Shin Sekai Yori 22 has our heroes going on a little field trip.
But first there’s some exposition to get through. The letter Saki’s mom left her tells of a fiend-killing agent, though to me it sounds like it’ll kill just about anyone who inhales it. Well, it’s a convenient weapon to have. Now that they know of their method of savior they have to find it, and thus we meet another false mino-whatever, a cute little one. Oh, and Kiroumaru, in spite of being chained up as a reward for helping that one guy (really, if they get out of this alive they better stake Kiro’s tribe some land of their own, at the very least), is willing to guide them to the location: Tokyo. Road Trip! Sorry, river trip!
About the only thoughts about the larger political picture are asides tossed out by Kiroumaru that demonstrate that the exospecies are all aware of how human society works. It will come as no surprise to us but the shock from the priest shows just how cloistered and naive much of humanity has become. There’s not much else in the episode except for attempts to scare us. They go underwater and still nearly get clobbered by the fiend (who is tracking them, though I wonder if it’s really not her but the queerats doing that), until they reach .,, well, they say it’s Tokyo. They sneak into disgusting caves while the little convenient tracker tells them their progress and Kirou tells them how dangerous it is with the giant falling bloodsucking slugs and, by the way, the fiend is still tracking them, and so is Squealer. And it ends for the week. We also get a speculation on how the fiend actually became one, leading to an interesting comment by Saki that maybe the fiend isn’t one, and a comment from that other guy about how he evaded the fiend by using queerat language. Based on those two moments I’m willing to guess that the odds of the good guys using the Psychobuster are actually about 50/50.