Subaru and friends finally get a moment of peace, and Subaru goes on a certain secret mission that he must not let anyone find out about! However, even though Subaru is wearing a disguise, Petra and other children of the village immediately figure out who he is. Now that his mission was exposed within five seconds of it starting, what will happen with Subaru's "date course" with Emilia?
There was never a dull moment and I think it's a great movie. Feels very OVA-ish with a slice-of-life tone. I liked having no worries for once, although I was honestly worried for Subaru when some deja vu moments came up, but he laughed it off himself so I thought it'd be fine. Roswaald was amusing as usual and Subaru's comebacks were also funny.
We also got some expansion into Puck's backstory, and how he met Roswaald was also shown, with a comment from Emilia 'the map had to be redrawn afterwards' describing the scale.
Towards the end, we also get both drunk Emilia
and Rem, and a very happy Subaru.
We get an expansion into one of Puck's inner workings (literally), and how he met Roswaald. Although there wasn't anything that extended the plot shown in the anime, it was an interesting story.
Some still panning frames here and there, but overall I enjoyed the art, especially that of drunk Emilia and Rem. We also got their chibi versions right from the start. I really liked the snow fragments under the starry sky towards the end.
Nothing impressive, but nothing to complain about either.
Every character was shown in some way, and the entire Roswaald faction got development.
I was entertained every second of the movie.
"It's cold. Cold things suck. Also, let's play in the snow."
There's your one-hour Memory Snow experience condensed into a few seconds. Those expecting the series' trademark gore, or any character development or backstory will find themselves considerably disappointed by Subaru and co.'s snow frolicking adventures. Nay, instead we have slice-of-life and comedy, because that's what everyone likes Re:Zero for, right?
I've had a lot of time to think and chat about the series in the three years since I wrote my original Re:Zero review. Though I was immensely critical at the time, there was something about the series that prevailed, that made it hard for
me to forget or stop thinking about. Re:Zero's portrayal of trauma is likely what stuck with me the most, as only a few other anime (Steins;Gate, to name a prominent one) have dealt with that sort of subject matter in a meaningful way. So, I guess, when you take all of that out-- y'know, everything that made the series interesting-- and have it all smiles and sunshine instead, you're left with this... Memory Snow.
Let me get one thing out of the way: Re:Zero's 'comedy' is not funny. At all. Nope. I cannot imagine a scenario where anyone, even the most zealous and devoted fans of the series, are laughing at one of Memory Snow's gags. A guy is making passes at Subaru and pretending to be gay? Gold. Oh my god, Subaru is speaking in (bad) English at the beginning instead of in Japanese? Absolutely H-Y-S-T-E-R-I-C-A-L! (LOL)
Japan, speaking generally, is a pretty straight-faced country that does not really understand a whole lot about humour, and while light novel adaptations have always been especially culpable, boy, oh boy, does Re:Zero's jokes feel forced. It's as if someone who has not ever told a joke in their life read a 'how to slapstick' manual and thought it okay to just emulate the same two examples ad infinitum. Overreacting, retorting with a stupid voice-- all focused on the characters delivering the comedy, without there actually being any comedy. It is painfully clear that the people working on the series are there because they want to tell a serious story, and the comedy and light novel tropes are manufactured merely to be more palatable to an audience who don't know anything else. Oh, and Rem and Emilia are apparently everybody's waifu, or something.
Memory Snow, in between its painful attempts at comedy, exists mostly to appease fans of the heroines. Emilia, Rem and Ram get drunk and clingy towards Subaru, and fans can take great joy imagining themselves in Subaru's shoes. If not, well, Memory Snow is not something you should spend an hour of your life enduring. Why did I? Good question.
Re:Zero, for as many issues as it had, was at least ambitious and entertaining. It swung hard, missing more than it should have, but there was enough value in there to warrant a recommendation. The second season is something I am quite interested in watching-- more than I ever thought I'd be, three years ago. So until then, we shall wait. And maybe I won't have forgotten about Memory Snow by then.
No depression, no dying and respawning countless times for our boi Subaru this time. This is a wholesome episode that does not contain any pain or suffering for Subaru. The story is all about Subaru and everyone else getting through two days of harsh cold which is due to Puck's mana side effects which Puck can't do anything about. The story is decent. Contains comedy and a little bit of romance.
The art is really good. It's as good as season 1 if not better. The last few scenes looked even better.
The OST used were pretty great. This brings back the memories of the first season
and the mysteries surrounding this alternate world. Really makes me hyped for the second season.
Got to see Emilia's cheerful sides and a little bit comedy of Rem/Ram. We get to see Subaru trying to impress Emilia, Ram always bashing Subaru and Rem agreeing to whatever Subaru thinks of. Emilia was really cute this episode. She tried to hide her problems by talking really fast so Subaru doesn't get suspicious which was really funny and wholesome. Her expressions and interactions were also really wholesome. We even get to see Emilia and Rem drunk acting all cute in front of Subaru
Then we get to see Beatrice who as usual acted all tsundere, but we also hear just a glimpse of her past which makes me impatient for a season 2 even more. I really need to know about Beatrice's past now. We also get to see Puck, Roswaal, Petra, etc acting like their usual self which was good to see.
Really enjoyed this episode. It was away from all the depression that Re:Zero possesses and was quite lovely. I didn't even notice when the episode ended even though it was 1 hour long.
If you are a Re:Zero fan, then I really recommend you to watch it. You will love it! After all, we get to see Re:Zero characters once again in their usual environment after 3 years. This is a VICTORY! :D
Oh btw, EMT! :)
OVA doesn't progress the story as it should but gives more incite into characters and brings back characters from Roswaal's Mansion , as a OVA its very filler like and progresses a side plot which might be disappointing to some but to be fair is better than a cliff hanger and thats what a OVA does, so its still nice to watch if you haven't watched the 1st season recently and be reintroduced to the characters in season 2 hopefully soon (Summer 2019?). Overall great subplot, nice banter, took too long to be fansubbed considering its release in Japan in 2018 October? 9/10 Jihad.