From the New World (novel)

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From the New World
Cover of the 2009 reprint
(Shin Sekai Yori)
Written byYusuke Kishi
Published byKodansha
  • Kodansha Novels
  • Kodansha Bunko
PublishedJanuary 23, 2008
Written byYusuke Kishi
Illustrated byTōru Oikawa
Published byKōdansha
English publisher
ImprintShōnen Magazine Comics
MagazineBessatsu Shōnen Magazine
Original runMay 9, 2012June 9, 2014
Anime television series
Directed byMasashi Ishihama
Produced by
  • Tomonori Ochikoshi
  • Osamu Hosokawa
  • Tetsuya Kinoshita
  • Atsushi Kaji
  • Junpei Kawakami
Written byMasashi Sogo
Music byShigeo Komori
StudioA-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Original networkCS TV Asahi Channel, TV Asahi, ABC
English networkAnime Network
Original run October 3, 2012 March 27, 2013
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From the New World (Japanese: 新世界より, Hepburn: Shin Sekai Yori) is a Japanese novel by Yusuke Kishi. It was originally published in January 2008 by Kodansha. It follows Saki who lives quietly in a beautiful and calm village and has just acquired her power at the age of twelve. She then goes to the academy to learn how to master it with other young people her age, including her friends Maria, Shun, Satoru and Mamoru. But during an outing, the five of them will learn things they never should have known.

The story received a manga adaptation in Kodansha's manga magazine Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, which was serialized between May 2012 and June 2014, and an anime television series adaptation by A-1 Pictures, which aired in Japan between October 2012 and March 2013. In North America, the manga has been licensed by Vertical (itself an imprint of Kodansha USA) and the anime is licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

In 2008, From the New World won the Grand Prize of the 29th Nihon SF Taisho Award.



In AD 3013, 1,000 years after the modern era, 0.3 percent of the population developed psychic abilities called "Canto." Soon after these powers manifest themselves, many begin using Canto for violence and crime, and the conscious and unconscious use of these powers altered the wildlife and the environment. This led to a breakdown of modern society and a world war which devastated the human population and caused the fall of modern society. This was followed by oppressive and feudalistic regimes, but these too dissolved in chaos due to the violence of the psychic humans. Eventually, the psychic-endowed humans established a stable society by controlling their powers using genetic modification and social conditioning. They made themselves incapable of violence against other humans by implementing Attack Inhibition and creating Death Feedback which would be activated if a psychic human kills another, causing the murderer's organs to shut down and the killer to die almost instantly. The villages also used genetically designed animals for various purposes. The mole-like Queerats[a] resemble humanity, are able to speak human language and live in a complex eusocial society ruled by queens. The feline Impure Cats are used to kill children at risk of developing one of the two dangerous disorders: the Karmic Demons (業魔, Gōma), who are unable to control their powers, and the Fiends (悪鬼, Akki), who can suppress the Attack Inhibition and Death Feedback and use their special powers against humans.


Part I[edit]

Shin Sekai Yori follows the life of Saki Watanabe, a girl from the town of Kamisu 66. In this era, all humans possess powerful psychic abilities and live an idyllic life in agrarian villages. Despite her parents' fears that she may not awaken her powers, Saki gains her special powers at the age of twelve and joins her friends—Satoru Asahina, Maria Akizuki, Mamoru Itou, Shun Aonuma, and Reiko Amano—in Sage Academy, a special school for psychics. However, the children are unaware that the village government is monitoring and evaluating students through the education system. Based on these evaluations, certain students are removed from society because of reasons such as poor performance (such as with Reiko) or for cheating. The memories of the removed students are erased from the community; Saki and her remaining friends have no memory of Reiko and other students. During an unsupervised camping field trip, Saki and her friends capture a False Minoshiro, a mythical animal revealed to be an ancient library robot. The False Minoshiro explains the violent truth of how the current era came about and what their special powers truly are.

While interrogating the False Minoshiro, Saki and her friends are found by the monk Rijin. He destroys the False Minoshiro and seemingly seals away the children's special powers for associating with a demon. On the way back to be judged at the village, Rijin is killed by a rogue Queerat tribe while Saki and Satoru are separated from their friends. They are captured by the rogue Queerat colony. Using objects found during their trip, Saki and Satoru are able to escape from their prison. During their escape, they meet a Queerat, Squealer, of the Robber Fly colony who rescues them from their pursuers. Saki and Satoru help Squealer and his colony to defeat the rogue Queerats, later with assistance from General Kiroumaru and his Giant Hornet colony, a colony with an especially close relationship to humans. After regrouping with their friends with the help of Squealer and General Kiroumaru, Saki restores their powers, using the same hypnotic methods the village uses to control children, before returning to the village under the belief that the adults do not know of their transgressions.

