I’m pissed at Shin Sekai Yori right now. Pissed that this episode had to end!
In a way, this episode was even scarier than the previous one. That was largely due to the fact that it took place during the day. Saki’s looking over a field of sunflowers. The sky is blue, the birds are chirping. They’ve escaped from the Fiend. Everything is hunky-dory. Explosions go off in the distance, signalling the deaths of hundreds of villagers. Saki keeps on chatting.
I want to compliment one thing in particular about the scene design: the use of the first person perspective. When the fiend is driving by on the boat, Saki is hiding in the grass, and we see what she sees. The fiend is present only out of the corner of her eye, through the grass— we can’t really see what he’s doing. We can only hear his silence. Then Saki closes her eyes, and we can’t see anything of the fiend for one terrifyingly long moment.
We get the same choice of perspective after the squid ink explosion, when Saki is tumbling through the sky. We get the first person perspective again, as the world tumbles around Saki. Then her eyes focus on the sun, which transforms into the moon, and a guy with a mask appears… ok I have no clue what happened, but it was beautiful… then Saki returns, the world starts spinning again, and Saki crashes into the sunflower field.
Now Saki has taken over as the leader. Things are only going to get more interesting.
Wow. They took a lot of damage.
I’m a bit confused. Saki said that this monster was a new type of Queerat. I thought only the rats were Queerats, but I guess it’s any monster?
Which leads to the question: who is really in charge? Is Squealer using the fiend? Or is the fiend using Squealer? The invention of these new species lead me to suspect the latter.
Yup. I’m glad they finally realized this.
The boat and the way they’re sitting in it make it look like a coffin. Fitting.