Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 87 [One Oni Outside, Two Clowns Inside]

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Translator: TranslationChicken

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Editor: TranslationChicken

(Thank you Austin, Brototype, Mariusz, Xizhong, Socite, Angrym, Storm for helping me proofread on the Live Draft! <3)

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ALL RIGHTS BELONG TO TAPPEI NAGATSUKI, THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR OF RE:ZERO, THIS IS A TRANSLATION OF THE FREE JAPANESE WEB NOVEL INTO ENGLISH
JAPANESE WEB NOVEL SOURCE: HTTP://NCODE.SYOSETU.COM/N2267BE/255/

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Previous Chapter: https://translationchicken.com/2018/07/01/rezero-arc-4-chapter-86-against-all-odds-part-3-3/

ARC 4

THE EVERLASTING COVENANT

Chapter 87 [One Oni Outside, Two Clowns Inside]

 

Two astonished gazes landed on the out-of-breath Subaru who had barged into the room.
As far as he was concerned, both of these two were supposed to be completely foreign to the concept of “being surprised”. And, deriving some small satisfaction from their reactions, the wicked smile on Subaru’s face deepened.

[Roswaal: ――A bet?]

Muttering this, Roswaal narrowed his mismatched eyes.
His face that was usually covered in clown’s makeup was now devoid of any paint. Over the various loops, only once had Subaru seen Roswaal’s real face like this before.

His skin beneath the white cosmetics was pallid, and there was a certain guileless simplicity to his gaze without his eyeliners―― an impression entirely detached from the Roswaal Subaru had known. Before he knew it, the shady, calculating figure behind the painted face had transformed into a clean, upstanding youth as the makeup fell away.
Handsome people are handsome without needing anything extra, Subaru silently remarked as he nodded to Roswaal’s mutter,

[Subaru: Yeah, a bet. Your wish against mine…… Just one shot, winner takes all]

[Roswaal: ――――]

Subaru raised a single finger, magnificently declaring. As if scrutinizing Subaru’s proposal, Roswaal squinted his eyes. But before Roswaal could give his reply, another figure cut in between their line of sight―― it was the pink-haired maid, Ram.
With Roswaal to her back, Ram’s gaze was severe as she faced Subaru. Although, in their day-to-day, Ram tended to scold Subaru every chance she got, and her gaze towards him was always sharp, none of it could compare with what was in her eyes at this moment.

[Ram: Hold it, Barusu. You come barging into the room, and just when I was wondering what you had to say…… you mean to further burden Roswaal-sama in his convalescence? There should be a limit to your insolence]

[Subaru: Considering the circumstances, the “I’m sick and injured” excuse won’t work anymore. That’s got nothing to do with that slick tongue and black heart of his…… so he’ll just have to suck it up until I’m done]

[Ram: Barusu――]

[Subaru: And nothing you say is gonna change that!]

A blend of perilousness and severity flared in Ram’s eyes. But before she could act, Subaru stomped his foot into the floor. Jutting out his finger at Ram, who had cautiously halted,

[Subaru: I’ve got no reason to stop or hesitate. You and I know each other well enough for at least that much, right Roswaal?]

[Roswaal: ――Hhm]

[Subaru: Or has your motivation gone all the way to zero just because something’s deviated from your little diary? How about showing a little backbone and making some effort for your coming selves instead?]

[Roswaal: …….That’s an interesting way of putting it. My coming selves, is it]

Subaru tried to get his meaning across to Roswaal without directly mentioning Return by Death. Although Ram furrowed her brows in confusion, Roswaal seemed to have understood.
With some vigor returning to his lifeless face, Roswaal addressed Ram in front of him,

[Roswaal: Ram. Stand down…… or ra~~ther, could you leave us for a moment?]

[Ram: ……! But, Roswaal-sama]

[Roswaal: It’s fine, it’s fine. Even if we’re alone, Subaru-kun isn’t thoughtless enough to atta~~ck me. And it would be very easy to defeat him anyway. Wou~~ldn’t it?]

