I wanted a satisfying answer to this question when it showed up. You know what I got?
Ow! It’s hurting me. This show is physically hurting me!
I actually skipped showing a kid, but even if that wasn’t the case, how many children is this scene going to emotionally exploit anyways?
Well I don’t! You just introduced the kids this week during that opening act that lasted for all of three minutes, and this is the first time I’ve heard their names, let alone their hobbies.
Why?! Why do they matter so much to you? Why should I care why they matter so much to you? Because they’re kids? Come to think of it, when the fuck did they become so important to the story? Literally the only reason they’re in danger is because the dog that hangs out with them is the source of your goddamn curse. That’s NOT a reason for them to be in the story. That’s just an explanation for their presence.
I think Frog’s recent essay just got undermined with the latest episode and he’s going to have make several additions if he wants to convince me that this show provides more of a legitimate analysis to the concept of Japan’s view of white-knighting than Kiss x Sis’s “analysis” of the country’s declining birth rates and history of motherhood. Now that the show is trying to emotionally exploit little kids who barely have any screen time and yet suddenly they’re the world to our hero, Re:Zero has officially made Subaru too unrelatable for me to sympathize with him. Caring about girls who take care of you after nearly dying in a fantasy world is one thing, but whilst any sane person would care about kids being threatened in real life, it matters in fiction how you use kids as victims, and Re:Zero doesn’t do it in a way that makes me want to give a shit.
Not to mention, Frog failed to touch on one important thing about this show’s white-knighting that I brought up last time: how it’s mostly being used as an excuse to torture our hero physically and mentally. To which I say: why? What is fun about a guy getting turned into a human shiskabob over and over to the point that he has a breakdown? It’s empty and hateful and in bad taste and doesn’t amount to good satire at all. And if there is a payoff for all this mental torture, the show is taking too long to get to it. Subaru hasn’t had any changes to his personality or his goals as a result of all the shit he’s gone through. All he’s doing is becoming more emotionally open and weary, which isn’t enough character development after nine episodes of this shit. I don’t exactly see him turning into a faux-Neo Nazi anytime soon.
But hey, as long as we don’t have to see Subaru die again, forcing another reset that will inevitably pad the story out longer than the Great Wall of China…
- If you want to preserve your sanity, don’t read a Re:Zero forum. Especially the one on Crunchyroll.
- For the record, if Subaru does survive, that’ll just make the cliffhanger cheap.
- To those participating in that MAL game I forgot the name of (FAL. That was it) and don’t have this show on their team, bwahahahahahaha!