From the climax of the current season of Rei: Zero- Starting Life in Another World a show which demonstrates that Isekai does not need to be crap and can instead choose to give us transcendental awesomeness (if not scientific accuracy). This seasons 25 episodes were, once again, absolutely gut wrenching, but they were also weirdly uplifting and the season moved the plot along immensely. The characters, even side characters, but especially Subaru and Emilia are developed astonishingly well.
Many years ago Harlan Ellison wrote a short story called Delusion of a Dragon Slayer, which pretty much invalidates the whole Isekai genre by completely subverting it before it was born. That stories protagonist starts out much like Subaru did 50 episodes ago, a non-entity muddling through life with delusions of adequacy except that Suburu lacked even the delusions, though like the protagonist in that story he thought that he'd be well suited for a life without modern expectations and mores, before getting hit by the buzz-saw that is the realization* that everywhere and everywhen has standards that need to be met if one is going to be of any consequence whatsoever. Both stories present their protagonists with a test.
Suburu is out of his depth but is biggest handicap has been his character failings, leading initially to the narcissistic conclusion that he's the main character ...and the others around him are NPCs and achievements to be unlocked.
As he's realized his own limitations and recognized the humanity and value of those around him, Subaru has looked within himself, found where he's wanting and is striving to make himself worthy of the test.
He seems to be succeeding
Emilia's journey the last several episodes has been at least as impressive. As have the other characters, into who's life these weirdoes fell, bringing chaos.
This show is awesome.
When is the next season!? When!!?
Avail yourselves of the spoiler tags and discuss away!
Kinda lost track of the show this season because nobody could agree on episode numbering....
Posted by: Mauser at Sun Mar 28 14:09:01 2021 (Ix1l6)
3"They may be infinite, but that doesn't mean there's no upper limit"
Without context, that's actually true.
There are an infinite number of Real numbers between zero and one, so that's an infinite set with an upper limit.
In fact, there are more Real numbers between zero and one, than there are Natural numbers between zero and infinity. The former is an uncountably infinite set, and the latter is a countably infinite set, so the former is larger even though they're both infinite. Math is weird.
Of course, she's probably talking about something countable, which would make her statement as silly as it seems to be.
Posted by: mikeski at Sun Mar 28 15:19:22 2021 (P1f+c)
I started reading ahead in the manga, but I think the anime is now ahead of the manga, so time to watch it. When I run out of Hololive Minecraft streams...
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sun Mar 28 19:12:20 2021 (PiXy!)
Sometimes I felt it was too talky, but not every dramatic change or confrontation is part of shonen combat. The part that surprised me this season
was Suburu actually developing magical powers. But if he isn't going to be dying every other episode, he needed some kind of power-up.
On the other hand, it's high time he ditched that track-suit. It ought to be in shreds by now. I hope
the look he sported during the knighting ceremony will be his new one in S3.
And on that note, at least one reader on Crunchy claimed to have read that White Fox (the studio) is doing preliminary work on S3; not quite full pre-production yet. Not a terribly authoritative rumor at this point.
Posted by: Ubu at Mon Mar 29 11:07:01 2021 (UlsdO)