I finished Re:Zero. Subaru is still awful

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After many people telling me to continue watching Re:Zero because it “gets better in the second half”, I decided “fuck that” and dropped the series. My main, if not only issue with the anime was that its protagonist, Natsuki Subaru, was too much of a loud-mouth, brain-dead, unbearable loser. Two years later, and not much seems to have changed…except that I ended up finishing the series for reasons even I don’t quite understand.

Everyone loves a good redemption story. Under typical circumstance, no one in their right mind dislikes it when a bad person becomes a good person. I am no exception to this proclivity to forgive and forget those whom genuinely turn over a new leaf. That being said, I just can’t bring myself to like Subaru. For me, good redemption stories need a character with aspects worth redeeming. As far as I can tell, Subaru has none. Instead, what our dimwitted “hero” has are four defining character traits that he never grows away from. The first trait is the most obvious.

Natsuki Subaru is stupid. I pointed this out straight from the beginning—Subaru is not adept at fundamental learning. He has the ability to reverse time. In even remotely capable hands, this power would be world-altering in its applications. Instead, this godlike magic found its way into the hands of someone that doesn’t understand the basics of trial and error. What this power would mean for any normal person is that you would go through a checklist, test out variables and see what works, then reuse what works while tossing aside what doesn’t. Subaru once punches out some alleyway thugs in the first few episodes of the series, and then never does it again despite their repeated encounters after.

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This lack of rationality is easily applied to Subaru’s actions across the series as a whole, because he’s always trying brand new paths rather than finding new ways to navigate old ones. We watch all of his failures, annoyingly in full when the amount of his failures across the series could easily be condensed into a 3-minute montage. Natsuki Subaru fails a lot, but he doesn’t learn nearly enough from the process. He doesn’t know how to study enemy actions before losing, to then go back and use that knowledge to come out victorious. Most of his conflicts with characters are one-offs, even though he could easily go over scenarios again and again, poking and prodding to see which approach will be the most ideal. What’s most irritating, however, is the fact that he still manages to succeed in his own stumbling, idiotic way.

Subaru wins in the end, and he most certainly does not deserve it. The reason for that can be found in his second irredeemable characteristic: Weakness. We have already established that Natsuki Subaru is weak-minded, but he’s also just generally a weak person. My mention of a montage earlier was not only a jab, I was actually alluding to a very necessary but missing piece in this character’s development. Subaru needs to train both his mind and his body if he’s going to be of any use to anyone, and the best way to show this would probably be in montage. Instead, a lot of time is spent just following Subaru to his inevitable failures, over and over again—and that process could definitely have used some speeding up. Yes, Subaru does admit to wasting a lot of time in the big confession scene that everyone talks about, as well as a bunch of other things that I will get to later, but admitting a problem is nowhere near actually fixing it.

He also admits that his brief moments of “training” were a lie, as well as his attempts at studying, because Subaru cares more about appearances than actually putting in hard work and making something of himself. This does not come as a surprise though, because Subaru can’t hold his own in any fight he’s a part of. Death by witch lady, death by Betelgeuse, death by Rem, death by those wolf-things—it doesn’t matter. All of Subaru’s paths lead to death, but in a very inconsequential and un-purposeful ways. With a weak mind, Subaru does not learn to die in a meaningful way. With a weak body, Subaru does not learn to survive in a meaningful way either.

His third, and most boring/underutilized trait is that Subaru is an outsider. Usually that’s the one trait that makes a character unique, giving the audience a perspective of the forest from beyond the trees. Instead, Subaru kinda gets along with everyone for no particular reason. What I mean by that is not that everyone is friends with Subaru and they get along like there’s nothing odd about a boy in a tracksuit amongst a typical middle-earth fantasy land where countries are called realms. No, what’s odd here is that no one excludes Subaru, perhaps because they’re too busy shunning the pretty, silver-haired half-elf girl that does nothing but kind things for everyone she meets.

