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  • Accidental Innuendo: In one of the everyday conversations in the second arc, Ram tells Subaru that "the skillful fingers of Rem will give him divine pleasure"... Hey, it's not what you thought!
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Many people have theorized that Subaru's love for Emilia was as shallow as it was in the beginning because of her connections to Satella. Yes, he may see more character in her and he does see her as a "heroine", but because of their similarities some people think that there may be foul work at play. This view has also become a breeding ground for the emergence of the theory that his "love" to Emilia is only the result of Satella's spell with the aim of helping the Witch back to this world. This may be the reason for the blindness and obsession of his feelings and the fact that the farther away from Emilia he is, the less he is inclined to show his Love Makes You Dumb features, and he's quite capable of thinking rationally or even falling in love with Rem.
  • Awesome Music:
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    • "Requiem Of Silence", the ending theme of ep 15, is considered by many to be one of the most hauntingly beautiful and sad music pieces heard in anime in years. The full length version takes this to an unprecedented level.
    • The first ED, STYX HELIX is well-regarded by the fanbase, especially for its lyrics and how they relate to the story.
    • The first opening, "Redo". The lyrics are about being trapped in the past but still fighting for someone's sake. The recurring guitar riff may have helped it too.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Subaru has become the biggest one in the fandom as the series has progressed:
      • The first point of contention regarding him is his non-reaction to being transported to another world. Some people don't mind it and consider it's not important to the story as it is. Other people find it ridiculously unrealistic even by fantasy setting standards, and that it sets Subaru's character for a very bad start. Among readers of the LN it's a bit better, since the issue is at least addressed, albeit not really explored.
      • Albeit at first the split was more or less moderate, it became much larger since the start of the third arc (starting in the 12th episode). One half of it despise him for his idiotic behavior, his quasi-stalkerish obsession over Emilia and his stupid choices, who leads to him (and others) to go into troubles. Plus, many argue that those idiotic choices are plot-driven, instead of character-driven. Or in other words, "Subaru behaves like an idiot when it's convenient for the plot", which is a pretty common comment among detractors. The other half likes the guy because how realistic they find his behavior and defend that Subaru acts like a flawed human being rather than acting like an idealized, typical fantasy world protagonist. Episode 16 only added more fuel to the fire, as his rage clouding his mind made him do, in some people's eyes, even more stupid decisions.
      • More in general, people put Subaru's motivations into question, particularly those regarding Emilia. Supporters claim they're perfectly understandable, since they have more than enough interaction for Subaru to genuinely fall in love with her, and it creates a solid foundation for the story to brutally depict Subaru's character archetype. Some compare this to how people can become infatuated with others, and blindly "loving" someone for shallow or little reason. Especially in episode 14, where Emilia mentions, "the version of me inside of you must be amazing", which many supporters say is justified, since Subaru has seen Emilia in more ways and has had more intimate moments with her throughout his loops that she's not aware of, but Subaru is. Detractors, on the other hand, disagree that they have enough chemistry to justify Subaru going to such lengths for her, which coupled with his aforementioned non-reaction to being in a different world, makes him feel artificial. And that's BEFORE including Rem in the equation, which takes things Up to Eleven.
      • In particular, since the second half of the show, many viewers complained about Emilia growing into a Living MacGuffin and the nature of her and Subaru's relationship/his love for her being little more than explicable religious fanaticism, while Rem being the fan favorite character formally remained on the sidelines, even after Subaru confessed his love equally to both girls. Eventually, feeling Subaru to her remains poorly motivated even when Emilia starts to develop a well illustrated reciprocal feelings. At the same time, some Rem fans seems quite satisfied with such author's superficial attitude to the line of Subaru and Emilia, believing that much more concretized SubaRem attitude can give hope for future better chances for Rem, than at the moment.
      • Did his breakdown in episode 13 show that he was an entitled dick or was it just him grasping for straws as his mental trauma surfaced due to the sudden fear of being abandoned, rendering all his former suffering for naught and then leaving him alone with it?
