Two years have passed, and the children are now 14 years old. Lots of things seem to have changed. Most notably the fact that the students at Unified Class appear to be encouraged to have homosexual relationships; Shun and Satoru are a couple, Saki is with Maria and poor Mamoru has a one sided crush with Maria. After Shun broke up with Satoru, the former began to act strange. Shun later told Saki that he (and possibly the rest of the children) is probably going to be punished for what happened two years earlier.
Episode 8 of From the New World was powerful. The relationships between the characters have evolved, but they seem to still care a great deal for each other. There is not much to analyze story-wise. The next episode will probably have more story progression. This anime keeps throwing more curve balls, but it adds more to the intrigue of this daring story. This episode gets a 9 out of 10.