Part II[edit]

Two years later, as Saki and her friends reach adolescence and develop relationships, Shun starts to distance himself from the others and eventually goes missing. Saki finds Shun in an abandoned house and learns that he has become a Karmic Demon and had been sent to die in isolation. After holding himself back for the duration of their meeting, Shun tells Saki to go while telling her the adults know of their transgressions two years ago before using his powers to take his own life. Soon after, unlike with Reiko, Saki and her remaining friends start to realize Shun's absence despite being unable to fully remember him. In time, Saki learns that the survival of herself and her friends have been orchestrated by the Education Board and the Ethics Committee Head Tomiko Asahina, who sees Saki as a potential successor. Later, Mamoru and Maria run away after the Education Board tries to purge Mamoru. Squealer, renamed by the humans as Yakomaru as a reward for his usefulness, helps them by staging their deaths. However, after finding the Robber Fly queen lobotomized and that Yakomaru acquired a False Minoshiro, Saki begins to have dreams of a faceless child who tells her not to find Mamoru and Maria as they must die.

Part III[edit]

Now 26 years old, Saki works for the village government in the "Department of Mutant Management" which oversees the Queerats. Yakomaru's colony slowly ascends to power while conquering other colonies and wiping out the Giant Hornet colony, eventually attacking Kamisu 66 with what is believed to be a Fiend that the Queerats refer to as their "Messiah." This is later revealed to be the biological child of Mamoru and Maria whom Yakomaru raised after murdering the parents. After evading the Fiend and learning that Yakomaru intends to steal more human infants to create an army to wipe out the human race, Saki and Satoru are joined by Kiroumaru who guides them to the ruins of Tokyo to find the "Psychobuster," an anthrax-like anti-psychic weapon. With Yakomaru's forces surrounding them, Satoru attempts to kill the Messiah with the Psychobuster, but Saki destroys the weapon because its use at such close proximity would also have killed Satoru. Saki realizes that the Messiah is not truly a Fiend, but actually a regular psychic like themselves, with one key difference: the Messiah considers Queerats as his kin which is what enables him to bypass the Death Feedback when attacking other humans. With seemingly no options left, Saki and Satoru plead with Kiroumaru for help. After admitting his own disdain toward humans and their treatment of his kind, Kiroumaru agrees to help, but asks for his colony to be spared the humans' retaliation once the revolt is ended. He disguises himself as a human and attacks the Messiah. The Messiah kills Kiroumaru, but upon realizing that Kiroumaru is a type of Queerat, he dies due to Death Feedback.

With the Messiah dead and his rebellion crushed, Squealer is defeated. Renouncing the name the humans gave him, Squealer is sentenced to perpetual torture of "Infinite Hell" where his body is simultaneously regenerated and destroyed using psychic powers. However, Saki is troubled when Squealer explains the reasons behind his revolt, claiming that his people are human. Later, Saki learns from Satoru that the Queerats are the descendants of normal humans whose DNA had been altered with mole rat genes to make it easier for the psychic humans to control them, since they will not trigger Attack Inhibition and Death Feedback. Now feeling sorry for Squealer, Saki secretly puts him out of his misery.

In the epilogue ten years later, Saki has married Satoru and they expect their first child. Both are positive that the world will be a better place by the time their child grows up.


Main characters[edit]

