Shin Sekai Yori Episode 10: Than Darkness


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  1. KF says:

    …No…No…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Why Shun why? You were the the best among us. You were the chosen one! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


    • Tenderfoot says:

      I know, I feel your pain. Poor litte kid. Let’s have a moment of silence for Shun, he was a brave soul to the bitter end.

  2. Great review. I loved how you connected Freud with what happened in this weeks episode. Well done and well worth the read!

    “You know, like Jiminy Cricket.” hahaha! Such a cute way of putting it :3.

    I loved this weeks episode too. I loved the art style but I found that there were a lot of … weird angles this week. The expressions were spot on. When Shun started to cry at the end as his mask is falling apart just made me want to cry with him.

    I know you feel like you’re repeating yourself by every week saying that the new episode has surpassed your expectations but it’s true! It’s just that good of a show! I had no anticipation that this show would be this good.

    I almost wish they would do a time lapse episode soon. It doesn’t have to be 10 years into the future but I would like to see Saki grow with Satoru. I don’t think she can do that if she’s still mourning Shun. Saki has demonstrated that she’s grown so much.

    Oh one other thing about this episode that you didn’t mention was the fact that she used her voice (I’m assuming it was her voice because her lips were moving) to use her powers. Do more powerful abilities need verbal commands? I’m not sure but both times when she killed the cat and went to kill the other one she started to move her lips very quickly and it made it look like she was casting something.

    • Tenderfoot says:

      Thank you, thank you! I always have a lot of fun really breaking down the episodes and what’s going on in them to the best of my limited abilities, so I’m glad to hear that you enjoying reading it! I definitely know what you mean when you say that you didn’t anticipate the show being this good. I think it’s at the top of my list as far as anime I’m currently watching goes.

      The art was good, but yes, a lot of weird angles, and close-ups of Saki’s hips and butt, which I didn’t really mention, and her face of course. It should be mentioned that even though Shun was wearing a mask the whole episode, it’s a credit to his voice actor that he was able to get across so much emotion without having facial expressions to match it to.

      Poor Jiminy, I really only brought him into it because it took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that the article I was using for research was using conscious and conscience, two different words that mean two very different things, but obviously in my mind when I read them sound the same, so I wanted to make a clear difference between the two for myself.

      And to answer your question about the lip movements: I’ve been thinking about it since last weeks episode, where Saki jumps out the window (and to other episodes before that, like I’m pretty sure Satoru does it the episode where he gets his powers back, and I think that Rijin did it too, there may even be other instances that I can’t remember) and I think it’s not like a verbal command so much as just a concentration thing. Like you know when you’re doing a hard math problem or writing an essay or something like that, and sometimes muttering under your breath helps you think? I think it’s probably similar to that. Because they’re using their powers in a much “bigger” way, they need to concentrate more to focus on what they’re doing. That’s my theory at least. It could very well be that more powerful “spells” need verbal commands in order to be executed. It’ll be interesting to see if they explain that somewhere down the line.

      • Hmmm I never thought about it in the concentration sense and that does make sense! Rijin would be hard to prove since he also wears a lower mask to hide his mouth.

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