Shin Sekai Yori 8, Sukitte and Shinki 7

Shin Sekai Yori 7 suggested that the kids were going to be in BIG trouble when they got back home after their crazy adventures, and maybe it’s true. But if so, the adults sure take their time about it. We jump ahead two years, the hormones have kicked in, and everybody’s gay.

I mean EVERYONE, except for Mamaru, and he can’t get a partner. I couldn’t spot a single heterosexual couple in all the parings the show threw at me. What are the odds of this? They throw in another reference to the bonobos way of thinking, but that doesn’t explain the predominance of same-sex pairings here. Well, no one seems to mind. What’s more interesting is that Shun and Satoru are a couple, as are Saki and Maria. The latter I could envision but I’m not buying the former. Especially when Saki and Shun have started making quick glances at each other. Not surprising, Saki’s been interested in Shun for years.

And while we’re watching all this, basically getting reacquainted with the kids after two years, we start to wonder when the plot’s going to heat up again. It’s there, slowly creeping around in the background, with Shun trying to, er, hatch an egg, I guess. Everyone else is practicing what could be described as parlor tricks but Shun’s school project is far different. What’s he doing with that egg? Stimulate the unborn chick’s growth? Make a chick? Whatever he’s doing the school approves, that is, until a bigwig named Kaburagi comes in and sees what he’s doing. Next thing you know he’s going to get taken away and isolated for some kind of therapy and he’s warning Saki about those cats. Oh, he already broke up with Satoru. It’s as though he knew something was about to come down on him, but then, Shun always seems to know more than what he lets on. Maybe next week the show will let us in on a few of these secrets.

Playing house.

Sukitte Ii na yo is a good series, but I’m often amazed how little out of the ordinary the events are. Apart from having a beautiful model enter your school (and the school’s hottest boy dating the wallflower, I suppose) there’s nothing in this story you wouldn’t find in an ordinary high school. That the show manages to succeed without a lot of gimmicks is refreshing; in fact, the great novelty of the show is that it has little novelty at all. Take a look at episode 7. Yamato gets invited to more photoshoots and Mei reluctantly gives her consent. Then Megumi asks him to come over after a shoot and we all go “Aha!” But all she does his feed him leftover curry. If she’s gunning for him she’s certainly taking it slowly. In the meantime we see that aspirations toward Yamato or not, Megumi’s actually lonely and wants to do more than go home to an empty apartment.

Meanwhile Mei is getting more worried, and then hears that Yamato’s been seen leaving Megumi’s house. We get a very good scene between her, Aiko and Asami. First they have to get the clamlike Mei to tell them why she’s crying. Asami pleads and Aiko slaps; I guess friends show concern in different ways. After that we get the tail end of an serious conversation about worrying, jealousy, and self-esteem, which leads to Mei asserting her feelings in a rather more positive way than before, heh. And it was a conversation that I assume could happen in any high school now, with no shoujo gimmicks, well, as long as the students are intelligent enough. Which in an average high school they probably are not… hmm, forget I said anything. Anyway, next week we get some guy from Yamato’s past, a gimmick if I ever saw one.

Nothing to do with the main story, but I like the image.

Busou Shinki 7 is predictable. After some ghost stories Ines finds herself alone with a mystery Shinki who might or might not be dead and/or wanting to kill her. It’s interesting only in that they don’t fully resolve the mystery at the end. Or you can call that a cop out; I don’t mind. The other interesting thing, apart from the usual kinky shinki bits is that for a moment Ines sounds exactly like Miyako. Well, it was interesting to me …

5 thoughts on “Shin Sekai Yori 8, Sukitte and Shinki 7

  1. I didn’t look carefully for any opposite-sex pairings, but I will take your word for it that there were none. I think I can somewhat account for these same-sex pairings, but of course the show exaggerates it in a crazy way if there are indeed no opposite-sex pairs.

    The girls probably start developing before the guys. As a result, they might explore their changes with other girls, and end up pairing up since there’s a sort of understanding between them that they won’t get with guys. Some of the girls who develop a bit more slowly might also be inclined to do so because of what has occurred to other girls. As a result, this results in there being less girls to be paired with guys, forcing the males to end up together. Of course, I maintain that the situation is exaggerated to extreme levels if there really aren’t any opposite-sex pairings until they are out of puberty.

    I think Shun has one of the PK syndromes, the one that is attributed to Karma Demons, which were depicted to destroy their surroundings. He somehow mutated the chick in the egg into becoming some grotesque creature. Remember that the story even indicated that solitude brings the seed of bad karma to fruit, and although Shun does interact people, he seems to keep stuff to himself, and maybe he is under a lot of stress due to not having an outlet to express this. Kaburagi was evidently perceptive enough to realize that something was wrong, and Shun himself sneered (Saki saw this) after producing that creature, indicating that he is not behaving normally right now. He’s being singled out for rehabilitation, but I wonder what sort of rehabilitation is in store for malfunctioning PK users.

    With Suki-tte, I guess Megumi was not as bad as I thought after all. She is still eyeing Yamato though, which could be seen with her face when he looked upwards to Mei, and her request that he spend every work night eating dinner with her. And yeah, that the show has little novelty is something I appreciate in this series.

    Shinki is a time killer, and I guess it does its job well enough.

  2. That sneer certainly did suggest that something was going on in Shun’s mind. I’m not sure he’s withdrawn that much. You could make the argument that he broke up with Satoru because he was getting interested in Saki. What’s interesting is that he seems to be accepting his fate for now. And now we may get an answer to my question about how much control the adults actually have over their world. Look out for cats! Do the cats work for the adults or do they work on their own?

    As for Megumi, I think she’s giving Yamato a chance to make a move on her if he wishes, but she’s not going to push it. Hence the dinners, a chance for them to be alone. But it also serves to help dispel her lonliness. But who knows?

    1. My first guess is that the cats were genetically engineered to handle defiant PK users and incompetent PK users (Maybe using PK releases a certain hormone that can be detected, and the quantity of release can indicate whether something is off). They wouldn’t actually listen to the adults, but act of their own accord, and possibly take out people who behave perfectly fine if they get hungry enough.

    2. I somehow forgot to reply to another part of your comment, but I don’t think that an attraction to Saki is entirely the reason for Shun breaking up with Satoru. The whole group of main characters were aware of how the PK users were manipulated into being like bonobos with their way of releasing stress (sexual intimacy) due to the knowledge that they received from the library, but he appeared to not conform like the others (the other one being Mamoru, but the latter isn’t doing something that he doesn’t want to do.) as he noted that he was tired of being Satoru’s doll (something alone those lines), suggesting that he hates the way that relationships are built in this series. If such acts actually weren’t a release of stress for him like it was for others, and instead a build-up of it (which I think is possible as he didn’t look very enthused when engaging in intimate acts with Satoru), Shun may have developed Hasimoto-Appelbaum Syndrome (the one associated with Karma Demons). He may have broken up with Satoru because of his dissatisfaction with how this society functions, as well as realizing that on some level, he is not mentally stable anymore (which he made known to Saki).

  3. It’s hard to read Shun’s mind; he’s not the most outgoing of people. Yeah, he might have been withdrawing because he knew something was wrong and wanted to separate himself from people. I can’t read the reasons for breaking up with Satoru, though. I suspect we’ll learn eventually.

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