Saki Watanabe (渡辺 早季, Watanabe Saki)
Voiced by: Risa Taneda (12, 14 & 26 years old), Aya Endo (narrator, 36 years old) (Japanese); Emily Neves (English)
Initially, Saki is 12 years old, has short brown hair and argues a lot with Satoru while having a crush on Shun. Two years later, her hair now shoulder-length, she becomes Maria's girlfriend. Despite that, her feelings for Shun remain strong. After several incidents occur, she is eager to know the true secrets of the town. Tomiko also reveals that she has a strong mental stability capable of overcoming setbacks. After the second timeskip, she is 26 and now works at the Department of Mutant Management, investigating and regulating the Queerat colonies. In the epilogue, she marries Satoru and succeeds Tomiko as head of the Ethics Committee. Pregnant, Saki writes her experiences down so future generations would read it in the hope that the world becomes a better place.
Satoru Asahina (朝比奈 覚, Asahina Satoru)
Voiced by: Kanako Tōjō (12 years old), Yūki Kaji (14, 26 & 36 years old) (Japanese); Greg Ayres (English)
Satoru is an energetic and mischievous boy who likes to argue with Saki. He is also observant, smart and skillful in using his telekinesis. After the timeskip, Satoru becomes Shun's boyfriend, but he starts dating another boy shortly after their breakup. After a second timeskip, he becomes Saki's partner and closest friend. He is adept at creating reflections, in the form of creating mirrors out of air - a skill that turns out to be incredibly useful. After the battle with the Queerats, Satoru also discovers the disturbing truth about the Queerats' origin and years later becomes Saki's husband.
Shun Aonuma (青沼 瞬, Aonuma Shun)
Voiced by: Mai Tōdō (12 years old), Ayumu Murase (14 years old) (Japanese); Clint Bickham (English)
Shun is the smartest and most composed of the group of friends and is able to think his way out of any situation. He is also very knowledgeable. Shun is also implied to be the most talented telekineticist of their generation. After the timeskip, he becomes Satoru's boyfriend, but later breaks up with him. Eventually he loses control of his telekinesis, turning him into a Karmic Demon (業魔, Gōma). It is also revealed that Shun had loved Saki since childhood, but he chose to avoid her due to his growing uncontrollable power. Near the end, he seems to have manifested a part of himself in Saki's consciousness, giving her crucial advice in order to change her decisions in the last few episodes.
Maria Akizuki (秋月 真理亜, Akizuki Maria)
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
Maria has long red hair and is stated to be the most popular girl in her class. After the timeskip, she develops feelings for Saki and becomes her girlfriend, although she later forms a duty pair with Mamoru. She is particularly adept at matter movement (e.g. levitation). After Mamoru runs away, she leaves the others to join him. It is revealed that she was pregnant with Mamoru's child and was held by the Robber Fly Colony before she was murdered upon her child's birth.
Mamoru Itō (伊東 守, Itō Mamoru)
Voiced by: Haruka Kudō (12 years old), Motoki Takagi (14 years old) (Japanese); Blake Shepard (English)
Mamoru is the most timid and least talented of the group. Following the timeskip, he grows to have a crush on Maria and eventually partners with her as a duty pair. After learning about the Board of Education's plans to dispose of him, he leaves the village and hides in the mountains. Maria promises him that they will never be apart again, subsequently joining him and leaving the others behind. After the second time skip, with Tomiko confirming it, Mamoru was killed by the Robber Fly Queerats and had a child with Maria that Squealer raised to be the Queerats' "Messiah."


Tomiko Asahina (朝比奈 富子, Asahina Tomiko)
Voiced by: Yoshiko Sakakibara (Japanese); Allison Sumrall (English)
Satoru's grandmother and also the head of the Ethics Committee. She intends for Saki to succeed her position as she possesses a strong mental stability as well as the qualities of a leader. Because of this, she had asked the Board of Education not to dispose of Saki and her friends despite knowing about the true history. She also revealed that they were responsible for erasing their bad memories of the past to protect the minds of the townsfolk. With the ability to regenerate the telomeres in her cells, Tomiko has managed to extend her life, having lived for more than 250 years. She also had a close encounter with a Fiend (悪鬼, Akki) in the past.
Shisei Kaburagi (鏑木 肆星, Kaburagi Shisei)
Voiced by: Takanori Hoshino (Japanese); David Matranga (English)
The adviser of the Security Council and also the village's strongest telekineticist. He wears a hooded mask and has double irises in each eye, capable of detecting and dispelling attacks from all directions. He also displays calmness and confidence in retaliation against the Queerats' attack on the village but is still powerless against the Fiend.
Hiromi Torigai (鳥飼 宏美, Torigai Hiromi)
Voiced by: Yuri Amano (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)
Chairman of the Board of Education. She is the most anxious and cautious among the council representatives. She dies in the Queerats attack during the Summer Festival.
Masayo Komatsuzaki (小松崎 昌代, Komatsuzaki Masayo)
Voiced by: Kaori Yamagata (Japanese); Nancy Novotny (English)
Vice-chairman of the Board of Education.
Koufuu Hino (日野 光風, Hino Kōfū)
Voiced by: Kishō Taniyama (Japanese); Rob Mungle (English)
The representative of the Occupations Council. He was killed by a sneak attack in the Queerats attack during the Summer Festival.
Mizuho Watanabe (渡辺 瑞穂, Watanabe Mizuho)
Voiced by: Miki Itō (Japanese); Carli Mosier (English)
Saki's mother and also the head of the library. She entrusted Saki with the mission to search for the last weapon of mass destruction "Psychobuster" to eliminate the Fiend.
Takashi Sugiura (杉浦 敬, Sugiura Takashi)
Voiced by: Hiroki Touchi (Japanese); David Wald (English)
Saki's father.
Inui ()
Voiced by: Kōsuke Toriumi (Japanese); Andrew Love (English)
A Wildlife Protection officer. He was tasked to annihilate the Robber Fly colony and its allies but his mission failed. He was saved by Kiroumaru and he later accompanied Saki's group to Tokyo for her mission.
Mushin (無瞋)
Voiced by: Tamio Ōki (Japanese); Carl Masterson (English)
An old, heavily bearded head priest of the Temple of Purification. He conducts the ritual for children entering adulthood.
Rijin (離塵)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese); Leraldo Anzaldua (English)
A high priest of the Temple of Purification who seals away the children's telekinesis for breaking the rules and escorts them to be judged. He is killed by a Balloon Dog (風船犬, Fūsen Inu).
Reiko Amano (天野 麗子, Amano Reiko)
Voiced by: Yui Horie (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)
Reiko is the sixth member of Saki's group at the beginning of the story. Due to her weak performance in class, she was the first student to be killed by an Impure Cat.


