Before we get to the obvious reason of why I’m dropping this show, I want to give a little attention to the flaws aside from Re:Zero’s completely unlikeable, loudmouth, brain-dead moron of a protagonist. The basic idea for this show’s plot is interesting, albeit unoriginal. Just like a video game, Subaru can respawn back to a certain place and time. There’s a lot of potential in this narrative structure, as it allows the hero and by extension the audience to see multiple paths within the same story. This could’ve been used in a very deliberate way to hold information and present it in a timely fashion, a safe and sensible way to create a world by seeing it in a variety of ways. Instead, Re:Zero just wastes it by keeping us in a boring, lifeless mansion for the majority of the first half of the 25 episode run. There was a sexy, murderous, blade-wielding demon lady in the first arc, and damn was she cool. Sadly, we have to abandon her for some cute maids and evil forest dogs. We’re forced to learn about these maids, their character dynamics and backstories shoved down our throats, all without even hinting at why these characters might important in the grand scheme of things. Why should I care about a couple of maids? What about them is going to be integral to this overarching story? Rem and Ram are nice characters, but I don’t need to know this much about them. At least at this point, I feel the less I know about them, the better.
Now onto the main reason as to why I’m dropping this show: Subaru. Holy hell, is this main protagonist is fucking atrocious. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much hatred for a character in all my history of watching anime. Hyperbolic? Not this time. I do not like stupid characters, and this guy is an imbecile to his very core. He doesn’t learn anything from his past experiences. He is brash and overbearing. His sense of confidence is utterly misplaced. His corniness knows no bounds, be it his idiotic poses or his glutton for punishment attitude. I like nerdy video game references, but whenever he does it, it only manages to piss me off. There is absolutely nothing about him that I like, not one damn thing, and this latest episode (13) finally managed to push me over the edge. I absolutely hate big, dramatic, PUBLIC displays. To make a melodramatic fool out of yourself is one thing, but to interrupt the peace and everyone around you is a whole new level of assholery. Nothing makes me more uncomfortable than moments like these, because when you get right down to it, you’re just being a dick. Subaru is a dick. And the way he acts here is completely ridiculous/insensible. I would liken it to the blindly passionate fanboys that feel the need to defend the things they like and attack anyone who dares to disagree with them. Subaru isn’t mature enough to handle someone dissing his girl, and so picks a fight with everyone around him. He’s overcome by this extremely shorted sighted rage, so he completely neglects how Emilia feels, something that should be blatantly obvious to him, because she told him exactly what she wanted right before the ceremony. It’s stupid. His is face throughout it is stupid. And that’s why I’m dropping this show.
— crispyn64 (@crispyn64) June 27, 2016