Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 52 [Subtle Changes] (Part 2/2)


Translator: TranslationChicken


Editor: TranslationChicken

(Thank You Roanz, Kizarat, Nero, VimalChris, Soriosh, H-X, Baegislash, Aaron  for helping me with proofreading on the Live Draft! <3)



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[Emilia: Calmed down now?]

[Subaru: Ah, y-yeah……um, sorry. Don’t know what’s gotten into me]

Their embrace went on until Subaru stopped trembling.
Emilia’s question at the end made Subaru apologize with his face all red. Hearing this, Emilia shook her head with [That’s ok],

[Emilia: It’s good. Recently I’ve been feeling like I’m always relying on Subaru. If you show me your weak side once in a while too…… I’ll feel a little more relieved]

[Subaru: I got no counter to that…… but I’d rather not show this side to Emilia if I can help it]

[Emilia: Why’s that?]

[Subaru: Because I only want Emilia-tan to see my strong and flashy side. I don’t want you to know what a weak, pathetic, hopeless guy I actually am]

[Emilia: Even if I see a little of Subaru’s weak side, I won’t think of you like that, you know?]

Emilia’s words were gentle, but Subaru’s pride did not allow him to accept them.
“She’s not like that”, or “she’ll be disappointed to see that kind of weakness” weren’t at the heart of the problem.
It was simply Subaru’s――a boy’s matter.

[Subaru: Not hiding their weaknesses, always exposing their true selves to others……I’m not too fond of those tear-jerking types]

[Emilia: Tear-jerking…… types?]

[Subaru: It’s a thing from back home. So I only want to show Emilia-tan my strong side. That’s a man’s conviction, you know]

As the unnutritious topic swept away the awkwardness from moments ago, Subaru smiled wryly at Emilia, who was tilting her head. But soon, his expression became rigid once more,

[Subaru: So then… I wanted to ask about the Trial……]

[Emilia: ――ok]

Hearing Subaru’s timid question, Emilia paused a beat before nodding in reply.
Seeing her reaction, for a moment, Subaru was almost caught off guard. Because her reaction to the word “Trial” was different from all the times before.
Most likely, it was because, after waking up, just when she was about to be stricken by the impact of having failed the Trial―― Subaru’s unintentionally pathetic sideshow got in the way.

Their embrace was brief, but it had given Emilia time to recover from the shock of her failure. That was probably part of the reason why she could remain so calm right now.

[Subaru: Never thought my wimpiness would come in handy……]

[Emilia: But, Subaru, why are you here? I thought I was the only one who could come in here……]

[Subaru: No, I……]

Before he could give her the honest answer, Subaru cut himself off.
And then, he began to think. ――Just what would be the right answer here?

Truth is, he could easily tell her that he received the Qualification and passed the Trial. But Subaru got the feeling that if he did this, Emilia would only blame herself for failing the Trial and feel a sense of inferiority towards him.
Then inferiority would turn into anxiety, and Emilia would be trapped between the pain of guilt and self-loathing. If that happens, her present ability to remain calm would all mean nothing.

If there was a chance for Emilia to face the Trials in a different way, then Subaru should respect that possibility.
Although, whether Emilia could overcome her “Past” in the end was a different question.

――It’s worth a try, Subaru decided.

[Subaru: I got worried when Emilia-tan didn’t come out and couldn’t help it. At first I managed to stay conscious……but once I got here, it was like what happened during the day all over again]

[Emilia: I see…… sorry I made you worry]

[Subaru: Nah, actually, come to think of it, I plopped right down after I ran in as well, so I guess the people outside must be worried to death right now]

Not hearing a peep after watching Subaru run inside must be making the others just as anxious. Realizing this, Emilia turned up her face with an [Ah],

[Emilia: A-anyway if we don’t get back to everyone soon……they’ll get really worried about Subaru too, right?]