The Queerats (Monster Rats) (バケネズミ, Bakenezumi) are humanoid molerat mutants who live in colonies and appear obedient to the humans to the point of referring to them as gods. However, during the attack on the humans by Squealer, it's revealed that the Queerats disdain humans for the way they're treated. Saki eventually learns to her horror that Queerats are actually the descendants of normal humans who were genetically modified with molerat DNA to enable the humans with special powers to subjugate those who don't suffer the Death of Shame, whom they would otherwise be defenseless against.

Squealer (スクィーラ, Sukwīra) / Yakomaru (野狐丸, Yakomaru)
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese); John Kaiser (English)
Starting off as a lowly member of the Robber Fly colony who once offered help to Saki and Satoru, Squealer eventually attains knowledge and gains political clout to become the supreme commander of the Robber Fly colony, earning the name 'Yakomaru' while exhibiting a machiavellian nature. Despite being a weak and small colony initially, the Robber Fly colony grew to rival the Giant Hornets colony after the second timeskip. He initially appears to be faithful to the humans, but secretly learned the truth of his kind's origin, after which he planned to wipe out the human population and liberate all Queerats. The opportunity came when he had the runaway Maria and Mamoru murdered to obtain their newborn child to raise as both one of his own and as the Queerats' "Messiah". Squealer's plan was thwarted by Saki and he was later sentenced to suffer the 'Infinite Hell', consumed by his own nervous system and in agonizing pain. However, upon learning the truth behind the Queerats, Saki secretly gives Squealer a merciful death.
Kiroumaru (奇狼丸, Kirōmaru)
Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata (Japanese); David Wald (English)
The supreme commander of the Giant Hornet colony, he risked his own life to let Saki and Satoru return to their friends instead of executing them. Much later on, Kiroumaru's colony was decimated by the Robber Fly colony with the aid of their "Messiah" and he ended up at the Temple of Purification. After being released by Saki, Kiroumaru leads her and her group to the ruins of Tokyo to obtain the Psycho Buster to thwart Squealer's plans. After the plan with the Psycho Buster fails, revealing his own disdain for humans, Kiroumaru asks Saki to spare his colony from the humans' retaliation as he sacrifices himself to defeat the "Messiah".
Squnk (スクォンク, Sukwonku)
Voiced by: Kanehira Yamamoto (Japanese); John Swasey (English)
A member of the Goat Moth colony. Saki saved him from drowning when he fell into a river. Two years later, he repaid the favor by saving Mamoru after he fell off a cliff. He gives Saki a letter from Maria.



The novel From the New World was written by the Japanese author Yusuke Kishi and published by Kodansha. It is titled after Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 "From the New World", whose Movement II appears in the story several times.[4][5] Its original publication was on January 23, 2008, in two volumes.[6][7] On August 7, 2009, it was re-released as a single volume under the Kodansha Novels imprint;[8] and again on January 14, 2011, as three volumes under the Kodansha Bunko imprint.[9][10][11]


A manga adaption by Tōru Oikawa was serialized in Kodansha's shōnen manga magazine Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine from May 9, 2012,[12] to June 9, 2014.[13] The series has been collected in seven tankōbon volumes under the Kodansha Comics imprint, released between October 9, 2012,[14] and August 8, 2014.[15] In 2013 the series was licensed in English by Vertical Inc, who released it between November 12, 2013,[16][17] and January 20, 2015.[18]


No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 October 9, 2012[14]978-4-06-384745-1November 12, 2013[17]978-1-939130-13-6
2 October 9, 2012[19]978-4-06-384778-9January 21, 2014[20]978-1-939130-14-3
3 May 9, 2013[21]978-4-06-384840-3March 4, 2014[22]978-1-939130-29-7
4 September 9, 2013[23]978-4-06-394924-7May 13, 2014[24]978-1-939130-30-3
5 December 9, 2013[25]978-4-06-394957-5July 29, 2014[26]978-1-939130-98-3
6 April 9, 2014[27]978-4-06-395019-9September 9, 2014[28]978-1-941220-35-1
7 August 8, 2014[15]978-4-06-395142-4January 20, 2015[18]978-1-941220-53-5


The novel was adapted into an anime television series by A-1 Pictures which aired on TV Asahi from October 2012 to March 2013.[29][30] The anime does not have an opening theme but has two ending themes. "Wareta Ringo" (割れたリンゴ, lit. Sliced Apple) by Risa Taneda was used for episode 1 through 16, which was replaced by "Yuki ni Saku Hana" (雪に咲く花, lit. The Flower Blooming in Snow) by Kana Hanazawa starting in episode 17.[31]

