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Jun 24, 2017 11:23 AM
Anime Relations: Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Break Time, Re:Petit kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu - Memory Snow, He Wei Dao x Re:Cong Ling Kaishi de Yi Shijie Shenghuo, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu - Hyouketsu no Kizuna, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season
I don't regard Rem as the best girl. She just loves Subaru because he saved her which happens in almost every anime, boy saves the girl and then girl falls for boy. So if we look at it that way then we can clearly see Rem is too mainstream. She even killed Subaru because she was suspicious of him even though she had 0 proof. As for Emilia, I haven't seen any female character as selfless as Emilia. She saved a complete stranger and made sure to tell him he owes her no debt. No girl would do the same thing Emilia did (because in addition to helping the stranger, she made sure that he doesn't feel indebted to her). Rem murdered Subaru two times, but Emilia always cared about him. When Subaru was killed by Rem, he wanted to gain her trust so he worked very hard even though he became sick afterward. He was broken from inside. He wanted to cry but he couldn't. He couldn't even tell anyone about his problems. No one cared about him since he tried to hide all his misery by putting a pathetic smile on his face so as to win Rem's trust. Even Rem didn't care about him at all. But Emilia saw thru that facade. She forced Subaru to sleep on her lap. She didn't question him or his motives (while Rem killed Subaru for that). She just provided him what he needed the most and after all the love that Emilia showered, Subaru then started to cry. That scene was beautiful <3
So we can clearly see that Emilia here is the IDEAL GIRL!

When I started watching this series, I thought Emilia looked average as I really don't like white-haired girls that much but as the series progressed I fell in love with her. Her beautiful personality captivated me (like how she saved a complete stranger from thugs, how she always cared about Subaru, etc.) Seriously, I have watched a lot of anime but this has never happened to me. At first, I was like "Emilia is average" then I was like "Emilia is an angel" and then it turned to "EMILIA IS A GODDESS" but now I think Emilia is even far superior to a goddess. I mean she is a fictional character for god's sake but why do I love her so much? I don't know why but I think I am obsessed with her. I have many favorite female anime characters but they are nothing in front of EMILIA-TAN

In fact, Emilia-tan is the personification of beauty and elegance itself. I mean look at her! Even when she is calling the spirits or worrying about Subaru's safety, she still looks like an elegant queen.

Subaru isn't too bad either. I mean the way he rushed over to Emilia's cart was pretty awesome.
He comes in then looks at Emilia, averts his eyes then takes the bomb out of the cart and then gets off the carriage like a badass leaving Emilia flabbergasted. Then he proclaims his love to her with a smile on his face while carrying the bomb far away from her.

Though the most precious thing for Subaru in this series was Emilia's smile which Subaru always wanted to protect. After all, Emilia's smile gives off an aura of beauty and elegance.
Emilia is the best girl!

Posted by swirlydragon | Jun 24, 2017 11:23 AM | 14 comments
Nick-Knight | Dec 8, 2019 9:19 AM
Emilia is just the Re:Zero version of my goddess Asuna. Therefore best girl ny definition.
FuutonShinra | Dec 1, 2019 8:55 AM
Nice blog, EMT <3
KreatorX | Dec 29, 2018 4:53 AM
Hm, had not checked this out before. You could use some more polish in your blog. Reading it makes it seem as a biased perspective instead of considering all angles. I present you some opinions, from someone such as me who has the legit hots for silver-haired girls xD

However, it is good writing that makes me like them. If Emilia was poorly written, I wouldn't have bothered posting here. Re:Zero is really like Neon Genesis Evangelion for me. There are a lot of hidden layers to the characters that Tappei Nagatsuki has spent time putting into.

I already had a good vibe about Emilia from the first episode but frankly speaking, it was Episode 13 that put faith in the fact that Emilia is deserving of the best-girl competition. Episode 13 makes you aware of her often overlooked strengths as well as her overall role in the story.

Some facts to be corrected in your post :

1) Rem only kills Subaru once.

