Satoru and Saki returned to their town in order to ask clemency for Mamoru. Saki was harshly questioned by the Education Committee. Things seemed bad for Saki after talking about Mamoru being approached by the Trickster Cat and other nasty facts. Saki was saved by Tomiko. They had another an interesting talk about how their world functions. At the end of the episode Saki and Satoru were given the task of bringing back Mamoru and Maria before the town (and neighboring towns) decided to eliminate them.
Episode 14 of From the New World was good but not great. We learned more about why things with Saki's group have transpired as they have. It was also interesting to see that the town's leaders are very interested (almost obsessed) with maintaining order. Tomiko also continued to be an interesting character. This episode gets a 9 out of 10.
Saki and Satoru arrived at the cave where Mamoru and Maria were hidden, but they were gone. They ran into Squera. He told them that several monster rat colonies had merged into a gigantic one. In the process the Robber Fly Colony had reached Industrial Level status and sat the basis for a democratic form of government. Saki and Satoru were rightfully scared and shocked that the monster rats were dangerously becoming more like humans.
Episode 15 of From the New World took a detour from the current arc to revisit a past issue. I had forgotten about the monster rats and their place in this world. It is clear that the monster rats have ambitions, and I do wonder if the humans are aware and ready for this development. This episode gets a 9 out of 10.