For some time, the mystery surrounding Emilia’s mother’s identity has been the center of attention. Satella and Echidna are two of the most popular candidates for her mother’s role. ).
Re:Zero’s latest episode featured a touching interaction between Minerva (the witch of wrath) and Emilia. Fans wondered if Minerva could be Emilia’s blood mother.
Is there any evidence in the story to support it?
Is Minerva Emilia Minerva’s mother?
Let’s start by going over the facts we know about Emilia and her mother. Emilia is half-elf. Emilia is the daughter of Fortuna, Fortuna’s brother and an elf. This means Emilia’s mother must have been human.
Re:Zero has called Emilia a witch’s child many times. This would indicate that Emilia’s mother was a Witch, even if it is a metaphorical title.
These assumptions lead us to believe that Emilia’s mom is a human witch. Guess what? Only a few people fit this description.
It could be Satella, or any other Witches that we see in the story. Satella is also a half-elf. ).
Why then are we focusing our attention on Minerva? Minerva seems to have many traits that could make Emilia her mother.
Minerva’s closeness with Elfs:
Emilia’s father is an elf so it makes sense that Emilia has a mother who is close to elves. Archi states that the elves owe a lot to Emilia’s mom and have greatly helped them.
Minerva was shown to have been very close to the elves. The Witch of Envy used elves as bait to trap Minerva. 400 years ago, a group elves were used as collateral damage.
Minerva realized it and ran to help. She fell into the trap set for her.
If Minerva is Emilia’s mom and she gave her life (or was trapped) in order to save the elves from being used as cannon fodder for their weapons, then the elves or that particular group would be forever indebted.
The third trial:
Fans believe Minerva could be Emilia’s mother because of her behavior in the third trial.
After Emilia had successfully completed her third trial at the sanctuary, Minerva welcomed Emlia, not Echidna. Emlia was not allowed to see her face by Minerva for some reason.
Minerva looked a little confused when she introduced herself to Emilia. It was almost as if Emilia would recognize Minerva if she revealed her true name.
You know ……. I’m well. A Witch so frightening, it makes every hair stand on end
Minerva introduces Emilia to herself
Emilia then asks Emilia about Subaru, and her feelings for him. Strangely, the interaction is very similar to a mother asking her daughter about the boy she’s dating.
You get excited the second you hear that name. It’s amazing, but do you really understand the situation? What do you think about the boy?
Minerva to Emilia, Vol. 15, pg. 79)
Minerva is concerned about Emilia’s choices in dating? Motherly affection? 10/10!
The best hint? Minerva cries instantly when Emilia tells Minerva that Fortuna was her real mother. Did she feel moved by Emilia’s genuine love for her child, even though she had to leave it behind so young?
The hug Minerva gave Emilia was followed by a heartwarming hug. It’s almost like a mother hugging her baby and giving her strength.
Is Minerva Emilia’s real mother? We won’t be able to know for certain.
Minerva and Emilia share some similarities, aside from the motherly love.
Similarities to Emilia
Fortuna claims that Emilia got her purple hair and silver eyes from her father, and her adorable face from her mother. Minerva can also be described as someone who is adorable.
This could be considered a similarity. You decide!
Tappei Nagatsuki (the author of Re:Zero) had stated that minerva-tan was one of the easiest people to fool in all of Re:Zero. Tappei Nagatsuki, the author of Re:Zero, stated that she is too kind and is easily deceived.
This is a trait that looks very similar to Emilia’s. However, Emilia might have developed some prudence after spending enough quality time with Subaru.
This is not the end. Minerva’s clothing is very similar to that of the Elves. The white tunic she wore over her stomach and the gloves are very similar to Fortuna’s and other elves.
Minerva was very close to the Elves, so this could explain it. After spending some time with them, she might have taken their clothes off.
Minerva is the name
Sekhmet was the one who spoke with Emilia instead of Echidna in the Re:Zero web novels.
Sekhmet mentioned to Emilia, that Minerva was the only witch (alongside Echidna) who could have a decent conversation.
But, Emilia is able to feel some of the most interesting emotions when Sekhmet mentions Minerva.
The name made her feel horribly nostalgic. It could stimulate her memories. She thought it was someone she was close to, even though she didn’t have any memories of the name.
Minerva doesn’t want Emilia, even in web-novels. We are curious why this could be. These hints lead us to believe that Minerva is Emilia’s mother. Right?
There are many circumstantial evidences that suggest Minerva could have been Emilia’s mom, but there are also many factors that discredit this possibility. This could get even more confusing.
Timelines don’t match:
When we consider Minerva to be Emilia’s mom, it becomes apparent that there is a discrepancy in the timeline. Minerva was suckedby The Witch of Envy 400 years ago. Tappei said that Minerva was Pakkuncho’d by the Witch of Envy.
Emilia is at most 120 years old. However, she is only 15 when she thinks about it. It is impossible that a person who died 400years ago could have the birth of a child 120 years later.
Echidna’s misdirected hatred:
It’s no secret that Echidna hates Emilia. Tappei, in his Twitter Q&A about Echidna’s birthday, has stated that Emilia is the one Echidna hates most.
As we have previously explained, Echidna hates Emilia as a result of her mother.
Minerva could be Emilia’s mom, which would indicate that Echidna doesn’t have a good relationship with Minerva. This is not true. Minerva, out of all the Witches is the closest to Echidna.
Echidna might not consider her a close friend (Dona is a loner ), but she loved spending time with the Witches.
The witches were actually the only ones who could be close to her. Echidna wouldn’t be able to begin to dislike Emilia just because Minerva is around.
Minerva is Emilia’s mom?
Minerva admitted that she knew Emilia’s mother well, and Minerva showed maternal affection.
She says Emilia is similar to her mother’s personality and that she has become stronger. This information could be used in any direction.
Or, Minerva could be acting out extreme dramatization by referring to herself as the third person. If she is Emilia’s mom, then she would be able to know herself very well.
However, this does not appear to be the case. This conversation confirms that Minerva isn’t Emilia’s mother. She is, however, someone who clearly knew Emilia very well.
Minerva wanted to speak to Emilia about the mother she had, but she was unable to because of a promise she made.
Yes, I do know her well. However, I won’t say anything about her…I promise not.
Minerva, Emilia’s mother
What should we make of Minerva’s behavior?
Minerva may not be the best candidate to become Emilia’s mom, but what can we make of Minerva’s behavior, and especially her affection for Emilia?
Echidna as well as Minerva knew Emilia’s mother, so it is obvious that she was alive 400+ years ago. It is possible that Emilia could be her aunt, considering how emotional Minerva was while speaking to Emilia. Could Emilia be her sister’s child? Oder the daughter of someone she was very close to?
It is possible that Minerva’s Witch Factor passed to Emilia after her death.
Flugel somehow managed to collect Echidna’s Witch Factor. Could Minerva have freely passed on her WF? This is not a good idea, but it is still worth exploring.
Emilia and Satella connection?
Here we return to the theory Emilia was Satella, who traveled back in. If this theory is true, it would mean that Minerva, just like Echidna knows that Emilia was Satella.
Could this be the reason she gets so emotional talking to her?
Satella, the Witch of Envy and Satella were responsible for Minerva’s death. Would Emilia’s ability to travel back in time and become Satella alter the course of events if she can see Minerva’s visage before?
Is this why she hides? Again, tinfoil territory, but an interesting angle nevertheless.
What do you think about Emilia’s parents identity? They will be revealed in the series. We want to hear your thoughts in the comments section.