Subaru’s starting to put things together. One or two more resets and he might actually get things right.
Looking back, it’s kind of funny how Subaru thought that this world was somewhat like a video game. I guess you can say the plot that he thought was going to play out could’ve been used in either a standard anime or a video game. My thoughts went toward the gaming side just because he thought that events would be fairly linear.
With his return by death skill, I’ve come to the conclusion that Subaru is living out a type of video game story that sometimes requires him to go back to his last checkpoint and start things over. He’s needed one bad the last couple of episodes and I think he needs another one here. That showing with the other candidates was pretty pathetic.
Subaru’s simple nature and straightforward attitude does not work well when he goes up against others who have far more experience in dealing with people. Not everyone is as idealistic as Subaru. Crusch Karsten, Priscilla Barielle and Anastasia Hoshin all easily manipulate Subaru. It’s like watching a chess grandmaster play a complete novice.
In making Subaru out to be a fool multiple times, I think that Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World does something that’s not typical in anime. Normally, should a protagonist have a failure like Subaru, we would see someone learn from their mistakes the first time. Subaru’s failure to gain support from Crusch would be used to become victorious in negotiations with Priscilla or Anastasia.
That’s not a typical reaction in real life though. Normally it takes people a long time to learn and hone a skill like negotiation. Subaru also has a dense personality so he’s not going to be able to fully grasp his shortcomings the first time around. It’s going to take a lot of pain and failure for it to finally make it through his thick skull.
That’s why Subaru has died as many times as he has and I assume that we’ll see him die many more times in the future. Until he realizes that he’s going to have to be more shrewd in dealing with people, Subaru is going to be in for some repeat lessons in pain.
I’m glad that Subaru is shown to us to be someone who’s not that quick on picking up what he did wrong. It makes it easy to relate to him. Subaru is the average guy who thinks that people should do the right thing at all times, regardless of the reward. It’s not always about what’s in it for him. To me, Subaru is easy to relate to.
Is Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World Episode 16 Worth Watching?
Yes. Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World episode 16 is worth watching. I was actually really looking forward to this because I wanted to see how Subaru figured out how to save Emilia and everyone else. I knew it was going to take a couple or tries and things wouldn’t go right on the first try. That’s part of what makes this anime entertaining to me.
Now go watch some anime!