The BEST Episodes of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 9, 2020

Network: TV Tokyo

When Subaru Natsuki leaves the convenience store, the last thing he expects is to be wrenched from his everyday life and dropped into a fantasy world. Things aren't looking good for the bewildered teenager; however, not long after his arrival, he is attacked by some thugs. Armed with only a bag of groceries and a now useless cell phone, he is quickly beaten to a pulp. Fortunately, a mysterious beauty named Satella, in hot pursuit after the one who stole her insignia, happens upon Subaru and saves him. In order to thank the honest and kindhearted girl, Subaru offers to help in her search, and later that night, he even finds the whereabouts of that which she seeks. But unbeknownst to them, a much darker force stalks the pair from the shadows, and just minutes after locating the insignia, Subaru and Satella are brutally murdered. However, Subaru immediately reawakens to a familiar scene—confronted by the same group of thugs, meeting Satella all over again—the enigma deepens as history inexplicably repeats itself.

The Outside of Madness

#1 - The Outside of Madness

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 11, 2016

Upon returning to Roswaal's mansion, Subaru is greeted by an unbelievable sight and wails that this was not what he wanted to happen. Stricken with despair, everything before Subaru starts to go white as, finally, he hears a voice: "You were too late."

star 8.99
320 votes
Writers: Eiji Umehara, Naoto Hosoda
A Wager That Defies Despair

#2 - A Wager That Defies Despair

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 22, 2016

Subaru and Rem are at a loss for words. The battle against the White Whale, which seemed to be going in their favor through attrition, suddenly took on completely different proportions. With their tactical superiority and advantage quickly dwindling, the combined forces all but get tangled up in the threads of despair. That's when Subaru decides to yell out his next move...

star 8.56
188 votes
Writers: Eiji Umehara, Kazuki Aizawa, Kenji Takahashi
Nefarious Sloth

#3 - Nefarious Sloth

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Sep 5, 2016

The group is making its way in the Mathers domain when suddenly everyone but Subaru disappears and a strange, suffocating atmosphere seeps through the forest. He quickly figures out it is nothing but an illusion, and with help from Julius on the other side, dispels the barrier for everyone caught in it. However, arriving at the village doesn't make convincing the residents to evacuate easy. Time is running out, and the invisible hand of sloth makes its presence at the back of Subaru's mind more and more nefarious.

star 8.50
192 votes
Writers: Kazuhiro Ozawa, Masahiro Yokotani
That's All This Story Is About

#4 - That's All This Story Is About

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Sep 19, 2016

Emilia is hurriedly ushered to the capital along with the villagers under the orders of a mysterious benefactor while escorted by a rag-tag group of individuals from various and opposing factions. She has but one question on her mind: who could this man be and why would he go so far? Meanwhile, Subaru and Julius face off against the Archbishop of Sin Betelgeuse for the ultimate time. Unfortunately, he is very persistent even beyond death, belying his nature of Sloth. Subaru is relentlessly chased while he catches up to Emilia to save her one last time and answer her question.

star 8.44
228 votes
Writers: Masahiro Yokotani, Seiji Watanabe

#5 - Rem

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 13, 2016

Knocked unconscious by Subaru's attack, Rem dreams of an event in her past that she and Ram would rather forget... a sin for which Rem feels she can never be forgiven. After waking up, she tells Subaru that she's just committed the same sin again. When the three of them are moments from being cornered by the Ulgarm pack, Subaru takes off to draw their attention so Ram and Rem can escape.

star 8.39
237 votes
Writers: Masahiro Yokotani, Yamagishi Daigo
Wilhelm van Astrea

#6 - Wilhelm van Astrea

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 15, 2016

Subaru has devoted everything he had, and done all he could do. His passion has captured Crusch's heart, as well as Anastasia's cooperation, and they all enter into the battle against the White Whale together.

star 8.36
182 votes
Writers: Eiji Umehara, Masaharu Watanabe
From Zero

#7 - From Zero

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 1, 2016

Subaru laments that he could not do anything or save anyone, and has no options left. Exhausted, he suddenly takes off running at full speed as if he's made a decision...

star 8.35
265 votes
Writers: Nobuyoshi Nagayama, Yoshiko Nakamura
The Meaning of Courage

