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!
The term generational curse is a biblical one, it basically refers to the sin of one generation being passed down to the next. This is yet another theme in anime that has stood out to me recently. Magi’s Cassim was a character convinced he was scum, simply because his father was, and Little Buster’s Saigusa was shunned by many of her fellow classmates for having a criminal father. But do these curses exist, do these characters deserve to be treated badly because of the actions of their parents, and do their own actions redeem themselves somewhat?
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!!
A predominant theme in the anime I’ve been watching as of late is facing up to reality. The kids of Shin Sekai Yori, the show I am currently blogging, have spent the large majority of the show running away from the grisly truth: that the Ethics committee eliminate those in their community they perceive to be a threat, and the young male protagonist of Abenobashi Magical Shopping Arcade (a show I recently watched) hopped from dimension to dimension to escape the reality of his best friend moving away. But during this post I will be focusing on Hanekawa Tsubasa’s plight in Nekomonogatari: Kuro.