      • At the end of the third arc, Subaru decided to start taking things more seriously and become a true hero, and manages to succeed, with some help, in defeating the White Whale and the Witch's Cult. Many fans are up in arms about this being the typical self-insert harem protagonist played straight and claim it to be the worst incarnation of Subaru of all because he's not losing. Others claim that his development is realistic and doesn't go into tensei hero territory, and after all that has happened to him over the course of the story, letting the poor guy succeed and save the ones he cares about is the least the writer could do. And others know the actual ending to Arc 3 (which the anime has yet to cover) is one of the main sticking points against this point of view.
      • The above point brings to light the fandom's divide on Subaru's successes. Some fans believe that Subaru having some success here or there doesn't detract from the story's dark elements, and are okay with him making things better before he's gut punched by the next Diabolus ex Machina. Others are against the very idea of Subaru succeeding at anything, winning any conflict, or even learning to be a better person because they see that as playing into a standard Isekai series.
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    • Emilia is disliked by part of the fandom because they see her as a bland, generic love interest of the main character, claiming that Rem, who is more fleshed out and has a more active role in the series as Subaru's sidekick, should be Subaru's main love interest. The other part (usually people who have read the light novels) defends her, claiming that this is justified as part of the series' handling of the "trapped in a different world" genre, and knows that she will be more fleshed out in the future. Web Novel readers instead perceive her as too immature, with the writing reflecting that with her interactions with Subaru and her being better received during the flashback chapters when she actually was as young as her mental age. It is justified due to her mental age not lining up to her physical age due to being frozen and unconscious, but whether or not it's well written is a matter of debate.
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    • Rem also often gets a similar attitude outside the fandom of the series, especially because of her unexpected huge popularity. In particular, while many viewers consider her to be literally the perfect girl and the romantic partner they would like to have in real life, another part of the audience criticizes her for excessive hype, an artificial change of accent from Emilia as the main female character, and simply sexist Pandering to the Base. Some even say her status as a love interest is just as archetypal as Emilia's, but she's forgiven for it due to being the "devoted" character rather than the "devotee". The fact that she's receiving the most merchandise out of every character so far doesn't help the case at all.
    • Petelgeuse is either an effective villain you Love to Hate or an overly narmy villain that is hard to take seriously. Some fans actually like him for immediately establishing himself as the most threatening villain in the series and find his antics to be amusing. Others find him to be a one-dimensional villain whose only crazy for the sake of being crazy and tries way too hard to come off as frightening.
    • Ram, after the flashback showing her and Rem's childhood revealed the depths of her devotion to Roswaal. Either it provides an interesting facet to her personality and gives her room to explore and revisit those feelings without Roswaal around, or it ruins her and makes her an ultimately hypocritical character.
  • Breather Episode:
    • Episode 18 which, while just as intense as Episode 15 in a way, has far less gore, death, and despair than any of the previous episodes as well as giving Subaru his Heroic Second Wind to try once again to be a hero.
    • Episode 19 which brings the return of the humor that characterized the earlier parts of the series, as well as having no gore and death.
  • Broken Base:
    • The show's various attempts at making self-aware jokes. Some don't mind them since "trapped in a strange world" anime usually have a tendency to take themselves very seriously and it shows ambition on part of the writers who want to make sure it stands out from other similar anime. Others think it's one of the weaker aspects of the show as they think none of the jokes are funny and much like Akame ga Kill! it completely disturbs the darker tone that it's going for. Arc 3 ends up getting rid of the self-aware jokes entirely as the Genre Shift kicked in.
    • The beginning of the Roswaal mansion arc, since most of it is spent in the mansion since Subaru keeps on respawning there. Some like it since its focus on character interactions give the viewer time to better understand the characters, making future scenes even more brutal. Others think it's the weakest part of the series due to the fact that it could have made its point in a shorter time-span, and how it constantly repeats the same events while rarely ever leaving the same location.
