In Re:Zero, Subaru x Emilia versus Subaru x Rem battled fiercely in the shipping wars. But the Waifu Wars may be over since light novel creator Tappei Nagatsuki answered a question about Subaru and Emilia’s marriage by stating that Re:Zero would have a happy ending.
Can I hear that yelling in the background?
This question was asked when the author wrote a Twitter spaces to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series on April 20, 2022. During that event, Tappei was reportedly asked if Subaru and Emilia would eventually marry each other in a wedding. The writer only responded by assuring listeners that Re:Zero would have a happy ending.
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To be 100 percent clear, Tappei did not directly confirm that he is planning a Subaru x Emilia wedding before the end in Re:Zero Arc 11. He only stated that the whole story would have a happy ending in the context of a question about Subaru marry Emilia instead of one of the other girls.
Is a Subaru x Rem marriage still possible before the end of the novel Re:Zero light?
In light novel canon, Subaru may only have eyes for Emilia, but fans of the Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World anime and light novel series have long shipped Subaru x Rem.
Re:Zero’s Subaru x Rem route even officially got a Sloth What If? special chapter by light novel creator Tappei Nagatsuki. In this alternate reality, Rem said “yes” when Subaru asked Rem to run away with him. They even get married and have two children named Rigel Natsuki and Spica Natsuki
There are even people who ship Subaru x Priscilla, Subaru x Pandora, and Subaru x Crusch. Even the witch gets more love than Subaru x Emilia since Subaru x Satella fanfiction exists.
But the question is whether a Subaru x Rem marriage is even possible, given the way Archbishop of Gluttony Lye Batenkaitos ate Rem’s name and memories. For fans of anime only, that’s a loaded question, as even a simple answer contains spoilers.
Warning: the next two paragraphs contain major spoilers!
The answer is “yes”, but if you want to know more, read these full spoilers. As readers of the light novels already know, Rem was revived in Re:Zero Volume 25, which adapted the ending of the Re:Zero. web novel Arch 6: Chapter 90: Heroes.
When Rem woke up, Subaru hoped everyone would remember Rem right away, but Emilia and Beatrice couldn’t. Worse, Rem has amnesia, doesn’t remember Subaru at all and runs away. The blue-haired girl even tries to kill Subaru by setting a series of traps for him in a reset loop!
Even so, Team Rem still has hopes that Rem’s memories will be restored or that she will rebuild her faith and love in Subaru from scratch.
Is a Re:Zero harem likely to end?
A “happy ending” could be a Re:Zero harem ending where Subaru marries Emilia and Rem. Earlier in the story, Rem’s defining character is actually her intense unconditional love for Subaru, but such a polygamy ending can seem cheap and forced to longtime fans, especially after later plot developments in Re:Zero Arc 6 and 7.
It is also debatable what Tappei means by a happy ending. In previous interviews, when Tappei was directly asked, “Will Re:Zero have a happy ending?” he supposedly replied, “Define happy.”
The author is also said to like bittersweet endings, so fans will just have to wait until Re:Zero Final Arc to see what he means by a happy ending. Who do you want to win in the end: Emilia or Rem?