The Fiend and Squealer’s master plan.
Shin Sekai Yori (From the New World) 21 Review: “Fires of the Apocalypse”
Shin Sekai Yori Episode 21 Impressions
With all the suspense and build up that we have been receiving these past few episodes, events are panning out to be even more horrifying than we previously thought. What will the future hold for humanity that may soon be extinguished from the planet?
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Kaburagi Shise’s Rally
Within all the chaos, it’s sometimes a relief for a leader to stand up for the entire community and to unite the people as one. Kaburagi Shisei does an absolutely marvelous job of harnessing what morale there is still left and instilling fervor into the souls of those who have lost almost everything. However, even when things seem to be becoming brighter, events take a drastic turn and not even Shisei will be able to stop it.
Maria? No. She’s dead along with Mamoru and that’s been confirmed. For those who guessed that it is their offspring, you are correct. This is in fact, the human that was raised by the Queerats that will now prey upon the helpless village. Shisei is the first up and while he may bluff his way out for a moment, the Fiend soon learns that Cantus leakage will easily kill him. As I watch the most powerful Cantus user scream in pain, I couldn’t help but feel despair for the rest of humanity.
The Queerats’ Viewpoint
We’ve always been watching from the perspectives of the humans, but the Queerats deserve a fair share of their viewpoint as well. To us, the relationship between the Queerats and the humans seem to be harmless; the villagers cooperate with them and they oversee various operations. They don’t even interfere, so what’s the problem? But would you want someone that has the power to kill you at any moment watching over your shoulders with every move you make? The Queerats have to bow to humans as if they are Gods and it’s not as if humans are far superior in comparison if we take away Cantus. Still, Squealer could have manipulated them into thinking in this manner to benefit himself. Nonetheless, we shouldn’t hastily disregard the Queerats to be absolutely worthless scum, but Squealer may be well fitted for that treatment.
Squealer’s Grand Design
This scene undoubtedly shook me more than anything else so far. This is the lynchpin of Squealer’s plans and it is what we’ve all been waiting to hear. Queerats came after the human infants, so they can later raise them to be Fiends that can take over the entire world. With the question of how they are able to make them obedient Fiends aside, it’s a threat that not only dangers Japan but the entire world. It wouldn’t be hard to think that in a few generations that the Queerats will take over the world and become the humans of old. But will Saki, Satoru and the entire human race be so easily defeated? Will Tomiko’s belief in Saki be in vain? What countermeasures can they really produce against such an abomination? Will Shun be a part of the story again and will his death serve more than just a reminder of a friend once known?
This episode is an excellent portrayal of the atmosphere and the efficient execution of the little hints we’ve been given throughout the series. Everything is connected together little by little and we begin to see the overall plan that has been paved out since the beginning. Saki is still narrating, no? In other words, she should still be alive and maybe humanity succeeded. Or, she could be one of the few remaining humans living near extinction. Despairing, thrilling and dark, this episode successfully forces me along this ride of hopelessness.
Side Note: Notice how they flash “From the New World” when it shows Squealer during the end. So, is the name itself an indicator for what the outcome will be?