    • Whether or not the series went through Seasonal Rot in the third arc. Most viewers find it to be the best in the series due to how it brutally shows the "trapped in a strange world" and how the Genre Shift allowed the show to take itself more seriously by dropping the humor from the first two arcs, to later on give Subaru a much needed Character Development that gave a satisfying resolution to the arc. There are some people however who feel that the series went downhill during this arc in two different ways in its two halves: in the first half, the criticism is that it bordered on torture porn, lacked the humor from the first two arcs which caused it to lose its charm from early on, and Subaru's idiotic decisions, which many argue were so due to plot contrivances, instead of genuine character flaws. As for the second half, there are those who think that the show becomes a generic "Isekai" story.
    • Part of the fanbase also considers the anime to be controversial or even bad adaptation in the context of material handling, which is especially evident in accusations of flanderisation of Subaru as an even more silly idiot, cutting off most of the romantic subtext between him and Rem, and replacing the Downer Ending of the third arc with an almost artificial Happy End. Especially because of this, the scene in the hall of royal elections suffers, the conversations of Subaru with Rem before and after the battle with the whale and of course, whole ending of the third arc, which is perceived even by anime fans as a missed very great opportunity.
  • Creator's Pet: Some fans accuse Emilia of being this, given that the light novel tries to work her into the story more and some character building scenes and important moments in the Web Novel version get omitted or heavily reworked, with Emilia receiving some of them.
  • Critical Dissonance: Among anime fans this show was very popular and very well received. In fact many viewers named this show one of their favorite anime of 2016 if not their favorite anime of the year. Despite its popularity and acclaim among the anime viewing community, opinions on the show have been generally split among anime reviewers. On the one hand r/anime and reviewers like Gigguk, Arkada, Mother's Basement, and Theron Martin of Anime News Network all enjoyed the show. In fact Theron Martin and Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network both named it their favorite anime of the Summer 2016 season. On the other hand reviewers like Digi Bro, That Anime Snob, and many MyAnimeList reviewers were a lot harder on the show either finding it to be So Okay, It's Average or just plain bad. Some of the harder critics have also compared this show to ERASED finding that both it and Re:Zero had similar issues.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Kicks in during the later episodes where Subaru's punishments for screwing up become more visceral. For some people this borders on unnecessary cruelty.
  • Die for Our Ship: The main feature of this work is that Rem, being a side character, almost completely eclipses Emilia both in terms of popularity among spectators, and in terms of developing relations with the main character. Moreover, all the romantic moments of Subaru with Emilia are immediately duplicated with him and Rem, and vice versa. In the end, this causes regular conflicts and mutual accusations, despite the fact that Subaru repeatedly declared its equal love for both girls. On the one hand, the fans of Rem accuse Emilia of the absence of any person other than being a soft, archetypal love interest, as well as her extremely weak participation in the 2nd half of the anime. On the other hand, Emilia fans blame Rem for killing Subaru in their first line, as well as an unjustifiable shift of focus due to the excessive popularity of Rem outside the context of the work.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Elsa Granhiert, the Bowel Cutter is immediately established as someone who is.. not well. Thanks to both the Evil Is Sexy and Evil Is Cool tropes as noted below however, you'd really have to watch the show or read the novels to know of her true nature.
    • Likewise Petelguese has seen some lighter portrayals among the fandom as well especially given his memetic status.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Many new viewers watch this show because of the hype surrounding Rem and the discussion of this show as being so dark and gruesome. It even deceives some people who consider the twins the only reason for the popularity of this show.
    • Felix gained a lot of attention after a number of Ho Yay moments with Subaru in the last couple of episodes, with some joking that Subaru should end up him instead of Emilia or even Rem.
    • Rem. Despite not being one of the main characters, Rem has a more complex personality than the main female lead, Emilia. It has gotten to the point where many image websites such as Pixiv have more fanart dedicated to Rem than to Emilia. Eventually she became so popular, that on MAL Rem has more fans than all the other Re:Zero characters combined and with Levi are the only side characters in the Top 50 characters on the site, turning into Just Here for Godzilla for many new viewers. When Crunchyroll did a poll, Rem got half the votes. That said, she has her own problems. See her entry in the Base-Breaking Character above and the Hype Aversion below.
