Saki is now 26 years old and in charge of the Department Mutant Management. She takes care of newly born monster rats (which were originally created by the humans), but her official, real job involves surveying and managing the monster rats. There was an attack on one of the monster rats colonies. Squera and Kiroumaru were summoned to learn if their powerful colonies (the Robber Fly and Giant Hornet respectively) had anything to do with it, but the village leaders could not reach a conclusion. Later Saki ordered the Giant Hornet colony to fight another colony. The Giant Hornet colony is supposed to be very powerful, but at the end of the episode Satoru tells Saki that the Giant Hornet colony has been wiped out.
Episode 17 of From the New World continued to add more intrigue to this mysterious story. It was nice to learn a bit about the origin of the monster rats. I am also surprised that some of the leaders of the colony (including Saki) seem to be oblivious to the fact that the monster rats colonies have gained more knowledge than they should have (for the sake of the humans, of course). Finally, the sucker for romances in me could not ignore the apparent cold relationship between Saki and Satoru. This episode gets a 9 out of 10.