It has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America.[32] Sentai Filmworks later released the English dub version on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 15, 2014.[33] Hanabee Entertainment licensed the series in Australia, and released it on Blu-ray and DVD on June 9, 2016.[34][35]


No. Title Original air date[36]
1"The Season of New Leaves"
Transliteration: "Wakaba no Kisetsu" (Japanese: 若葉の季節)
October 3, 2012 (2012-10-03)
In the year 2011, humans begin to manifest psychokinetic powers, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake. 1,000 years later, Saki Watanabe finally has her own Cantus powers awakened, and after a ritual of passage, she leaves Harmony School and joins her friends whose powers emerged earlier at the Sage Academy. However, one of them, Reiko Amano, is revealed to have weaker control over her powers than her peers, and soon afterwards she mysteriously disappears.
2"The Vanishing Children"
Transliteration: "Kieyuku Kora" (Japanese: 消えゆく子ら)
October 10, 2012 (2012-10-10)
Saki and her friends in Group 1 take part in a game tournament where each group must control small clay dolls pushing a large ball with their Cantus power. Her team defeats several opponents until the final match when Manabu Katayama of the opposing team breaks the rules in a violation of the Code of Virtue, ending the match in a draw. Later that day, the children find a Queerat in trouble and Saki decides to save it, using her Cantus powers without permission. After the tournament, Manabu Katayama's name is removed from the list of students and he is never seen again.
3"The False Minoshiro"
Transliteration: "Minoshiro Modoki" (Japanese: ミノシロモドキ)
October 17, 2012 (2012-10-17)
The five members of Group 1 set out for summer camp and they start telling scary stories. Satoru talks about Balloon Dogs, creatures capable of causing themselves to explode although the other children doubt their existence, rationalizing that none would exist if they all blew up. The children recall the legend of a strange creature known as the "False Minoshiro" which brings death to all in its path. Venturing further than they should, they to locate a multicolored Minoshiro and Saki manages to capture it. Much to their surprise, it can communicate with them and it reveals that it is a repository of information.
4"Bloody History"
Transliteration: "Chinurareta Rekishi" (Japanese: 血塗られた歴史)
October 24, 2012 (2012-10-24)
Under the threat of being dismembered, Minoshiro grants the children temporary data access. It reveals the truth about the tragic history of the world since the advent of humanity's psychokinetic powers 1,000 years ago which the children have difficulty believing. Just as the False Minoshiro explains the origin of their society, a monk called Rijin kills the creature, calling it a "mountain demon". They see a vision of a woman holding a baby as it dies. Rijin seals their Cantus and takes them away to be judged for their actions. Due to killing the False Minoshiro, the monk experiences a phenomenon called the death feedback, which hinders his ability to think properly. On the way back, they are attacked by a group of Queerats, who are slain by the monk. From the pile of corpses a Balloon Dog emerges and leaps toward them.
5"Pursuit on a Hot Night"
Transliteration: "Tōbō no Nettaiya" (Japanese: 逃亡の熱帯夜)
October 31, 2012 (2012-10-31)
The Balloon Dog explodes, killing the monk and itself. Defenseless without their Cantus powers against the Queerats, the children flee, but Saki and her friend Satoru are captured by Queerats. After escaping confinement, the pair is rescued by Squealer, a Queerat from the Robber Fly colony who takes them before his queen and asks for their help against the invading rivals of the Ground (Feral) Spider colony of Queerats who originally captured them. Saki and Satoru do not reveal that their Cantus powers are sealed, and flee through the underground tunnels when the invasion begins.
Transliteration: "Tōhikō" (Japanese: 逃避行)
November 7, 2012 (2012-11-07)
Saki and Satoru appear to be trapped in the tunnels with no chance to escape. Saki deduces that Rijin hypnotized the students into forgetting their mantras, which are necessary to invoke their Cantus. Because Saki had tricked Satoru to reveal his mantra in their childhood, she uses the induction ceremony to recite his mantra and recover his Cantus. Instead of fleeing, Satoru decides to fight the Ground Spider colony and has some success. Aided by Squealer and the surviving Robber Fly warriors, the group survives several enemy ambushes. Satoru begins to show signs of fatigue from overusing his abilities, but despite Saki's protests, he continues until they encounter a massive army of Queerats.
7"Summer Darkness"
Transliteration: "Natsuyami" (Japanese: 夏闇)
November 14, 2012 (2012-11-14)
The Giant Hornet Queerat colony led by Kiroumaru arrives and annihilates the Ground Spiders. On the pretext of surrendering, the Ground Spiders' leader unleashes two Balloon Dogs, but Satoru uses his remaining energy to deflect the blast. Satoru suspects that Kiroumaru may intend to kill both him and Saki, and they flee through the forest, guided through a shortcut by Squealer. Upon arriving at the river, they are reunited with their friends. As they return to town, they encounter Kiroumaru, who surprisingly helps them by towing their canoes behind his ship. In parting, Kiroumaru asks that they keep his assistance a secret, suggesting he may have defied orders to kill or capture them. Saki restores Shun's telepathic powers and helps the others restore their own when they return home.