[Subaru: Yeah, embarrassing as it is. If we ever get physical, I’m not even confident I can pull him off the bed]

Watching Subaru flapping his empty hands in agreement, Ram gritted her teeth, and once again turned her worried gaze to Roswaal,

[Ram: ――Please don’t strain yourself]

With this, she gave a solemn curtsy and headed for the room’s exit. Just before passing Subaru, she shot him a sideways glare,

[Ram: ――If anything should happen to Roswaal-sama, I will not forgive you]

[Subaru: You should be more worried about him doing something in a self-destructive fit, you know]

Seeing Ram off with a shrug, Subaru watched the door shut behind her before turning back to Roswaal. Roswaal’s expression remained thoughtful as he closed a single eye, catching Subaru in his yellow pupil.

[Roswaal: Again, your expression is consi~~derably different from when we pa~~rted last night. Could something have changed in your heart in these few hours?]

[Subaru: A change of heart… guess you could call it that. I got a talking to, got into a fight with a friend and…… well, it was a bit too one-sided to be a fight, but it was something of a reaffirmation of our friendship]

Touching the cheek that Otto had punched, still faintly red, Subaru thought back on the sensations of that morning.
Despite his scrawny figure, Otto was surprisingly strong. Perhaps, that was because the number of ordeals he’d had to go through was far greater than Subaru’s. Subaru thought he had gotten into quite a few predicaments since coming to this world, but it seems that still wasn’t nearly enough.

[Subaru: Seriously, how vicious is this world……]

[Roswaal: I couldn’t agree more. We~~ll, yesterday I’ve already confirmed that I haven’t co~~rnered you enough, but the fact that you’ve come back so early just shows I wasn’t mistaken]

[Subaru: I was pretty much at my limit though. ……I’m just simple-minded, I guess]

It seems Otto’s words and fist had knocked Subaru’s crooked wits straight.
A terribly crude and simple method. There was nothing more childish than having to have a friend beat you onto the right path, and if it had happened to someone else, Subaru would definitely have derided them for it.

[Subaru: But I don’t think it’s a bad thing. When you find yourself stuck with no way out, it’s pretty nice to have a buddy to help figure things out]

[Roswaal: Naive. Green, immature. ……Ultimately, you can only solve the sufferings of this world yourself. You have no need for such indolent ideas as relying on friends]

[Subaru: Relying on friends, relying on bonds, relying on feelings…… you don’t think it’ll work?]

[Roswaal: It wo~~n’t]

[Subaru: Is that so. ――Then, we’ll just have to see who’s right]

Roswaal’s expression shifted, while Subaru walked up to the bed, snapped his fingers, and pointed straight at Roswaal.

[Subaru: Like I said, let’s make a bet. With our wishes as the chips, one round decides all]

[Roswaal: Very well, let’s he~~ar it then]

Having confirmed that Roswaal wasn’t outright rejecting his proposal, Subaru turned his finger towards the ceiling,

[Subaru: I won’t be following your intentions this time. Not just this time, I’ve no intention of doing it your way, ever…… but, even if I keep insisting that, we’ll never be able to sort out our differences. So let’s set a limit]

[Roswaal: A limit?]

Hearing Roswaal repeat it back, [Yeah], Subaru nodded.
Wetting his lips with his tongue, Subaru stared straight into Roswaal’s eyes,

[Subaru: This loop, I’ll break through everything my way. If I fail…… next one onwards, I’ll do things the way you want me to. That’ll be the limit]

[Roswaal: ――Having the ability to rewind indefinitely, you would abandon your right to keep trying?]

[Subaru: You said it yourself. What you did wasn’t enough to corner me. And I agree. ――If I keep thinking that I can just rewind and get it right next time, everything’ll just end up like that again]

Though of course, he had no intention of rejecting the concept entirely.
In this merciless world, what could Natsuki Subaru possibly do without Return by Death? Subaru wasn’t so shameless as to completely deny all the benefits Return by Death had given him.
But his mindset had changed. If he had done everything he could and died anyway, he would at least resignedly accept it. But if that was not the case, and he died when he could have lived, then,

[Subaru: It would be an insult to all the people who’d cry for me. I won’t do that anymore]

[Roswaal: And so, you would set a limit on yourself…… i~~s it? Though I admit I couldn’t have asked for a more favorable condition, how will you guarantee that you will abide by it?]

[Subaru: Guarantee?]

[Roswaal: Yes, guarantee. It’s quite impo~~rtant, no? A~~fter all, with your ability to rewind, you can easily pretend this promise ne~~ver happened. If you fail, return to last night, a~~nd simply decide to try another way……]

[Subaru: Roswaal]

As Roswaal voiced his doubts, Subaru quietly called his name.
Cut off by that call, and faced with Subaru’s gaze, Roswaal’s eyes slightly widened. Then, Subaru carried on with his tone of voice unchanged,

[Subaru: You think I would do that?]

