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  • Actor Allusion: In the preview for Episode 18, Rie Takahashi as Emilia starts talking and acting exactly like Megumin from Konosuba, even almost fully saying her explosion catchphrase at the end. It makes the Fandom Rivalry mentioned on YMMV even more ironic. Doubly so when the Author of Konosuba actually wrote the episode 18 preview himself.
  • Advertising Campaigns: Episode 18 gets one here. This is especially surprising considering that almost no series, let alone a single episode, gets this level of promotion.
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  • Door Stopper: The Web Novel version of Re:Zero has a word count of around a few million and about 400 chapters. In comparison, The Lord of the Rings has less than half a million words.
  • Fan Nickname: In some circles, Subaru's name is often replaced with other recognizable Japanese automotive names, most commonly "Toyota".
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    • "Suffaru" also became a popular nickname for Subaru thanks to his status as The Woobie in the show.
    • From her detractors, Emilia has gotten the nicknames "Mobmilia" and "Gomilia" (calling her an NPC and "Trashmilia" respectively) in the Japanese fandom. Likewise, but to a lesser extent, Rem gets the forum nickname "Gori-rin" in Japan.
    • Betelgeuse is also commonly called Beetlejuice in reference to the titular movie character also named Betelgeuse but pronounced Beetlejuice.
    • Tappei Nagatsuki, the original author, has been nicknamed the "Japanese George R. R. Martin", above the likes of Hideaki Anno, Mohiro Kitoh, and even the Urobutcher himself. Make of that what you will.
  • Name's the Same: Puck with the other Puck.
    • Along with Felix and Felix. Bonus points in that they're both cats (even if the former is only slightly so).
    • Rem is not to be confused with another isekai girl named Rem.
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  • Playing Against Type: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, the guy who has become known for his voice acting as harem protagonists like Kirito, was chosen to voice Betelgeuse Romanee-Conti. To say this fits is a massive, massive, massive understatement that needs to be seen to be believed.
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  • Shout-Out: In the anime, the ringtone used to Signal the appearance of the white whale from Subaru's cellphone is the op theme from the 1970's anime of A Dog of Flanders. Fittingly, The name of Subaru's ground dragon from the same episode is the same as the dog's name from the book, Pastrache.
  • Sleeper Hit: While the show did gain a lot of attention before airing in Japan, not many people were expecting much out of it in other countries due to the fact there are no Light Novel translations, as well as the fact that the manga covered less than 3 episodes worth of material before the first episode was aired. The initial reviews were mixed with critics saying the first episode was So Okay, It's Average for a seemingly overdone plot, but stellar production values. However the continual rise in quality, as well as an extremely impressive Wham Episode of Episode 7, made Re:Zero become one of the highest rated shows of the Spring 2016 beating out highly anticipated shows from the first season like My Hero Academia and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. The popularity and praise that this show would receive would only skyrocket as it continued its run, and as it stands right now it is currently the highest rated airing anime on MyAnimeList. Ep 15 in particular is considered be one of the most shocking episodes of any show in years, to the point of many comparisons with End Of Evangelion, Madoka Magica episode 3, or the Eclipse from Berserk have been made, only increasing the love and interest for the show even more.
  • Star-Making Role:
    • While he's done voice acting before, and still being relatively new, Yuusuke Kobayashi's performance as Subaru has been praised immensely and will probably be a career-defining role for him.
    • If her 2015 roles weren't this already this for Inori Minase then REM definitely is. This role in particular made Minase as popular as many mainstay voice actress.
    • For the English dub side of things Sean Chiplock as Subaru Natsuki can definitely be seen as this for his anime voice roles since this is his first lead character in anime, as many of his previous anime voice roles were secondary characters.
  • Take That!: Reputed among Japanese circles that Re:Zero is this to the extremely prevalent "isekai" stories which all use Gary Stu NEET protagonist that come from another world, shallow characters that are little more than caricatures, and heaps of women who fall at their feet in response the main character solving their problem. In response, Re:Zero makes Subaru extremely weak and useless, has side characters that almost actively dismiss him, as well as calling him out for expecting something for saving people.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Rem and Ram's designs were supposed to be more Japanese inspired, and their names simply "Left" and "Right" respectively during the planning stages.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Re:Zero Wiki.
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