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Subaru is an outsider, but he doesn’t relate to Emilia at all. She’s perfect and outcasted by society because of some stupid folklore/social stigma thing, whereas he’s utterly imperfect and is still accepted by society, at least to the point where he can walk around without getting looks despite clearly deserving them—I mean, why is he still in that fucking tracksuit? It makes no sense, there’s no reason why Subaru wouldn’t want to try to blend in the locals. I doubt its emotional attachment either, because the only people that might ever have emotional attachments to a tracksuit are actual track athletes and gangsters.

But this brings us to my final point: Subaru doesn’t develop. Whether it’s his clothes or his attitude, Natsuki Subaru DOES NOT CHANGE. You may think he changes from Rem’s heartfelt confession episode, where Subaru goes and acknowledges all the faults in his very being, but in the end, he just goes back to doing things in his own idiotic way—yet this time manages to not make a complete ass of himself. Through sheer luck, he somehow is able to do what is needed to be done as he reaches out for help from Emilia’s contenders, gets rocketed into the goddamn stratosphere to fight off a mass-murdering White Whale, fights a cult leader with infinite, invisible arms that can transfer his consciousness into other bodies including Subaru, and saves the all-powerful magic half-elf and a handful of children from a bomb hidden in her carriage.

How does he do all this? HOW? Subaru hasn’t change fundamentally as a protagonist. He’s still loud, he’s still dumb, he’s still rejecting the best girl—what about these things suddenly makes him a better person? He still isn’t using his powers to even a quarter of its potential use. Instead, the show gives him another power of seeing the invisible hands of Betelgeuse, rather than just delving into the some of the other infinite applications that come with the ability to control time. This show just feels like the equivalent of Subaru walking up to a chess board, loudly exclaiming that he doesn’t know the rules, then flipping the table and declaring himself the winner anyway. He doesn’t EARN ANYTHING. He doesn’t earn the respect of war veterans and powerful commanders alike just because he led them into to danger and miraculously prevailed despite not having any leadership or combat experience to speak of. He doesn’t deserve to have Rem’s heart just because he sometimes has soft eyes and once ham-headedly helped her move on from her past, which was just so he could escape the loop where he kept getting murdered in his sleep.

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Subaru does not deserve the title of pride in the show’s sloppily applied reference of the seven deadly sins—which, if I could just side-rant for a bit, makes no bloody sense. It’s like bad case of Fullmetal Alchemist (the original series), where the homunculi are given the obviously wrong sin titles. Subaru should obviously be sloth, not pride, reflective of his uncanny ability to do almost nothing with the tremendous power he’s been granted. Betelgeuse is an Edgar Allan Poe level pervert that talks almost exclusively about the witch’s love and how much he desires it, so clearly lust would be a better fit for his temperament. And then they just give gluttony to a goddamn whale, a name choice so unimaginative I can barely fathom it but nonetheless, there you go. Side rant over, back to Subaru.

It’s hard to give examples of characters NOT doing something, because that essentially means looking at everything a character has done in order to prove that there was something they had not. The thing is, the only thing I found that represents even a modicum of progress is the fact that Subaru acknowledges his faults and turns down best girl in the same episode. From there, things just work out—and it’s infuriating because it all feels so happenstance. I was hoping for a reason to actually start caring about this character, and instead all I saw was the same old Subaru. Perhaps it makes sense, considering that Rem’s confession, while cute and touching, honestly isn’t the best way for Subaru to grow as a character. Love isn’t the answer, and never should be. Love should be the reward for hard work and sacrifice. Love should be the motivator to pick yourself up and be the best you can be for the one you love. Love should also be directed wholeheartedly at Rem, the undisputed best girl. But because it’s not, it doesn’t make sense that her confession would pull Subaru up from the darkness.

Subaru just doesn’t make sense to me. Believe me, I am no stranger to misery and idiocracy, but his particular brand of it barely speaks to me on any level. It just makes me frustrated, like watching a Let’s Play of someone that’s terrible at a video game. It’s not fun, insightful, or useful to follow a character like this. Yet for some reason, I powered through and finished Re:Zero—probably for Rem alone. I doubt I’ll come back for season two.

