Shinsekai Yori episode 22: A Journey to Hell

worst ground ever

Unfortunately the episode was a bit of a letdown in my book. I can’t say it wasn’t good, because it seriously was great, but after so many episodes between life and death, this episode felt a little too easy and relaxed. In the past few episodes, we saw thousands of people die with no chance of survival what so ever and now we were met with an episode where just about everything went smoothly considering the situation at hand.

into infinity and beyond

I was more than a little surprised to find out that there was a biological weapon out there – right next to them too – that was able to completely wipe out anyone with Cantus power. Now there are a few things that concern me with this weapon. First of all, it is a virulent biological weapon that over a short period of time will cause the death of anyone exposed to it. Also, after two years time the contaminated land will be safe once again. The problem I see with this plan though is that as far as I understood it, the weapon is so contagious that if they are to infect the fiend with it, they might very well kill themselves and the whole community with her. If every Cantus user dies, even if Yakomaru’s plan fails, in the end he will still have won the war. I’m just really curious to figure out how Satoru and Saki plan to use that weapon without killing themselves in the process.

yashimino

Kiroumaru reappeared this episode, and I’m pleased to see that he is alright. I can’t trust him perfectly because he has an evil aura around him at all time, but he is still a hundred time more trustworthy than any other queerat. I really do believe that he will help humans until the end, since after all he has everything to gain and nothing to lose in the situation he is in right now. Yakomaru’s plan has completely annihilated his colony and his way of life, and now to help the Gods is actually the best way for him to vanquish Yakomaru and to start again on good footing after that war is over…if it ever ends that is.

burn baby burn

Now Saki and her group entered what is referenced as hell, and from the look of things I can completely agree that this hole might as well be the lair of Beelzebub himself. Muddy ground filled with disgusting insects? Blood-sucking larvae that jump from the ceiling and suck you dry? What’s even worse is that there are 6 elite queerats and a fiend running after them and that they have to get the weapon before they get caught. I don’t know if they realize this yet, but once they get the weapon, even if they manage to have the fiend inhale the poison, she won’t die instantly; even worse, Saki and Satoru will get contaminated too if they are at proximity. I just don’t see how they will be able to make it out of there alive. Yet Saki must somehow survive, since she is telling this story from the future.

I’m really curious to find out how they will get out of this hell hole alive.

ZeroGhj signing off

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