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|“||I have only one wish: equality for everyone. I desire to create a nation where all citizens are equal.||„|
|~ Emilia revealing her plans for the Kingdom of Lugunica.|
|“||It's infinitely more satisfying to hear a single thank you than to be subjected to a barrage of sorry after sorry. I did it because I wanted to help you, not because I was looking for an apology.||„|
|~ Emilia telling Subaru her philosophy on gratitude.|
Emilia is the deuteragonist and main heroine of the 2014 Japanese dark fantasy light novel series Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World, as well as its anime television series and manga adaptations of the same name. She also makes appearances in various side stories, short stories and video games based on the series. Outside of Re:Zero, Emilia appears as a major character in Isekai Quartet, a 2019 comedy crossover anime television series that features characters from several properties of the "Isekai" genre.
Born over one-hundred years before the events of the story, the half-elf Emilia was raised in the elven village of Elior Forest by her late father's sister Fortuna. When Emilia was young, the Witch of Vanity and her allies attacked the elven village and raised the settlement to the ground. Emilia, in her grief, froze the entire village along with all of its surviving inhabitants and herself. The Witch of Vanity then proceeded to manipulate the girl's memories, ensuring her memories would remain repressed.
Seven years ago, Emilia was defrosted by the artificial spirit Puck who subsequently formed a contract with her and became her only friend and confidante. Years later still, Emilia and Puck, who lived isolated from society in Elior Forest, met Roswaal L. Mathers, a powerful wizard and regional lord. Mathers revealed to the young woman that she was destined to become one of the five possible candidates to rule over the nation they presided in—Lugunica.
Since birth, Emilia had faced strict prejudice at the hands of the ignorant and fearful. The reason for the cruelty inflicted upon her was due to her lineage as a half-elven woman with silver hair and amethyst eyes. Four hundred years ago, the Witch of Envy Satella, whose description aligned with Emilia's, had destroyed half of the world before her destructive rampage was finally halted. Seeking to rid the nation of the prejudice she had personally faced, Emilia accepted Roswaal's offer and began preparations to gun for the throne of Lugunica.
In all media, Emilia is voiced by Rie Takahashi in Japanese and by Kayli Mills in English voice-over. Takahashi's other heroic roles include Megumin in KonoSuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World!, Mash Kyrielight in Fate/Grand Order, Mirai Asahina in Witchy PreCure!, Peni Parker in the Japanese voice-over of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Wonder Girl in the Japanese voice-over of Young Justice. Mills's other heroic roles include Alice Zuberg in Sword Art Online, Rosa in Pokémon Masters, Cloudy Jay in the Japanese voice-over of Regular Show and Carrie Krueger in the Japanese voice-over of The Amazing World of Gumball. Both Takahashi and Mills also voice the Witch of Envy Satella in their respective versions.
Emilia stood at five feet and three inches tall, making her roughly a head shorter than Subaru Natsuki. Her violet eyes had a bluish tint to them and shone with intelligence. Emilia's long wavy silver hair reached down to her hips and was usually adorned with decorative braids. As a half-elf, her ears were noticeably pointed, a factor that, when coupled with her hair and eyes, earned Emilia ire as an alleged descendant of the Witch of Envy. Her beautiful face exhibited elements of both youthful softness and maturity. Emilia gave off an aura of noble refinement that awarded her with a naturally bewitching charm.
Subaru initially meets Emilia's insignia, which is possessively required to become eligible for participating the royal election, is taken by a 15-year-old female thief named Felt. Her actual name is first used during the introduction to Subaru as Satella, which is also the name of the "Jealous Witch", said to resemble herself and is responsible for discriminating the race of the fellow human-elf hybrids. Among the other discriminated races and people in the Kingdom of Lugnica, she is appeared as their only hope for a better future because of her both democratic ideal and social equality. But she is often shunned and hated by people, leaving her alone and without any of her friends following the meeting with Subaru due to her heritage and resemblance to Satella. Firstly, she regards Subaru as a mischievous boy who always needs to have good care. However, she begins to develop her deep expressions for him, as he is the only one who ever makes her truly happy, accepted and loved in order to be his love interest prior to risking his life to rescue her from the cult of an evil witch.
Emilia is good-natured and likes to take care of others, though she herself refuses to admit it, instead thinking of it as her own selfishness. As a result, this often has Emilia avoid opening up to others and sharing her burdens to a very stubborn degree. She is indifferent to her own appearance, leaving Puck to take care of her clothes and hair. Because her appearance is similar to the Witch of Envy, she has received harsh discrimination from others.
She has a tendency to use a lot of antiquated words that you would only hear out of an old person. Even Fortuna, who once lived with her in Elior Forest, wondered where she learned them from. On rare occasions, Emilia will let out her childish side when faced with something very unfamiliar to her because up until a few years ago she was unacquainted with the social norms of the outside world beyond the woods she used to live in alongside other elves. Despite this, she adapts quickly and still works hard to become a king.
Powers and Abilities
Emilia manipulates both Spirit User and Magic User. For her spirit user, she is now contracted with several quasi spirits and formerly the artificial spirit known as Pack. During the Sanctuary incident, Pack broke his contract with her to shatter her pendant of existence, and she carried him around in an artifact called the crystal stone, which was not pure enough for her to properly possess him. Later on, she replaces her pendant with a newly high purity crystal stone despite this after the events in Priestella, but she states that her mana is low and not enough to form a new contract instead. Pack was originally a human being until he was transformed into an artificial spirit that resembles a puppy by Echidna and has some sort of contract with her that can immediately seal his past memories when met a certain condition.
After doing several trials, Emilia remembered that she could manipulate the magical power without Pack, who formerly contracted with, and be reliable to it.
- Shinichirou Otsuka, the illustrator and character designer for the Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World light novel series, considered Emilia the most difficult character to design. The reason they struggled with the design of Emilia the most was because of the pressure placed on them, considering that she was the main heroine of the series. It took him several days to produce a design for Emilia.
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