Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World Episode 3 Review

Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World Episode 3 - Reinhard arriving at the Loot House
Reinhard arriving just in time

In a world awash in Isekai anime that basically give you the same thing, Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World has managed to stand out by doing something different.

Even when I already knew what was going to happen in this episode, things didn’t go quite like I thought they would. I guess I should start to expect that from this anime as it’s made itself stand out by not giving us the standard Isekai treatment. I’m only three episodes in and I can see why Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World has become popular.

The way things went in episode 2 led me to believe that Reinhard would come rescue everyone at the last minute. That ends up coming true but the journey to that point was a little bit different than the typical anime story. People were wounded, the shop was destroyed and Subaru barely managed to survive. That’s a lot to handle in just the third episode of the season.

The only thing that I’m uncertain about right now is whether or not Subaru is a loser or a good guy who is just in a bad situation. Maybe he’s just a goof who means well despite having to use multiple attempts to get things right.

When I look at Subaru’s actions in episode 3, it looks like he means well. Subaru on several occasions was shown to act to save the others from Elsa Granhiert, the assassin who is obviously a sadist. At the same time, Subaru has to overcome his fear to act. He’s not like a typical shonen protagonist that has no reservation about throwing themselves into danger. Subaru doesn’t want to die even though he has the ultimate reset ability.

Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World Episode 3 - Reinhard taking Felt into custody
Reinhard taking Felt into custody

We’re even shown that exact feeling in Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World episode 3. Subaru says that to himself when watching the fight between Elsa and Emilia. He doesn’t want to feel the pain of having this stomach cut open again. Who can blame him either?

How often do we see in anime the main character shrugging off pain and injury as if it was nothing? That’s not realistic. I don’t know of anyone who’s going to go out there and say “I want to get cut to pieces,” nor do I really want to find out if there are people like that. There’s something wrong with you if you enjoy inflicting pain upon yourself.

By Subaru showing us that he’s averse to pain he’s actually connecting to our common experience. I wouldn’t want to feel the pain Subaru has been forced to experience either. His action in spite of that fear is what’s endeared himself so far though.

On several occasions Subaru interfered with Elsa’s attacks and allowed others to survive. This saved Emilia and Felt, which ended up leading to Reinhard showing up at the scene. This is what ultimately led to everyone’s survival. After seeing all of this I can’t help but cheer for Subaru.

Is Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World Episode 3 Worth Watching?

Yes. Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World episode 3 is worth watching. Subaru finally managed to get past the danger of Elsa. We’re also left with enough at the end to see that things are going to continue to be interesting. We still haven’t learned a lot about this new world so hopefully an information dump is coming soon but I like the way this anime operates so far.

Nothing about this Isekai anime is typical, which makes it refreshing. We’re only three episodes in and I’m fully invested. That’s pretty impressive considering how long it can take to get into a story. I really enjoyed watching this episode and I think you will too!

Now go watch some anime!

-Nathan

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