    • The sloth soldier who appeared after the White Whale's defeat gained a lot of popularity after his Death by Irony at the hands of Sloth. People were ecstatic to see him return in episode 24.
    • Reinhard receives a lot of attention because of his Voice Actor Yuichi Nakamura, his Memetic Badass of nature and the interest of the audience to his development of relations with Felt.
    • Echidna quickly becomes this, despite the fact that she does not appear in the anime adaptation. In particular, many fans like her playful personality and relationship with Subaru. In the end, it seems that she is the character that the fans most want to see as a new character in the continuation of the anime.
  • Evil Is Cool: Combined with Evil Is Sexy a lot of viewers were immediately drawn towards Elsa who had the crowning achievement of killing The Protagonist as soon as he encountered her.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Elsa Granhiert. Her chic figure combined with a wide neckline and attractive appearance combined with the voice of Mamiko Noto, makes her very charismatic and beautiful.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Has one with Konosuba. Mostly a result of the two having similar first episodes but KonoSuba being a self-aware parody of "trapped in a strange world" anime while Re:Zero takes itself seriously despite occasionally biting its hand with self-aware humor. It has become apparent that both are deconstructing the "trapped in a strange world" genre but through different means. KonoSuba deconstructed it through comedic parody while Re:Zero deconstructs it by being a Darker and Edgier, let's-apply-realistic-psychology-to-this genre take similar to Ideon, Berserk, Evangelion or a Gen Urobuchi work. Needless to say, it is hard to come across KonoSuba fans who like Re:Zero and vice-versa. Which is rather ironic considering that the authors of both series are actually close friends.
    • While the two shows are completely different in genre and theme, there is a rivalry between fans of Re:Zero and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure over which show is better since both began airing in the same season and immediately received universal praise. The rivalry is only amplified since the 2016 season of JJBA is based on Diamond is Unbreakable, one of the most well-liked parts of the manga. The fact that on many anime websites Re:Zero managed to gain higher ratings than JJBA didn't please many fans of the franchisenote , while Re:Zero fans don't seem to get why JJBA fans are getting so hyped up about the current season of the anime.
    • Fans of Berserk and Neon Genesis Evangelion have not been pleased with the comparisons people have been making between those shows and Re:Zero. For many years both Berserk and Neon Genesis Evangelion have been some of the most well-liked and respected series in the anime community for how they have used dark and mature themes to create realistic characters and scenarios. Fans of those series however find that Re:Zero is just another otaku-pandering show that tries to take itself more seriously than it is but doesn't understand how to tackle darker themes in a mature manner or how to make Subaru's breakdowns feel realistic.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Overlapping with Just Here for Godzilla, a portion of the fandom refuses to acknowledge everything after Volume 3, because of Rem falling into a coma and being removed from the plot.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Many fans would like Rem to be Subaru's love interest instead of Emilia, since Rem is a much more fleshed-out and active character than Emilia in the crucial moments of the anime and the third arc respectively, and the level of her love and faith in Subaru goes far beyond the one Emilia could ever show. To be fair, Subaru does start falling in love with Rem after the third arc and treats her as one of his most, if not his most important person along with Emilia, even saying to Emilia that he loves them both.
    • A lot of fans have taken to the idea of Felt and Reinhard hooking up, up to the point that many fans perceive them as the canonical Beta Couple.
    • The series also has a large number of Yaoi Fangirls, who like to pair Subaru with Julius or Reinhard (or for novel fans, Otto). It's so popular that most of the fanart with Julius can be attributed to shonen ai.
    • In addition, some fans seem amused by the couple between Ram and Garfiel because of the obvious foil of their pair in relation to Subaru and Rem, and a number of hints of this in one of the sidestories in the series.
  • Fountain of Memes: Petelgeuse. His nonsensical reactions as well his catch phrase have inspired a large number of memes. The latest of which would be Aladdin references due to him flying with his invisible hands.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • A good amount of fans of Re:Zero are people who were fans of Akame ga Kill! back in 2014 and early 2015 but have grown out of the series either because of the anime adaptation's ending or the Seasonal Rot of the manga.