#8 - The Meaning of Courage

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 30, 2016

The scattered pieces of the puzzle finally come together, and Subaru realizes for certain that the shaman who cursed him is in the village at the foot of the mountains. He heads there with Ram and Rem and makes sure all the villagers touch him so that he can find out, with Beatrice's help, who cast the curse. But the truth he finds is not what he expected, and he finds himself rushing toward the village again...

star 8.33
208 votes
Writers: Ryōki Kamitsubo, Yoshiko Nakamura
Starting Life from Zero in Another World

#9 - Starting Life from Zero in Another World

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 18, 2016

Subaru attempts to buy the insignia from Felt and return it to Satella before Elsa arrives at the loot house... but Satella arrives before the negotiations are complete, and Elsa still attacks them.

star 8.33
233 votes
Writers: Masahiro Yokotani, Seiji Watanabe
Natsuki Subaru's Restart

#10 - Natsuki Subaru's Restart

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 16, 2016

Standing before Subaru is someone he never expected. The truth of the attacker's identity leaves him bewildered, and he feels everything crumbling around him as he dies yet again. Then, for the fourth time, he awakes on his first day at the Roswaal mansion. This time, the night of the fourth day passes without incident, and Subaru is stunned as he greets the morning of the fifth day... but then the situation takes an unexpected turn.

star 8.31
215 votes
Writers: Pyeon-Gang Ho, Yoshiko Nakamura
The Self-Proclaimed Knight and the Greatest Knight

#11 - The Self-Proclaimed Knight and the Greatest Knight

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Sep 12, 2016

Subaru devises a new plan to correct the mistake of the blank letter sent to the manor, encourage the evacuation of the villagers and move Emilia away from her current location. With these preparations complete, he enacts the second part of his plan designed to cut off the Fingers before severing the Unseen Hand once and for all.

star 8.26
185 votes
Writers: Yoshikazu Miyao, Yoshiko Nakamura
Fanatical Methods Like a Demon

#12 - Fanatical Methods Like a Demon

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 6, 2016

Subaru risked his life to save the children from a pack of Ulgarm, but he was so powerfully cursed that there could be no saving him. Even Beatrice is unable to undo the complex web of curses on him, and says he'll grow weak and die within half a day. The only way he can survive is if the entire Ulgarm pack is defeated, but time is not on his side. Subaru is ready to give up when he learns that Rem has gone into the forest by herself...

star 8.24
201 votes
Writers: Masahiro Yokotani, Naoto Hosoda
Battle Against the White Whale

#13 - Battle Against the White Whale

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 8, 2016

To save Emilia, Subaru approaches Crusch to negotiate the formation of an alliance. His terms are a bit difficult for Crusch to believe, but she can see that Subaru isn't lying.

star 8.22
213 votes
Writers: Eiji Umehara, Shunsuke Nakashige
Disgrace in the Extreme

#14 - Disgrace in the Extreme

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 25, 2016

A mysterious figure appears before Subaru and his traveling companions. As the looming beast attacks with a deafening bellow amidst the darkness and fog, Rem determines that it will be too difficult to escape...

star 8.20
223 votes
Directors: Mikamo Yoshito
Writers: Takaharu Ozaki, Yoshiko Nakamura
The Sound of Chains

#15 - The Sound of Chains

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 9, 2016

Subaru's first day at the Roswaal mansion begins for the third time. The first time, he grew weak and died of unknown reasons in his sleep, and the second time, he was killed by an attacker. The sound of chains that he heard as he died the second time replays in his mind, waking him in a terrified, cold sweat. He has no idea what the killer is after, let alone who it is, so he makes a plan to leave the mansion on the fourth night and watch for the attack to happen.

star 8.19
215 votes
Writers: Shunsuke Nakashige, Yoshiko Nakamura
The End of the Beginning and the Beginning of the End

#16 - The End of the Beginning and the Beginning of the End

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 4, 2016

In the series opening double episode, Natsuki Subaru is summoned to a alternate world on his way home one day. At first, he's enamored with this new fantasy world, but the cute girl summoned him? Nowhere to be found. He quickly learns that he doesn't have any of the powers as a gang surrounds him. Right at that moment, she appears…

star 8.15
325 votes
Writers: Masaharu Watanabe, Masahiro Yokotani
I Cried, Cried My Lungs Out, and Stopped Crying

