If I had to write a one-word of that episode, for me it would be pretty easy: “Intense”.
The first thing you may have noticed about this episode was the rather significant visual shift that took place. This was due to the presence of episode director Yamauchi Shigeasu, a very big industry name with a very particular visual style. In fact I found myself thinking that a time-skip had taken place (even from the preview last week) and then wondering why events seemed to have picked up where last week’s ep left off. It soon enough became clear that it was simply a matter of Yamauchi’s jerky, close-up driven signature look and some pretty fundamental changes to the character designs, especially Satoru’s – more angles, and generally more mature faces with a certain lack of baby fat.
comes to her air after a fall. After a brief chase they’re captured by the queerats, who for whatever reason are hesitant to kill them, but not to rough them up a little as they take them to their nest.
fumbling sex scene – the foreplay anyway – between 12 year-olds, and because it’s so jarring in terms of the series itself. For me, though, not only was it tastefully handled by Yamauchi – just intense enough without being graphic – but it made sense given what we were told last week. Put two genetically-engineered humans – even (just barely) preteen ones – together with no other humans around and put them under extreme stress, and the bonobo hormone kicks in. In fact the way the scene came about, with the two of them forcefully drawn to each other despite their innocence of sex and the danger they were in, was very natural and believable.
Queen of the Robber Fly Colony. War between queerat tribes with humans involved is obviously a new factor here, possibly indicating a larger change taking place in the larger world. More and more, the society at the center of the first three episodes seems to be built on sand.