[Roswaal: ――――]

[Subaru: If you do, then…… this conversation isn’t going to work at all. That’s all there is to it]

Roswaal narrowed his eyes at those words, and lightly raised his hands, sighing.

[Roswaal: No, no~~. Let’s he~~ar the rest of it. I can decide at the end]

[Subaru: ……Then here goes. As I said, we’ll set a limit. I’ll put everything I have into this loop. And if it still doesn’t work, I’ll do as you say. Since, either way…… if this doesn’t work, I doubt anything else will]

[Roswaal: You don’t sound too confident? But, you do have the resolve. ……In tha~~t case, I will respond in kind. Now, you would set a limit on yourself, and make this attempt your last. So what would you requ~~ire from me?]

Roswaal’s tone was beginning to return to normal.
Seeing that the negotiations have reached a degree of mutual understanding, Subaru clapped his hands together,

[Subaru: My demand is simple. If I manage to break through the situation my way this loop, the future will stray from your expectations. When that happens, you’ll probably lose all will to live in a world that has deviated from your Gospel, won’t you…… that mustn’t happen]

[Roswaal: Mustn’t? You mean I mustn’t lose my determination? U~~nfortunately, I have to say that is a rather difficult request. Of course, I could continue to pretend on the su~~rface, but in my heart of hearts, I would……]

[Subaru: You know, Roswaal. I don’t want us to be enemies forever]

[Roswaal: ――Hn?]

Unsure of Subaru’s meaning, Roswaal tilted his head.
Seeing this, Subaru rubbed his finger against his nose, and,

[Subaru: I know you can’t stand a future that deviates from your Gospel and a route that differs from the one you’ve decided on. But even in a future that deviates from your Gospel, I’ll still be busting my ass off to make Emilia King. And I’ll keep relying on the power to rewind to make sure of it. ――Whatever the road we take to get there, the end result won’t stray from your goals]

[Roswaal: ――――]

[Subaru: Roswaal, my demand is simple. If I open a path to the future that’s different from your Gospel’s…… then you will toss the Gospel aside and join me. I’ll make Emilia King. And I need your help for that]

No matter how many unforgivable deeds Roswaal has stained his hands with, his strength will be necessary for Emilia’s goals. Subaru himself still harbored a sense of incomprehension and disgust towards him. And if things were left as they are in this timeline, the consequences of Roswaal’s machinations would be irreparable. ――But Subaru himself will extinguish that possibility and avoid that fatal pitfall.

Hearing Subaru’s proposal, Roswaal let out a long, deep sigh.
Closing his eyes, he sank into thought, stroking his chin as his lips slowly parted,

[Roswaal: So that’s the ultimate compromise you are asking for…… is it]

[Subaru: It’s all pretty convenient, isn’t it. But I like convenient things. Emilia will do her best to become King, I’ll be rooting for her at her side, and you’ll be tagging along for the ride]

[Roswaal: That is a difficult thing you ask of me, when I’ve been doing things one way for such a long, lo~~ng time. If you want to get me to cha~~nge now…… that would necessitate some equally severe conditions on your end, no?]

[Subaru: Yeah, it would]

Roswaal squinted a single eye, while Subaru nodded and held up two of his fingers.
Feeling Roswaal’s gaze focus onto his fingertips, Subaru gave one of his fingers a light wag,

[Subaru: There’re two conditions. Two conditions you said were impossible and could never be done. If I manage to clear those conditions, I win the bet]

[Roswaal: And if those conditions go unfulfilled, the victory is mine. And I will have you discard your humanity]

Speaking in a low, sonorous tone, Roswaal locked his gaze into Subaru’s. At the end of Roswaal’s urging gaze, Subaru briefly gritted his teeth with a nod, and continued,

[Subaru: So, the first condition. ――I will make Garfiel an ally, and bring him outside]

[Roswaal: ――――]

[Subaru: You said his attachment to the Sanctuary means I’ll never be able to bring him out of this place. I agree. But while I agree…… we’ll be needing his strength in the future. Even if we consider the feelings of the people in the Sanctuary, we can’t just leave that stubborn, bratty kid in here forever. So I’ll do what you consider to be undoable and win Garfiel to our side]

[Roswaal: ――And the second?]