It was Ram who slits Subaru's throat with her wind magic the 2nd time when Rem was torturing Subaru near the cliffs. Rem's intense hatred towards anyone smelling like the Witch Cult is compounded by four central things. So from Rem's perspective, her actions could arguably be reasoned even if they were acted upon without evidence. First, there is an absolute stranger in the house that only Emilia vouches for. Second, the political scenario in Lugunica is in turmoil due to the assassination of the royal family. Even Subaru thinks of himself as a very likely suspect as a random freeloader in the mansion (episode 4, although it was done in a tongue-in-cheek humour). Three, Rem's tragic past of her family being slaughtered at the hands of the Witch Cult. [/b]Four, Rem notices Subaru being friendly with Ram, which puts Subaru under a huge suspicion by Rem. Ram is the single most important person to Rem as her only remaining relative. Further deaths and resets which shows Subaru being very aware of surroundings in the mansion causes her even more tension. Rem isn't calm inside at all despite her pleasant outwardly demeanour.

2) Actually, Emilia constantly questions/wonders about Subaru and his actions.

I will use Episode 8 and 13 to support this claim.

She is not the selfless saint either because she expects certain things from people she helps, but moreso from Subaru in return after seeing how he behaves around her. She wants him to tell her everything that worries him. Emilia's biggest strength is not her selflessness but her feelings of empathy.

To elaborate further, given her past of being treated as an outcast as a half-elf due to her resemblance with the Witch, she was subject to being considered as scum and regarded as evil. She has always been given 'special' treatment. In other words, she has never been treated normally as a person by people. Subaru's deaths may have undone many of her interactions with him but they reveal a fair bit about her characterization.

To put into perspective, first consider Subaru's POV. He has wrongly assumed that Emilia understands him very well. Recall the lap-pillow scene you have posted. Subaru's state of distress was neutralized by her because she was able to empathize with him, as she saw that he was pushing himself too hard (Ep 8). This inadvertently puts Subaru under the impression that Emilia is someone who completely understands his worries, and is therefore his pillar of support. He places Emilia on a pedestal which then gives him the idea that he NEEDS to be around her, both for his sake as well as for her's. This furthermore explains why he was willing to break his promise to Emilia.

However, jump to Emilia's perspective given all the resets that are happening. Subaru is someone Emilia has decided to put a lot of trust into. This is because for the first time in her life given her ostracized past and negative public image, Emilia is under the impression she found someone (Subaru) who treated her just as an 'equal' or a friend. She longs for a friendship but is awkward around people, evidenced by her embarrassment at being given a simple nickname by Subaru in one of the earlier episodes. To put her thoughts into words : "I just want to be treated normally".

As mentioned earlier, we know that she is good at is empathizing with others and therefore, she is genuinely interested in understanding what sort of mental anguish Subaru is facing. With all the resets happening however, she has no idea what sort of dangerous shit Subaru has been up to. She really wants to know WHY is Subaru trying so hard for her and also why he treats her as an equal. Does he have ulterior motives or not? She does not understand at all despite her wanting to. If she did not care about him, she would not have left her spell-weaved hiding cloak with Subaru to keep him safe from further trouble. In other words, she has found one person in her life who gives her hopes of being treated equally.

In Episode 13, we had that huge fight. Emilia's dialogue " 'the version of me that lives within you must be amazing. She can understand everything even if you don't explain it to her.', summarizes both Subaru's and Emilia's perspectives quite well. The reason why I really love this dialogue is because she shatters Subaru's nice-guy complex and exposes his entitlement issues.

The take-away point being : We can never truly understand anyone, we just have to work with our perceptions of other people. Both Subaru and Emilia have the wrong impressions about each other. Subaru placed Emilia on a pedestal while Emilia assumed Subaru to not give her preferential treatment just because she is a half-elf. Emilia WANTs to understand Subaru when she can't. Subaru THINKs she understands him completely.