    • Konosuba: due to the authors being friends and the similar premise (tracksuit wearing otaku NEET gets transported to another world and finds out it's not as awesome as they had hoped it was), it isn't surprising that there is overlap in the fandoms.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The "Who's Rem" Memetic Mutation becomes this when this happens to her at the hands of the Archbishop of Gluttony at the end of Arc 3 up through the middle of Arc 6 as of this writing.
  • Growing the Beard: Episode 7/Arc 2 is the start of this for Re:Zero, as this is when the series stops being a part slice of life, part action fantasy anime and shifts to a darker fantasy take on the "Reincarnation Isekai" genre.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Knowing what we do now, Subaru's question to Wilhelm when they met, (about his wife) is heartbreaking.
  • He Really Can Act: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is often criticized by many anime viewers for frequently voicing protagonists in light novel adaptations or harem leads without much differentiation to his voice. However even his most vocal critics were pleased with his performance as Petelgeuse and seeing him dive into the Ax-Crazy territory.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
    • Starts off as another typical lighthearted "trapped in a strange world anime". That is until Subaru is killed and finds out that he can repeat past events.
    • Ramped up with later arcs, but Arc 3 in particular is when the shit truly begins to hit the fan, and barely lets up from there.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Subaru x Felix is one of the most popular ships, rivaling even with Subaru with either Rem or Emilia. It is further strengthened by Felix's feminine mannerisms and flirty actions towards him such as biting his ear.
    • Subaru x Julius started gaining traction in the fandom after their team up in the last few episodes of the anime. In fact the pairing has become an example of Take a Third Option among the fans who don't care about Emilia nor Rem.
    • Subaru and Reinhard have some nice moments in the earlier episodes. Reinhard seems immediately taken to Subaru when he rescues him in the alleyway, and later when Reinhard comes to save them at the Loot house Subaru calls him his friend and there's a little moment where Reinhard pauses and looks either disappointed or pleasantly surprised he's considered a friend. He also offers to let Subaru stay as a guest at his mansion despite them just meeting that day. Becomes Foe Yay in the Dark Lord IF timeline, where Subaru's destruction of the country and everything Reinhard loves is partially influenced by his jealousy over Reinhard's skill for heroism.
    • There's also a scene where Subaru rests his head in a human-sized Puck's lap.
    • After the third arc, some shippers have taken to pairing up Subaru and Otto because of their friendship.
  • Hype Aversion: Thanks for being one of the most popular character in the character poll and for the blunder amount of merchandise made for her, anyone who got introduced by Rem through word-of-mouth and memes of her being the best girl in the 2016 season will find her not as amazing as her fans would claim, and yes, this also includes the people who watched her until the very end.
  • Hype Backlash: One of the most striking examples. Although the show quickly became a Sleeper Hit and received a lot of praise from various people and critics, the hype around it very quickly provoked Hype Aversion with accusations that Subaru was an unbearable character, and that the titles themselves are not only overrated but very bad works in itself.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: Rem/Ram. So much so that they are the fanartists' Fan-Preferred Couple over Rem/Subaru. Romantic Two-Girl Friendship more or less obvious status of their relationship, sometimes reminiscent of the Little Sister Heroine behavior of Rem, including easy supported by the official art, only plays for the benefit of the rising popularity of such shipping. Moreover, due to some chemistry between Subaru and Ram in the first half of the second arc, many artists seem to like the idea of ​​a romantic relationship between him and the two twins.
  • Intended Audience Reaction: Much of what is under the Base-Breaking Character section for both Subaru and Emilia is deliberate, according to the author himself.
