No, Subaru and Roswaal are different people.
The past several episodes in RE:Zero have been confusing. At the current time point of writing I have watched up to episode 46. Tracking the events at play make sense. I can follow the fact that two simultaneous battles are about to happen. My confusion lies in the statements that characters have been making. The conflicting wishes of the characters are coming to a head, each with their own obstacles to overcome. We have multiple characters in play including Roswaal, Ram, Subaru and Emilia as the main players. Each has their own motivations and drives.
The overall feeling that I get is that Roswaal wants to lose. Despite the things he is saying he more than anyone wants to overcome the past that has consumed him for a long time. Roswaal designed an impossible test for Subaru and Emilia to overcome. He wants to kill the dragon protector of Lugunica. Part of that plan involves Emilia ascending the throne. In Emilia’s current state, she isn’t fit to lead the kingdom. The cards are stacked against her, as she is a half-elf that looks like Satella; reminder Satella is the arch-enemy of the realm.
How would Roswaal be able to get what he wants? He has a book that tells the future. I wonder what is written in the book. Given that other iterations of Subaru’s sanctuary arc have all ended in abject failure, it’s hard to gauge how accurate the information in the book is or how detailed it is. Either way Roswaal trusts it more than anything else. It feels like Roswaal is trying to force another miracle event, even after Emilia’s faction can claim some credit for the defeat of the white whale and Betelguese. I am curious as to how the aftermath will play out.
So how does Ram factor into all this?
That is also another point of confusion for me. I understand her motivations, and the desire for revenge on Roswaal for destroying her village. We are introduced to the fact that there was a pact made between Roswaal and Ram. They have their own vested interests in each other, and want to use the other to further their own objectives. This makes sense given the fact that Ram is a demon, and that demons play by their own rules. But the Ram double-cross of Roswaal might be ill-fated.
Why this confuses me is the fact that we are blind-sided by information and situations presented. There is no build up for this moment, and while I can buy into the idea of the Ram double-cross, it just feels random. Jamming this idea into the sanctuary arc feels forced. And while it’s awesome that Ram confronts Roswaal, it also feels weird. We have no forewarning that Ram has her own plans or intentions. It would have been nice if there had been something at play or in the works hinting towards this. While from an overview of the grand-scheme of things this makes sense, it’s a bit overwhelming to accept at the moment.
Admittedly RE:Zero is famous for blind-siding us with things. But they happen in context to Subaru, who isn’t as observant or keen to detail. Also Subaru doesn’t think things through. So when they happen to his character they are easier to accept in the greater context of the story. The Subaru mechanism for the story is gone in the battle between Roswaal and Ram. I wonder if the aftermath will lead to a satisfying conclusion, or if I will need to readjust my viewing expectations for RE:Zero.
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