Clearly, this is not a simple camping trip, silly!
Oh Fall, why do you have added so many shows that are at least worth checking out? As I have a rule of following up with at least three episodes of everything released, my backlog has been increasing with an alarming speed. Anyhow, I am back with the coverage of two episodes of Shin Sekai Yori and wow, it has sure been keeping up with its creepiness since the first episode. Don’t expect blow by blow coverage from me for this, rather speculation and highlights.
Nice mustache, pops!
Time for Chronology
From episode one, we have been seeing mini episodes of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! with some shitty camera angles; though, I have to agree that the graininess of it all always emphasizes its eerie effectiveness. From what I can gather, the years countdown is from the day of massacre we saw in the first episode. Humanity evolved with the realization of their Juryoku and of course, good and bad went out of whack. The selective burning we saw in episode two by Emperor of Delight was before the assassination of Emperor of Light (see a trend here of emperors?). Seems like after the awakening of Juryoku in humans, a king of Anarchy disguised as Monarchy was introduced and maintained by the people in power. However, there must have been an opposition of this system leading to the fall of that system and formation of Ethics Committee (the supposed decision-makers of current time). Of course, a lot of information is missing from the middle but the current time is four hundred and thirty years after that scene and seems a lot peaceful, however micro-managed.
One thing that caught my attention is the Holy Cherry Blossom Empire, same cherry blossom motif was used in flashbacks and even decorated the stationary used by Saki’s father, while he taught her about Bakenezumis. Seems like this symbol has outgrown all kinds of tests of time but is it a symbol of freedom or slavery is still to be revealed. I have a bad feeling that what was done openly five hundred or so years ago–killing less talented people in broad daylight just because they were useless in clapping–is happening under close doors now with disappearances. Whatever the case maybe, seems like we will be seeing more of it.
You can run, but you can’t hide from the Nekodamashi
Creepy Lesson Part 2 & 3
I swear Sage Academy is all about teaching kids how to commit suicide. From the first lesson of cutting the bridge and falling to a horrible death to prevent fiends enter their village to actually drowning oneself after realizing own excessive pride and accumulating bad karma… I’m sure even in AAA sessions, no one talk about killing themselves rather getting out of the bad situation. However, it seems for this peaceful yet secluded town, any behaviour that is not ‘appropriate’ in their definition needs to be cut before it buds even an inch further. Children are told too many scary stories from evil Minoshiros to Blowdogs causing their deaths. Protective much?
Adult Secrets, No Really
Almost all of the adults we encounter have evil shut-eye going for them and while they always smile, they are keeping tabs on each and every kid like hawks. Slow performance and cheating in Ball Tournament causes the Disappearance of Haru–Reiko and Manabu (an actual silhouette of nekodamashi followed the latter). Because they didn’t fit in their cosy little world and though Reiko simply didn’t have skill, Manabu had too much of it, they were removed without any of their relatives/acquaintances batting an eyelash. This close monitoring and almost killing of emotions, reminds me of Equilibrium where feelings were illegal. Makes my heart ache to see Saki not bond with her mother at all; though, I hope she finds some semblance of it with Shun, with whom she shares a deep connection.
Gotta give Shun props for reminding me the star-filled Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari with his flatting trick
Exciting Summer Camp
I’m amazed at the over-protective adults in allowing the kids to actually canoe outside their town and experience the foliage. I thought they would be watched by adults but finally a loophole of thinking that they would be too scared to do anything out of the ordinary. Truthfully, group one didn’t do much except for going a bit farther but their discoveries of new creatures, temple and a walking-talking library will definitely be ground-breaking. Imagine the technology that can build a robot that can hypnotize people? That’s some awesome tech. This literally gives ground to my previous theory on the kids being brainwashed in suppressing their Juryoku strength with that exorcism ceremony at temple. They have it all still (proven by Manabu), they just think they don’t.
Another revelation was of the evolution of species. Just look at how many we have witnessed from episode one. Sometimes I wonder if the year is right (too far into the future?) or it was actually due to the change in fabric of earth and humans acquiring Juryoku? Design wise, I’m really in awe of every new creature that gets revealed; I’ve seen some really fugly bakenezumi art too so look forward to it, peeps~
Seriously, these episodes have taken me deep into the storyline. Though, I still haven’t really warmed up to the characters yet due to the disjointed feeling towards time shifts but still, overall I do look forward to Saki’s narration of her teen years and how group one has been discovering one thing after another. Their most precious find has been the moving library, recording tons of data that would boggle their minds I’m sure. The way most of them were OTLing in preview proves the fact that it would be ground-breaking. I’m rather curious about the people in authority and the existence of Nekodamashi. Downside, they could actually be illusionary familiars that adults send for spying over the bad eggs among them.
The flashbacks have kept me on toes about the generation that was once massacred by the people in power. If the current race of humans possess Juryoku, then what happened to normal humans who didn’t? Were they killed off to the extent of making them extinct? What is the purpose of so many different species? What happened in the last 1000 years that the world is so changed? Making them depend on natural resources is good but what happened to the technology and why it was regressed rather than progressing? You can see I have a lot of questions and I’m literally smack in the middle with group one in finding out more.
Preview was pretty clear on what to expect; I just hope we get actual answers than more questions. Though, out of whatever transpired, I am still pondering about what Saki said about Maria being a premature baby and how if she wasn’t born into this world, then untold numbers could have been spared… So, what do you think readers? Got some more theories and speculations to share with me? Let’s hear it! Ja ne~