Thanks for reading.

20 thoughts on “I finished Re:Zero. Subaru is still awful

  1. Glad I am not the only one driven crazy by Subaru. I didn’t get beyond the first double episode of this because I couldn’t stand him but everyone tells me to go back and watch it again, to give it ago, that it gets better. It isn’t about the plot or the setting. I hate the main character so it is unlikely that I’ll like watching any more of it. After reading this post I’ve definitely decided this one is off my to be watched list for good.

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  2. The real point isn’t Subaru himself but rather the author’s condenscending desire to create Subaru as Chew Toy or Whipping Boy and use him as tool to save our ‘perfect’ waifu, Emilia.

    Re:Zero itself devoid of any lessons but punishment. Yes, Subaru behave like an utter fool but what the author do is to throw unrelated plot to MC and blame him. Then creating punishment of eternal hell. We don’t burn down house to catch burglar or we never burn child’s hand to teach them that fire’s dangerous. The torture and suffering in Re:Zero simply don’t fit the crime.

    Guilt-tripping by punishment – Subaru doesn’t change because it’s the plot, suffering and side characters who guilt-tripping him to change creating illusion that he change and grow.

    Subaru is weak – In early Arc, Subaru actually strong willed and stronger than average but it flip-flop in later series.

    Many people seems to like Rem. In early episode we already know that Rem murdered Subaru twice because of Witch’s scene but just forget it about it because love transcend everything which is bad plot in itself. Clearly, all character in Re:Zero is just a tool to fulfill the author’s wet dream.

    The story of Re:Zero is illogical itself. He suffer many bad treatment by the people surrounding him who rather play the judge and pass patronizing judgement rather than guide him. Yet, he love and forgive all of them which never make sense. Because of what? Because of author want to play god, punishing him repeatedly and force him to fit in the society just like how Japanese society treat social outcast who can’t fit in.

    If you want to make review for Re:Zero, please focus on the author and plot itself rather than attacking character left and right because that’s the source of problem. In Re:Zero, the author want to snatch the title of MASTERPIECE by cramming 5 to 10 plots in one plot to make it sound brand new.

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  3. Zara says:

    I love reading criticism of Re:0. Thanks for writing this. Most people seem so delusional and can’t find fault in this edgy anime even though it was right under their nose. They said “it’s masterpiece”, “it’s unconventional hero”. I proceed to read Arc 4,5,6 and whole W.N/L.N. What I find out, there is nothing special. Re:0 is copycat of both Kyou Kara Maou and Sword Art Online, different in Re0 is MC with extremely bad luck and no real power plus messed up plots in one story.

    If they want to release season 2, do you care to watch it?

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  4. zack smithback says:

    Loathe as we may be to admit it, Subaru is a true nerd not as we would like to see ourselves, but as the awkward creatures we often wish we weren’t. Since I was used to the tradition of light novel anime glorifying their incredibly boring nerd protagonists, I found it extremely hard to watch Subaru’s behavior at first, thinking for sure that everyone was just going to give his manic chuuni trash an inscrutable pass. But with the exception of his endlessly forgiving (and also pretty socially awkward) love interest Emilia, the cast of Re:Zero surprised me by reacting to Subaru’s antics with a refreshing mix of dismissal, confusion, and apathy. Suddenly, Subaru’s painful personality had changed from a weakness into a strength, as he navigated the world around him, death after death and failure after failure, to slowly transform every new situation from a tragedy at his expense to a victory that no one was expecting of him. Just because Subaru isn’t the kind of person I’d want to hang out with doesn’t mean I couldn’t respect the show’s decision to let him shine, polishing his nerdy foibles into something that could gradually lift him up instead of dragging him down.

