Aside from their violence and abduction of infants (a pretty big aside) I have to sympathize with the Queerats. The humans have been effectively using them as slaves. Now the tables are turned, with their infants born into slave labor, and they don’t like it.
When they meet the older Queerat underground, Satoru’s words betray some huge chutzpah. Satoru argues that Squealer doesn’t care about whether some of his soldiers die. Remember just a few episodes ago when Saki was daydreaming while she watched the Queerat armies slaughter each other? Yeah, they’re going to be convinced now that the humans give a crap whether they live or die.
It looks like this conflict is gearing up to become more and more irreversible. At the beginning of the episode, under the priest’s leadership, a mob of humans begins chanting for death to the Queerats. Later, in the caves, this is mirrored by the elder Queerat’s statement that the only way the Queerats can be restored is to wipe the humans from the face of the Earth. Violence begets violence which begets more violence. He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.
Certain people in this village seem to have no shortage of courage, like Saki’s parents, who fled back to the village to free the cats. If so, why doesn’t one of them sacrifice their life to kill the fiend?
WTF? Anyone know what’s up with this guy’s eyes?
The many commenters from two weeks ago were right. Satoru and Saki now believe the fiend is Maria and Mamoru’s child as well. I like how they just slipped that in there like it wasn’t a big deal. Although I suppose once we saw the hair that was more or less the only possibility.
I’ve got to say, Squealer’s a genius. Still, I don’t think his rise to power is quite so inevitable as Saki believes. If word spreads of the fiends, and the other villagers get warning, I’m sure there are countermeasures they can take in the available time. Field their own armies of Queerats to slaughter Squealer, for example. Or remove the death feedback from their young ones’ training so they can defend themselves.
Speaking of death feedback, I’m confused about how it works. I thought it was a genetic thing. But just being raised by the Queerats seems to eliminate it. Is it psychological? My theory is that it only works on things the mind recognizes as humans. So being raised by Queerats, the child only recognizes Queerats as human. I wonder if that will work as well when there are hundreds of the human children raised together.
The “land of the gods”, the archipelago of Japan. I wonder if these are the humans’ gods or the Queerats’ gods (the humans), or if the two are now one and the same. That could help explain some of the town’s massive arrogance. Has humanity gone extinct in the rest of the world?
Among the Queerats, Yokomaru continues to call himself Squealer. I think this is significant, although I may be extrapolating here. To the humans he chooses a different name, since Squealer was the name of a slave. But among the Queerats he uses a name that marks him as one of their own.
Probably the first time in history that accusations of people possessing “devilish powers” have been accurate.