Shin Sekai Yori 08 — Making Love

What type of matrimonial structure would you prefer?

  • One primate, one dakimakura. I don't cheat on my waifu. (27%, 34 Votes)
  • Marriage??! Free love, baby! I'm with the bonobos! (26%, 32 Votes)
  • One primate, another primate. I'm a prude like Mamoru! (22%, 28 Votes)
  • Polygyny all the way! I want to be the harem lead! (19%, 24 Votes)
  • Polyandry, duh! Let's share the love! (6%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 125

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This school’s dating scene is even more dramatic than my middle school was.

Back then, the average relationship duration was somewhere around two weeks. Here it’s more like two days.

And damn, these kids are horny. Everyone spends the break between classes making out in the hallway. People even slap each others’ butts in the middle of class, while the teacher is watching. People go make out after school too, in front of their other friends. People make out with multiple people in the same day.

So yeah, I liked this episode. It was weird— jarringly so. But that’s the point. This isn’t a society of men, it’s a society of bonobo monkeys. And that’s what it looked like.

The only exception is Mamoru. So far, he hasn’t done much of anything in this show to stand out. But now his interest lies solely in Maria.

Saki has only one question: “Is it fun?” When she puts it that way, no, being alone and chasing after someone doesn’t sound very fun. And yet, seeing the alternative strikes us (at least me) as degrading and inhuman. We like to imagine that we’re better than the animals. We inure and hide ourselves from the products of our own bodies, which are considered fearful and impure because they remind us of our own death. We hide our naked bodies, our sexual activities and desires, our fecal matter, and our corpses. So seeing people make out in the hallways is not repulsive due to any ethical notion, but due to the fact that it makes us remember we are animals who will die and leave rotting corpses behind.

Further Thoughts

What was up with that egg? Can Satoru modify animals’ DNA with his powers? Is that how all these weird creatures came about in the first place?

Saki getting NTR’d was hilarious.

Then she immediately goes to NTR Mamoru with Maria. Women can be so cruel!

Is it just me, or does he look like Squealer?

He’s totally looking up her skirt.

17 thoughts on “Shin Sekai Yori 08 — Making Love

  1. My first thought was something along the lines of

    Then it was revealed that this is… normal.
    It seems they had a new designer for this episode too.

    1. Yeah, this is pretty fucked up. That was my first reaction as well.

      I didn’t really like the animation for this episode.

      1. I’ve noticed the animation has been slipping since the beginning. Still, I love the character designs so that makes up for it.

        1. Yeah, it was particularly bad in this episode. Two episodes ago they used a really weird style, too, although I’m not sure I’d say it was “bad”, more different. Then the last episode was the usual style again. Kind of strange.

    2. I liked this episode’s visuals. The series may not have a much actual animation but as long as they leave out the messed up 3D elements (as in the adventure arc) it looks nice to me. Love the muted colors!

      1. The overall look and colors are definitely nice. There were parts in here though that were just not very smooth or realistic, with distorted body parts and the like. They seemed to spend most of this week’s budget on the yaoi and yuri scenes.

  2. Yep he is looking up her skirt going “Hmmmmmmm I am so confused.”

    This episode was strange! Not so much the yuri and yaoi moments because derp this is anime and we shouldn’t be too shocked when we see it, but of course it did make me go seriously? Is this what SSY is going for and I think you are onto something with the whole egg thing Draggle.

    1. Yeah, it wasn’t the yaoi and yuri that were shocking so much as the frankness with which they engage in all these sexual activities in public and with multiple partners.

  3. I’m going to be kind of annoyed if homosexuality doesn’t play an important role in their society. If they just did it for the shock value, it’ll be both disappointing and distasteful.

    Still, the fact that this society has turned almost exclusively to sexuality as a coping method is disconcerting to say the least.

    1. They did mention that it was a coping reaction to stress, rather than for any sort of reproductive purpose. So I guess homosexuality works just as well for that.

  4. “Is that how all these weird creatures came about in the first place?” Interesting idea – the queerats and so on were created by the power users. I guess, though, this would most likely be possible even today by genetic engineering and w/o telekinectic powers.

    “Is it just me, or does he look like Squealer?” I thought totally the same! Maybe queerats are a hybrid of humans and bulldogs?

    Besides I liked all that making up. It was good to show some of the “ordinary” school life after the adventure to illustrate that time has passed and the kids have hit puberty. I just wonder why Saki doesn’t object (“We’re not monkeys.”) as she did back in episode 5 when she and Satoru were captured by the Ground Spiders.

    1. Humans and bulldogs? Maybe that and rats, they definitely seem to have rat tails.

      The “ordinary” school life was very nice, particularly because it’s not at all ordinary for us. The school in the first episodes seemed like a fairly ordinary school, just where the children happened to have psychic powers. But now that they’re making out in the hallways it seems much more alien.

      If I had to guess why Saki doesn’t object, it’s because she’s looking at herself and her classmates making out like monkeys and she can’t fool herself any longer.

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