It felt as though A LOT happened during this episode, when it was actually more the case that what did happen, happened very quickly! The pace of Shin Sekai Yori in its entirety has been kind of erratic. To start with, it took until episode 4 for our characters to face any kind of serious adversary. And the two time skips acted almost as a reset button, every time the ‘action’ reached a climax, we’re taken into the future, where things are comparatively a little calmer (for the time being). And things have happened incredibly quickly, one after the other, during these last few episodes.
Just a short post today. I have so many deadlines over the next few weeks that I’ve hardly been away from my keyboard. So when I give myself a break from all the essay writing, doing even more writing doesn’t fill me with much joy!
Strangely enough, this episode also managed to be quite unnerving. However, it couldn’t have been more different visually if it tried! Whilst last week our characters stumbled blindly around a cramped, pitch-black hospital, this week they flee from the fiend into the surrounding countryside, in (for the most part) broad daylight. But the reason it was still tense was because this made you feel as though Saki and Satoru were completely exposed to the threat, and with no weapons to fight back against it, they had absolutely no chance of winning against it were it to find them. Saki even said as much herself! And after years of being indoctrinated with the values of never giving up, and always fighting against adversity by your typical shounen show, having your main character acknowledge that they’re doomed is pretty harrowing!!
What an amazing amazing episode! However, unlike all the other episodes I’ve described as such, episodes choc-a-bloc full of exposition, this was amazing simply for its atmosphere!! Man, that was incredibly scary!!! I got some real horror movie (good horror movie) vibes off of that, the directing was done so expertly, and so many of our most primitive fears were played off of!
This episode was devoted to building up the queerats as a legitimate threat, not just to Saki and her small group of friends this time, but to all humans. So it is strange that, at the start of the episode, I actually felt pity for the queerats- I had no idea they were controlled by humans to the extent they are, I thought they simply kept a wary eyes on them, using their cantus as a deterrent against bad behaviour. This soon changed, however, the confusion stirred by not knowing for certain who the true perpetrator of the attack on the Spider Wasps was, or their motive, thanks to Squealer’s elaborate theories, and the authorities seriously considering them, making it seem as though the queerats may actually have the upper hand.