This episode was mostly a setup showing the journey to Tokyo (which looks beautiful, by the way). Saki and Satoru escape from the Queerats and battle monsters. The party is supplemented by a library and Kiroumaru.
Pretty standard adventure fare. Lots of icky bugs that freak out Saki. Not the show’s most exciting episode. But still excellent for what it is. I was surprised, as usual, when the episode was over.
In the last episode, Saki learned that her parents had gone to face the fiend in the village, and were likely to never return. Saki’s mother left a letter (abbreviated version below):
I love you.
PS: Go dig up my cache of biological weapons and murder that bastard.
This was definitely not the letter I was expecting. It seems a rather cruel wish to hoist on your child. I’m surprised that Saki’s mother didn’t take it upon herself to do the dirty deed, if it is so necessary. Hoisting the task on your only daughter seems so contrary to human love.
Saki’s words this week strengthened my suspicions. I don’t think the kid is actually a fiend at all. There is a psychological component at play in death feedback. You can kill anything as long as you don’t regard it as human, which is why the villagers can kill Queerats without any problem, but not other humans.
The “fiend” has likely never seen another human before, and was raised among Queerats. Hence, he probably sees Queerats as humans and Homo Sapiens as animals. I suspect that if he believed he killed a Queerat he would die.
I like here how Kiroumaru first addresses Saki and Satoru as gods and then changes to humans. I think the humans’ reputation has at the very least faded from this incident.