  • Iron Woobie: While the frequency of his deaths and other traumatic encounters do not exactly decrease, Subaru does get better at dealing with them as the story progresses.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: Hype Backlash option. A lot of people really hate this show because it has major hype around it and a bunch of fans who consider this anime an absolute masterpiece. On the other hand, many fans of the original novel do not like the adaptation, since it led to a lot of biased hatred for the series and even greater Die for Our Ship controversy than before.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
  • Just Here for Godzilla: A notable part of the audience is so in love with Rem, that by their own admission, they will simply not be interested in seeing the theoretical new season without her.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: In addition to his two or three official Love Interest, fandom also like to pair Subaru with almost any girl or guy among his friends, not to mention Foe Yay.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Ferris is VERY popular among transgender fans, as it's heavily implied that "Felix" is a dead name and there's a side novel that states he has gender dysphoria and wants to be seen as a woman.
  • Love to Hate: Petelgeuse. His hilariously over the top behavior coupled with the absolutely horrible things he does made him the most memorable villain in the entire series.
  • Memetic Badass: Reinhard van Astrea who was confirmed to be the most overpowered character in the entire series by the author himself. His over 30 blessings (note: it's considered a blessing by the gods themselves to even get one decent one) include making any projectile miss him, resistances to all magics, instant proficiency with any and all weapons, and being a great cook. Any discussion about this guy will end up talking about how awesome he is.
  • Memetic Bystander: The sloth soldier from the assault on the Witch Cult due to his ironic death and then return.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Subaru, due to being so weak and flawed, has become synonymous with suffering. Not to mention, he's often punished for his own mistakes as well.
    • Rem is also this in an extent, as many fans often mocked her being completely non-existent thanks to the 17th Episode.
    • To round out the triangle, we have Web Novel!Emilia. Considering how important Rem becomes to Subaru in later arcs and spinoffs (to the point where the sixth is all about getting her memories back to wake her from her coma), as well as the aforementioned light novel revisions, many fans see Emilia as a cheaper heroine trying to ape off of Rem and failing.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Ram flying through the air after Subaru hurls her at Rem quickly became memetic following episode 10's airing. Ram is seen with open hands extended in front of her, one of the versions of the Up, Up and Away! trope.
    • Twister Explanation (spoilers) 
    • In a more romantic tone, this beautiful image from Episode 21. Many SubaRem supporters asked around in forums for hi-res files so they could put it as their new wallpaper and/or profile image for social media.
    • "Who's Rem?" Because of episode 17 it has become extremely common for people to make comments about Rem not existing due to her existence being erased by the White Whale and later when she has her name and memory eaten by the Archbishop of Gluttony.
    • Related to the above, "Who's Emilia?" Explanation 
    • Rem:Zero, "Rem is the REAL main heroine of Re:Zero" and other jokes about Rem's popularity Explanation 
    • Less than 9,500 PHP. note 
    • "I Love Emilia" note 
    • ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL note 
    • GIT GUDnote 
    • Forgotten Ram Birthday. note 
    • Some people also began to refer to a certain type of female Love Interest as "Local Rem" or "Rem of this title", implying that this girl is a stereotypical "ideal waifu" who, as the romantic line develops, will be rejected by the protagonist, notwithstanding all her devotion or merit.
    • Heaven or Hell End?note 
  • Moe:
    • The twins, especially Rem. Subaru even notes that her smile is worth a million volts. It's no wonder she is so popular with the fans.
    • Felix's feminine appearance and use of feminine mannerisms can make anyone forget that he is actually a guy.
  • Narm: Petelgeuse's over-the-top antics can reach a point where they stop being creepy and become funny.
  • Narm Charm: On the other hand, the archbishop of Sloth's formidable power, depraved cruelty and sheer psychotic instability also serve to make his otherwise ridiculous antics flat-out terrifying.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Many viewers do not understand that most of the "stupidity" scenes of Subaru and his incredibly stupid acts that doom him and his friends to death and suffering were in fact intentional, to show how cruel the "other world" is for the average person and to give Subaru the reason and motivation for emotional and physical development. Moreover, his actions are less illogical in the novel and manga, where the majority of his actions are only an extremely quick-tempered reaction to quite specific stimuli, and not idiocy without a reason. And this is not to mention how close to Reality Is Unrealistic people's hatred for him can be.