[Subaru: My life or death or whatever doesn’t matter that much, but we better get the message out that Emilia-tan’s safe otherwise some bad things could happen]

[Emilia: ……how could you say that]

Hearing Subaru’s exaggeration, Emilia shot him a reproachful gaze. Being looked at like that, Subaru said [Sorry], lightly shrugging, as the two of them began walking out of the Tomb.
On the way, Subaru continued, [So then],

[Subaru: Can you tell me about it? The um, about the Trial]

[Emilia: ……Sorry. I.. seem to have failed it]

[Subaru: Is that right……mn, guess I kinda figured it out from your reaction]

Emilia looked away, apologizing, and, seeing her like this, Subaru pretended to have just found out.
Although it stuck him with pangs of guilt, he only shook his head and stifled back his indecision,

[Subaru: So does that mean…… it’s over now?]

[Emilia: I don’t think we can say that yet…… You’re allowed to challenge as many times as you want. I don’t know why, but I just know that. Well…]

Echidona had explicitly revealed the nature of the Trials. But while Subaru already knew this, Emilia seemed to only be subconsciously aware of it.
Emilia’s words trailed off towards the end, and, after a brief hesitation,

[Emilia: Nevermind, it’s nothing. I guess it’s done for today, I’ll try again tomorrow]

[Subaru: Are you sure? If it’s too much, it’ll be alright to wait a few days……that way we can find more patterns and countermeasures to raise our chances]

[Emilia: Thank you……but, I know that won’t solve the problem. I know it won’t]

[Subaru: ……You might feel better if you talk about it… not that I actually know what I’m talking about]

He took a glance at Emilia as he spoke, and saw her lift up her eyes to meet his gaze, with her lips quivering. But just as her tangled emotions were on the brink of pouring out, Emilia closed her eyes, as if abandoning the idea,

[Emilia: ――I’m sorry. I… can’t let Subaru see what I’m feeling right now]

[Subaru: No matter which part of Emilia-tan I see, I’ll never dislike Emilia-tan because of it, you know]

[Emilia: It’s not that I’m afraid of what Subaru will think. No, maybe a little……but I’m afraid of something more than that]

Emilia became silent. But even so, Subaru could see that the strength within her violet pupils had not wavered, confirming that his prodding was successful.
As long as he keeps supporting her like this, Emilia will eventually give in and reveal her weakness to him. But those were not the kinds of thoughts he should be thinking.

Acting like he knows everything, playing Emilia’s heart in the palm of his hand, such a revolting self made him want to vomit. ――Even though, knowing that it was necessary, there shouldn’t be any reason to feel this way.

[???: ――Emilia-sama!]

Pressing down his self-loathing as he continued his steps forward, what pulled him back to reality was the dazzling light of the moon, along with a voice calling to the girl beside him.
The pale blue moonlight shining into the Tomb’s entrance, accompanied by a cool, refreshing wind, greeted them as they stepped out of the Tomb. Looking down, he could see relieved expressions appearing on the faces of the party waiting for Emilia’s return.

It looked like the first to call out to Emilia was Ram. After confirming that Emilia was safe, Ram breathed a rare sigh of relief before turning to Subaru, standing beside Emilia,

[Ram: And Barusu, good work]

[Subaru: OOooohhh…… I didn’t expect you to say something nice like that, I’m surprised. What’s with the admirable attitude, it’s not like you at all?]

[Ram: If you occasionally perform a good task, I will compliment you like this. At least you brought Emilia-sama back safely, so I will give you the appropriate evaluation. Roswaal-sama would be pleased too]

Although being able to report to her master seemed to be her primary reason for feeling relieved, it was still a fresh new joy for Subaru to receive such a straightforward compliment from her. While smiling like an idiot, Subaru nonchalantly drifted his gaze to the person next to Ram――the golden-haired youth among the welcoming party, standing a bit farther away.

Garfiel, who had been leaning against the trunk of a tree, uncrossed his arms and walked over with leisurely steps. Subaru couldn’t sense anything suspicious about his attitude or movements, but then again, Garfiel could close their distance in an instant if he wanted to.
Coming out of the Tomb after Returning by Death twice in a row, there was more than enough reason to be worried. Although he couldn’t gauge the current strength of his own “Stench”, just the thought of it made Subaru put up his maximum caution.
Then, when Garfiel arrived in front of the stiffened Subaru, the first thing out of his mouth was,

[Garfiel: Was wonderin’ what’d happen when y’ran in like an idiot there. Good t’see y’back safe. All that time I was thinkin’ “Gafugaron nuts don’t fall from winds”, but sure kept me on edge]

[Subaru: Ow! Oy, st-, ow! Hurts!]