    And so I went from loathing Subaru’s irritating lack of specialness to seeing it as the very thing that made him special. With enough time and effort, even a truly useless uberdork like Subaru can save the day, using only his determination to learn from his numerous mistakes until the impossible task ahead of him is finally conquered. If Kirito or Bell are perfect cardboard fantasies who win the day in tidy ways that no “real” nerd could accomplish, Subaru is both more and less appealing as a genuine otaku who wins the day in ways that seem attainable to anyone who feels like they’re stuck at the bottom of the weeb trash barrel. Subaru frequently jokes that the universe is conspiring to make him the hero of this story because that’s just what happens in isekai light novels, but it’s clear that he really means “I have to force myself into the role of hero, because I don’t have any other choice to survive, so I might as well just keep on going for fun!” It’s the kind of genre-awareness that’s relatable to any otaku trying to put themselves in Subaru’s shoes, even if it’s a little annoying to hear him say it out loud.

    But is that really how Subaru feels?

    The sad fact is that, like any realistic otaku, Subaru absolutely relishes this hero status that Lugunica’s world has conspired to give him, because he’s been anticipating it through his own favorite media for years. Yeah, dying over and over sucks, but it sucks in a very chuunibyou-friendly “this angsty dark curse I have makes me super-important and interesting” kind of way. Even if you consciously know that it would be painful to be Shirou (Fate/stay night) or Okabe (Steins;Gate), they both save the world and get the girl in the end, through an adventure that only they can fully appreciate, whose importance resonates with all the people in their lives. It’s not always “fun,” but it’s endlessly validating, so it’s not long before the win-even-when-you-lose fantasy Subaru’s found himself in starts going to his head.

    After Subaru has conquered enough time loops to get Emilia into position as a prime candidate for the kingdom’s Royal Election, something terrible happens to him: he stops being important. First of all, he’s wounded, so the most helpful thing he can do for Emilia is stay behind and recover. But if he did that, he would miss the “main plot” going on inside the royal court. So the next most helpful thing he can do is keep his trap shut while the knights and nobles begin their selection process and Emilia makes her case (despite prejudice against her for being a half-elf). But if he did that, he’d have to listen to the courtiers besmirching “his girl,” who he’s now determined to put on the throne. So Subaru makes a scene, calling the royal knights a bunch of prejudiced idiots who got their jobs from their dads, claiming himself as Emilia’s right-hand knight, loudly promising to make her queen, and agreeing to a big public duel with a knight he insulted. After all, even if dies in the duel he can just come back.But there are some mistakes you can’t come back from, and when Subaru wakes up from getting curbstomped by the knight he challenged, Emilia isn’t looking at him the way she did before. He disobeyed her, endangered her chances in the election and his own life, and he did it all to sate his own ego. Instead of apologizing, Subaru responds to this accusation with even more self-righteousness, assuring Emilia that he really did all this for her, and she should know this by now because of all the other times he’s saved her. To Subaru, Emilia owes him unconditional friendship because of all the things he’s done for her across many lost timelines, but he can’t make any case for his own importance because he’s cursed to keep silent about his powers. Instead of putting their friendship first, Subaru can’t stop thinking about the validation he’s not getting for his hard work, so he lets loose a tirade of frustration over why she won’t just trust him unconditionally when she owes him more than she can ever repay.

    Emilia’s response is shocking: “The version of me that lives within you must be amazing. She can understand everything, even if you don’t explain it to her. She can feel all your pain, sadness, and anger as her own…You’ve done enough, Natsuki Subaru. You know, I had hopes for you. I thought that maybe you, only you, wouldn’t give me special treatment.”