    • As mentioned above, many fans think Emilia is too flat, boring and a poorly written generic Love Interest, who was inserted into the series only as Living MacGuffin. At the same time, this misconception arose due to the fact that the anime adaptation ends before her story arc and many anime viewers just did not watch this moment.
    • Emilia and Rem as Love Interests were conceived as both traditional and realistic ways to develop a romantic line, so Subaru's love for Emilia is perceived as a common Love at First Sight and inspiring him to seek the Lady and Knight dynamic while learning to take things slowly for Emilia's sake, while Rem was supposed to be a representation of the Defrosting Ice Queen Love Interest who falls for the main character via Rescue Romance and who develops relations with him more gradually in the original status of True Companions. Most of the fans of both girls forget about this, scolding Subaru for illogical actions in a romantic way. At the same time, it is by studying these paths and by colliding them that the author tries to deconstruct the traditional romantic Cliché Storm in similar works.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The marketing and PV's for Re:Zero were all light-hearted and slice of life looking along the lines of Outbreak Company while in actuality the series is as dark and gritty as Berserk with a penchant for ending almost every episode in an unpredictable twist.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Upon his introduction in the Royal Selection arc, Julius was not well liked among fans for his Jerkass tendencies and his holier than thou attitude towards Subaru. However the Rivals Team Up between him and Subaru in the last few episodes of the anime got him much more respect towards the fandom due to the Character Development it gave him and even launching a Ho Yay shipping between him and Subaru.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Though mostly civil, there are fans who are debating which girl Subaru should end up with, Emilia or Rem. Helps that the series has a healthy dose of Ship Tease for both.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The entirety of episode 15, particularly after Petelgeuse makes his debut, is this for the fandom.
      • Rem's death in particular is what the episode is most famous for and it (and the stir it caused on the internet) will most likely be what this show will be remembered for.
    • Subaru and Rem's dialogue on Episode 18, especially Rem's iconic "From Zero!" quote. This is especially noticeable due to it being an entire episode of dialogue, lacking any action or gore save the beginning, yet it is as memorable as episode 15.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Due to the theme of chronic deaths and respawning, some fans have deemed it as the closest thing to have for a novel and anime adaptation of Dark Souls.
  • Squick:
    • Elsa touching Subaru's bleeding guts after she slashes him in the second half of episode 1, all with a sadistic smile on her face showing she enjoys doing this kind of thing to her victims. Yikes.
    • Petelguese licking Subaru's eyeball to try and prove that he is merely pretending to be a vegetable is just as bad, for entirely different reasons. Overall, everything Petelgeuse does can be easily included into the Squick territory.
  • Take That, Audience!: The author also calls out NEETs for being lazy and believing that they can do anything just because they want to without actually trying.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: What many fans consider the finale of the anime due to it excising the dark cliffhanger ending it had in the Web Novel.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Subaru is hated even by many fans of the series, considering him an overly stupid, silly schoolboy who makes mistakes even in those moments, where another common person has remained in place. Moreover, even when Subaru begins to win, he does it not because of his analytical abilities, but only because he knows the enemy's actions in advance.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Reinhard's battle with Elsa in episode 3 was universally praised for featuring very fluid animation.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The series has the feel of a shounen with darker elements such as Akame ga Kill! or Hunter × Hunter given all of the gratuitous violence. However while the series is a light novel, the manga version is a seinen and the anime adaptation airs in a midnight time slot allowing for more violent content.
  • Win Back the Crowd: White Fox went through a Seasonal Rot for some viewers following the disastrous Gecko Ending for Akame ga Kill! and Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen. The universal acclaim that this anime has received has thankfully restored faith in the studio for most anime fans with many putting this show up there with Katanagatari and Steins;Gate as one of their best works.
  • The Woobie:
    • Considering all the horrible things Subaru goes through the story it becomes pretty easy to feel sorry for the poor guy.
    • Rem as well, considering that her deaths rival Subaru's worst deaths as well as an extremely sad past as The Unfavorite in her village.
  • Woolseyism: Because the Funimation dub doesn't use Japanese Honorifics, Subaru calls Emilia "Mili" instead of Emilia-tan there.
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