5 Simple Reasons Why Emilia Is BETTER Than Rem From Re Zero

Emilia from re zero compressor

Who do you choose? Rem or Emilia, and why?

Whatever your answer, hold that thought.

When I got into Re Zero I was surprised to see how popular Rem is, despite not being the protagonist like Emilia.

I even assumed Rem might be a protagonist… But I was obviously wrong.

Now I question why some fans argue and get bitter over something as ridiculous as “Rem Vs Emilia”.

  • On one hand: you have people who genuinely love Rem more.
  • And then there are fans of Emilia who keep quiet because of the petty haters.

So since nobody else is willing to mention why Emilia is better to avoid criticism, I’ll be the one to do it.

Let’s get started…


Why Emilia Is BETTER Than Rem:


1. Emilia’s The Protagonist for a GOOD reason

subaru natsuki and emilia 1

When all is said and done, Emilia is the protagonist for a good reason.

Subaru ends up in another world, not knowing WTF is even going on. But because it looks good, he goes along with it anyway.

And after running into a bunch of idiots, Emilia shows up and saves the day. While pretending not to care for his well-being, as if she did it for the sake of it.

Emilia and Subaru episode 1

These “little” moments in the first 40 minutes of Re Zero is what sets the stage for Emilia’s character.

You get to see in plain sight how kind, caring, stubborn, and even how “flawed” she is in terms of her habit of lying to save face (mentioned by Puck).

She’s a likable character from the get-go. Which is especially true if you were able to predict what kind of person she is from her actions in the beginning.

REM would have been an awful protagonist because of her initial behavior when she’s first introduced. And her unstable nature.

Making Rem a weaker character for the role and context portrayed by Re Zero.


2. Emilia’s character is enhanced by PUCK

Puck from Re Zero

Let’s keep it real: Puck is one of those “side characters” who makes the protagonist MUCH better.

This is mostly from a comedy point of view, and filling in a few gaps for Emilia’s character.

The relationship Puck and Emilia share is fun and special in its own way.

Similar to Natsu and Happy from Fairy Tail but different. Both characters makes the other better.

While Rem has RAM as her companion, you don’t get to see the kind of relationship Emilia and Puck has consistently or initially.

Puck makes Emilia more entertaining, and Puck by himself is a likable character as well.


3. Emilia’s intentions are pure from the beginning (unlike Rem)

Emilia helps kid episode 1

In the first 40 minutes of Re Zero you can see what kind of person Emilia is in plain sight.

  • Kind.
  • Pure of heart.
  • Generous.
  • Grateful.
  • And willing to return favor without a second thought.

Not once are Emilia’s intentions malicious or deceitful.

Compare that to Rem, who even though she works as a maid in the mansion, she kills Subaru Natsuki based purely on assumption and irrational behaviour.

This is despite her “playing nice” in the mansion, which is why it’s one of the most shocking scenes in Re Zero when the “silent killer” is revealed to be Rem.

Rem kills subaru natsuki re zero

The only reason Rem becomes “a likable character” is because of Subaru’s insistence on getting Rem to trust him.

Or else she would have slaughtered him like she did the first time.


4. Emilia puts others before herself (no matter WHO it is)

Emilia helps little girl re zero

No matter how I look at it, this is one of the most attractive traits of Emilia.

It’s not everybody’s cup of tea as we say in the UK, but it doesn’t matter.

It’s not the act of putting others before herself, it’s the pure intent and authenticity behind it.

  • She’s not doing it “just” because it’s convenient.
  • She’s not doing it as part of some hidden scheme or agenda.

Emilia does it because she wants to do it.

I like that a lot about Emilia in comparison to Rem. Who’s only nice because she loves Subaru.


5. Emilia’s relationship is more developed with Subaru

Subaru Natsuki and emilia together

In the end, the fact is Emilia’s relationship with Subaru is LEGIT.

And why wouldn’t it be? They’re both protagonists. Plus it’s not “one-sided” like with Rem.

Both Subaru and Emilia’s relationship has been a perfect match from the beginning.

They both balance each other out in interesting ways. Like how Subaru’s optimism has a positive impact on Emilia.

Or how Emilia’s pure intentions “inspires” Subaru and makes him fall for her even more.


Honorable Mentions:

  • Emilia’s design is better than Rems.
  • I connect with Emilia better, personally.

Does that mean Rem is a bad character?

Rem smiling with Subaru Natsuki


In fact I like Rem. Her genuine flaws, scars, and struggle with self-esteem makes Rem relatable.

And in terms of Subaru, because of what Subaru did for Rem’s confidence, she does whatever it takes to support him.