Transliteration: "Yochō" (Japanese: 予兆)
November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21)
Two years pass, and the children enter adolescence and Saki finds her feelings for Shun unrequited. He starts dating Satoru while Saki starts dating Maria. Soon afterwards, Shun breaks up with Satoru and starts distancing himself from everyone else. Saki questions him about it and he reveals that the adults know about the events of two years ago at the summer camp. He warns her to be careful because it will soon be time for them to be punished for their past transgressions.
9"The Rising Wind"
Transliteration: "Kaze Tachinu" (Japanese: 風立ちぬ)
November 28, 2012 (2012-11-28)
Shun stops going to school, and his friends in Group 1 secretly start looking for him. Saki and Satoru set out for Shun's home village of Pinewood, only to find it isolated by the authorities and Shun's house destroyed. Later at night, Saki confronts her parents about what really happened to the village but they have been forbidden to tell her the truth. Soon after, Saki is visited by Maria, who reveals to her she and Mamoru learned that several Impure Cats (不浄猫, fujō neko), which are used to eliminate troublesome children are being maintained at the school, and two were freed to hunt down Shun. Saki flees to warn him and encounters one of the Impure Cats.
10"More Than Darkness"
Transliteration: "Yami Yori Mo" (Japanese: 闇よりも)
December 5, 2012 (2012-12-05)
Protected by a charm from Shun, Saki manages to defeat the Impure Cat before finding him. Shun explains that his entire village was destroyed because his powers went out of control. She also learns from him that the drastic alteration in the world's fauna and flora seen in the last 1,000 years was due to the residual Cantus which flows out of humans who are not in full control. The safehouse where he is being kept is bizarrely warped and his pet bulldog Subaru is mutated into a monstrous form by the leakage of his Cantus which causes him to become a Karmic Demon. A second Impure Cat arrives to kill Shun, and Subaru is killed protecting him. Shun kills the cat, but as he is killed by his own uncontrolled power, he reveals to Saki that he always loved her.
11"Distant Thunder in Winter"
Transliteration: "Fuyu no Enrai" (Japanese: 冬の遠雷)
December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12)
As part of their schooling, each student is paired with a partner of the opposite sex for further training. Saki's classmate Ryou is interested in partnering with her, but as Saki realizes that he is not who he appears to be, she turns him down and pairs up with Satoru instead. Saki and her friends realize that their memories have been altered so they accept Ryou as a childhood member of the group instead of Shun, whose identity they cannot remember. Saki finds a mirror in an old crate, which when polished, reveals the name of her older sister Yoshimi, whom the children deduce was eliminated because she had poor control over her powers. Mamoru begins to panic, so Saki, Satoru and Maria decide to keep investigating without him. Soon, they are called for an audience with the head of the Ethics Committee who happens to be Satoru's grandmother Tomiko, a fact that not even Satoru was aware of.
12"The Weak Link"
Transliteration: "Yowai Kan" (Japanese: 弱い環)
December 19, 2012 (2012-12-19)
Tomiko reveals to Saki the truth behind Fiends and Karmic Demons, including their reasons for the harsh means they developed to prevent them from appearing. Also, she was the one who intervened and had Saki and her friends spared by the Board of Education after the incident with the False Minoshiro. Tomiko tells Saki that she is considered to be the most suited one to be her successor. Some time later, Mamoru mysteriously runs away from home and Saki, Maria and Satoru take advantage of a break in classes to look for him.
Transliteration: "Saikai" (Japanese: 再会)
December 26, 2012 (2012-12-26)
Saki and the others follow Mamoru's tracks through snow covered mountains until they find him in a shelter. They meet Squonk, the Queerat who saved Mamoru and which Saki saved from drowning years earlier. Mamoru reveals to them that he left the village in fear because firstly, he suspected that he had been followed by an Impure Cat, and secondly, signs that the Board of Education intended to dispose of him.
Transliteration: "Sekka" (Japanese: 雪華)
January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08)
Saki and Satoru leave Maria behind with Mamoru in the care of the Queerats and return to the village. Saki is grilled by the Board of Education but is released after Tomiko again intervenes on her behalf. Tomiko reveals that the members of Group 1 were selected for special treatment since childhood. They have been spared most of the hypnotic conditioning and memory alteration that is routinely used to instill obedience and docility. Tomiko predicts that the Board will order the destruction of both Mamoru and Maria, but says she can delay this for three days. Saki and Satoru head off to try to bring the others back before this deadline, but are unable to find the shelter again.
Transliteration: "Zanzō" (Japanese: 残像)
January 16, 2013 (2013-01-16)