Saying that with a smile, Garfiel violently and repeatedly slapped Subaru on his shoulder.
Under those bone-numbing impacts, for a moment, Subaru thought “Is Garfiel attempting an accidental assassination!?”, but, seeing the way he was flashing his teeth smiling, Subaru just couldn’t sense that kind of malice from him.
It really just looked like he was welcoming their safe return. Facing yet another unexpected reaction, Subaru couldn’t hide his disbelief any longer,

[Subaru: That’s……it?]

[Garfiel: Hah? What. Y’want me t’pat ya on the head for a job well done as well?]

[Subaru: If it’s Emilia then it’s one thing, but who’d want to be patted by you? No, I mean……]

Subaru was just about to ask why everything was turned on its head, but stopped himself when he realized that there was no need to poke the bear on purpose. Regardless of what Garfiel’s true feelings were, it was fortunate he wasn’t in the mood to attack on sight.
In any case, Subaru was starting to get an idea of which conditions make Garfiel bare his fangs. If he could just sidestep the worst conditions that make Garfiel turn hostile no-questions-asked, he should be fine.

[Subaru: You know, it’s kind of a headache trying to decide how to deal with you]

[Garfiel: The hell’s that supposed to mean, oy?]

[Subaru: It’s a thing from back home. Anyways, let’s get back before going into the details. I want to let Emilia get some rest first. We can discuss the plan after that as well]

No one objected to Subaru’s proposal.
Emilia apologized to everyone with [I’m sorry], then Ram took her by the hand and led the party back towards the Sanctuary――opting to settle down in Lewes’ house once again.

Emilia didn’t fall to pieces. And Garfiel remained friendly despite Subaru’s Return by Death.
Facing conditions entirely different from before, Subaru’s mind scrambled to find of the best course of action, as well as how best to approach “Death” from here on.

There were too many things he needed to know, too many he needed to test.
Just how many sacrifices will he have to make in order to grasp the best possible future in the end?

Setting about his calculations, Subaru didn’t notice how he neglected to enter his own life into the equation.

[Lewes: ――――]

Nor did he notice the way Lewes was staring at him from behind.
And walked on without ever noticing.


-=Chapter 52 End=-



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The chapter was done last night but I decided to edit it again this morning. I really hope you guys on the Live Drafts also read the final versions >_<

I’ll get started on Chapter 53 as soon as I get it set up.


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162 thoughts on “Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 52 [Subtle Changes] (Part 2/2)

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  1. Maybe, just maybe subaru lost his RBD powers til his next save point, thus garfiel not attacking him or changing attitudes because there was no stench to begin with. This is gonna be intense!!!!!!!!

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        1. In the part where Subaru got thrown into this darkroom and lost his eye wasn’t Garfiel also nice to him in the beginning and only after Subaru attacked Roswal he said that he was suspicious of him because of the stench. Isn’t he only acting right now?

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        2. Agreed. She absolutely feels like the type to go out of their way to be as destructive as possible. She’s willing to savagely murder everyone within ear shot of Subaru so I don’t see her making those type of concessions — as in those of the thoughtful type 😉

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    1. Then how did Subaru came back to the past with his memories ?

      What made you think he currently doesn’t have the stench ?
      I just think Garfield let Lewes follow Subaru from behind without him noticing and he will make Subaru talk later .

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      1. This may be his last RBD. We don’t know exactly yet til next chapter why garfiel is acting the way he is. which is why i said “maybe” to make this a hypothesis

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      2. I don’t think Garfiel has ever confronted Subaru about his stench nor in an aggressive manner in front of Emilia (or maybe anyone else, for that matter). Until the two of them are alone I’m going to reserve judgement on this topic but it is definitely intriguing.


    2. but the thing is when it says something about lewes looking at him i thinks its because she is starting to be able to smell the stench on subaru because it is becoming stronger so i think the smell is still there but garfiel is acting differently because lewes noticed it

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    3. could also be the pause Subaru gave that allowed everything to calm down a little, leading to Ram actually complimenting Subaru, which might’ve relaxed Garfiel some.


  2. Real talk though, I think what might have happened is that the witch may have potentially taken some of the darkness back with her when she basically swallowed him? Not sure. Can’t help but think it has to do with the conditions of his death.

