Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World Episode 7 Review

Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World Episode 7 - Subaru using return by death
Subaru choosing to make sure everyone in the Roswaal mansion survives

Subaru Natsuki has given us a reason to really cheer for him now.

I think this anime just turned it up a notch with episode 7. Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World could’ve just played it safe and had Subaru try to figure things out death after death. He could’ve been shown as the fearless protagonist who has no issues with dying if it means being able to start his investigation back over. Instead we get a character that’s easy to relate to.

Subaru is just as afraid as anyone else would be in his situation. He doesn’t enjoy the process of dying and wants to live a happy life. Unfortunately he keeps getting killed for some unknown reason. When he finally orchestrates events to keep himself from being killed, Rem ends up dead and Ram blames Subaru. The only thing Subaru can do as a decent person is die and start the whole chain of events over.

That’s a refreshing way to look at a protagonist. Subaru isn’t devoid of the same emotions that we have. He is very much just like any other normal boy of 17. His thoughts are toward the cute girls that surround him. He just wants to go on a date with Emilia.

Death terrifies Subaru and it comes across brilliantly through his demeanor and actions. I have to remind myself that this is an anime and everything is probably going to work out in the end. At least I did that until I looked at what other anime White Fox was responsible for and now I’m not so sure. I know that the anime is pretty much based on the literary works that have already been produced, but we all know that if an animation studio wanted to, they could change some of the story.

Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World Episode 7 - Subaru finding out he can't tell his secret
Subaru getting frightened by what could happen to him if he tells his secret

Subaru’s moment of determination to work toward making sure everyone in the Roswaal mansion comes out of this situation for the better was the part where I fully threw my full support behind him. I can appreciate someone making the decision to do the right thing even when it means having to go through challenging circumstances. It makes Subaru a much more sympathetic character.

It feels like Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World did it’s best to make this decision as difficult as possible. We already know of Subaru’s fear of death, but in this episode we’re also shown that he has to keep his ability a secret. He’s basically alone in his quest to set things right.

The scene where Subaru’s existence is threatened by a mysterious black hand is frightening. It looks like the only way for Subaru to die and stay dead is if he spills the beans on his situation. Someone put him under a pretty nasty curse. Suspicions lead to the Witch of Envy doing it as Subaru has her scent flowing around him.

By the time everything went down at the Roswaal mansion, I started to view Subaru as more of a victim rather than a hero come to a new world. He seems to be destined to die over and over again. If he doesn’t die, then someone else is going to. Poor Subaru.

Is Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World Episode 7 Worth Watching?

Yes. Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World episode 7 is worth watching. Subaru’s determination to figure out what’s going on is admirable. I want to see him succeed now and can get behind him as the protagonist of this anime. I also believe that this anime does a great job of presenting Subaru as a main character that is easy to relate to. He’s not a character that is devoid of the same human emotions that so many anime have. Who in their right mind wants to be beaten up all the time?

Now go and watch some anime!

-Nathan

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