What a remarkable and brutal series Shin Sekai Yori really is.
Lest we gloss over it, I think the series is still guilty of what I consider the one real misstep it's made in 21 episodes - the oddly clinical nature of the relationship between Saki and Satoru when it should be at its most intense and desperate. The simple fact is, it's not as though it got any better this week - rather, there was so much happening in this episode and it was so compelling that there just wasn't much time to think about it. That saddens me a little but if that's to be the way it is, dengana mangana. In the larger scheme it pales against the ledger sheet full of things Shin Sekai Yori is doing brilliantly, and many of them were on display in this ep.
no match for the fiend (I'm re-thinking calling him that, but I'll get there shortly). There's the matter of the death feedback certainly, which as Satoru (he's just fine without a word of explanation, a trifle conveniently) explains effectively limits Shisei to non-lethal attacks. But more than that, I simply don't believe his cantus would have proved any match for the little scamp, though I have no means of proving it. The nature of the death feedback, as I see it, is such that it isn't simply a matter of a human dying if it kills another human - a human simply can't do it in the first place. I've always leaned towards that possibility but the fact that no one in the village took out the fiend in a suicide run seems to be the final proof to me (that leads to some more interesting questions about the fiend, but that too I'll get to shortly).
Queerat survivor by Satoru and Saki. They're two of the brightest young minds among the humans, more experienced with queerats than just about anyone, but they're guilty of the same ridiculous self-delusions that the security council was - all it takes is one human to wipe out every stinking queerat on the planet. They just don't get it - they're no longer playing the game they rigged in their own favor. Yakomaru changed the rules, and all those years of thinking that as long as they eliminated the enemy within everything would be fine have seemingly made the humans incapable of comprehending how to deal with a threat beyond their narrow world view.
instant moment of recognition when she sees that fiery hair, but the face is as much Mamoru's as Maria's - and it cements the notion that those kind, lonely children likely met a grisly death at the hands of Squealer as soon as he could steal their baby. But the true nature of Squealer's twisted genius only becomes clear when the escaping Satoru and Saki meet up with Inui-san at the temple. He reveals the most disturbing element of all we've heard - in the queerat tradition, Yakomaru is stealing the human infants as spoils of war. His intent, presumably, to create an army of PK child soldiers with which he can achieve his goal of wiping humans from the face of the Japanese archipelago - and maybe not stop there.
Nimi-san's death - a moment of true noble sacrifice amidst this morass of brutality - was nothing more than a pastiche of lovely shots of the landscape, with the “New World Symphony” playing in the background as Saki thought back on the memories that music triggered in her. Yet it was powerful for all that simplicity. A moment of terrible, beautiful sadness - and that's the essence of why Shin Sekai Yori is a great series.