The more things change, the more they… well – get worse.
Saki is now 26 and working at the “Department of Exospecies Control”, where her duties include the investigation and regulation of queerats, and the selective breeding of naked mole rats – a strong intimation that the queerats of this world are a result of an intentional program by the surviving humans to create a slave species. In her own words, this 26 year-old Saki is a “paper pusher” – and someone who’s clearly lost much of her drive and motivation.
Satoru, it appears that he and Saki have had a falling out – we’re not told over what, but Saki says it was over something trivial – which will no doubt disappoint some in the audience who thought they might end up together after their night of desperate intimacy. We're also not told just what Satoru does, though it’s clearly field work that Saki finds far more useful to the community than what she’s doing. For what it’s worth there’s no indication whatsoever that either of them has a mate – and the fact that Saki’s boss obviously tries to pair them off seems to support the notion. But there are bigger problems to worry about – no sir, no respites from SSY, out of the frying pan and into the fire. And it’s a roaring blaze – controversy between the Suzumebachi and Robber Fly queerat alliances over an attack on a colony closely aligned with the Suzumebachi. It’s this event that brings Satoru back into Saki’s life, and starts the wheels in motion for the last leg of the story.
Yakomaru and Kiromaru are called on the carpet to try and explain to the Gods what’s going on. It’s fantastic to have Kiromaru back, however briefly – Hirata Hiroaki is delivering a performance quite unlike anything we’ve heard from him recently, and his air of stern nobility (and magnificent appearance) contrast sharply with Yakomaru’s obvious treachery. The hearing is an appalling display – the absurd Sir Hino Koofu (Taniyama Kishou) of the “Occupations Department” is joined by the head of the Security Council, Sir Kaburagi Shisei (Hoshino Takanori) and by Tomiko – who at least seems to have a small sense of the danger looming.
Inui (Toriumi Kousuke) reveals to her on the eve of the first major battle (all paperwork has been filed) that the Suzumebachi imbibe a drug before going to war that inhibits fear and magnifies rage. But it appears Yaromaru has an even greater weapon up his sleeve – Inui offers his suspicion that they’ve somehow tapped into a wellspring of human knowledge (false Minashiro?) – and though Kiromaru is triumphant, Satoru later brings her the news that the entire Suzumebachi army has been wiped out.
animation is quite lovely.