Next, Emilia even goes on to say "I had high hopes for you". Similar to how Subaru had high hopes for Emilia returning the favour by understanding why he acted that way in Episode 13. We did have Subaru lashing out in anger at how he had done so much that Emilia would forever be in his debt. And to which Emilia replies -'I don't understand'. You can join the pieces together for yourself :D

Personally speaking, the Emilia x Subaru dynamic has much more potential/growth than Rem x Subaru. This is because Rem x Subaru has Rem placing Subaru on a pedestal and Subaru is okay with it. Emilia x Subaru has Subaru placing Emilia on a pedestal but Emilia just wants Subaru to treat her as an equal.
Verthandi | Oct 20, 2018 11:53 AM
Valaskjalf | May 20, 2018 4:33 PM
Ofc Emilia-tan is best girl. At least she didn't kill the main character... yet ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Enternal | Nov 10, 2017 7:33 PM
I can totally understand your progression on your thoughts about Emilia. I went through something very similar with Dana from Falcom's Ys VIII -Lacrimosa of Dana-. I liked her design but that was it. But as I progress through the game and slowly know more and more about her, my thoughts were very similar to yours. "Dana is average" then I was like "Dana an angel" and then it turned to "DANA IS A GODDESS". xDDD

The funny thing about it is it's not even a crush (well, at least for me). Dana just became someone I really respect and admired. She totally shot up in my rankings of favorite characters of all time!

And it's not like something you go through all the time. I been into Japanese pop culture since the early 2000s and therefore when you have such feelings and thoughts about a character like that, it's rare and very personal. So I'm glad you feel the same about Emilia! In fact, I really need to finish this. I watched around 8 or 9 episodes with friends during the time it was airing but then dropped it due to graduate school being especially harsh that term (though I did spoil myself a lot of things about the story, lol). But I was already very fond of Emilia during that time even after the whole arc with Rem was resolved. Probably best to start over and actually track it with MAL this time (wasn't really using MAL back then).
swirlydragon | Oct 12, 2017 9:42 AM

Emilia had a worse past then Rem, but she never hurt Subaru even once neither did Beatrice even tho she could also smell the witch's scent lingering over Subaru.
Rem killed a innocent person without a solid proof. There's no excuse for what she did.
And no, I don't believe Rem provided greater support to Subaru. Also, Emilia never rejected Subaru. She told Subaru to distance himself from her for his own safety since he kept on getting hurt for the sake of Emilia and even made her feel embarrassed in front of everyone, yet after all this, Emilia still forced Subaru to heal his injuries in Crusch's mansion which suggests that she deeply cared about him even after they fought.
As for Rem, she only helped Subaru because he also helped her.
Emilia wasn't present during the whale arc or she would also have supported Subaru till the end.
Emilia didn't care who Subaru was or what he is and always helped him expecting nothing in return from him.
She saved him from a bunch of thugs even tho they were strangers and she was in a hurry to get back her insignia which was extremely important to her, supported him after Rem traumatized him by brutally murdering him, healed him countless times, etc.
Anyway, I get your opinion about Rem and Emilia.
swirlydragon | Oct 12, 2017 9:35 AM

EMT! <3
Justin | Oct 10, 2017 12:04 PM
Rem killed Sabaru twice because of his strong stench of the witch, knowing Rem's past and suffering because of the witch cult, I believe this was a good reason for Rem to kill him. Although he is innocent, wouldn't it be really suspicious for someone like Sabaru to walk through the mansion in the middle of the night or to spy on the mansion from a faraway?

Although the scene where Sabaru was sleeping on her lap was great, the amount of support Rem provided for Sabaru is in a greater scale than what Emilia has ever done for him. Not to mention Emilia rejected Sabaru even when he tried supporting her. Rem on the other hand, continued to support Sabaru even when he wasn't himself. If you've seen the whole arc about the Whale, then you would know that Rem sacrificed herself to save him more than what Emilia had ever did for him (including having to play a forced game of Twister).

I do agree that Rem is very mainstream and I'm ashamed that people usually compare me to all the other ignorant Rem lovers are very ignorant. Although I like Rem, I also like Emilia unlike all those other sterotypical Rem lovers. However, my point was that Emilia is not the best girl in my opinion.
__MakiseKurisu_ | Oct 10, 2017 9:00 AM
Emilia Maji Tenshi.
swirlydragon | Aug 17, 2017 9:34 PM
I am glad that reading this blog made you like Emilia even more :)
winddevil1 | Aug 6, 2017 5:38 PM
while i still like rem more than emilia , reading your blog made me like emilia even more haha thanks for this =)
swirlydragon | Jun 24, 2017 12:51 PM
Thicc, huh? lol
Never thought of her that way xD
Mesacboy | Jun 24, 2017 12:34 PM
Emilia is THICC asf boi