#17 - I Cried, Cried My Lungs Out, and Stopped Crying

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 23, 2016

Subaru's first day in Roswaal's mansion begins for the fifth time. Determined to save everyone this time, he makes it a point to keep his best smile on his face in order to earn the trust of the mansion's staff. But although he works his hardest to make them like him, his body begins to have trouble keeping up with his heart's intentions. Soon Emilia is unable to bear the sight of him struggling any longer and takes an unexpected action...

star 8.12
207 votes
Writers: Manabu Okamoto, Masahiro Yokotani
Reunion with the Witch

#18 - Reunion with the Witch

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 11, 2016

After being attacked by someone the first time, sliced open by Elsa the second time, and stabbed in the back by punks the third time, Subaru should have been dead, but found himself back where he started in the same parallel world every time. He finally realizes he's acquired the power to go back to the time and place he started from, which he calls "Return by Death." In hopes of changing the fate awaiting Felt, Satella, Old Man Rom, and himself, Subaru takes off for the fourth time.

star 8.09
233 votes
Writers: Kenichi Kawamura, Masahiro Yokotani
A Flash of Sloth

#19 - A Flash of Sloth

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Aug 29, 2016

With the battle against the White Whale now over, the mercenary force setting up the blockade of the road comes back, Julius at the lead. His arrival gives rise to mixed feelings for Subaru, but after Julius sincerely thanks him for ridding the world of the monster, Subaru finds it in himself to apologize for his past behavior. The group now looks forward, ready to enter the Mathers domain...

star 8.02
178 votes
Writers: Masahiro Yokotani, Nobuyoshi Nagayama
The Happy Roswaal Mansion Family

#20 - The Happy Roswaal Mansion Family

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 25, 2016

After being badly wounded by Elsa, Subaru somehow survived and awoke in the mansion of Margrave Mathers, in the Kingdom of Lugunica.

star 8.01
220 votes
Writers: Masahiro Yokotani, Masayuki Sakoi
The Sickness Called Despair

#21 - The Sickness Called Despair

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 4, 2016

"I just wanted to protect her. That feeling wasn't a lie. Where did I go wrong?" Rejected by the one who meant more to him than anything, Subaru is still unable to recognize that he may have done something irreversible. He then finds out that some disturbing movement has been detected within Roswaal's domain, where Emilia and the others are. He's certain that he can save them somehow, so in spite of Rem and Crusch's opposition, Subaru makes his way back to Emilia...

star 7.94
207 votes
Directors: Taisuke Mamoru
Writers: Eiji Umehara, Taisuke Mamoru
The Morning of Our Promise Is Still Distant

#22 - The Morning of Our Promise Is Still Distant

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 2, 2016

Subaru now lives and works in Roswaal's mansion, working with Ram and Rem, and finally getting Emilia to agree to a date with him. But the day of their promised date never comes as Subaru keeps going back to the day he first awoke in the mansion. He's confused at the thought that he Returned by Death despite having no memory of experiencing anything deadly, but he's determined to repeat his previous actions up to the point of fulfilling his promise with Emilia.

star 7.89
213 votes
Writers: Manabu Okamoto, Masahiro Yokotani

#23 -

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 8, 2020

star 7.88
43 votes
Return to the Capital

#24 - Return to the Capital

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 20, 2016

At the order of the council of elders that manages Lugunica in the king's absence, Wilhelm and Felix visit Roswaal's mansion as emissaries. Emilia is required in the imperial capital right away, so Subaru asks her to take him along. Emilia tells him this won't be a pleasure trip, but a push from Rem and Roswaal ends in her agreement, so Emilia and Subaru head to the capital. Now all of the candidates to be Lugunica's next king are gathered, and the royal selection is underway.

star 7.86
198 votes
Writers: Kazuhiro Ozawa, Masahiro Yokotani
The Greed of a Pig

#25 - The Greed of a Pig

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 18, 2016

Subaru wakes up in front of the appa shop once again. Feeling boxed in on all sides due to his own lack of power to change the situation, he seeks the help of others. First, he seeks the help of Crush, who flatly declines any further involvement passed her contractual obligation of healing Subaru. His requests to Anastasia and Priscilla similarly go unanswered despite his pleas. Having wasted too much time, Subaru decides to at least try to get Emilia away from Roswaal's mansion as early as possible. He then takes a dragon car back home with Rem.

star 7.68
223 votes
Writers: Shunsuke Nakashige, Yoshiko Nakamura