Yakomaru’s Plan Commences
Shin Sekai Yori Episode 18: “Crimson Flower”
Shin Sekai Yori Episode 18 Impressions
While the older Saki have been warning us of the atrocities in the future episodes, I’m still enthralled by how the anime portrays the events. We have moved from an anime with intense atmosphere into a one with an even more pronounced atmosphere along with action and deception.
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With power that is considered superhuman today, people with the power of Cantus are unafraid of most of their surroundings especially when you add in the fact that the most threatening creature, human beings, cannot harm one another. As such, it’s natural for people under a prolonged time of peace to take it for granted and believe that that’s the way it should be. But when the necessity for action arises and the people are put into a state of fear, will they be able to calmly proceed or because of the lack of preparations, die?
Giant Hornets Wiped Out
From the cliffhanger from last episode, we know that the Giant Hornet soldiers were wiped out. At the same time, however, they are powerful in terms of military ability. The leaders of the village suppose that it’s possible for the Queerats to gain information from False Minoshiros just like Saki and the others did. Shisei, on the other hand, has a more intriguing conclusion to draw from this that’s similar to what we viewers have been discussing this whole time. That is, for a person with the power of Cantus to have intervened and wiped out the Giant Hornets.
Yakomaru and his plans
Deceitful and treacherous. Yakomaru is both intelligent but dangerous and should certainly not be overlooked. As if Saki’s numerous narrations weren’t enough, Yakomaru’s deeds are truly cunning. Arranging bones similar to humans is one thing but to have their DNA match is another thing entirely. This makes me believe that Yakomaru has not only the False Minoshiro and is extracting information from it, but he must also be working with it at a high level of ingenuity.
If you remember, from that Bloody History episode, we learned that people developed Cantus randomly and was not cultivated into being able to do so. Although there was no information based on the origin of Cantus itself, it may be an interesting point to say that Yakomaru may understand Cantus more than we think. I doubt that he will gain direct access to such an ability but if he understands the powers of his enemies, then Saki and the others are in a even more dire situation than we currently think.
Having a Summer Festival with all this chaos going on regarding the Queerats display how careless humans have gotten over the years of peace. Then again, it’s not unnatural for humans to act in such a way at the same time. This only leads to a well executed sneak attack by the Queerats and plenty of people die in the process.
Kaburagi Shisei’s Cantus/Juryoku Prowess
What is notable here is not only the successful assault by the Queerats coordinated by Yakomary (probably), but also the powers that Shisei and Hino which really highlight the anime in terms of action and display of Cantus so far. Nonetheless, countless people have died and Hiromi doesn’t make it out alive but thankfully, Tomiko does.
Tomiko may vow vengeance but Yakomaru will not be caught so easily as he probably has everything planned out. The last part is a bit of a tease for those who forgot about Maria midst all the action and serves as a foreshadowing and a sour reminder that she’ll be back sometime before this anime ends. It may be in her “normal” form or it may be a different form altogether.
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First of All, Apologies
Just wanted to take the time to say sorry for those who have been waiting for my posts. I know I haven’t caught up on Sasami-san, Maoyuu, and Robotics;Notes at all. Sadly, as my computer was being a complete slowpoke, I tried updating everything and the last thing to update was the BIOS. Big mistake. (Tip for some people: Don’t mess with the BIOS unless you are absolutely sure you know what you are doing. At the very least, back up your stuff.) I believe I did everything correctly but now Windows refuses to start up and my display goes black after 10 minutes. While I may be able to back up most of my important things by logging onto Ubuntu, I won’t be back on my normal computer for quite some time as I think the motherboard is fried. With any luck, I can get this fixed in a few days. However, it doesn’t mean that I won’t post content. I am using my laptop and I’m actually more productive than before (less distractions FTW). What I can say is that I will catch up on Sasami-san and Maoyuu for sure. Psycho-Pass is a no-brainer as I post that anyways. I didn’t want to start the post with an apology because, let’s face it, it’s about anime here and not about my petty problems. Thanks for sticking with me and stay tuned for more content soon.
To end it on more of a contemplative tone, let’s discuss Satoru and Saki’s relationship. I understand that a lot of people are irritated that the writer keeps pulling them apart when they seem to have some sort of development. I agree as the reason why they separated seems really half-assed right now. But with plenty of time remaining and time together, they’ll get the development they need fairly soon.
It’s also true that the preview from last episode totally trolled me as for some reason, I thought Shisei was a Fiend or Karma Demon from the looks of the preview. Damn lighting and paranoia messing me up. Maria didn’t show up yet and perhaps is for the better as it may be too soon. More mysteries await us in the next episode.