Emillia's alright. Elf girls have a long and checkered history of being moe xD And she's fairly understanding and kind, so she's impossible to really dislike, unlike in the rather obnoxious discussion thread for episode 18-- bleh shipping wars xD If Subaru wasn't so fucked in the head by dying so much they would have been fine. But he's not.
Rem's definitely on another level. I think the contrast was pretty evident in 17-18. They both couldn't understand what was happening with Subaru, but Rem was way more willing to stand by Subaru even though it doesn't make much sense because she was willing to accept him even as the nutcase he had devolved into and honestly it is very hard.
But unlike a lot of cases, it isn't because she is blindly loyal either. She based it on her own experiences as well as observing what she was going on, and judging by what she was rattling off of, it appears she has a really good memory.
It was definitely a moment that I think the characters involved wouldn't mind losing their lives, but they really need to press out. It was, by someone else's words, "a confession of love", except not just causally done to multiple people. /cough
There's been a very long line of anime female characters that display similar traits. They're typically cold, petite, and incredibly determined with more that meets the eyes with a high level of competency and are generally underselling of themselves due to past trauma. This typically allows them to catch the hearts of the people. That in itself wouldn't be too outstanding. Honestly, if she were merely that, I would have just said she would be a fairly well done take on the archetype but I think she's become sort of the culmination of all these years of progress.
Finally, she has something else I've always liked in people. She has a great, snarky sense of humor. =p I think that seals the deal.
Just sending this over for comedy reasons. Someone tried to do a phone scam. Sadly for them, I answered.
Spoiler for phone call:
(in broken english): Hello, my name is....
Me: Who is this?
S: I am from the Windows Security Department and I would like to inform you that your computer has been sending out information that it has been infected by a virus
Me: Really? What kind of virus?
Me: What? I didn't hear you?
Me: Oh, you mean trojan.
Me: Where is the virus though?
S: Yes, antiviruses only scan your hard disk. This virus resides in your Windows Configuration and is not on your hard drive so your antivirus cannot find it.
Me: Oh my. It's not on my hard drive... Where is it then? Is it in my ram?
S: No, it is in the Windows Configuration. If you go to your Control Panel, you will see the system log
Me: You mean event log.
S: Yes. The Event log keeps track of all the activity in the computer
Me: But it wouldn't keep track of viruses would it?
S: Sir, may I give you instructions on how to remove the virus.
Me: Sure, but shouldn't you know which version of Windows I have?
S: It works for all versions of Windows
Me: Well I am not sure about that. Windows versions are quite different! Since you know I'm infected by a virus, you should know which version I have.
S: Sir it doesn't matter. Our fix will work for
Me: I don't know. i just want to make sure about comparability.
S: Yes, you have Windows 8.
Me: I don't have Windows 8.
S: That's because you have upgraded it to 10.
Me: I don't have that either. Can you take another guess?
S: You have windows 7.
Me: No, I actually have XP (actually, I have 7)
S: Anyhow, can I give you the instructions.
S: Go to the start menu and right click my computer
Me: Right click?
Me: How do you right click?
S: You just click the right mouse button
Me: My mouse has only one button.
S: Your mouse only has one button? (pauses)
Me: Oh, my right click is broken. I only left click.
/leaves phone on desk for 5 minutes
Me: Are you still there? I have to go to the bathroom