Posted by psgels on 11 December 2012 with categories: From the New World

This was a bit of a build-up episode for From The New World. Nothing too shocking like last episode happened, but nevertheless it’s the kind of episode that takes a step back for us viewers to get to know the characters a bit better. For fleshing the cast out, this was a really good episode because we finally got to see some of the sides of the minor characters who haven’t been in the spotlights like what Saki has been.

Ryou also was this interesting addition to the cast, in which an entire person has been replaced in everyone’s memory. Where did that guy come from, I wonder? It in any case was a very nice way to make the characters paranoid, and I like how difficult tampering with your memory is in this series: the adults did their best to cover up the memories, but some things just can’t fit. It’s now also clear that certain key parts have been erased from their memories and this goes as far as being able to cover up an entire romance, but it’s very difficult to hide an entire freaking crater appearing from nowhere.

Also this episode used lots of flashbacks and dream sequences, which of course is pretty obvious when the main character is trying to recall things. It actually worked quite well to tie up the past ten episodes together.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

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  1. Spike says:

    Choppy storytelling yet again… The plot just chugs along jumping from point to point. I’m assuming there was a decent sized timeskip again. I know it’s supposed to be mysterious and all, but the ‘this happened, then this happened, then this happened’ with little to no explaination and random time leaps is just frustrating to watch. I want to watch a character develop – not Oh he’s like this, then like this 6 months later, then like this a year later. That’s highschool level writing…

    • Airies says:

      I disagree, I’ve actually noticed when Saki’s older version narrates, there has usually been a time skip of some sort so its really not that untold. would you prefer them to have some words appear on the screen stating that its “two weeks later”?

    • Avalon says:

      Other than than the time skip (which I have no problems with), I disagree about this episode being choppy. Episodes 5 – 7 (or whenever they got back from the camp) was the only time I really felt the storytelling was choppy. So far everything else feels better planned out and I think the mystery does get across pretty well.

  2. Airies says:

    I think its really disgusting what the adults are doing with these children especially ryou who was pretty much used to fill a memory he was never apart of, meaning he lost his own. I mean thats just so wrong to toy around with that. they’re probably wont show it but ryou must be like so fucked right now because of that and I wouldnt blame him if he even commited suicide. I mean can you imagine how you would feel.

    Also I loved how they brought up the girl from episode one because I really was curious about that the most.

    Every episode just makes you so excited in this series I mean I cant help but sucked into the show because of how much it makes you focus. Like everyone has been saying the episodes feels like 5 minutes, thats true magic, to be able to do that to not just one viewer but an entire audience is really something. Whether thats a good thing is entirely different though.

    Mamoru’s feeling are completely understandable but I can see people calling him a wuss and stuff even though they probably wont understand (some people are just idiots) that he’s emotional incapable of handling that train of thought.

    The best scene for me was when they went to that place in the end, and as soon as the door closed maria and saki were all over saturo with questions. It was funny to see that reaction.

    Also no mention of the animation? This was it’s best week so far! some of those shots were amazing. they clearly love to play with maria’s hair too.

    Welp! We only have 14 episodes left now……… sad face.

    • fejeifje says:

      This isn’t just with the children, though. Everyone is raised this way. In a way, this is necessary. The human race was given this HUGE power that can greatly influence the world around them. They need to be controlled. If people who were weak were allowed to reach adulthood, the strong would be able to control them and abuse them. In order for there to be as little violence as possible, everyone needs to be equal in strength.

      In a way, what they did was kind. They’ve given this group of kids so many chances to live a “normal” life when they could have just disposed of them.

    • Avalon says:

      Regarding Ryou, I think it depends on how well their “brainwashing” goes. He may truly believe he is their friend. Pieces may be cloudy, but if that is the case then he may have no problem with his situation. Now if he starts figuring out things like our main group has, then I think he may start have serious issues and lose it.

      Of course we haven’t been shown enough of him yet so it could go either way.

  3. Nyangoro says:

    I’m loving the story of the characters themselves, but I’m just so impressed by this series’ setting. It’s very rare (at least in my experience) to see an anime that is so meticulous about asking the question “Where is the line?” and not providing the clear-cut answer. Such ambiguity on a sensitive topic like this is extremely refreshing.

    I mean, sure, we tend to be shown it as negative since most of it’s through the eyes of the children who are affected by the system, but it’s always careful to give some points to the other side as well (such as the flashbacks where the rulers abused their Cantus, or Shun’s being an example of what can go wrong with their abilities). Loving it so, so much.

  4. Entrav says:

    Loving the suspense and the storytelling as well as the character interactions. Each character is unique in his or her own way and really contributes to the group. I don’t feel things to be choppy so… not a problem.

  5. Tanukichan says:

    Another great episode! I’m loving this series so much, especially the soundtracks. Looks like next ep will be awesome again.

    “Who’s that Ryou guy?” Saki did say in the episode that he’s a boy from group 2 before they placed him into group 1 which is Saki’s group. In fact, if you rewatch episode 2, in the scene of the final match between group 1 and group 2, you can see this Ryou guy, his name being mentioned too.

  6. Ebisu says:

    Good chapter. I ended up telling to the screen “Don’t go there, it’s a trap!”. I hope Saki does not let herself be deceived next chapter. Remember Shun!

  7. Arno says:

    Its really a very bad anime.

    Gloomy feelings, poor drawing, ridiculous monsters, and a general “it’s magic and shit” atmosphere. Almost as bad as Claymore.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:02 AM)
    Oh for fucks sake sword art? You put HIV drama into your show?
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:57 AM)
    Pretty much looking forward to the next two episodes and hope it gets more seasons too.
    I also liked how bleak it was.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:55 AM)
    *how twisty
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    . I was told to stay away from story six. Story seven was the most developed and ambitious of the selection but I feel mixed on it and didn’t really get into it until midway or so.
    Still I do love weird tales anthology stuff and this all fit the bill for me.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    The first story even I have to admit was genuinely horrifying, uncomfortable and got under my skin and of the selection it still stands out as having the greatest impact. The second one was good social commentary but doesn’t really give me much I didn’t already know. Stories three and were the most emotionally investing for me. I thoroughly enjoyed who twisty, twisted, truly nasty and cruel story five was and it is my second favourite of the lot.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    I did however feel that some of the dialogue and acting could have done with some very very slight tweaking in parts/some segments.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:53 AM)
    Okay even though I don’t watch western tv shows all that much I finally properly spent whole day going through black mirror. For the larger part this is creative, unpredictable, well thought out/written, varied, I like the technological end of it, the stories manage to fit into the short film runtime without ever feeling like they needed more time and its clear that Charlie Brooker has a lot to say with this and is very intelligent man, some of it does ring fairly true.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 03:17 AM)
    @Aidan: …Jesus I read that wrong at first and read it as Liam Neeson…
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 02:09 AM)
    @swa, and hearing those lines voiced by Liam O’Brien would be a godsend.
  • swa
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 01:24 AM)
    Even in slow paced intermezzo episodes and with just a couple of lines, still so GARcher.

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