Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World Episode 4 Review

Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World Episode 4 - Subaru realizing he reset while asleep
Subaru realizing he reset while in the Roswaal Mansion

Subaru’s ability to reset after death is quickly becoming inconvenient for him.

Subaru is a different type of anime protagonist. I wrote about it a little bit in the review of episode 3, but we get more clarification here when Subaru and Emilia are talking under the moonlight. Subaru is driven by what he desires in the moment, but he’s not fully corrupt to where his desires are anything more than simple things.

When Subaru helped get Emilia’s insignia back and provided enough help to defeat Elsa, all he asked for was to know Emilia’s name. In this episode, Subaru requested to be able to pet Puck and a job. In any of these instances he could’ve asked for far more or for something more useful. He just couldn’t think past what he wanted in the moment.

While that makes Subaru likable considering he’s only asking for innocent enough requests, it also makes him kind of a dunce. That’s really the nice way of putting it. It would be easy to say that he’s pretty much an idiot for asking for a job instead of something less involved. Subaru could’ve been a permanent guest at the Roswaal mansion which probably would’ve helped improve his chances with Emilia.

Sticking with the dunce theme, Subaru really tries to apply the standard Isekai anime themes to his situation. From calling other characters NPC’s to talking about skills materializing out of nowhere, Subaru makes a fool out of himself through his assumptions. It does provide a little bit of entertainment when we get to see Subaru face the ultimate consequences of his actions, but I’m more annoyed by it.

Of these consequences it appears that Subaru has died twice during his time at the Roswaal mansion. He’s at least reset two different times. The first time was after he pissed off Beatrice and the other time after he went to bed that night. While Beatrice’s attack was pretty devastating to Subaru, it didn’t appear that it was meant to kill him. The other time there was nothing that indicated Subaru was going to die, save for something related to an anime bite.

Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World Episode 4 - Roswaal L. Mathers
Roswaal L. Mathers

I’m curious now what’s going on in this mansion. Roswaal L. Mathers himself is a unique personality. He has a cunning side underneath his ridiculous persona. He doesn’t trust Subaru so is he doing something to him? I just want to know!

When I think of this entire episode as a whole, I think “This whole cast of characters is weird and Subaru fits right in despite being completely different.” I’m perplexed by Subaru’s casual nature in the face of everything going on. He’s continuing on as if this entire thing is a game. If I was in his situation, I’d be more concerned with figuring out what’s going on rather than trying to win Emilia’s affection.

That attitude blends in well with the others as they’re already sort of out there. Subaru and Beatrice seem to get along especially well. At least they will in time. My guess is that Rem and Ram will also be won over by Subaru even though Ram is reporting any suspicious activity to Roswaal. The real question right now is how will Roswaal handle Subaru. He has the potential for being either a strong ally or the main antagonist.

Is Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World Episode 4 Worth Watching?

Yes. Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World episode 4 is worth watching. I’m quickly getting sucked in to the story of this anime. I just want to sit there and binge watch episode after episode. Unfortunately I have to write up these reviews in between. Things could be worse, I could have to review another boring anime and this is certainly not that!

Now go watch some anime!

-Nathan

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