The curtains are being pulled open on Emilia’s past.
It feels like we might finally be getting relevant information regarding Emilia. After watching Re:Zero for years and even getting an OVA about Emilia we have never gotten to the point where Emilia can remember her past. Echidna serves as a mechanism for unlocking those memories. We are getting a peak into what Emilia is, or was.
For a long time Emilia has been a stagnant character that Subaru adores for superficial reasons, her looks. Emilia has been limited in the scope of her actions. She is being whisked along with the story and the royal candidate selection. Her reasons for candidacy are along the lines of equalizing the balance of power, and creating a kingdom without prejudice. Her reasons of course match the modern viewers tastes in terms of a world vision that envisions a world where everyone can be equal.
We rarely see Emilia step up to the plate, show leadership qualities, or have a charismatic air.
This makes sense when a character doesn’t have a history. Without memories there is nothing for Emilia to judge present circumstances against past circumstances. She is a blank slate, and her motivations are as plain as they come. Her ally Puck is the only one she can rely on to back her up. Roswaal, while supporting her candidacy for royal selection, is up to his own plans. He isn’t raising the next queen of the kingdom.
So what do we do with this character who is plain? How do we make Emilia something more than the beauty Subaru sees?
Will Emilia gain purpose?
If she has a past to confront and overcome, this will give her a purpose. You can’t confront a past without changing your present. If characters are the sum of their experiences and their summary judgement of those experiences, at least we will have a character with more depth. If Emilia is central to the story then this is the moment she needs to become more than what she has been.
I am not sure if we will see rapid character growth and character development from Emilia. I would like to see it. But at the end of the day I only get to observe Emilia the same as everyone else viewing. I do not dictate the character’s direction.
At the very least it’s nice to get more information on this character’s past. We have been watching for 40 or more episodes at this point. I want more than an OVA that doesn’t really answer the real questions. Of course it is some nice back story, but doesn’t answer where Emilia comes from or why she was frozen in a forest.
But we are getting closer to those answers. Things are about to take an ugly turn and we are going to have more information about this character. I can guarantee that Emilia didn’t end up how she is now because she has had an easy past.
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