There are many reasons to return to an anime. Sometimes you watch a first episode and you like it but you aren’t in the mood for it, so you wander, find something new, and then come back later. I watch the first episode of Re: ZERO last year and I wasn’t drawn into it. I usually give new anime a good 3-4 episode try (heck, I’m still give Black Clover a chance) but I never went back to Re: ZERO until I saw that my Akibento box’s theme this month included Re: ZERO. That put the nail in the coffin, I didn’t want to have Re: ZERO merchandise if I hadn’t watch it or at least tried it, and whoa was I surprised.
When I watched the first episode last year I was expecting more of a light hearted comedy about an idiot in a new world something like “Konosuba” that came out last spring. Subaru the main character does give off the idiot vibe but when you witness the first blood bath you kind of sit in front of your TV in shock and the phrase, “Well, that got real dark” crosses your lips.
From my other reviews/opinions so far it is evident that I am attracted to darker anime this one was almost a bit much for me towards the end. Mostly from the shock factor, I think in my mind I was still expecting a cute little anime about someone being transported to a different world. Even though again and again the body count rose and people died in horrible ways.
The frustrating thing about this anime is that none of the major plot points are resolved and this desperately needs a season two or at least I need to go find the light novel to read. We don’t know why he is in the world which strikes me as strange since that seems like something we would have found out at the end of season one. We do know some of what the witch wants but it seems that she needs Subaru to accomplish it and we don’t know why. Which I’m fine with not knowing that yet since from reading various articles there does seem to be news of a season two.
Some of the times when he came back I didn’t understand certain side plots, like the whole whale side plot but I guess they explained how it was necessary but to me it wasn’t that believable. Just when you think things are going well for Subaru they escalate quickly and everything goes wrong real fast. It is hard as the watcher to take a breath and believe that things are actually going to progress and move on for him. Thankfully that they have new restart points because if he went allllll the way back, it would get real old.
I noticed in all my research that people think Subaru should be with Rem. She does get more time in season one to be awesome, but from the start you could tell that he was into Emilia so it wasn’t really a shock to me that he “chose” her. In love triangles like this there never really seems to be a choice to me since it was evident that Emilia is the heroine and that he was always more into her. Rem is the more interesting character in season one and gets waaaay more backstory. Maybe if there is a season two it will give the watcher a chance to connect to Emilia since honestly I don’t think her character was very interesting in the first season. However, there is a whole episode of Rem and Subaru talking and that episode drags on and on and on. It is painful to watch how long it is dragged out and I think I lost focus with all the “Oh I like you but” nonsense going on. Seriously it was like the whole episode of them talking on a roof.
I do want to know if in the future if they are going to be facing different archbishops with different “sins” we meet sloth in this one and I didn’t understand *spoiler* how he survived the knights attack but died when Subaru wrote in his “Bible” with blood. Maybe I just missed something.
In the end I did enjoy the action, the concept, and the character growth of Subaru and Rem. There are a lot of unanswered questions and plots that don’t make sense so I do hope there is a season two. This was a surprising anime to me and I’m happy that I finished it.