Especially when he’s depressed or feeling down on himself.

BUT overall:

  • Emilia doesn’t get enough love in Re Zero, despite being a protagonist.
  • And besides that, I love Emilia’s role better as a character.
  • Not many Re Zero fans will admit that to avoid being attacked by losers in the anime community.
    • “Losers” because some fans are so petty they’ll attack you for disagreeing. As if the sun shines out their ass.

So Emilia get’s my vote 10/10. Anyday of the week.

Related: 25 Powerful Quotes From Re Zero That Will Give You A Lot To Think About

Also read: Subaru And Emilia’s Relationship Argument – Reddit

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13 thoughts on “5 Simple Reasons Why Emilia Is BETTER Than Rem From Re Zero

  1. AnimeMotivationGuest says:

    You didn’t make the case for why Emilia is better than Rem at all. All you’ve made the case for is Emilia being a better PERSON, not a better CHARACTER. In fact, your constant pointing out of how nigh-perfect Emilia is fromthe start, I would say, only hurts your argument. Furthermore, her needing Puck to make her mor interesting isn’t a bonus. Rem is a well-rounded character even independent of Ram. We see this clealy in the episodes that she’s alone with Subaru in the capital. As for your assertion that Emilia and Subaru’s relationship is more developed? How do you figure? Emilia is practically a bit part in the last 10 or so epsiodes. That’s nearly half the show! Calling her a “protagonist” is definitely a stretch.

    You know why people prefer Rem and Subaru’s relationship? They spend at least as much time together as Emilia and Subaru and the time spent together is FAR more meaningful. Rem is flawed, but it’s with Subaru’s help that she becomes a better person and she has the same effect on him. They make each other better. And, unlike with Emilia, Rem and Subaru have seen each other raw and laid bare. They’ve seen each other’s shame and ugly sides and they still care deeply for one another. By comparison, I found Subaru’s “love” for Emilia shallow and yet another case of anime classing simple infatuation as love. Subaru only seems to love her because he met her first and she saved him. In the final epsiode when he comments he could name 2,000 things he loved about her, I scoffed “I doubt you could think of that many”. Truly, what is there to their relationship besides him being obsessively infatuated and her tolerating his antics? Emilia is to Subaru what Sakura was to Naruto. Rem genuinely got Subaru and Subaru genuinely got Rem and it didn’t take until the final moments of the last episode after some grand, white knight display of chivalry to do it.

    Rem loves Subaru as he is. Even though he had his faults and was an obsessive and selfish ass, she recognized that he could be selfless and courageous. I contend Rem is not only a better match but a much better and more interesting character. Frankly, when he offered to run away with her, I found myself going “Yeah, why don’t you? Look at the sh*tstorm that surrounds trying to save Emilia. Why is any of this your responsibility? You’ve already done more than could be asked of anyone!”.

    • Theo J Ellis says:

      “You didn’t make the case for why Emilia is better than Rem at all.” = I didn’t make a case that you would EVER agree with.

      Your mind was already made up, as is mine. That’s why it’s called an “opinion”.

  2. Sayali Parandekar says:

    I like Emilia more, I liked her since the beginning, and Tbh she is better character, I don’t mind if people like Rem more but oh God Rem’s Fandom is the worst fandom that I ever seen, All of her fans are so Cancerous and rude that I can’t take it anymore, everytime wherever Rezero is mention, these triggered people start talking sh*t, Like Rem is the Best, Emilia is Trash, Subaru and Emilia should die and blah blah blah, I have seen thousands of posts and memes like that, Like what the heck is wrong with this people? You are hating on Subaru and Emilia so much just because he rejected your favorite girl seriously, what are these people? 3 years old or something, Always keep whining

  3. Joonas says:

    I am a rem fan myself but I dont think lia is a shallow and bad character.
    I think everyone can have their own opinions…

  4. Mathis says:

    The debate stems from who is the better love interest for Subaru, not who is a better person. If you think people dislike Emilia for some other reason, you’re sadly mistaken. And while Emilia is a selfless, generous, and pure person, she is written very shallow. Almost “fan-service” like.

    Onto the love debate: Ep 18 + 19, Rem brings him up from his darkest moment, when he’s ready to give up and run away. He tells lies to cover up how he knows things (when he resets), yet she doesn’t demand the truth (which is what Emilia does), because she has complete faith in him. Rem loves him. Emilia did everything for Subaru because that’s just who she is. Up until this point, it’s clear she doesn’t love him back but is too nice to reject him.

