Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World Episode 3 Notes

April 17th, 2016.

Mini Thoughts:

re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu anime / Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- / ReZero anime episode 3 - Reinhard van Astrea makes dire proclamations

This fight sequence was quite nice. I especially liked the segment where it went “first-person” for Elsa’s movements. More good music this episode, such as when Elsa burst forth at the end after Reinhardt pulled out an “Excalibur!” moment.

I did wonder where they’d go from here, because ending the episode with Subaru dying here wouldn’t have felt like it accomplished much, and then after he was saved just wondering where they’d go from here, as tension felt low. So of course we have Reinhardt make Ominous Predictions. Dun dun duuun.

Now, the episode was fun, overall. It was all one fight all episode long, but it was enjoyable. The fight was a bit too dark, in terms of lighting. Reminds me of when I watched Avengers: Age of Ultron in 3D and the glasses made everything darker and there were several fights in dark locales where I couldn’t see anything.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is also what comes to mind in a different way, with how each character, each time, has a witty rejoinder. “She’s a monster!” – “It just so happens that monster hunting is my specialty”, is just just one example out of many. It’s very Marvel-movie-esque, or Joss Whedon-esque. I’m fine with some witty rejoinders, but not when every single back and forth is like that. It cuts down on characters speaking normally and being, well, people.

Speaking of which, Subaru with his groin thrusts at the end. Please no. I noticed that the show improves the less Subaru gets to be, well, Subaru. Him going, “No, I actually don’t want to feel the pain involved in dying” was a rare moment of him acting like a person. He needs more of those. And Elsa needs to fire her writer, the one who can only crank out “Dohohoho! I’m a crazy killer!”-lines, and find someone else. She deserves something better. We all do.

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