A new male student, Ryou, is ready to join the group. But Saki and Satoru began suspecting the origins of this student. They start investigating and suspect that their memories were manipulated. Alongside with Maria (Mamoru is left out because he is too fragile), Saki and Satoru get ready to further investigate, when they are taken to speak with the chairwoman of the Ethics Committee, Tomiko Asahina. She also happens to be Satoru's grandmother.
Episode 11 was another intriguing one that has set up the main protagonists to another investigation. It is kind of cruel to try to make the group forget about Shun through manipulation. This episode gets a 8 out of 10.
It turns out that Tomiko Asahina wants Saki to inherit her position because Saki has kept a level headed and open mind throughout all the ordeals. Tomiko also told Saki about a case of a male student who went into a murderous streak after becoming a Ogre. There was also a case of a girl who had to die because she became a Karmic Demon because she leaked power. At the end of the episode Mamoru disappears, and his friends decide to look for him.
Episode 12 was very strong. It was nice to learn more about the truth. I want to highlight that this episode had a nice color palette with the white, snowy backgrounds and the colorful outfits worn by the characters. Episode 12 gets a 10 out of 10.
After vigorously looking for him (especially Maria), Mamoru was found. It turns out that Mamoru heard his friends whispering about their memories being manipulated and people who had disappeared. He fled after being confronted by the Trickster Cat twice. At the end of the episode Saki realized that it was going to be very difficult to bring Mamoru back to the village.
Episode 13 was also strong. There is not much to comment; except for the fact that I do not understand why Mamoru is being hunted. He seems so inoffensive. Hoping that From the New World continues to be strong in the second half, this episode gets a 9 out of 10.
[I will blog about episodes 14 and 15 next week after the latter airs]