I am glad that we finally get some confirmed backstory for Subaru, sort of.
Back in January I wrote about Subaru while watching the director’s cut of Re:Zero. My ideas about his background were more or less confirmed. You can read more about that here.
The core of the article is that perhaps I had judged Subaru too harshly. There are plenty of flaws about Subaru that I have never liked, nor will I ever like. In terms of an isekai protagonist his character has been the one I have least enjoyed. I had only ever really looked at his flaws.
In January I wrote that there is a reason for his flaws, and that he wasn’t prepared for the world of the isekai. I believed this in part because based on how Subaru responded to the isekai world I had guessed that he was someone who wasn’t very socially adept. I assumed he was a hikikomori because of how badly he handled the world around him and that when Subaru first arrived at Lugunica he assumed he had some crazy magical powers or that there was something special to make him the hero to save the world. These are not normal thoughts for someone who just arrived at a new place suddenly and unexpectedly. I also believed that Subaru was a desperate individual due to his circumstances, trying to make the outcomes of the world favor him. If he didn’t have his ability return by death, the story would have ended many episodes ago.
What I liked about Episode 29, is that we got a chance to see Subaru back in the real world. I got to get more of an idea of who his parents are, what led him to becoming a shut-in, and what is really going on under the surface. Learning more about the underlying issues that plagued Subaru’s mind was a treat for someone with conjectures about who he was before he came to Lugunica.
While I was worried the episode could be in fact out of place for Re:Zero, it ended up answering questions that I had. It delivered on more than just answering questions as well. I got to see why Subaru became who he was. The reasons are understandable and for some I am sure those reasons are also relatable. Why did Subaru give up on life? He gives the answers to that in his own words when conversing with his father. The weight of crushing expectations and that he had to be more than who he was broke him. He goes beyond giving up, he wishes that his parents would give up on him and disavow him. We actually get the opposite of his expectations and his parents support him regardless of where he is standing in life.
Granted this has to be taken with a grain of salt because this flashback is in part Echidna’s creation. How serious can we take these conversations that Subaru in reality didn’t have? Either way the episode is very interesting.
This is an interesting episode where Subaru can reconcile his past. The true shame of the episode is Subaru realizing that he will never have the chance to actually repay his family in the real world. Another shame is that these conversations never actually happened. Considering that Subaru went along with the conversations we can assume that the past Echidna created was as real as it could have been. It was a fiction inside of the mind of Subaru, but a beautiful fiction that I wish had actually been real for him.
Like Echidna I am surprised he resolves his past rather quickly. Maybe she is disappointed that there wasn’t more to his story.
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