Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World, the show that really puts a mental strain on the main character.
In our last episode, Subaru, faking leaving the mansion, waits to find who the attacker would be, and as it turns out, it's actually Rem! Subaru is completely confused by this, thinking that they grew close to one another, but it seems that, in this time line, he only really grew close with Ram, and even then, only a little bit. As for Rem, she's looking to murder Subaru for a number of reasons, but more importantly, it's because he has a smell of the witch on him. You know, there are other ways to tell somebody they need a bath.
But after his death, Subaru has finally cracked and given up. He sulks in pain, not from anything physical, but the fact that each reset wipes everybody's memories but his own, and the pain of that has become too great for him to bare. He has given up trying to correct this incident and only looks to protect himself. He asks Becky for assistance, and after a rough night, is protected on the day of his murder. Except a murder does happen. More specifically, it was Rem who died, and she died the same way he died the first time around, her mana was drained.
Ram, furious, attacks Subaru in her grief, looking for answers, but he runs because he has none to give, despite a perfect alibi. He's able to escape the mansion and realizes that there is no escaping this. Realizing that his first death was unrelated to his recent deaths (as Rem was likely the cause of all of them), he knows that he must force a reset to start over and finish what he started. Though the only way to do that is to, of course, die, and despite needing to do so, he cannot overcome his programming of self-preservation that we all have.
Sometime later, he has a talk with Becky, where he comes to an important realization of his own. Though the others have lost their memories, his memories, his feelings, of Ram, Rem, Emilia, and even Becky, still happened, even if everybody else forgot them. Realizing his, he declares his love to Ram, and by extension, Rem, and proceeds with the reset by throwing himself off the cliff. I honestly hope that was an instantaneous death.
Will Subaru solve the mystery once and for all and bring an end to the loop? Let's tune in and find out.
-We start things off rather weirdly where the screen is white, but there are flashes of color until the smoke arm from the last episode appears and reaches for the screen. Is this how it worked for Subaru before, when he reset everything? That the arm would drag him back to the save point? Oh, right, and this arm is the reason why he can't tell anybody about his power. As if anybody would believe him anyway.
-After that, we return to the familiar looking ceiling, which Subaru finds more annoying than anything else. That's when he hears the snarky lines of two very familiar voices belonging to two very familiar looking maids.
-Wow, they really look like they want to bolt out of that room as quickly as possible. How bad is the smell now compared to previous time loops? Subaru stares at them for a moment, trying to get his brain to process what's happening now. He looks to be in anguish, which does cause the twin maids to worry, asking if there's an issue or if he has a chronic illness that's flaring up. Then, seemingly at random, Subaru takes the two by their hands, leaving them very confused.
-Well, Rem looks confused. Ram looks annoyed, which is typical of her. But the reason Subaru took their hands is to try and remember a sensation he had in the last time loop. Previously, he had a very bad dream where Rem was hunting him down to murder, which apparently worried somebody enough to take hold of his hands to comfort him. Holding their hands like this, Subaru confirms that it was them that held his hand during that one rough night. His happy and clearly on the verge of tears, knowing he wasn't mistaken. The twins, however, are creeped out by this and quickly back away. Rem says he was mistaken, while Ram...
-They only met in ten minutes and already Ram is bringing in the snark. Still, Subaru takes it rathe well, knowing what's to come. Good luck trying to get the loop to match up with one of the early ones, but hey, maybe you'll get lucky and get it right for this one. Still, he's satisfied for now, ready to take on this loop. The maids, however, look very worried.
-...Okay, now you're just being rude. But Subaru laughs it off, apologizing for his actions, and puts out his hand, asking to be friends. the twins stare at the hand, then each other in confusion, but they don't have to stay in that awkward moment for long as Emilia comes in to check on Subaru, having heard the noise from the bed room. She's happy to see him doing well. Subaru immediately turns on the charm for the silver-haired mage, saying that all his worries from a second ago were blown away by her arrival. She was apparently the drug he needed for his heart. What a cheesy line. And it's lost on Emilia, but she's still happy to see him doing well. But with this morning, going better than the others, Subaru says it's time to get this started. Time to figure this out once and for all! After breakfast, that is.
