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Shin Sekai Yori / From the New World 22 Review: “Tokyo”
Shin Sekai Yori Episode 22 Impressions
Episode after episode, Shin Sekai Yori has given us foreshadow after foreshadow, development after development. This time, the path is drawn out but to undertake it would be to go through hell itself. Squealer and the Fiend or Saki, Satoru, Kiroumaru and Inui, who will ultimately prevail in the fight for superiority and existence?
Defeating the Fiend
Like usual, Shin Sekai Yori dives right into the story from the last episode. However, what’s slightly different is that things are even more crammed than before. We have Inui-san vocalizing his survival and Kiroumaru’s as well as the False Minoshiro that Saki’s parents left for her all in the span of a few minutes. Moreover, an unknown ritual is taking place while the narration is going on. I’m surprised that the studio manages to put everything together without making it feel too rushed.
To get to the heart of the matter, Saki and the others must now find the Psychobuster that will be able to kill the Fiend without the death feedback. Of course, this being a weapon that threatens the very balance of society, it is stowed away in a faraway place known as Tokyo. Yes, the once glorious metropolis that had the most population in the world is now an uninhabited land full of deadly creatures. With Squealer on their tail, getting the biological weapon will not be so easy.
Let’s not forget the virtuous character, Kiroumaru. The opposite of Squealer, he’s assisting Saki and Satoru to wipe out the Fiend. As expected, he understands quite a bit of humanity’s background with Cantus and how it cannot affect other humans which implicitly states that the Queerats must possess a False Minoshiro or two. Being on the backfoot, Saki and Satoru must be relieved to have a reliable ally on their side to even the playing field. His experience will definitely come in handy when the eventual conflict occurs. However, I’m afraid that Kiroumaru’s death may be the result of this bitter struggle.
Once again, Shin Sekai Yori proves to be formidable when it comes to delivering the tension. While the dive is a bit tense, the appearance of the Fiend following them definitely made me tense up. Since they are powerless until they reach their goal, it makes the chase all the more thrilling. As everyone begins traversing through the tunnels, I feel an impressive adventurous vibe from the anime. And let’s not forget the information that the False Minoshiro delivers. The Psychobuster is a bacteriological weapon developed by America during ancient civilization to eradicate all psychics. It’s true name is strong toxicity Bacillus anthracis, and once it enters the body… it’s a goner.
It’s team Saki versus team Squealer. It’s all up to which team will outwit the other team in these tunnels of hell. Speaking of the Fiend, Saki is doubting whether the Fiend is really a Fiend to begin with. We are still in the dark when it comes to knowing what Squealer did to get the Fiend under his control. Will Shin Sekai Yori throw yet another curveball at us and reveal something completely unexpected?
Shin Sekai Yori Episode 23 Preview
Let’s take a look at the preview which is fairly significant this time around. To prevent the Squealer from prevailing, sacrifices will have to be made and their lives are in danger. It goes without saying that finding the Psychobuster is their top priority and people might have to be left behind. But what’s most surprising about the preview is Shun’s voice. I have been wondering all this time what Shun’s death will bring to the development of the story because as it stands, he is but a memory long lost. Now, to some extent, he is back to….. help them?
Unlike last episode, this episode relies on a more methodical approach of telling the story rather than a definitive shock factor. I find this episode an excellent stepping stone for what the future twists will bring. It ratifies the protagonists and the antagonists while clearly portraying the mission that will lead the anime to it’s eventual conclusion. There will be twists along the way and who knows how the final showdown, if there will be one, will go down. Squealer versus Saki? The revelation that a Fiend really isn’t a Fiend at all? The failure of retrieving the Psychobuster? Will they realize something and stop in their tracks? Or is it something else entirely? Shin Sekai Yori has continuously stayed on the top of my to-watch-as-soon-as-possible list and it’s only increasing the gap relative to other anime. I can’t wait to see what the story will bring us next on this desperate journey.