Alright, here we go! Let’s dive into the world of Re:Zero and get to know one of its most beloved characters, Rem.
Introduction to the Character
Rem is a character from the popular anime series Re:Zero. She’s a maid in service of Margrave Roswaal L Mathers, working alongside her twin sister, Ram. Rem plays a major role in several arcs of the series, and even served as a secondary antagonist during the first half of Arc 2. Initially, she was distrustful of the series’ protagonist, Subaru, but eventually opened up to him and developed strong feelings for him after he saved her.
Simple Story Summary
Rem’s story is one of growth and transformation. She starts off as a secondary antagonist, distrustful of Subaru, but after he saves her, she develops strong feelings for him and becomes one of his most loyal followers. However, at the end of Arc 3, she falls into a suspended animation after having her name and memories eaten by Lye Batenkaitos. She wakes up at the end of Arc 6, but suffers from amnesia and is transported to the Sacred Vollachia Empire with Subaru and Louis Arneb, still without her name and memories.
Character Description, Attributes, and Personality
Rem has medium length sky blue hair that covers her right eye, large light blue eyes, and young features. She also has hair clips towards the left side of her hair, a flower-shaped ribbon on the same side of her hair, and a maid hairband. She looks nearly identical to her sister apart from her hair, eyes, and ribbon coloring. She usually wears a maid uniform, and since her chest is slightly larger than her sister’s, she secretly changes the measurements to hide it.
Rem tends to speak in a superficially polite manner and sometimes acts without thinking. She holds both respect to the point of worship and guilt toward her sister as a result of a past incident. Because of her respect and guilt toward her sister, she used to think of herself as inferior. After Subaru saves her, she falls deeply in love with him, becoming one of his most loyal followers. Rem will stick with him no matter what happens, even if Subaru rejects himself.
Major Story and Plot Events
Rem’s story is filled with ups and downs. She starts off as a secondary antagonist, but after Subaru saves her, she becomes one of his most loyal followers. However, her life takes a turn when she falls into a suspended animation after having her name and memories eaten by Lye Batenkaitos. She wakes up at the end of Arc 6, but suffers from amnesia and is transported to the Sacred Vollachia Empire with Subaru and Louis Arneb, still without her name and memories.
Rem lived with her father, mother, and her elder sister Ram in an Oni village. Initially, because they were born with one horn each, it meant they were defective in the view of the Oni community, who believe in individual strength above all else, and were despised for it. They were to be killed as part of the custom of Oni to protect their pride as the strongest of the demi-humans. However, just before the execution, Ram displayed the potential of her power to protect them both, which shocked the community. Being allowed to live thanks to her older sister, who had an aptitude that had not been seen in a millennium among Oni kind, Rem spent the rest of her days in her shadow. Despite the presence of her sister also raising expectations for herself in the community, she could never meet them or surpass her sister in any area, which earned her disappointment from the other villagers. However, Rem loved her sister and accepted her place behind her and her parents still cared for them both deeply, even if she herself found it difficult to believe in front of the brilliance of her older sister. One night Rem’s life changed forever when the village was attacked by the Witch Cult around 6 years before the beginning of the story, during which her sister’s horn was cut off by Faust. The whole village got destroyed and her parents and the other citizens were killed, except for her and Ram.
Special Skills or Abilities
As an Oni, Rem can enter her Oni Form, manifesting a single white horn on her forehead. As an Oni, Rem, like the rest of her race, has physical attributes that surpass that of regular humans. She is capable of killing Demon Beasts with her bare fists and showed no strain in carrying Subaru. Onis were also capable of manifesting a pair of pink energy-like long-curved horns out of their foreheads. While manifesting the horn, vibrant pink energy exudes from Rem’s forehead. Despite appearing to not have a physical form, the horn still acts like a physical part of the body, as Ram’s was sliced off by a dagger. While manifested, an Oni’s horns would awaken their instincts and act as a gate that allowed the Oni to absorb mana from the atmosphere, significantly increasing its ferocity and physical abilities. If an Oni over-exerted themselves while manifesting its horns, it was likely that the recoil would render them weak. As a twin, Rem was born with a single horn that appeared smaller than an average demon’s, meaning her power in her Oni state was lower than her kin’s.
Rem is also skilled at Water Magic. Roswaal, who taught her how to use it, estimates her skills being above average but nothing exceptional. She is able to attack and heal using her magic.
Interesting Personality Quirks
Rem has a deep sense of guilt and inferiority due to a past incident involving her sister. She also has a deep love for Subaru, and is fiercely loyal to him. Despite her polite manner of speaking, she sometimes acts without thinking. After waking up from a nearly two-year-long slumber with her memories erased, she becomes very wary of everyone, especially Subaru.
Rem is a complex character with a rich backstory and a deep sense of loyalty and love for those she cares about. Despite her initial distrust of Subaru, she eventually becomes one of his most loyal followers, sticking with him no matter what happens. Her journey is one of growth and transformation, and she is a character that many fans of Re:Zero have come to love and admire.