-We actually get an OP for this episode! I'm just as shocked as you are! When we return, we're right at the breakfast table for breakfast. And you thought I was joking about that. And what does Subaru ask for in this timeline? To be hired to work in the mansion. We don't get to stay for any Ram reaction, but I was really curious to see what it would be this time, and after a quick cut to black, we're off to the montage races. Under careful supervision, we see Subaru working on various tasks as he narrates his goals. He understands that there re two broad conditions he must clear if he wants to survive the week in Roswaal's mansion. First, to earn the trust of the staff here, because if he doesn't, he might find himself killed like the last couple of times. This not only goes for the twins, but for Roswaal, as well, who decided to go after him in the last loop because of Rem's death.
-As for the second condition, he must defeat the shaman that attacks Roswaal's mansion. This one is admittedly more difficult, as he doesn't know who's doing the attack, only that somebody is. You might want to recruit Becky for that one, given how powerful she is. After the montage that includes the usual household chores, like cooking, cleaning, and laundry (you'd think they wouldn't have him do the women's laundry, but there you go), as well as possible sword practice with a broom. That or he was bored. After the montage, we see him collapse out in the yard, exhausted. Puck comments on him being a hard worker, but the work is never done, for Subaru still has to prepare dinner and clean the rooms. And there are a lot of rooms in the mansion, especially for so few people.
-Oh, and that montage? It's his first day. Subaru is working hard and Puck compliments him on being so spirited. Of course, the reason he's so spirited is because of Emilia, who's working on being the best monarchy this country has ever had! But speaking of, Subaru asks Puck what kind of magic she uses. OH, she isn't really a magic user. As with her contract with him, Puck explains that she uses spirit arts. There's a difference? Luckily, Puck is there to explain it to us. Make sure to take notes, kids, this will be on the test.
-In this world, magic-users cast magic with their own mana, who those who use spirit arts draw from mana in the atmosphere. Subaru, asking the question I asked earlier, wonders how they're different? Basically, it depends on whether you use a gate, which is something that allows mana to pass through your body. Through the gate, one draws mana in and expels it out. Subaru should have one as well, though this sounds more like "everybody as one" sort of deal. Puck offers to figure out his attribute, because he's a nice flying cat. As he tries to figure it out, he explains that magic-users are divided into four different attributes. Fire, water, wind, and earth. Then there is one who can use all of them, and that person is called the... wait, we aren't doing that here? Are you sure? But I had the whole thing all ready to go! Fine, fine.
-After a moment, Puck has figured out Subaru's attribute. He's very anxious to know what it is, and excitedly asks if he's filled with fiery passion, the cool-guy, the gentle wind, or the reliable earth. And his attribute is...
-And this is why you don't get hyped up over anything. And no, I'm not making any The Shadow jokes here. That can wait until later. Emilia, overhearing part of the conversation, says that the Shadow attribute is rather rare. Subaru is very confused. First, what does the Shadow do? And second, weren't there only four attributes? Well, the elemental stuff are just the basics. There's also shadow and light as additional elements. Okay, so that aside, is this some rare talent, like something only seen once in five thousand years? Man, you really want this to be an OP power, don't you? It doesn't seem like that's the case, though, as Emilia explains what Shadow magic does. He can obstruct na opponent's vision, block sound, slow movements, and things like that. So, basically, he can be The Shadow, except for the lack of psychic powers. And missing the swagger of Alec Baldwin.
-One spell they thing Subaru can learn right now is the blinding spell. Puck offers to show him how it works. Subaru is very anxious to see it while Emilia tries to stop it. Unfortunately, Puck performs the spell, Shamac, and we see nothing but darkness. Well, purple clouds, that is. Subaru is apparently able to see himself, but then something happens in his mind that seems to scare him and starts getting into a panic. Puck brings him out of it just in time, but Emilia could see something was off. When asked, he passes it off as nothing, but goes on about how great the blindness spell is. Smooth transition, Subaru.
