Posted by psgels on 24 December 2012 with categories: From the New World

The first half of this episode had something that you hardly ever get to see in anime: tracking. It was fairly basic: following someone’s sled tracks in the snow, but what made it work was the mystery: Mamoru had some kind of reason to do this, and it wasn’t even sure whether he, with his weak cantus, would have survived.

The revelation of why he ran away… yeah. For some reason the adults found it appropriate to get rid of him. Even though at first sight there might not be something wrong with him. Next episode will probably delve more into that, and why he has to fear for his life and got those copycats after him (which were quite the intense scenes, by the way).

What I’m also quite worried about was that one queerat that this episode showed. This episode avoided the issue, but it WAS walking around in holy territory, which it probably is not supposed to do. I love how gray these guys are on the moral scale: they’re always helpful, and yet there is always something itching about fully trusting them.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. limewarrior says:

    This was a decent episode. So Shun was a karma demon. His cantus leaked out unintentionally. The narrator (Saki) hinted that Maria becomes a fiend.

    So what’s wrong with Mamoru? Is he just too weak? Maybe they are concerned he would be come a Karma demon? The ethics committee is damn strict when it comes to eliminating kids.

    Whatever it is, I think Maria is showing signs of instability. If something happens to Mamoru, I don’t doubt she will kill a ton of people.

    • HunterWulf says:

      Actually Mamoru is more likely to turn into a fiend, most kids who transform into fiends were average kids with no clear talent or overly powerful cantus, what makes them snap and start killing people is the pressure placed on them by their parents/teachers/peers, and the most common reason for that would be them having a weak PK/cantus power and falling behind their peers .. that would place a lot of pressure and stress on them .. making them eventually snap and start attacking people randomly in frea of being attacked first .. like how a weak rat viciously fights when packed in a tight corner and attacked by superior predator like a cat.

      That also would explain why all the kids with weak PK/cantus were being disposed off (Saki’s sister, and the shy girl from the early episodes), the clearly paranoid Education committee is systematically weeding out any possible Fiends with vicious prejudice becasue they can’t risk having any fiend manifest as it happens instantly and they become very hard to control or kill, unlike with Karma Demons where the change happens gradually and thus allows them to isolate the Karma Demon and even help them end their own lives, Fiends are a totally different story .. once they manifest .. they are unstoppable killing machines .. that’s why they can’t risk any Fiend manifesting at all.

      So like i said, that would be the only logical explanation IMO as to why the Education Committee is killing/weeding out average students/children with weak cantus (like Saki’s sister, Shy girl from the start of the series and Mamoru)

  2. NEG says:

    Karma Demons are more likely in talented Cantus Users like Shun.

  3. Entrav says:

    It’s an alright episode and a great set-up for future ones. Nothing that much to talk about for this one though. Next episode looks interesting as they’ll be meeting some of the leaders responsible for the disappearances.

  4. nn says:

    I’m getting a feeling that Maria and Mamoru run away together and appear on the scene later. I’ve heard the second part of the series is pretty much about queerats, so maybe they gather up an army to overthrow the current leadership? IDK, Maria just going psycho doesn’t seems too simple for this series.

  5. I’m thinking this show is just starting to scratch the tip of the iceberg on how dark it can be. It’s only half over and we’ve already disposed of two of the kids (shy girl from the start, Shun), now it looks like another one or two are on the way. Fun and cheery, isn’t it?

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  • prince
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 10:04 PM)
    I have commented on your Schwarzesmarken episode 4 review and also answered your questions so please check it out
  • wicked
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 07:26 PM)
    Fire dragon arc! Fire dragon dies in the 5th episode
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 04:06 PM)
    @Bam, Well the three games were originally supposed to be one. But it turned out that the first two were bundled together and Alternative was made a separate release.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:14 AM)
    That would suggest that the author(s) had the foresight of including seemingly useless stuff that will come into play later. That’d be impressive if they did, as these kinda series are make-it-as-you-go.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.

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