Wow, that was intense. Finally the humans are at open war with Squealer’s army.
This episode did a great job of amping up the tension while developing two plot threads simultaneously: Saki’s memories of the past and the coming attack by Squealer. I loved the part where you see the person drinking from the monster around the corner, then we look back and he’s crumpled over dead.
The creepiest part of the whole episode, however, was the battle at the town square. Why are all these people cheering as they’re attacked by an army of Queerats, right after their festival has been interrupted and a bunch of the villagers have been killed? It’s like they’re watching a TV show or something.
If this were in PSYCHO PASS or some other show I could buy it. But this is Shin Sekai Yori. We’ve just finished experiencing how everyone grows up filled with terror of much of the outside world. These don’t seem like fun-loving people. Why are they laughing as their village gets razed to the ground?
It doesn’t make sense at all in light of what happens immediately after, either: the village enacts their emergency plan to stay in groups of five, and organizes the defense committee and medical squad. These people seem to have their heads on their shoulders. So what are they doing standing around laughing at the invasion of their village? It doesn’t make much sense to me.
But it did make the scene even creepier than it would have been otherwise. Maybe that was the point.
They should have studied math in school.
That priest was such a badass. What was with that woman who came out of the general’s body? Was she the manifestation of his Cantus or something? Or what makes him so powerful, perhaps? Maybe Shuu is a ghost inside Saki or something…
You came back to tell her that?