-So, that means Subaru can use magic, right? Well, that will depend on his training. Puck offers to give him the beginners course, and he's all for it. You'd think he'd ask Emilia to be his teacher, but I imagine he was caught in the moment. Besides, maybe it'll turn out like that one loop where she offered to teach when Ram and Rem were too busy. After a fade, we're in the middle of the courtyard as Puck explains what he'll do. Basically, he'll act as a support for Subaru so that the magic will come from his own gate, but Emilia is there in case Subaru's magic goes out of control and explodes, but in case that does happen, she should step away so her clothes don't get messy. Wait, how bad would the explosion be? Is it "instant death?" bad? What kind of terrible magic is this!? So Emilia follows Puck's advice and gives Subaru some space. Though she is still a bit worried...
-...Wow, that is going to be some explosion if that happens. Puck thinks Subaru will be fine and begins the instruction. First, he must visualize the flow of mana through his body. Then he expels a part of it, through his gate, out of your body. So Subaru begins to visual, first with a ball of light surrounded by darkness, but then the darkness feeds into the ball, making it grow bigger. Puck senses that something is off, but before he can do anything about it, Subaru explodes. Well, that was a fast loop, wasn't it?
-Actually, the two of them are fine. Puck explains that Subaru has poor control over his gate, so he shouldn't try too hard. Subaru points out that it was Puck who said he would be fine. Damn your carefree nature, cat! We see Subaru resting up out of the sun as Puck explains that his gate hasn't been well-used. I can't imagine why that's the case. But this is what caused the explosion, it just came flowing out. Subaru attempts to move, but that ain't happening. Emilia explains that he used up all the mana in his body, so he shouldn't move. Maybe he can use this as a reason not to work anymore today, but that is certainly not on the plans!
-Subaru wills himself up, with Emilia telling him not to overdo it. Except he can't waste a single day. Emilia just sighs and helps out this lovable buffoon with something. She places an object in his mouth, and in a sing song voice, tells him to swallow. Which he does, and he reacts like he's a shounen protagonist for all of three seconds before he stops and asks what he just ate. The transition itself was funny, because you had the fiery background with him doing the yelling pose, but when he transitioned, he kept the pose but the background returned to normal.
-So what was fed to Subaru? A bocco fruit. When it's eaten, the mana in your body activates, and your gate regains a little of its strength. Well, wasn't that sweet of her? Subaru recognizes the kind gesture and apologizes for causing her some trouble. But this isn't what Emilia wanted to hear. What did she want?
-Emilia, you're too sweet for your own good. But more importantly, this is in-character for her, because she just wanted to help. And Subaru has fallen in love with Emilia all over again. I think I've lost count as to how many times that happened. Anyway, we jump to night and see Ram and Roswaal together, with him doing all the creepy touching. It doesn't seem like they have a pure "employer-employee" relationship, do they? But who knows, and I'm not going to start throwing around accusations until somebody in this show actually says something.
-Right, anyway, Roswaal asks Ram what she thinks of Subaru? It's pretty much a repeat of the first scene, with Ram calling him incompetent, but when it counts, can be excessively quick-witted. Just backhand that compliment, why don't you? Though she does suggest that Roswaal will ned to keep an eye on him for a time. So, similar to the first time, with with some differences. We transition to Rem staring at Subaru as he cleans the bath, but not in a loving way, but more in a "What is the best way to be rid of this pest" way. Though Roswaal is already on the gun here, as he instructions Ram to tell her sister the usual warnings so she doesn't act rashly, like prison his food or attempt to murder him with her mace. Especially not on the grounds. It takes forever to get all the blood cleaned up.
-With that, the first day ends, and wow, that was a long day. Subaru thinks he did pretty good on his first day and he believes that he won't have any issues with Ram and Rem if he keeps at it. The problem is how to deal with the shaman's attack. Luckily, he knows somebody who's good with magic spells and the like. Obviously, he goes to see Becky to know more about shaman magic. More specifically, how to avoid curses. Yeah, not happening. Once a curse is activated, there isn't any way to undo it. Not the answer he was hoping for.
