Anime Review: Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2

Details: This is a review of the thirteen episodes of this first part of Season 2. I read somewhere that the show will go on break and continue in January 2021. Also known as Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活 2nd season. This second season is complete. More information can be found at http://re-zero-anime.jp/ and https://myanimelist.net/anime/39587/Re_Zero_kara_Hajimeru_Isekai_Seikatsu_2nd_Season

Score: 8/10

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 is one of those shows where each subsequent episode is somehow even better than the last. This is must watch anime.

The series picks up right where the last season left off. Subaru just beat some bad guys and is leaving with his pals when tragedy strikes again. Now Subaru must use his power to return to a previous point in time when he dies in order to survive the current challenges. In trying to survive, Subaru will meet the feared witches of this world, one of whom gave him his power.

After the craziness of last season, I wondered how they were going to top all the shocking moments they already showed. Rest assured, they did it. Each horrible death in this second season is just as horrible and grotesque as the deaths in the first season. What’s amazing is how the show keeps finding ways to shock the audience by showing new acts of gore along with narrative revelations about the other characters in the show. We get a lot of character development in this second season, but many questions are still left open and there’s still a lot of mystery.

We also get to see a ton of character development for Subaru. ReZero is mainly a story about watching Subaru encounter crippling terror and pain, then overcoming it. What’s so interesting about Subaru is that while he overcomes all the challenges in a way, he really doesn’t. The trauma from each incident stays with him. Each death he goes through is catastrophically worse for his psychology than the last. He never really get over the pain of death. It’s emotionally intense to watch this trauma filled person continue on.

The animation is as fantastic as it was last season. This is a very well animated show. The voice acting is great as there are a lot of emotionally charged moments here. The voice actor for Subaru is especially good given what he goes through.

Overall, this is a fantastic series. There is a lot of gore and a lot of the plot points can be very emotionally straining, so I wouldn’t necessarily let kids watch this. Even still, this is must watch anime and if you are anime fan, you need to give this a watch. You should start with the first season though because the whole thing goes in chronological order.

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