seriously though, Saya no Uta touched some philosophical issues that i've been thinking about a lot and that no other story i know managed (or even attempted) to show in the same light. the original I Am Legendary probably did, but i've never read that.
well, it should!I'm not sure if Colombia has IKEAs.
which is a major reason for why i am so impressed by the story. i know of no other that bends, and potentially even reverses, the common view of right and wrong, mad and sane. of superiority and morality and all the set and unspoken laws connected to those, that we humans created as we saw fit in a world incontestably dominated by our species for many thousands of years.
i understand these philosophical things, or at least the way Saya no Uta approaches them, aren't graspable by -- let alone interesting to -- everyone. all the more reason for me to respect the people who decided to deal with them :]
you're already spoiler'ing stuff a bit here for anyone who might want to take a look at it themselves in the future, so you might want to mark it as such.
and yes, i know i tend to be oversensitive about that^^
i'm talking about much more than a simple foodchain. her raw physical superiority is actually questionable, not to mention that the humans broke away from the traditional "the strong eat the weak" chain long ago anyway.
and Saya is the first and only one we know and only like 2y old. we have no possibility to tell how a culture, civilization or whatever of her species may look like, and how the views and actions of their individuals might differ (refering to your vegan argument here). in fact, seeing as how she originally is without any prejudices and is influenced in her whole beeing by the native species to an extend that exceeds even human's influence amongst each other, we can assume her species has a far, far greater variety of different individuals than we do.
what i'm talking about are for example the value of mind, of choice, of feelings and the "rights" we generally assume come with those.