While Saki and Satoru search for Maria and Mamoru, they find themselves in the Robber Fly colony where they are reunited with Squealer who has taken the name "Yakomaru". They learn from Yakomaru that the Robber Fly society has greatly advanced since their last meeting, and it is now part of a strong confederation of colonies. However, they are shocked to find that the queen has been restrained and lobotomized because she was a threat to their developing society, and is kept alive only to reproduce. Satoru suspects that the Robber Fly colony has captured a False Minoshiro and accessed its knowledge. Yakomaru takes the pair to meet Squonk at the nest of the Goat Moth Queerat colony to ask him about the whereabouts of their missing friends, but Yakomaru appears to have military intentions. A skirmish occurs between the two colonies until Satoru uses his power to stop them. Saki is finally reunited with Squonk who gives her a letter from Maria, saying that she had departed with Mamoru.
16"To my beloved Saki"
Transliteration: "Aisuru Saki e" (Japanese: 愛する早季へ)
January 23, 2013 (2013-01-23)
Saki reads Maria's heartfelt farewell letter, condemning the village philosophy of killing potentially antisocial children and asking her to return and tell the villagers that she and Mamoru are dead. However, they ignore Maria's request, and with only a day left, decide to continue their search for Maria and Mamoru . As hope dwindles, Saki begins to experience bizarre and troubling nightmares of a faceless boy who tells her not to aid in her friends' escape, and that Maria has to die.
17"Footsteps of Destruction"
Transliteration: "Hametsu no Ashioto" (Japanese: 破滅の足音)
January 30, 2013 (2013-01-30)
Several years later, Saki, now 26 years old, is working in the "Department of Exospecies Management". She is visited at work by Satoru, bringing news of an unprovoked attack among the Queerats, whose colonies are now divided into two large alliances. The leaders of the opposing alliances, Kiroumaru representing the Giant Hornets (Spider Wasps) and Yakomaru representing the Robber Flies (Goat Moths), are summoned to be questioned about the incident. Both leaders exchanging accusations, but no conclusion is reached and some time later the conflict between both parties escalates into a sanctioned war. In the first battle, Kiroumaru's Giant Hornet army defeats their opponents, which for some reason did not include members of the main enemy colony of Robber Flies led by Yakomaru. Some time later, Saki is visited by Satoru again who informs her that the Giant Hornets were annihilated.
18"Scarlet Flower"
Transliteration: "Akai Hana" (Japanese: 紅い花)
February 6, 2013 (2013-02-06)
An investigation is conducted regarding the unexpected demise of the Giant Hornets, but it finds no conclusive evidence. Shisei Kaburagi, the security council advisor, suspects that a human with telekinesis powers such as Maria and Mamoru are behind the attack, but Tomiko dismisses this stating that DNA testing confirmed that bones delivered by Yakomaru were those of Maria and Mamoru. The council decides unanimously to wipe out the Robber Fly colony, but on the night of the summer festival, an army of Queerats stage a surprise attack on the village. Satoru and Saki are caught in the commotion, but Kaburagi saves the village by using his great telekinetic powers to drive away the enemy. With many casualties and the village in state of emergency, Tomiko swears Yakomaru will suffer a slow and painful death for his treason.
Transliteration: "Kurayami" (Japanese: 暗闇)
February 13, 2013 (2013-02-13)
In the aftermath of the Queerats' sneak attack, Saki and Satoru join three others (Okano, Kuramochi and Satoru) to form a new group of five to visit the hospital and check on one of their injured friends. As they arrive, they find the hospital damaged. They clear the place of armed Queerats and rescue the few human survivors, but the party is attacked by an unknown individual who kills everyone in their path with an overwhelming power. Fearing that the enemy in question may be a Fiend, the other members of the party decide to sacrifice themselves to let Saki and Satoru to escape and warn the others. However, as their boat floats down the river, the duo realize that they are being followed by the enemy.
20"Cold Sunlight"
Transliteration: "Tsumetai Hidamari" (Japanese: 冷たい日だまり)
February 20, 2013 (2013-02-20)
Saki and Satoru create a diversion and manage to escape in their boat before the Fiend incinerates it. They continue on to the village in order to warn the townspeople, but come across a mutant fish which blows itself up in a suicide attack. Saki is blown away by the explosion and separated from Satoru. While in midair, she has a flashback of her parting with Shun, but still cannot remember his name or face. When she lands, she is attacked by a young boy, who mistakes her for a Queerat. Together they continue to the village, which is now in shambles with many dead or injured people and canals drained of water to prevent mutant fish attacks. Saki finds Tomiko injured at the Sage Academy, but Tomiko refuses to believe that a Fiend is on the loose. She tells Saki to find the Security Council and warn the others, and formally requests that Saki take charge of the Ethics Committee and tell everyone to flee. Saki reluctantly departs the hospital, leaving Tomiko behind.
21"The Fire that Destroys the World"