The moment he heard the first condition, a dark emotion passed through the depths of Roswaal’s eyes.
But, without remarking on it, he merely asked for the next condition. With a nod, Subaru continued,

[Subaru: ――I will have Emilia pass the Trials. The one to overcome the Trials of the Tomb and liberate the Sanctuary will be Emilia. Not me]

[Roswaal: Impossible!]

Shouting, Roswaal slammed his palm upon the bed.
A dry thud rang out, as Roswaal’s visage contorted in rage. Squaring his shoulders, he jutted his finger towards Subaru,

[Roswaal: I told you last night. That thing is incapable of passing the Trials. And Garfiel will never abandon his attachment to the Sanctuary!]

[Subaru: Won’t know ’til I try, right?]

[Roswaal: Indeed, you wouldn’t know unless you’ve tried. And isn’t it precisely because you’ve tried so many times that you come to me beaten and defeated!? Your visage, and your very resolve now is proof that those two are not worth the investment of your hopes!]

Practically screaming, Roswaal’s shoulders heaved up and down as he spoke. While he took ragged breath after ragged breath, Subaru only calmly faced him,

[Subaru: You’re getting yourself awfully worked up, aren’t you]

[Roswaal: What……?]

[Subaru: Isn’t it to your advantage that the conditions are so harsh on my end? Makes no sense for you to get angry about its harshness, right?]

[Roswaal: It is a matter of whether such a bet can be established in the first place. When it is not just the balance but the legitimacy that is questionable, the very outcomes of the bet would be compromised. It’s only natural that I am cautious]

Being given conditions that are so stacked against Subaru and so favorable towards himself had made Roswaal wary. But seeing Roswaal’s reaction, Subaru’s cheeks twisted, as a vicious, vicious smile deepened on his face.

[Subaru: Roswaal, you don’t seem to get it]

[Roswaal: …………]

[Subaru: Are the odds stacked against me? Well yeah, it’s pretty harsh whichever way you look at it. I admit it’s crossed my mind that this’ll help you save some face while you revise that master plan of yours, but…… it’s actually about something else]

In front of the speechless Roswaal, Subaru went on with the smile on his face unchanged,

[Subaru: You said it yourself, Roswaal]

[Roswaal: ――――]

[Subaru: When I’m driven into a corner, I become the strongest card. ――It might not be how you wanted it, but this is the strongest card right here, without a doubt. You still dissatisfied?]

Against Subaru’s cutting words, Roswaal remained silent.
He merely stared fixedly at Subaru as he brought the rhythm of his breathing under control. And, once his breathing had calmed, Roswaal raised a single finger,

[Roswaal: ――Contract]

[Subaru: ――――]

[Roswaal: Very well. I will accept the conditions you’ve prese~~nted. ――Break Garfiel out of his spell, and let Emilia-sama liberate the Sanctuary. Once both of these come to pass, I will discard my plans and follow the path you’ve constructed. Let us forge a contract to this end]

A dim light flickered atop Roswaal’s raised finger.
The rainbow-colored concentration of mana looked just like the multi-elemental light Julius had used to destroy Petelgeuse.

[Roswaal: Through our gates, we shall carve this mutual contract into our souls. No matter whom you may deceive, you cannot deceive your own heart. ――A contract carved into the soul transcends distance and time, and persists even across worlds. It should continue to bind you even if you rewind and start anew]

[Subaru: Huh, so you did have something in mind. ……But, that’s more convenient for me anyway. If we’re both bound by contract, that’ll save me having to drag you around kicking and screaming after you’ve lost the bet]

[Roswaal: It doesn’t appear as though you’re taking this lightly…… very well]

Seeing that Subaru was willing to accept the contract, Roswaal said nothing more.
The radiance at his fingertip pressed into the center of Subaru’s chest, and with it, came the sensation of something seeping into his body. Immediately, feeling a wave pulse inside him, opening all the pores of his body, Subaru exhaled a breath.

[Subaru: Aa, hha――]

[Roswaal: And the same will be engraved upon my soul. ――Once Natsuki Subaru’s contract has been fulfilled, Roswaal L Mathers’ contract shall also be fulfilled]

An identical rainbow burst of light pulsed on Roswaal’s chest.
For an instant, the light spread through Roswaal’s entire body, before all returned to normal in the blink of an eye.

[Subaru: So, it’s done?]