    In perhaps a light novel anime first, the hero’s love interest gently informed him that he wasn’t the hero, she wasn’t his love interest, and he needed to take her off his pedestal and get out of her story. The next four episodes of Re:Zero are an agonizing series of escalating tragedies as Subaru drags his wounded pride all over the countryside trying to force himself back into a story that was always bigger than his obsession with what the world owed him. By sending him away, Emilia set her own demise and the world’s apocalypse into motion, but unlike every other otaku fantasy before it, Re:Zero never blames her for this innocent mistake so the “misunderstood” hero can swoop in and save the day. Just because Subaru is the key to Emilia’s future through pure narrative circumstance doesn’t automatically make him a hero, but this show actually had the balls to take that away from him with real consequences, and without making any excuses for his warped attitude.After trying and failing to reclaim his role as protagonist half a dozen times (with as many traumatic demises), Subaru finds himself completely alone apart from a kindhearted maid girl named Rem he rescued in a previous time loop. Not knowing what else to do, he begs her to run away with him to the countryside and leave the whole story of Lugunica behind. This is where the problems first start creeping in. First of all, Subaru is not in love with Rem, he’s in love with Emilia. But Rem is absolutely in love with him. Re:Zero tries to paint this as him “settling” or “running away,” but he’s still “settling ” for a fantastical reward, complete with Rem’s doting description of the happy life they would have growing old together. After spending so many episodes calling out the egotistical fallacy of how chuunibyou fantasize giving up perfect cliché happy endings for imperfect endings that worship their heroism, Re:Zero plays its hand completely straight by relishing in the pathos of Subaru imagining the “perfect life” he could have if he didn’t need to be a hero and pursue more imperfect glories.

    Humoring the idea of running away to an “easy life” with a girl he doesn’t love, toying with her feelings as a way to punish himself, is just another flavor of egotism. Just as Subaru isn’t “owed” a hero role, he isn’t owed that idyllic life as some consolation prize for giving up on it, and since Rem knows that he doesn’t even love her, she shouldn’t just be humoring this hypothetical as if her own feelings don’t matter. That’s when I realized that the minute Emilia stepped down from that pedestal, Rem took her place, not as a love interest, but as an endlessly forgiving pillar of support to validate Subaru not as the hero he wasn’t, but as the otaku he is.”Just watch. You get a front row seat to see the man you fell for become the most awesome hero ever!”

    In the best way, this line is refreshingly honest about the shameless glee that such a believable nerd like Subaru would embrace after getting spirited away to save the day in a fantasy world. In the worst way, it reveals the smug entitlement and delusion that can make a character like Subaru unbearable to the people around him, who are all too aware that a fantasy world is the only place a person can “win” the role of protagonist. Ultimately, Subaru is a realistic character in an unrealistic universe. In the world of Re:Zero, Subaru becomes special simply by recognizing that he’s not special, but in a more honest world that doesn’t revolve around him like Lugunica does, Subaru wouldn’t be a worthless god or a priceless weakling. He would just be one complex person in a world full of complex people: not the best or worst of anything

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    • I think I understand that tragic role Subaru plays, and I think the problem isn’t inherently that role itself. Rather, what I find insufferable about the show is the pure lack of redeeming qualities in his character from the start. I can’t relate to him on any level: As a young man, as an Otaku, as a person who finds himself in a world he doesn’t understand, as a person that finds himself in love, as a person that finds himself in fear…there are so many opportunities for an audience to relate to his character and yet they always fall short for me personally.

      As a young man, he is overly confident in himself despite a complete lack of skill, strength, and knowledge. He doesn’t seem concerned about where his life was heading or his place in society, and when the “call to adventure” finally reached him, it’s almost anticlimactic in how he thinks he can just be the hero and save the day. Naivety is relatable, but his levels are off that damn charts.

      As an Otaku, he’s just an ear-sore. Shouting generic nerd knowledge does not make you meta or cool. Everytime he makes some sort of reference it feels like an out-of-touch entertainment exec trying to reach the youth demographic.

      For being a fish-out-of-water plot, it’s rather original in the sense that he doesn’t seem too hard off to rapidly adapt to this fantasy scenario. And yet at the same time, he doesn’t adapt in the slightest–merely finds a way to casually exist without putting in any effort to fit in or survive in this world. Magic exists, but he never even remotely learns how it works. There’s an economy in this world, but he doesn’t find a job or a way to feed himself. There’s a distinct fashion/armory to the world, but he never takes off his stupid track jacket. He doesn’t put in any efforts to fit in, without any good, self-righteous reason as to why.