-Fortunately, Becky is there to provide hope. Before they're activated, curses are just simple spells, so she can easily undo them. That's fantastic! She can be hired to keep an eye on any possible spells and defuse them before they go off! Everything will be good and... oh, it seems like Becky caught the scent of the witch. Subaru mentions the one time Rem mentioned it, but that was in a different timeline. This does get him to ask an important question. Are witches related to shamans? Becky just gives him a stare that says "Where have you been all this time?" Not a look to get. But then her voice changes from the girlish one to a more mature one. Wow, she's in serious mode.
-Becky says that, in this world, the world "witch" only refers to one person. Subaru recalls it from one of the fairy tale books he's read, the Jealous Witch. The name of that witch? Satella. And we're going back to the very first loop. So many questions there. As for Satella, long ago, she devoured the six witches who bore the names of the deadly sins and drained half the world dry. She's the worst of the worst. Yeah, I'd probably agree with that. I mean, what drove her to eat the other witches? By the way, I'm assuming that was literal, that she did actually eat the other witches. Did jealousy fuel her? But there is another theory with regards to the jealous witch. She was starved for love, which I'm pretty certain you can't eat, unless you were some sort of emotion eater.
-Becky continues, giving other possible theories about Satella, that she doesn't understand human language, that her body never withers, weakens, or dies. She was, supposedly, sealed by the powers of a dragon, a hero, and a sage, but they were unable to destroy her flesh. Oh, and more importantly...
-Subaru catches on quickly, recalling his very first meeting with Emilia, how she introduced herself as Satella. Of course, he didn't know at the time, but later, it would have been very dangerous to say that name out loud in public, given what we know. Subaru asks what would make someone steal the Jealous Witch's name? Well, maybe not steal, but borrow it? Becky suggests that said person has no fear of death. The person who would steal or borrow her name can be called nothing but insane. Subaru, after another flashes of memory, smiles, saying that if she was crazy, she wouldn't have to be involved in this royal selection mess. It took me a few readings to understand what that meant. It's entirely possible, in the first loop, Emilia didn't want to be involved in the process and wanted to do something to make her look crazy, so why not introduce yourself as the Jealous Witch? That'll do the job... and then they'd probably burn you at the stake, just to be sure. Wow, that went dark.
-I came up with a possible theory here, based on what was said, and I'll share it, but I've come to realize that it's actually stupid, but should be mocked all the same. What if, in the very first loop, Emilia, in her dying moments, ended up setting off some spell that threw her physically into the past, which allowed her to become Satella and do all the terrible things she did because she was starved for love, and that love was for Subaru. Now, granted, at this time they only knew each other for a few hours, so we'll chalk it up to memory loss on Emilia, who only remembers her name being "Satella", and that Subaru was with her and all the good times they had. She might have misinterpreted them incorrectly and thinks they were lovers, and seeing how her lover died, wanted to prevent that from happening. Of course, she needed power for that, so she ate the other witches, drained half the world of its mana, and then cast the spell on Subaru, making sure that, if he dies, he loops back to a safe point to try and prevent the death. And thus, we have the origin of Subaru's powers. Again, its completely wrong, so please mock me for coming up with some random theory. And that's assuming Satella is the origin of Subaru's powers. For all we know, when he crossed over, the universe just gave him a random power and said "Yo, you can go back to a save point after you die, but you tell anybody and we'll make you feel the pain."
-The next day, Subaru is full of energy and ready to bring victory to this day. Emilia, who is doing her thing, notes this, and of course, he heard her say it from a mile away and comes running over. Yup, even if he's ordered around and disciplined by the twins, he'll enjoy his servant's life to the fullest again! Too bad you're a one star rarity with a rather decent NP skill. Of course, Subaru attempts to be suave again, saying that, when the lifestyle tires him out, he'll come to rest his head in Emilia's lap and requests a reservation. Yeah, Subaru, I know you're into Emilia, just make sure you set proper boundaries, okay? Okay.