[Roswaal: It is done. ……There’s no taking it back now]

Confirming their mutual inability to flee, Subaru quietly gulped down his breath.
There, Roswaal placed a hand to his own chest, and,

[Roswaal: Just as you will try your utmost to fulfill your conditions, I will also move to actualize the Gospel’s writ. You won’t fault me for that, will you?]

[Subaru: ――In five days, the snow will fall again?]

[Roswaal: ……If Emilia-sama does not bring the snowfall, I will likely have to bri~~ng it about myself]

In other words, the time limit is set.
In five days, the Great Rabbit will attack. Emilia will have to liberate the Sanctuary, and Subaru will have to break Garfiel’s spell before then.

[Subaru: If that’s decided, there’s no time to waste. I better get started]

[Roswaal: Subaru-kun]

As Subaru moved away from the bed to set about his tasks, Roswaal called to him.
Turning around, he saw Roswaal slightly averting his gaze,

[Roswaal: The Mansion will be the same day. ――Do your best, I’ll be praying for your good fight]

[Subaru: Because if I try to do everything and botch it, next time you’ll get me to do things your way…… right?]

[Roswaal: ――――]

Roswaal answered Subaru’s reply with silence.
At this, Subaru gave him a wry smile, and finished it by pointing his finger at Roswaal,

[Subaru: Roswaal, you’re throwing off your vibe so put the clown makeup back on]

[Roswaal: Hhm, now that you mention it…… this is the first time I’ve received you without makeup on, isn’t it]

[Subaru: In this world, yeah]

Subaru could tell that Roswaal’s eyes widened at his insinuation as he turned away.
Savoring this reaction on his back, Subaru set out his steps,

[Subaru: This is a match between you and me. A couple of clowns tossed around by fate―― so let’s fight it out, fair and square]

With that, he left the room.
The conditions of the bet are in place. ――And so, this is where it begins:

Natsuki Subaru’s final challenge, with the Sanctuary’s liberation as the wager.

 

 

-=Chapter 87 End=-

 

 

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Next Chapter: https://translationchicken.com/2018/07/11/rezero-arc-4-chapter-88-garfiels-intentions-part-1-2/

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I decided to release this one as a whole chapter, but it’s so hard to edit when it’s this long >_<

Thank you guys for helping me proofread on the live draft!! ❤

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Let me know if you see any typos! ❤

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Chapter 88 Live Draft:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/re-zero-arc-4-88-19989884

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Next Chapter: https://translationchicken.com/2018/07/11/rezero-arc-4-chapter-88-garfiels-intentions-part-1-2/

 

120 thoughts on “Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 87 [One Oni Outside, Two Clowns Inside]

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    1. between this and the new SAO trailer that was released yesterday, I, too, and very hyped. However, as I learned yesterday, staying too hyped is a good way to not get any sleep, so I advise you to calm down 🙂

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      1. SAO IS BAD why are u people liking it?? The story is not comepleted(first season) so much potential wasted. Therefore its just a Solid C-, and C at best… i have yet to find someone liking it because its good.

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        1. you can say worst things about re zero then you can on sao. plot holes and harems. i watched the entire new bullet one its good and funny. darling in the franxx to me is better but i am still watching that too. gintama ep 147 to kill time on till other stuff updates

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  1. Ty for another chapter!!! And omg is arc 4 almost done?!?! Does that mean I can anticipate another binge read when we start arc 5?!?! I’m so excited!!!

    Btw; there’s no chapter link on previous chapter.

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  2. Same about the no link. This is great. I’m looking forward to seeing more!
    Just a side note, I was having a friend read one of the chapters for fun, he decided Roswaal was too boring a name, so he gave Roswaal the nickname Nissan.

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    1. Need to decide who will take the role of seiyuu for garfiel, frederica, lewes, echidona first. Besides the material for arc 4 as LN was just finished early this year.

      …and also there are other anime series lined up waiting to get aired.

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  3. I would like to voice my gratitude towards Holy Chicken for he/her dedication on translation and editing this story. It brings me joy to read and I am forever grateful. Also im 25th

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  4. Subaru, when Satella told you to trust other people and lean on them, I’m pretty sure she didn’t mean Roswaal “The Shit” L. Mathers.

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    1. He’s not trusting him. Subaru making a deal to beat him and force to his side. Emilia still needs Rsowaal’s support to win the throne and this a step there.