      As for love, he meets a girl who is nice to him and falls for her. Then he saves another girl whom he learns more about, spends more time with, and whom is nicer to him, and doesn’t find himself longing for her in the slightest. What does he see in Emilia? Who the hell knows, but he’ll reject kind, beautiful, competent maid girl for the chance to be with this mysterious elf girl whose backstory is still a mystery.

      Fear. You’d think there’d be some sort of interesting aspect built upon this emotion, as Subaru continually is confronted by the things he fears the most. In a way, he is affected by psychologically by his ability and his experiences with death, be it his own or his friends, but at the same time he never gets used to it in the slightest, which is fascinating in concept but in execution just kinda feel like he doesn’t learn a damn thing from his mistakes. I’d be more interested if the trauma starts having a greater effect on him, seeing flashes of his friends being dismembered when he talks to them in safe settings, or seeing his friends as people who are capable of terrifying things, like Rem murdering him with a mace. Instead, Subaru’s headspace is just a confused mess, probably because he’s an idiot, and anything interesting that could come from the processing of all this crazy information just never happens.

      My point is, Subaru sucks at even being terrible. He fails in way that teaches almost nothing. The takeaways from his triumphs are just as boring as his failures, and there’s nothing about him to make me feel mad at him, happy for him, sorry, for him…or any other emotion, really. He’s not a character I love to hate, hate to love, or any of the other combinations. At the end of the day, it’s just pure ambivalence, and that’s just one emotion that I don’t believe can carry the plot of an entire series.

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  5. P Black says:

    Thank goodness someone else feels the same way I do. I just watched the scene in the carriage where Rem cuddles with the ungrateful loudmouth.

    Seriously. Smarter, stronger people are trying to help him. He is told “You will be my enemy if you leave”. So, going against the alleged love of his life’s wishes for the umpteenth time because he, a moron, knows better, decides to immeasurably complicate the lives of EVERYONE trying to help him and run out, with no skills, no plan, no wisdom and “save” Emilia. Riight. The last scene I watched was him shouting at the clerk when Rem ditched him. I don’t mean he shouted at an innocent guy just trying to do his job and being pleasant AFTER he found out about the ditch. No. He’s just an arrogant ass who routinely screams at strangers because – as he does with all the women around him, the knight who saved his ass and everyone else..HE knows what’s best and only his opinion matters. He’s the hero, even though he cries and is covered in snot in the first minute of every fight as he runs away or stupidly stands and takes a beating like a dumb animal too stupid to flee.
    Love Rem. Would almost watch it for her and her sister since they are the only two characters I truly enjoy or can relate to thanks to having an actual backstory. The rest, including Emilia feel like place markers. Let’s see. Need pretty elf girl whose complicated here. Over there, eccentric mage/lord of the place. Here? A generic knight who is kind. Throw in a smart-mouthed thief and we are set to go. Oh wait. We need a loudmouthed okaku brat who is weak, stupid and SO ignorant that he doesn’t know what questions to ask and so stupid he won’t learn from the answers smarter people volunteer. That’s the ticket.

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    • Elme says:

      Sadly, most characters in Re:Zero are awful. You said “stronger and smarter people wanted to help him” the truth is most character in Re:Zero are selfish unless you count two kind-hearted knights. Ferris and Crusch wanted to help Subaru because their own benefits.
      Most characters such as Ram, Rem and many few other passed easy judgement on his character without understanding real situation.

      The perfection of Rem towards MC is warped and black & white. In early episode, she killed him cruelly then she felt heed over the heels to MC, blushing like a doormat.

      You should read Light Novel to find out the truth regarding two twin sisters you loved so much. Ram and Rem are psycho and narcisstic according to our psychology 101. You will shocked to find our Ram was most bitchy character and as bad as Subaru. She is epitome of mean girl in high school. She constastly throw snide remarks to make herself looks good.

      If you dislike Emilia but love equally awful twin sister you already felt into the writer’s trap without you knowing it. Rezero is madhouse universe, that’s the fact.

