Shin Sekai Yori always raises as many questions as it answers. Last week I wondered how the queerat’s plan could really work on a large scale. But now that we know about their master plan it’s as Saki’s voice-over at the end said. They could actually take over the earth.
And it makes me wonder just how he got to be so smart to not only plan all this out but to do so on such a large scale. Some of it I can understand. He and the other queerats have observed human society for years. They’ve seen how the towns operate and they themselves have been growing the food. But still, they’ve been busy the past ten years. They’ve got their entire race to buy into Squealer as a great leader (well, actually, he is, he just has no morals) and the fiend as a “savior.” I had suspected that they were all brainwashed, but a nice, succinct scene with a captured queerat soldier sums up their position well, and I can only say that the humans had that aspect of it coming to them. They also bred those fire-fish we saw last week, bred that one human (who Saki is calling the child of Maria and Mamarou, so I’ll accept it, though I thought at first it was Maria herself … problem with the character designs is that it can be hard to determine age), and probably a few other things I don’t remember now. Squealer’s had a busy ten years.
Most of the episode itself I predicted: things went from bad to worse. There were few moments where you could breathe easy; the visit to the temple of purity maybe being the only one. And while there was less direct threat in the second half, the talk we got instead was all more bad news. And that also hurt the episode. For a while it seemed to be nothing more than a bunch of reports about how bad everything is going. We KNEW that already. And unlike some scenes where the words plant a plot seed for later, I don’t get that feeling here. It’s just bad news after bad news in a show that rarely cracks a smile to begin with. Well, the previews show Kiroumaru will reenter the show. So while I never expect a laugh from this series, maybe we’ll get a few rays of hope instead.