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As all great things must someday reach their end, today (September 19th) so did the Re:ZERO anime inspired by Tappei Nagatsuki and Shinichiro Otsuka’s light novels. As Nagatsuki says his farewells to the show, thanking the cast and staff for bringing the series to life, the author’s also been reflecting on the ‘what ifs’, imagining the many different turns the story could have taken. The IF chapters he’s been creating will soon come together in a full 290-page novel, to be released as a bonus for all Japanese fans who buy the complete anime series on Blu-ray. And featuring heavily in this novel is the idea that Subaru and Rem fled Lugunica for a more peaceful life in the country of Kararagi.

To that end, here’s a sneak peek at one of the endings many fans would have wished for, to be featured in the novels’ volume 9 release on September 25th, falling behind the anime. Together, Natsuki Subaru and Natsuki Rem, their son Rigel, and daughter Spica spend many happy days beneath Kararagi’s cherry blossom trees.

The 25-episode anime, which became a smash for breaking open the tropes of travel to another world, premiered on April 4th. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and they give it the following description:

Natsuki Subaru, an ordinary high school student, is on his way home from the convenience store when he finds himself transported to another world. As he’s lost and confused in a new world where he doesn’t even know left from right, the only person to reach out to him was a beautiful girl with silver hair. Determined to repay her somehow for saving him from his own despair, Subaru agrees to help the girl find something she’s looking for…

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