We made it. We reached the checkpoint. Finally, Subaru was able to not only get through the day, but he was also able to keep everyone alive, including himself. I guess that’s a spoiler for the episode, but if you’ve been watching the show then not really because it's the only logical outcome for the show. It couldn’t have happened at a better time because as much as I enjoyed watching this episode, I realized that I couldn’t bear to sit through this chunk of time one more episode. It needed to end and it was rewarding in the way it happened.
As we saw in the last episode our white-haired half witch that gave Subaru the name of a hated witch (still not sure why) showed up at the loot house ahead of time. Things begin playing out different and Felt attempts to flee, but the Bowel Hunter shows up ahead of time as well.
Let’s pause for a minute… Bowel Hunter.
I don’t even know what to say to that. Not The bowel hunter, but A bowel hunter. Okay let’s get back into it.
First Emilia, the white-haired half-elf (lots of hyphens), starts a fight with Felt which is then interrupted by Elsa… a bowel hunter. Due to Subaru’s heightened awareness of the situation he calls Puck to protect Emilia. No one has questioned this yet because it’s a fight for your life moment and everyone is just hyper aware of the battle going on. Emilia and Puck do some damage to Elsa… a bowel hunter, but it’s not enough and Puck has to go to sleep. Thankfully Reinhard van Astrea shows up and wouldn’t you know it he’s an amazing bad ass. I have to say, he’s actually got a pretty cool power set and what little of his personality is revealed seems different and potentially useful to the story. He didn't just come across as the polar opposite of Subaru.
The battle is great, but it’s all about the final moments of the battle and the parts that happen when Subaru is passed out. I won’t spoil that, but it’s clear that there’s a bigger story coming soon. Mostly because of Reinhard’s ominous statement about this being their last chance to calmly look up at the moon.
The animation remains great. They go all out for this episode, just like they did for the two-part first episode and the second. It’s a great looking series, but thankfully it has a story to back up that quality and isn’t a dud like Bungou Stray Dogs. I’m marking this one very high and looking forward to following it for the rest of the spring season as it’s already in my top five.
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