What’s more scary than a giant slug monster?
Enormous swarms of mites that devour a giant slug monster in a split second, that’s what.
With Saki’s comments at the beginning of this episode, what’s going on in Tokyo makes a lot more sense. Tokyo is one of the destinations for leaks of Cantus through the Holy Barriers. It’s the place of nightmares, the setting of bedtime stories used to frighten little children. And there’s nothing more frightening then the human imagination.
Kiroumaru: Friend or Foe?
Once Kiroumaru told them to separate, he did start to look sort of suspicious. And when Inui mentioned it, his earlier trip to Tokyo is suspicious as well. What could have driven him so hard to reach Tokyo at the cost of a third of his group? Did he also acquire some piece of human technology from a bygone age?
There’s another big question (at least to me) hanging in the hair that no one has even mentioned. Why does Kiroumaru look completely different from every other Queerat? He looks more like a wolf than a naked mole rat. Who is this guy, really?
It would be delicious if it turned out that Kiroumaru was the villain all along and Squealer was the hero trying to save humanity from him. Not that I think this is the case.
Pretty cool scene when Saki remembered Shun’s name after seeing the glowworms.
The “I live in your heart” stuff sounds really cheesy but actually isn’t all that surprising. If people in the village can create monsters in Tokyo, why can’t Shun leak some of his heart into Saki’s?
As usual, I have no idea what to make of Shun’s apparent physical manifestation. This could of course be all in her head like some of her earlier illusions involving him. but something about this seems more corporeal to me. Another possibility is that this could all be a trap set by the “fiend”.
Shun (if it is really Shun) claimed that the child wasn’t a fiend at all, which I had suspected. My theory is that he grew up with Queerats, so he identifies them as human and his death feedback applies to killing Queerats. Another possibility is that the death feedback is not genetic but is something learned at school or in a ritual at the temple.
Inui was so boss when he ripped that giant centipede apart. I was hoping to see more of his badassery. But by then, he was torn to pieces.