So it’s over. I’m really glad that our characters managed to stop the fiend so early on in the episode, it allowed the dust to settle, and really gave me an opportunity to mull things over…
So we’ve only two episodes left of Shin Sekai Yori now, and I still have no idea what will come to pass as the series wraps itself up! Of course, I haven’t expended much effort theorising about what might happen, as it feels as though whatever does happen, it won’t be much of a cause for celebration!! Even if Saki and Satoru do manage to stop the fiend and survive, so many people have died now- Inui, Maria, Mamoru, Tomiko, Saki’s parents, countless villagers- it will feel as though their achievement has come a little too late… But what else can we expect from SSY? This is a show about the disease known as man-kind. We’ve seen over and over how we corrupt everything that is around us (albeit not always consciously), and how that has spelled our defeat, so a happy ending in which everything is resolved seems impossible, we cannot escape our destructive nature, you know?
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!
Anyone who knows me knows that I love discussing the true nature of us humans; it’s a most fascinating topic! According to the Bible we are, at our cores, not particularly nice beings, and any behaviour that seems to contradict that can often be drawn up to psychological processes- forgive me for being so pragmatic!! Episode 12 of Shin Sekai Yori was strangely optimistic, to me it seemed to convey the message that even if we are inherently bad, it is possible to fight back against that badness, we are able to choose. Even if that choice is influenced somewhat by psychological processes, or a desire to adhere to social conventions, that doesn’t take away from the fact a conscious choice has been made. This episode, however, was far more condemning of humans, comparing cantus-users to dangerous weapons with limitless energy. Indeed, if we are inherently bad, how much more likely are we to let our true natures dictate when a powerful weapon is placed in our hands?