Could the situation be even more hopeless?
Shin Sekai Yori 20 Review: “Drenched in Cold Sunlight”
“Tsumetai Hi Damari” (冷たい日だまり)
Week after week, Shin Sekai Yori continues to achieve great storytelling, suspense and atmosphere. While the animations are not top-notch, it just goes to prove how effective building up the story and the soundtrack are to an anime.
Outwitting the Fiend
With a clever manipulation of the Fiend’s line of sight, Saki and Satoru somehow manage to escape its grasp. This small bit actually makes me quite happy. I enjoy watching the writer entice viewers with his or her well thought out solutions that makes sense. Feeling the pressure of all of the unexpected happenings, Saki is not managing to stay in focus well as her flashbacks are quite awkward and no doubt signal her stressed state. One has to wonder if during the time-skip whether or not she was under a lot of strain from villagers as we weren’t detailed with what happened during that time. Actually, at least in the first portion, Satoru appears to have a firmer mental state than Saki does.
Once again, we are teased by Saki’s delusions of the masked Shun only to have it be a source of determination. While it is a fine reminder, it feels as if we might never witness Saki remembering him, and even if she does, will that really make a difference? Will it change her behavior and in turn change the story?
We all know how devious Yakomaru is and it’s no surprise that he is outwitting the humans who are basically unprepared for any well-planned assault. Using various strategies and tactics, Yakomaru traps the town into making decisions which only favor him. However, we still do not know exactly how he is getting the Fiend under his control. We may not have to know but I’m certainly curious as to how he is capable of manipulating a volatile creature capable of destroying entire human colonies.
Town? What town? There’s almost nothing remaining, but ruins of the once quiet village that holds God-like powers. Even Tomiko, the symbol of wisdom and balance in the town is injured. Her orders for Saki to leave her behind coupled with the despairing soundtrack truly makes this moment full of hopelessness. In her footsteps, Saki must be able to carry on her will, live on, find an answer and resolve this predicament. To Saki who is dedicated and caring to the people around her, having all of it stripped away from her must be unbearable. Nonetheless, for her to grow and evolve as a leader and character, she must withstand all of the malevolence coming from all directions.
I’m always amazed, like many people, how fast the episode goes by when I am engrossed in soaking up the story of this anime. Not only that, things are not only moving along nicely but this anime is becoming more exceptional with every passing week. The atmosphere and suspense are affecting me more and more.
The preview displays the last-ditch effort by Shisei and the town to attack and eliminate the Queerats. Even so, one has to wonder if this is according to Yakomaru’s plans as well. I’m sure we’ll meet the Fiend soon and while there are still speculations as how it came about, I’m still befuddled with the possibilities. I’ll leave it up to you all to speculate to your heart’s content.