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    1. Maybe Subaru’s handkerchief actually damaged or “killed” some of that darkness so her transfer or influence and stench isn’t as strongly abrupt in the real world? Maybe her not being able to get directly to Subaru (since he was in Tea Party World) caused her to over exert herself or go above and beyond her normal actions to reign in Subaru post RBD-talk? So many juicy ideas to debate. Re:Zero is never short of mysteries. That’s for sure!


    1. I think it will be too but not all the way through, maybe til his next save point. This is gonna be a sucky loop though cause no one will know that he is OG and passed the trial

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    2. Yea . And the rest of the 80 chapters can be dedicated on …. ehm … what does Subaru usually do ? Dying in horrible pai… no no no sth else hmmmm

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  3. Well. I certainly am enjoying this. I must know what happens next. Man I miss the days back when I wasn’t all caught up and could read this whenever I wanted.

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      1. I find myself doing it with every show I watch in general . I speedrun through all the seasons in 2-3 days and then I have to wait every week for the next episode , which is painful , or even worse it is finished , so I can only hope for the next season and wait for months .

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    1. If this is true he should keep one of these and suicide every once in a while .

      But as I am saying this it sounds so silly that I don’t expect it to be true .

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  4. Oh shiiiiit I just realized something…

    A while back, there was an inconsistency… Lewes said that she had gone in the trial and come out safe before.. But then later said that she had never taken the trial… And on top of that, said that the people of the sanctuary couldn’t lie.

    It was one of the Lewes clones that went inside. That’s how it wasn’t a lie.

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    1. I completely forgot about that, I agree. There’s a strong possibility…but…this series has all kinds of plot twists…


    2. That’s possible but then isn’t it also possible that Subaru has possibly been talking to clones in past loops without realizing it? I’m not going to dig through the text for Lewes inconsistencies but I’m sure we can find some odd behavior from her if somebody took the time.


  5. yessss we are reading the final version even so after following the live draft!

    i feel there are sometimed quite some remarkable improvements, which make it well worth re:Reading…. also it makes the time feel shorter until the next bit is translated :p woohoo

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  6. ps. the timestamp of the comments seems to represent your (canadian?) time… that makes it sometimes quite tricky to figure out how current the post was…. do you have any way to make that timestamp adapt to the user’s/browser’s timezone or is that something unchangable(/powered by wordpress?)

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  7. Hey hey Holy chicken sama! If you ever need another proof reader or anything to smooth out the English let me know! Would be more than happy to give the time.

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  8. ――Even though, knowing that it was necessary, there shouldn’t BE ANY REASON TO THIS WAY .

    Is there something missing there ? Maybe ” there shouldn’t be any reason to DO IT this way ” ? or ”act” . I don’t know it seems off to me .

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        1. You’re dead to me

          JK 😉

          Seriously though, that sounded a little harsh on my end. Oh well, everyone has their own opinions…


    1. Unlike the popular theory going around, I think he still smell.

      Like Subaru say, he know what to do to avoid Garfield’s bad side. This mean whatever action he’s planning to take will probably change the Gospel vague future-seeing ability, letting Garfield know Subaru is going to do something “good” instead of choking out a Roswell.

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  9. Maybe, emilia negates the stench, and when she consoled him, she got her sent on him instead and garf just thinks they were kanoodling in the sanctuary, thus the painfully manly pats on the shoulder, and lewes being jelly

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  10. Holy crap… this is amazing… Subaru… ACTUALLY THOUGHT OF WHAT HE WAS GOING TO SAY BEFORE HE SAID IT! And when talking to Emilia no less! Who says this series doesn’t have character development?

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  11. Thanks god for a nice and calm chapter after everything that has been happening.

    Chicken, I just want to say, I appreciate your work and everything you have done. Please take care of yourself and just know I am glad out of 7.6 billions people, someone like you exist in this world with me. : )

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    1. Hey Chicken? I noticed that you’ve been liking my comments pretty quickly and I was just curious if you spend a few hours refreshing the page and responding to comments after posting each chapter?

