truly horrific stuff.
The universe of reZero is brutal and unforgiving, so for Emilia to carry this all this time, it’s not going to just be the witch cult coming in and slaughtering everyone. Not that it wouldn’t be horrible, it certainly would. But sadly, it’s something that happens all the time in that universe. I’m guessing more witchey stuff happened. Something that got inside Emilia’s brain maybe and she carries little fragments of it.
Any guesses Crow?
I don’t know exactly what Regulus’ power is aside from slicing at a distance. I agree with you — something like that is not enough. So many little Emilia loses it after seeing what Regulus does to Fortuna and maybe even the rest of the elves. Maybe Emilia breaks the seal?
It kind of reminds me of Daphne’s coffin, but I don’t think it is.
What did you guys think of this week’s reZero? Are you looking forward to the next episode? Or are you scared…
I’ll say it. I’m scared. Danger to little Emilia is worse than danger to big Emilia. Thinking of that little pout under threat is almost too much!