The inevitable revelation.
Shin Sekai Yori Episode 19: “Darkness”
Shin Sekai Yori Episode 19 Impressions
With the ambush from the last episode leaving everyone in a state of despondency, events only get worse as what we, the audience, have guessed so far, becomes even more real.
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It’s strange isn’t it? Yakomaru isn’t the type of creature to put himself at a disadvantage by attacking the town so obviously. Clearly, there he must have a trump card to keep himself safe. What comes to mind for us is a Fiend or someone that is capable of bypassing death feedback. If he would be able to attain such a being, it would be over for the town. Even Shisei would not be able to lay a hand on him and everyone would perish. We can all fall back on the theory that Mamoru and Maria had a child but it could also be something else. As for what it could be… I’m not exactly sure. Moreover, from this, we have to also question where and how Yakomaru got the Fiend in the first place.
Setting foot inside of a building that looks blown apart by Cantus? That’s probably a bad idea. Still, I have to commend Satoru’s ability to clearly think of a strategy even in all this chaos where the others are panicking. Saki also holds a strong mental mind as she persuades Satoru and the others as she is the concerned mother for all.
The screeching of one captured by the fiend only sends the omen that things are even more desperate than they appear to be. To us, it’s quite clear but Saki and Satoru still take time to try and understand the situation. To them, having a Fiend is completely unheard of as the Board of Education is strict and ruthless in their means to keep the peace. This means that the town itself must be eliminated from the equation when considering where the Fiend came from.
I have to say, the tension in this episode is on another level. The chase, the slow door opening, the boat following at the very end, all of them contribute to an overall atmosphere that is both oppressive and choking. The soundtrack and sound effects are all superbly placed. This episode may not contribute the most to the overall story, but it does create a great amount of build-up for the upcoming ones.
Shin Sekai Yori Episode 19 Review
This episode isn’t chock full of substance compared to the other episodes which contain tons of information and foreshadowing. However, this episode does make up for that with it’s well paced delivery of what we’ve been waiting to see, the fiend and the fearful realization that goes along with that. Moreover, we have to think of the implications this will have on the town and how Saki and Satoru can avoid this. Will the town be destroyed? Who will ultimately sacrifice him or herself to kill the Fiend? With 6 episodes remaining, is it even feasible to try and guess what the resolution may bring when there are so many paths the anime could take? I think that although we may have an idea, the story could take a complete twist into a direction we haven’t guessed before as things might not be as simple as they seem even now.