    Now if I were to criticize your list…
    1. Your sole reasoning that she’s the main protagonist is why she’s better is NOT a solid reason.
    2. The fact that you even made this your 2nd point sums up why Emilia is not better. In fact, it makes your stance worse. Emilia NEEDS Puck, but Rem does not need Ram.
    3. Yes, Emilia is pure, but she lacks depth, she’s shallow. You’re also arguing on the basis of how they met, not their journey together. It’s how you end, not how you start. Rem had a frozen, dark heart before she met Subaru.
    4. This reasoning is similar to your 3rd. But that doesn’t make her a better character, that makes her a push-over.
    5. Emilia and Subaru don’t even balance each other out. Lia doesn’t need Subaru’s optimism, she’s never shown being sad. Rem and Subaru’s relation is remarkably more developed. They’ve been through so much. He put himself in harms way TWICE to save her from the Ulgarm dogs. Then Subaru comforts Rem when she thinks she’s nothing more than a replacement for Ram.
    …Your honorable mention is that you have a bias towards Emilia…You should work on your writing.

    • Theo J Ellis says:

      “Bias” is an interesting word, since your response is “bias” towards Rem (nothing I say will change that). Which isn’t a problem, just hypocritical. Given your stance on the matter.

      This is all subjective, try not to forget that 😉

      • Turquoise Moon says:

        Emilia is Subaru’s love interest in a world that is so mad it defies all reason. Falling in love with a woman who gives her all to you and tries to patch up a guy’s over-sized broken ego is an accomplishment on its own. Subaru being too much into Emilia and yet showing an affection for Rem he has never shown for Emilia is a contradiction that even Subaru cannot resolve because Rem’s impact on him is just that deep… that no matter how much he is head over heels in love with Emilia he cannot deny or abandon Rem. Maybe it means Subaru is a great guy… but it also means that the writer thinks that Rem is crucial to Subaru’s character development… and that Re:zero itself wouldn’t be what it is without Rem giving that idea to Subaru.

        ONE THING YOU GOT WRONG MAN, is certainly this: REM IS A MUCH BETTER, CHARACTER because she builds on Subaru’s faith not only in himself but in what he is supposed to do. Rem was the sole reason he was able to continue along this “heroic” journey of his when he was already succumbing to absolute depression and neurosis. Rem restored his sense of self, and believed in him without question, whereas Emilia kept saying that she cannot trust Subaru if he couldn’t give her a reason to trust him. Emilia is mainstream woman… she is just like “us”… but Rem is different. Not knowing anything about “Return by Death” like everybody else, she tells Subaru it is all right… she knows that he has a very good reason to do what he does, and accepts that there are things that one may keep secret… that keeping secrets is not a reason to doubt someone’s motives or desires. THERE IS A REASON A LOT OF PEOPLE LOVE HER, and MORE REASONS FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE TO THINK EMILIA IS MEH… that;s all ^_^

        • Theo J Ellis says:

          Rem also KILLED Subaru, TWICE. Without any remorse. But “Rem” fans conveniently forget that.

          She was also used as Fodder later in the 2nd half of the series, and then mysteriously disappears during the last episodes of Re:Zero.

          Anyway – I respect your opinion even if i disagree. And I appreciate the fact you didn’t get all insecure and try “attacking” me just because we see things different (like most petty fans seem to do).

    • Theo J Ellis says:

      Sounds like there’s a “deeper story” behind those words that you’ve yet to deal with. You might wanna fix that instead of projecting it onto other people 🙂

      Merry Christmas!

  5. Minh Anhh says:

    Add one more thing: Most of Rem’s fans are awful as hell.

    Re:Zero is one of the most popular anime in my country Vietnam, and over 60 or 70% of the fans love Rem more than Emilia. At first I was like, a person that follows the trend “Rem >>> Emilia”. But when I started reading Re:Zero, I loved Emilia in her first appearance. She is kind, beautiful, she really cares about other people. The more I kept reading, the more I was in love with Emilia.

    I don’t understand why so much people hate Emilia? She’s a wonderful character. As for me, most people that dislike Emilia are Rem’s fans. Because Rem was REJECTED by Subaru by “I love Emilia”, and they started hating on Emilia. I mean, Emilia came FIRST. And Rem-Subaru is just a one-sided love.

    In the end, EmiliaxSubaru is best ship.

  6. Zan says:

    Me too,i love Emilia,but that doesn’t means i hate Rem.It’s just that i love Emilia better.But i don’t understand why re:zero fans love Rem better than Emilia,Emilia’s voice,personality,are better than Rem.Also i think Emilia’s more beautiful than Rem.But there was one got-cut scene in this anime.Where Subaru says that he wants to have two wife(which is Rem and Emilia)to Rem.But he has to sees if Emilia agrees.Yea i want that to happens too.

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