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  12. The way that Roswaal and Garfiel behave so very differently in each loop is highly suspicious to me, and I can only assume that it is due to changes in their Gospels. There’s no consistent reason for their trust (or Roswaal’s reaction to Subaru passing the trial) to change so much each time under the same conditions, if not for this. Yet there are so many questions left to answer. Why does Elsa’s day of attack change? How did Subaru get the power to fight against Garfiel in a previous loop (if briefly), flipping him over? How is Subaru going to stop the Great Rabbit (which is clearly being attracted to Subaru, just like the White Whale)? Then we’ve got longer-term questions like Roswaal’s true motivations (reviving Satella seems obvious, but too obvious), and what is Emilia’s past? I assume that Emilia may have done something truly terrible in the past, that isn’t pardonable (not just in her own head), which would explain why she is unable to overcome it given the extreme remorse she would feel (knowing her personality). What would Subaru do if he found out such a fact, given his idealistic image of Emilia?

    Ranting aside, I’m looking forward to the next chapter! This story always manages to keep you on the edge of your seat, because we’re always left with questions and in a way can come to our own conclusions about what Subaru should be doing to avoid another death without accomplishment. Watching him struggle, and picking up clues along the way ourselves, makes me feel a lot more invested in the entire story.


    1. 1. ross already said only 2 perfect gospels. 2. guessing it changes earlier because elsa is waiting for him and probably gets impatient and kills the 2 maids or ross flies over n orders it. 3. echidna explained it was his witch genes >her ‘tea’ activated it. 4. too fun to spoil i do know 5. will be told. completely agree man. cant wait the arks ending is great.


  13. [Emilia: It’s good. Recently I’ve been feeling like I’m always relying on Subaru. If you show me your weak side once in a while too…… I’ll feel a little more relieved]
    Aaah ❤❤


  14. Aaahhh that was a nice Emilia-Subaru moments ^^
    Awkward yet like how Subaru was friendly greeted by Garfiel and got a compliment from Ram. Have a feeling that this will be the last RBD for Subaru in the current save point. He’ll hopefully find a way to support Emilia so that she can pass her 1st trial and change RBD’s save point.
    And I think Garf notices the stench but just ignores it, still observing whether Subaru is really good or a threat that he needs to take care of.

    Thanks for the great chapter!


  15. Thanks chicken-sama I loved read this part, Emilia is so cute
    I’m not comment every time because i’m Brazilian, and i don’t write in english very well but i go to try this time.

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  16. Enfin, Emilia est de retour. J’ai l’impression même si Rem n’est pas là, l’auteur ne met pas Emilia en avant . Elle est toujours en retrait.😠😠😠😠😠😠


  17. Though I’m sure no one will see this, I’m going to leave my two cents on the matter as to why No one is being hostile on Subaru. I think Subaru needs to wait a little and let the stench disappear. It doesn’t appear to last long but as soon as he encounters RBD or the witch and goes meet with a group of people the stench is still there because he has not waited for it to disappear


  18. Let’s not forget though. Along with the witches scent Subaru was also acting strange when he came out of the tomb. So maybe Garf was reacting to the strange behavior more than the smell. Even Garf knows the tomb has to do with the witch, so the witches scent may be standard in relation to the tomb.


  19. If Things continue going the way they are sooner or later subaru will be like the sin archbishops and Just Walk around spaming surrender to madness from wow


  20. Come-on lets talk about The Granny LOLI– Lewes. She obviously knows more than we thought.
    She has CLONES of herself for the love of it. Unless Garfiel’s LOLI-cougar fetish is so extreme he somehow manifested living copies of Lewes-
    But that’s un-likely.

    Lewes must be connected to the sanctuaries’ experiments. but I don’t know how.

    Unfortunately I cant read Japanese to well.


  21. Chicken realease a little part of the next chapter pls 😦 I’m started aching all over because I need your translations. I’m having a date tonight… CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW STUPID I WILL LOOK IF I’M SCRATCHING MYSELF ALL OVER?

    Vuv ya ❤
    Counting on you 😀


  22. So, I finally caught up, it seems. Was one hell of a ride I must add. Glorious wrigting, superb translation. Too many thoughts in my head to convey them straight. But I know of one thing I have to do: thank you, chicken-sama, for your work, my gratitude far exceeds my meger commendation. I owe you much.


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