Transliteration: "Gōka" (Japanese: 劫火)
February 27, 2013 (2013-02-27)
Kaburagi declares war on the Queerats, promising to eliminate them from Japan. But the Fiend approaches, killing many humans and Saki is shocked by its resemblance to Maria. Though Kaburagi manages to evade the Fiend's first attack, the Fiend kills him. Saki, Satoru and Niimi escape through a tunnel and encounter a wounded Queerat who tells them that the Queerat race will now be the new rulers, and that their "Messiah", the Fiend, was sent from the heavens to save them. Niimis leave them to warn the others at the Town Hall and he sends Saki and Satoru to the Temple of Purity. They arrive and learn that Saki's parents left to release the remaining Impure Cats upon the Fiend. They also meet up with Inui, who tells them about his group's failed mission to dispose of the Robber Fly colony and his first encounter with the Fiend and death of his group. When he returned to the hospital he found all the human infants had been stolen. Saki realizes that Yakomaru killed Maria and Mamoru, took their child, and then raised it to become a Fiend. He plans to do the same with the stolen infants, creating an army of Fiends that will wipe the humans off the face of the Earth and bring rise to a Queerat empire.
Transliteration: "Tōkyō" (Japanese: 東京)
March 6, 2013 (2013-03-06)
Inui tells Saki that it was Kiroumaru who rescued him after he collapsed, but he was subsequently taken prisoner. Saki receives a package and a letter from her mother which details the location in Tokyo of an ancient weapon called the "Psychobuster", devised by normal humans to kill psychics. Saki and Satoru visit the imprisoned Kiroumaru, who offers them his help in finding the weapon's location. The trio depart with Inui a submarine device to search for the Psychobuster and eventually reach the desert ruins of Tokyo. However, they are detected and soon after arriving in the dangerous wasteland, they learn that Yakomaru, along with his army and the Fiend have followed them there.
23"The Face of the Boy"
Transliteration: "Shōnen no Kao" (Japanese: 少年の顔)
March 13, 2013 (2013-03-13)
As Saki's group makes their way through the treacherous tunnels under Tokyo, they came across an underground river within the caves. They split into two groups: Satoru and Kiroumaru to drive away their pursuers while Saki and Inui go to retrieve the submarine so that can continue their mission through the river. On the way, Shun appears to Saki and suggests there is no fiend. While making their way to the Psychobuster, they are attacked by a giant ragworm and Inui sacrifices his life so that Saki can continue her mission. After retrieving the Psychobuster, a small pendant containing a liquid, Saki takes off towards the sun at daybreak. As she runs past the dilapidated scene of Tokyo, she is finally able to recall her last conversation with Shun as her lost memories are restored and she sees an image of Shun before her.
24"Torchlight in the Darkness"
Transliteration: "Yami ni Moeshi Kagaribi wa" (Japanese: 闇に燃えし篝火は)
March 20, 2013 (2013-03-20)
Kiroumaru finds Saki and leads her back to Satoru who is slightly injured. Kiroumaru then decides that they should counterattack so Satoru and Saki wait in a tunnel as Kiroumaru leaves to lure the Fiend. Saki believes the Fiend does not know that it is human, so she creates mirror which momentarily confuses the Fiend before it screams and attacks them. Satoru throws the Psychobuster at the Fiend, but Saki incinerates the Psychobuster before it can infect both the Fiend and Satoru. Kiroumaru reappears and quickly distracts the Fiend as they escape and hide in the tunnels. Yakomaru offers to negotiate with Saki's group but Kiroumaru realizes that his motive is to discover their position through their voices. While hiding, Saki reflects on Shun's statement that the child may not be a Fiend and she realizes that they may still have a way to defeat the Fiend.
25"From the New World"
Transliteration: "Shin Sekai Yori" (Japanese: 新世界より)
March 27, 2013 (2013-03-27)
Saki realizes that the Fiend is the human child of Maria and Mamoru who was conditioned to think that it was a Queerat and by Yakomaru. Thus, it would only suffer "death feedback" from killing Queerats and not from killing humans. Kiroumaru then disguises himself as a human and confronts the Fiend which kills him, but Kiroumaru then reveals his identity as a Queerrat and "death feedback" kills the Fiend. With the rebellion suppressed, Yakomaru renounces his title and addresses himself again as Squealer. He is tried and sentenced to "Eternal Hell", with his body suffering excruciating pain while being regenerated indefinitely. Satoru later reveals to Saki that he has discovered that Queerats were created by infusing mole rat DNA into ordinary humans to prevent them from being a threat to those humans with telekinesis. Saki then visits Squealer and grants him a merciful death. Ten years pass, and the now married Saki and Satoru expect their first child, both positive that by the time it grows up, the world will be a better place.


Along with Den-noh Coil, From the New World received the Grand Prize of the 29th Nihon SF Taisho Award by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan (SFWJ) in 2008.[37][38]


  1. ^ "Queerats" are sometimes also referred to as "Monster Rats".


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