During the Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu: Memory Snow OVA pre-screening event, it was announced that Re:Zero franchise will get another OVA. It will adapt the prequel novel "Hyouketsu no Kizuna" which was included in first Blu-ray and DVD volume of the TV series. The episode will revolve around Emilia and her meeting with Pack during the journey to Roswaal Mansion to be a candidate for the royal election.
Recently watched this OVA and I have to say that I really loved the story. Couldn't understand everything because I am beginner at Japanese but I could still grasp the story. The OVA introduced the four great spirits and Emilia's past. It showed how Emilia was treated by villagers, how SHE treated them in return and what she thought about herself. It also showed her daily life, how she earned her livelihood before she was selected as a candidate for Lugunica's queen, her relationship with Puck, a little about Elior forest (her home), her powers, etc.
There are also some
decent fighting scenes involving Emilia and Puck. Btw this OVA only gave a glimpse of her past. There were still many unanswered questions (like frozen statues of people and how Emilia was frozen herself) and unnamed foes who are yet to appear and will hopefully be covered in season 2. I am really excited tbh!
Emilia's design was perfect as always. Other designs were decent too.
Loved the OST. They really amplified the emotions in certain scenes. Just as good as season 1 if not better.
I'll just be straightforward. Emilia's character is flawless. If anything, Subaru wasn't wrong when he called her EMT (angel), EMF (fairy) or EMM (goddess). We already know from season 1 how most people in Lugunica hated her because she looked like witch of envy. But here we get to know how she herself felt about this. She hated her appearance and thought the villagers were right. But what's more surprising is that she cared about those villagers even though they treated her like a disease. They ran away whenever she went to the village and called her a witch except one old man who treated her kindly. The reason we find out she cared about those villagers is because of one particular scene which I won't spoil.
I also liked certain other characters including Puck. In fact, the only person who accepted and cared about Emilia was Puck.
Really enjoyed this OVA. Can't wait for season 2 tbh
What else is there to say? Give it a watch! It's really good!
A story of the time Emilia spent with Puck in her home village.
The backstory of Emilia has been very enlightening. Although we did not get the full story of Melakuera as I've heard from the LN readers, I think his current presentation is pretty solid even if we aren't informed of how he became what he is now. However, there were some pacing issues and overall I enjoyed this less than the Memory Snow OVA.
If you're an EMT fan, I would still recommend to give this a watch!
I liked how the story is conveyed by Emilia's repeated actions. It shows her daily
life in the village and as if everything she does is normal. The story jumps back and forth in time as we are shown flashbacks to Emilia's past and her dormant powers, which was hinted in the anime as well. The pacing has some issues though - overall I think they fit too much content in 80 min. Some parts went far longer than it should have, and some were over in an instant.
I like the details of the flame animations and how Puck's ability was portrayed/animated. The spirits were also nicely animated - they are shown to be sentient and react to the people around them. The detail of how the ice became blood red by draining the blood out of the living creature sent shivers down my spine - it was so beautiful yet horrific.
I didn't feel like any sound was out of place, so overall it must have been great.
We're introduced to the people of the village and how they shun Emilia because she's an elf of the forest, at the start of the movie. Even with the hood that hides her identity, they could tell that she's an elf. I liked how the general store manager was portrayed - a caring old man but yet very human (as he is), acting in self-interest and also fearing the Witch.
The Melakuera also makes his appearance, and although his backstory was not shown, we get that he is an ally of justice or at least a counterforce against evil. I liked how he spoke in ancient Japanese, which goes to show that he is pretty old.
Remember I said I liked Emilia's repeated actions? But I certainly did not enjoy the repeated fights that were basically two monsters blasting powers at each other. It reminds me a lot of Dragon Ball or Digimon. No strategy involved, just pure bruteforce and the power of will/friendship. There was no fun in most of the fights, though we do get character development during then. I think the main problem is the lack of hype and tension building.
One thing I enjoyed - and I'm sure everyone else did - was when Puck let his guard down when he accidentally hurt Emilia's feelings. Watch it to find out how it went!
Also, I liked the text that flashed between scenes that shows Puck's and Emilia's internal monologue. Though we only had like 2 seconds to read 50 Japanese characters, it was sufficient to grasp the keywords of each message.