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      1. not really if its just to have some concessions with being the king /really spoilers a bit if i explained what/ sub could be a backer of crush pretty sure she would be more then happy with the arrangement. roshit could get what he wants too. its better for everyone considering emelia has no talents and 0 leadership qualities.

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          1. she owes sub a debt a rather large one considering the whale hunt would have been suicidal without him. second she said herself she was fond of him /heart throb/ sub even said if it wasnt for his #1 and #2 in his heart. he gets along with all the other candidates felt calls him brother. business girl can use his ideas to make money hosen was it? sadist likes to play games with him. making emelia king sounds like the hardest one to pull off. dead last

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        1. Also I have no idea what mean by no talents. Leadership is gained by life experience, talent has nothing to do with it. Besides Emilia like other candidates where picked by Volcanica in the first because they have potential to be good rulers regardless of their minor quirks. They wouldn’t be in the Selection otherwise.

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          1. true. i mean if emelia backs out that is. volcanica may have picked her because she has talent to gather people that have talent to make up for her lack of good qualities other then being a good lap pillow. i would not call crying about everything like a kid to be a minor quirk >later on in this ark will emphasize that quirk of hers< i hope she matures and takes the initiative.

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          2. That makes no sense. There would no need for a leader if everything is just gonna be decided by people other than candidates themselves.

            Nor is what point of her arc here is. The thrust of her development is that she what it takes to be a leader, she needs confidence her own ability and not let past defined her future. It’s okay for her falter and show weakness sometimes and not carry all the burdens on her shoulders. It’s the similar lesson that Subaru himself learns and it is what his main argument to Roswaal about. Emilia proves this by overcoming her past and fears she has about ti.

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          3. Lack of good qualities makes no sense. She not a product with a designed function here, not is something you can define anyone by.

            And I’ve already know what happens in the arc.

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          4. in comparison to the other candidates, in the ‘dona contract if’ sub does everything for her all her decisions etc. another one emelia does not do a damn thing and still ends up king due to sub. so having potential is not really a criteria. everyone at the capital did not put that much faith or want her king just because puff the magic dragon approves. her gaining support is her biggest weakness again i hope she grows up and takes initiative her letting subordinates boss her around is just sad to read. i would not be harsh if she was not ‘trying’ to be king. she has no plans whatsoever and just goes with the flow of things thats frustrating to read. btw i am more talking about her now and not after ark 4 i know she changes hopefully keeps improving.

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    1. If I’m recalling correctly.. I think the scene where Subaru was taking a bath and Roswaal showed up was the first time.

      Don’t quote me on that.

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    1. The best part of ReZero has always been the fact that Subaru, a drastically weak, and normal guy, manages to push through impossible situations with quick wits and a silver tongue.

      So when we get moments like this, where you know he’s up to something… You can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of hype.

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  5. YOOOOOO! This chapter was amazing! I was jumping out of my seat while reading this. This is the epitome of what makes this Re: Zero! The tension and the impossibilities turning into reality.

    Thank you so much Chicken. This is going to be great!

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    1. My absolute favorite part in this chapter is where he said

      “This is the strongest card.”

      Fucking BAD! ASS!!

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  6. Actually i don’t know why you are all so happy. Yes, this chapter is badass and Subaru’s move is cool, but what does he have under that bet? One minute ago he was beaten and had no clue about what to do. Then after some good puncing he is ready to throw away everything in one crazy bet. Unwise, really. Why would you waste your infinite tries for a chance to get that clown to work together? Even if he has super great 100% plan (which he came up with in like 5 minutes probably) someone of his friends still can stumble on a ladder, break their neck and die. And he will not be able to rewind that (or he will, sacraficing mansion for next try). So unless he has some really genius guaranteed plan i am dissapointed. Stories shouldn’t be teaching you that “resolve is all that you need”. And until we see his geniousness i will consider that Otto’s punch was too hard on his head

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      1. Yeah, its kind of a show off move, not from subaru, but from author himself. There are a lot of thing that can go wrong even if it’s the plan of his life. Sure it won’t happen, but in the end ros can just kill subaru to make him go to second loop where ros wins. And i am not worried at all. When u see recklesness like this, be sure – everything will work up. It’s just that it looks… too forced

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          1. My bad my mistake. Roswaal won’t kill subaru because he doesn’t know RBD mechanism. So in his point of view, subaru will just redo the time again before he can even kill him.