-Still full of energy, Subaru comments on how Puck does look like a cat when he washes his face like that and starts petting him while rapidly asking questions about spirits. He's rather tired, complaining about how he feels dry. Emilia yawns, feeling tired as well. Subaru accuses them of staying up late at night, talking about who they like, which leads to him to confess who he likes, and that person is...
-...Just take the wind out of his sails, why don't you? Also, I imagine Becky would have issues with that declaration. Subaru, in his typical overly dramatic phrasing, asks where he fits in with that love? Puck tells him that he has nowhere, for Emilia is head-over-heels for his charms. Sure, Subaru isn't a bad guy, but compared to the familiar cat, he's got nothing. He should just give up on Emilia and... and that's where she brings an end to the conversation. And yet, she was getting in on the fun, too. And with that little bit of play and flirting done, Subaru is off to his job so the twins don't get angry at him. After he leaves, Emilia looks concerned. When asked about it, she says she feels sort of uneasy. She can't really explain it, though. Puck understands that she's confused, as this has gotten to be a bit of a problem. Oh, Subaru, I think this is going to end in tears for you.
-Speaking of tears, Subaru dropped a vase again. Again, in his dramatic pose and speech, he says it'll be fine, but Rem doesn't seem like it will be. Oh, and we're interjecting the conversation with Emilia. She asks what the problem is as we see Subaru cleaning up the mess he made. The problem? Subaru's mind is really mixed up, as his inside and outside are all confused. I see, Puck can't explain it, but he can sense Subaru is displaced in time. But would he know the possible origin of those powers? I guessed before but it still is a big mystery here. Anyway, Rem is going to get a replacement, but Subaru jumps in, saying he'll take care of it. Man, Rem is just so confused. Oh, and Puck continues from before. If Subaru keeps this up, he'll wear himself out before long. I don't know, it seems like Subaru has energy for days.
-In any case, Subaru has replaced the vase and flowers, and man, doesn't it feel great to finish a job? Rem points out that this is work he created and took care of on his own. But then she gets suspicious. Where did he learn where the vases are kept? Eep! In an attempt to not look suspicious, he started looking suspicious! Rem starts to ask, mentioning her sister, with Subaru using it as a launching point. Yup, Ram totally told him! After all, she was confident that he'll break a vase eventually, so she told him where the extra vases are. I don't think Rem is quite convinced of that, though.
-Call it a hunch, Subaru, but I don't think Rem believes you. But he doesn't give her a chance to finish as he recalls something he was asked to do by Ram, so off he goes to take care of it, getting nothing but a suspicious glare from Rem. Yeah, Subaru, I don't think your plan is working now. As for the job itself, we see him cutting vegetables with Ram, but he isn't feeling well. He shows off his knife technique to her, but then we get a sudden cut to...
-...Subaru, I'm certain Puck is flattered and all, but what actually made you want to sew his likeness on something like that? I hope you didn't have to pay to use his likeness, as I imagine that comes with a heavy price tag. Anyway, he's showing this off to try to impress Rem, who doesn't seem that impressed at all. In narration, he continues to say that he feels sick as he starts sweeping up the floor. He sees Emilia and starts complimenting her, but he goes on, saying that he feels sick, but that he can't waste a second. He's got to make himself laugh, he's got to make them laugh, he must throw all his strength into his work and produce results, or else. Dude, you're going to die on your feet if you keep this up.
-Ram shows up and immediately Subaru is all smiles. He totally wasn't slacking off, he just finished all his work. He suggests that they go take a break in her room and relax, because that isn't forward at all, but then we cut to Subaru in the bathroom, throwing up in the sink. Wow, they actually have running water here? That I didn't expect. He feels rather lame, but he can't spend any time whining! As he departs, we see Emilia standing outside of the door. When she calls out to him, he turns on the smile, but she's all professional this time. She wants to speak with him in private, but he plays up his usual, playful attitude, but Emilia doesn't have time for this. She needs to put a leash on this dog. She brings him into the room and tells him to sit on the floor. You know I was joking about the dog bit, right?