      In episode 1, 2 and 3 our main character believed people in Rezero were all NPC. Then he believed they were real human just because he loved skirt-chasing the girls.
      If I were MC, I won’t go running to save ungrateful cute girl who shown nothing but disdain. But Subaru was unrealistic hero who foolishly save everyone despite his incompentence.

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  6. Mario says:

    When I first watched the series 1 year ago, I couldn’t help but felt disgusted. No, I am well-aware of element this anime was trying to convey that is not everything is dark or edgy. Just like you, I am questioning how Subaru’s character being weak and stupid thorough the series.

    I couldn’t help to vent my frustration but then in webnovel, Subaru got his training but still the weak Subaru with “wiser” attitude. At that time, I am aware that the writer doesn’t want Subaru’s character to improve. He wants Subaru to be main character who acts like supporting character.

    I love weak character who doesn’t give up and grows stronger or the concept of “Rags to Rich”. In this anime, the supposed “hero” trapped in the same weak and stagnant state death after death with no room of improvement. It become dulls and repetitive. Fu*k Tappei Nagatsuki who thinks he is genius for writing such warped stories. Not only Subaru written as weak but Subaru relentlessly bullied by the other characters but he never once thought to retaliate or stood up against bullying.

    Yes, what anime producer thinks that they were unique for breaking theme of OP Isekai to incredibly underpowered Isekai. They don’t see underpowered Isekai just as bad as OP Isekai. They need to surround Subaru supporting cast with OP ability. What the difference?

    Here they deliver the wrong message: It’s fine to surround yourself with toxic people, it equally fine to never improve as long you got OP or stronger friends aka allies. Lastly, never stand up against bullying.

    You are a few people who can see through the blinder of this anime. You successfully proved the characters who were weak and dumb made the “deconstruction” became another failure instead of success.

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  7. nomad says:

    This is a crappy view of the MC. Im sick of everyone hating on the dude. He was murdered over and over and dealt with issues over it. Yet everyone fawns over those horrible twins.

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    • Elme says:

      nomad, I hope you don’t point finger at me. Calm down, man. I don’t have crappy view to MC. I hated two twin maid , Ram and Rem too.
      If you read L.N those twin were horrible. Ram is haughty and vicious bully. While Rem exist to be generic maid waifu.

      What I disdain is how Subaru written as weak and can do nothing. Yes, he train himself with Clind but he still can’t fight. I pity Subaru even though he was arrogant and believed the world revolve around him.

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  8. Lazarus93 says:

    Season 2 will be released soon. I hope the smile from fans will fade fast. There is nothing interesting in this morbid story.
    Not only the characters appear dumb or generic, they are also toxic people. How main character can relentless pester with those people are beyond my understanding.

    Arc 4 : Death, torture, suffering, repeat. Meeting with witch for about 100 chapters talking inane unimportant subject which serve as mystery within mystery. They never answer unanswered plot question.
    Arc 5 : Battle with Archbishop of Sins, Lust, Wrath, Gluttony. Reinhard with his cool sword. Lost Battle, Julius’s name eaten and need to go to Pleaidian Watchtower.
    Arc 6 : Go to Pleaidian Watchtower and stuck there for 117 chapters.

    Truly, Re-0 worst than SAO.

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  9. mexican gungan says:

    The logic of “his personality didn’t change, therefore he didn’t develop” doesn’t hold water. That’s not really what development means, and the results of his actions don’t really attest to development either. The only way to actually read character development is to measure the character’s intent, and Subaru’s has absolutely changed by the end of re:zero. This is the only thing that matters; at first, he acts pompous and goofy because he wants to win over Emilia, but by the end, he dons his facade once more to brave the perilous dangers that have quite literally killed numerous times before in order to actually save everyone. This is development, not what you outlined.

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    • Elme says:

      What you describe also not a character development either. He ‘change’ also because he wants to win Emilia. In later Arc 4 and 6 in L.N,Subaru regress back into his original pompous self. He ‘changes’ because he was being punished by ‘cosmic punishment’, torture and fake lesson. That’s not a good way to develop character because it felt forced and insincere.

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