Just some quick notes on Shin Sekai Yori 24. There’s only a couple of things to discuss, really.
First, Kiroumaru doesn’t betray Saki and Satorou. I was so sure that he would that I watched everything from that viewpoint and so was surprised over and over when he continued to bravely pull them away from gunfire, tell them when the fiend was coming or going, and talk about his old motives. It’s a brilliant twist for the story to have him admit that the reason he first came to Tokyo was to find WMDs to use against humanity. And his reasoning was sound. He didn’t deny that some of his people might have gone for genocide. But I’m willing to believe that his personal reason was detente. Now, if we could only figure out what his motives for helping them now are. It might be for bloody revenge against Kiroumaru. What else is there?
Plenty of other questions, too. Why the hell is Squealer down there in the shitty caves risking his own neck when he could be miles away and safe if he wanted to be? Right now it’s put him in an embarrassing position of being unable to move against the good guys because they might collapse the whole cave system. It’s possible that he’s the only one who can give the fiend orders, though that doesn’t really hold water since we’ve seen the fiend working on his own. Maybe he’s concerned about the psychothingy killing it off. And as for Saki’s decision, how many of us didn’t see something like that happening? You knew that the psychokiller wouldn’t be used (though they did an excellent job of leading us in that direction even after the vial was thrown, even using Saki’s flashback voice to set up what would have happened), and the epic “not being used” scene led to the episode’s best eye-candy. We knew it a couple of episodes ago when Saki first brought up the ridiculous notion that the fiend wasn’t one. And even though it gave us the current plotline and the powerful moment when Saki decides that Satorou, the last of her group, was too important to die, even as a noble sacrifice, it was still a recognizable red herring from miles away. Happily, now they have no salvation weapon pretense and we can get the Saki/non-fiend scene they’ve been promising for weeks. Though I wonder how the fiend’s going to react when he sees the woman who burned him?