My favorite things about RE:Zero is theory crafting and watching Subaru suffer.
I liked the most recent episode of RE:Zero, Episode 39. Subaru with the help of Otto appears to be making headway out of his current predicament. I guess this is the moment where we begin to feel some relief, and see light at the end of the tunnel for this arc. While inevitable for the story to make headway, I prefer the story when there is no progress. My favorite elements of the story is theory crafting, and guessing who can be trusted and what might be around the corner.
I guess I am the type of viewer who likes to engage in the what if’s in a scenario. As a chronic overthinker I can sometimes replay scenes in my mind over and over again. I want to see if I can pick up on something new, or see it from an angle I hadn’t seen before. Of course for me that is the fun in watching a show or reading the manga. I like it when there are time loops repeating events again endlessly. I like it when stories diverge from the anime to the manga and seeing the consequences of actions unfold differently. For me a perfect story would be one told over and over again, with different outcomes each time. I am certain that would drive most people crazy.
What I like most about RE:Zero isn’t necessarily the story itself, but the different elements at play within it. It gives a lot for my brain to chew on and to imagine the different what ifs that could occur. I prefer Subaru being in the dark because then I can sit back and think about how this story can develop. Coming up with crazy theories about what is going on, and taking long-shot gambles on how things could go are my favorite. Even if I end up wrong that’s fine.
Given all this it should come as no surprise that I like RE:Zero, Steins Gate, Endless Eight from the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and the diverging of Akame ga Kill from anime to the manga. Possibilities should truly be endless.
My second reason for loving RE:Zero is because I like watching Subaru suffer.
You might think me a sadist with that statement, and that could very well be true. But to me Subaru is the type of character who should suffer for his lack of foresight and his blatant character flaws. I have stated many times that I do not like Subaru as a character. But I do like Subaru as a protagonist. Without him and his poor decisions I wouldn’t get to have as much fun as I do with this show. Whenever he gets his ass handed to him, I cheer.
At the very least Subaru seems to learn from the suffering. So as they say, no pain no gain. I would like to see how Subaru changes and develops. If he was able to overcome or polish some of his character flaws I could get onboard the Subaru train. But until then watching him suffer is the next best thing.
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