-Subaru is confused at first, but when Emilia orders him again, he gets right to sitting on the floor. Or, to be more exact, kneeling. Emilia smiles, then kneels next to him. After a moment, she says that this is only this one time, grabs Subaru's head, and places it on her lap. She complains about the position at first as she adjusts herself, but Subaru is kind of confused. She's letting him use her lap? Hey! Don't say this so loudly! It's already embarrassing enough as it is. Also, you aren't allowed to look up. for that matter, just close your eyes. And she helps by covering up his eyes. No peeking allowed.
-While happy about this, Subaru is confused about it. Did he do something worthy of such a reward? Emilia, however, sees right through him, telling him to drop the act, reminding him that he asked to use her lap when he's exhausted? We see her moving bits of hair out of the way of his forehead before rubbing his head. She says she can't do this all the time, what with being a king candidate, but today is special. Subaru says that it's only his second day, and if he's completely worn out, what kind of weakling is he? Nobody is certainly saying that, except maybe Ram, but you are driving yourself to the breaking point, or even beyond that, and Emilia can see that. And now that she has him in her grasp, she wants to know what's really going on. Sure, this may not be much, this this is all she can do for him. What a sweet girl she is.
-From his voice, you can tell that Subaru just wants to let it all out there, but he's tried this once before and we saw what happened there. We can also hear the pain in his voice, as well, and how exhausted he seems. He tries to play it up as being okay, and that Emilia's concern will just make him fall in love with her all over again. But then she says the one thing that just opens up the flood gates for Subaru.
-And just like that, a flood of emotions engulfs Subaru. His joy, his happiness, his pain, his sorrow, his loss. Oh, and his seven deaths so far. All of it just comes crashing down on him like a tidal wave. He starts crying, explaining all of his emotions, how it was all rough, trying, scary, and sad. He hurt so much, he though he'd die. He's tried so hard, becoming desperate to make everything right, and he's never tried so hard at anything in his life. But despite all of that, he loves this place, because it was so important to him, and he was so desperate to get it back, scared of losing it again. He didn't want those eyes looking at him like that again, and he hated himself so much for feeling that way. As he cries, Emilia stays there, to comfort him in his time of need, to help bring him back from the edge that he's already crossed once before, so that he can become the Subaru she knew he was from before. Huh, actually, that's weird how I wrote it like that. It almost seems to imply that Emilia knows about all those other loops, and clearly, she doesn't... right?
-Time passes as day turns to night. Rem comes looking for Subaru, only to find him in Emilia's lap. Looks like he's getting the rest of the day off. Emilia makes a small joke about how he's such a bad boy for taking a day off on his second day. When he's feeling better, Rem can punish him for that. I'm sure Ram will be fully in for whatever punishment she has in mind. Though Rem might be falling for Subaru, because seeing him in this sleeping state makes her almost not want to punish him. So, with that, she'll go report to Ram that Subaru will be useless for today. As she leaves, Emilia stops her, telling the maid that Subaru is a good person. This ringing endorsement seems to resound to Rem, who wasn't expecting that. She says nothing, but instead, bows and leaves the room. What a cute moment.
-Later, Subaru is crying that he cried all over the lap of the girl he loves, with all those tears and snot coming out. How embarrassing! Becky, who is forced to listen to just dribble, is not impressed and wants him out. Subaru is hurt by the comment from Beako... so, wait, are we going with Beako now? I know that's what Subaru is saying, but still, choose a phrase! Well, I've been calling her Becky all this time, might as well keep at it. Anyway, how can Becky not support him? Aren't they suppose to be tight? Becky questions what kind of relationship they... wait, what did you just call her?
-Yup, Subaru called her "Beako", because he thinks pet names are indispensable in showing affection, so he's going to call her Beako from now on. This is the best proof he can give of his affection. Yeah, Beako isn't a fan, calling it an obtrusive display of goodwill. It's not just disgusting to her, it's revolting! Wow, so cold. But there's another reason he's here. He's backed into a corner and he wants to ask for her help with the curses he asked about. She reminds him that curses can't be undone when activated, but his request isn't about that, but to deactivate them. Can she detect curses before they're activated? Yup, she can totally do that. Subaru asks what is required, then. Well, there is one rule of casting curses that cannot be broken, and that requires physical contact with the curse's target. Well, that's useful to know, isn't it?