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          2. Don’t make me push it further >_<. He can just kill Otto or Garfiel or refugees or Ram or Petra or Frederica or Patrasche or Beatrice or even Rem or even commit suicide. And any of it will be like lost loop for Subaru. As he already did before. But its still strange how he doesnt know about the death being the trigger.
            Waiting for some dude to get that and just incapacitate Subaru. Those mechanic breaks can be really tough like in Edge of Tomorrow

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          3. True. But because the conditions of the bet really benefits and in favor heavily for roswaal, he will look like an idiot to resort to such things. Roswaal also curious about how subaru will manage to pull it off. And lastly, remember that killing otto is not instructed in the gospel. When he killed ram, it was for self defense against garfiel and the snow already fell.

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    1. i think that this is more of a “ive already tried everything and if i keep dying like this ill lose my sanity so i may as well try roswaals way” type of case intead of a “screw it” type of case

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      1. Nah. Firstly, subaru already said that no matter how many tries it will take, he will make it work. And secondly, that “loosing sanity” bullshit is not for subaru. What i love re:zero for is that Subaru is like us, he thinks out of that world, he has mindset of logical cool person from our realm. He even sometimes interprets his situation gamelike. So let the losing sanity thing for some hard drama girls, but Subaru is over that stuff. He is almost like if any of us if we would ever got in parralell world. And i don’t feel like i would lose sanity or give up that easily. Man, he only did like few tries. Sometimes i even can’t park car ideally in few tries or open my eyes in the morning.. And what he has to deal with is much more complicated

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          1. “I don’t think so… Oh wait! There was this one time back in Battlefield 3: Took out a couple of Nazis, jumped in the pilot seat and then BOOM. Next thing you know, all I could see was this parachute off in the distance. I could hear the screams…’PROMOTED! PROMOOOOTED…’.”

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          2. Yeah, very clever and unexpected. Typical answer for any main hero critics – FIRST LIVE HIS LIVE THEN TALK. Sorry mate, i cant. In case u didn’t notice he is imaginary guy with imaginary live. I can only judge by what i read. And what i see here is that death is just some pain and boom – everything’s alright. After u get what happened it gets easier.

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    2. The entire point of the bet is to strengthen his resolve, but more importantly, in order to get Roswaal as his ally. Even if he were to manage to succeed, without this contract Roswaal would have basically just fallen into despair afterwards and completely would have been useless to Subaru. Since Subaru wants the “ideal ending,” and sees Roswaal as being essential for reaching that end, he has taken this risk in order to make sure he gets his help.

      Using his infinite retries wouldn’t get him this kind of an ending. Part of the beauty of this series is that it shows that there are many things that can’t simply be changed by having additional tries, and that in the case of someone like Subaru, a change of perspective can have a larger impact than an additional life in many cases.

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      1. Nope. Still too risky. And he can avoid Roswaal giving up his live by going to next loops and NOT talking to him about how he will never change.

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        1. The contract is to ensure roswaal to become ally and to follow subaru’s way instead of gospel’s way. The risk is worth it. If subaru lose the bet, roswaal will keep following the gospel. That’s no different than not making a bet. But if subaru win, roswaal won’t follow gospel anymore.

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          1. Nope. The bet says that he will do everything Roswaal way. That means caring only about Emilia and forgetting about Mansion sacrifices. If it was how u explained it then there would be no profit in it for Roswaal

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  7. OH GOD! This chapter gave me shivers! I’m loving Subaru more and more, but all i want now is to read about Emilia and her trials *^* Thanks Chicken for the hard work! Take a rest now and then

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  8. cant wait for you to continue with arc 5, i have read arc 4 already and a little bit of a spoiler here but not really,, for those who are hype you should be because the next few chapter are really good finally gets the things moving, and you guys are going to enjoy it more then i did (which i lost sleep continuing reading all night) because chicken translates the best! iv read up to arc 5 chapter 41 and translations really fell off at the start of arc 5 a lot of the sentences weren’t making sense so i cannot wait for chicken to get arc 5 going + the story gets soooooo good! Your the man chicken cant wait for arc 5+<3<3<3

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  9. Hey mate, just spent the last week binge-ing on your translations, you’ve kept this up for years and so as a new person I just wanted to say thank you.

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  10. about damn time a contract happened. PS hope the peach headed bimbo gets beaten black & blue. btw thanks for the chapter Chicken

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