-Subaru goes back to his first loop in the mansion, remembering that, aside from those in said mansion, he's only touched the villagers at the base of the mountain. He suspects that he was cursed in the village, which then activated that night, in the mansion, and then he died? Going with that, it would explain why Rem was the target last time, because Subaru wasn't involved at all in the trip. It looks like the pieces are finally starting to fall in place, and how, he has a lead. Beako, who was following the conversation but is probably just confused by his comments, reminds him that she was hopeful, so there's something he should say. Yup, there totally is something he can say.
-...She said say it, Subaru, not pick her up like she's a cute child! Because Beako isn't! So much for sticking with Betty. He spins around with her in his arms, and she's had enough of that and casts a spell knocking him to the ground. Damn, girl, you almost killed him! Again! But with this lead, Subaru can start planning for his next move. As the sun rises, Subaru is renewed with energy to face this new day! Ram and Rem are there and comment that the lap pillow was involved. Wait, how did they know about that? Emilia comes down the stares to greet him, and while this is rather embarrassing, she asks if he's feeling okay? He takes a moment and a deep breath, but yeah, he's okay now. He then turns to her to apologize, but catches himself, and instead, he thanks her, doing exactly what she wants of him. D'aw, that's just too adorable.
-Anyway, it's time to get started on the morning duties. Subaru preps himself, but before they begin, he has a favor to ask of them. The twins think he's going to ask for a lap pillow, but it's nothing like that! Besides, that sort of thing is only reserved for Emilia. No, he wants to go into the village which is at the base of the mountain. Is there anything they need to shop for? Well, they are low on seasonings, so Rem was going to go into the village tomorrow. Hey, why don't they go today instead? If they're running low , it never hurts to restock sooner! Rem thinks on it for a moment, but Ram seems to think that it is a good idea. She does need to go shopping and they don't have any urgent duties. More importantly, she can have Subaru carry the packages like the pack mule that he is. But Ram will be going with them on this trip. Why?
-I know Ram likes to tease and all, but did she seriously make herself a romantic rival to Emilia just now? In any case, Subaru doesn't have any issues, but he just hopes those flowers aren't poisonous. From the looks there, we can see Rem isn't too pleased while Ram in all smiles. Man, you can never tell with her. And this leads to our title card for the episode, I Cried, Cried My Lungs Out, and Stopped Crying. The second "Cried" is colored in this time. End of the episode.
Hey, we don't get to add to the death counter this episode! Hooray for small victories! Subaru really worked himself to the bone to try to make this timeline perfect, but it became clear to Emilia and Puck that he was going to work himself to death. It got so bad that Emilia had to pull him aside just to provide some comfort for him, which ended up working quite a bit for him.
Thinking on it now, I wonder if there is some sort of bleeding effect happening with these timelines, that everybody besides Subaru may end up feeling situations of deja vu when doing certain tasks. I know we call it going back to a save point and wiping the memories away, but I wonder if, being around Subaru, there's some sort of bleed over from what he's carrying with him. With the way some characters phrase certain wordings, it just seems like they know more than they let on. Perhaps they do, subconsciously, but otherwise are refreshed NPCs when a reload happens.
And as we can see, even though Subaru willed himself to the reset in the previous episode, we see that all those resets have taken their toll on him, While he wasn't physically in bad shape, mentally, he was well beyond his breaking point, but that one act of kindness from Emilia, who has been nothing but kind to him, helped recover his own mental state, allowing him to get the lead he needs on how he died the first time around, as well as how Rem died the last time.
With this lead, Subaru will attempt to break the loop. But will he be able to find and stop the shaman, or will he need one more loop to get it all right? Tune in on Sunday to find out.
Until next time, remember, when your powers are shadow based and allows you to slow moments and blind people, you should make sure you get yourself a trench coat and cool scarf to become the Shadow.