However, one of them, Reiko, is revealed to have weaker control over her powers than her peers, and soon afterwards she mysteriously disappears. Her team defeats several opponents until the final match when one of the members of the opposing team breaks the rules, ending the match in a draw. After the tournament, the same student is never seen again. Satoru starts telling scary stories about Balloon Dogs, a creature capable of causing itself to explode; the other children doubt its existence, rationalizing that none would exist if they all blew up. The children recall the legend of a strange creature known as the "False Minoshiro" which brings death to all in its path. Eager to learn more about it, they manage to locate and capture the Minoshiro, which much to their surprise, starts communicating with them.
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However, one of them, Reiko, is revealed to have weaker control over her powers than her peers, and soon afterwards she mysteriously disappears. Her team defeats several opponents until the final match when one of the members of the opposing team breaks the rules, ending the match in a draw.
After the tournament, the same student is never seen again. Satoru starts telling scary stories about Balloon Dogs, a creature capable of causing itself to explode; the other children doubt its existence, rationalizing that none would exist if they all blew up.
The children recall the legend of a strange creature known as the "False Minoshiro" which brings death to all in its path. Eager to learn more about it, they manage to locate and capture the Minoshiro, which much to their surprise, starts communicating with them. Due to killing the False Minoshiro, the monk experiences a phenomenon called the death feedback, which hinders his ability to think properly. On the way, they are attacked by a group of Monster Rats, who are slain by the monk until a Balloon Dog leaps toward them.
Defenseless against the Monster Rats, the children flee, with Saki and her friend Satoru being separated from the others and captured by Monster Rats. After escaping confinement, the pair is rescued by Squealer, a Monster Rat from the "Robber Fly" colony who brings them before his queen and asks for their help against their rivals of the "Ground Spider" colony, who threaten to ravage the Robber Fly settlement.
Saki and Satoru do not reveal to them that their powers are sealed, and flee by themselves when the invasion begins. Saki deduces that they were all hypnotized into forgetting their mantras, which are necessary to use their telepathic powers. She uses hypnosis to recover his powers by telling him his mantra, which she had secretly tricked from him in their childhood. Instead of fleeing with her, Satoru decides to fight the Monster Rats of the Ground Spider colony, aided by Squealer and the surviving Robber Fly warriors.
Satoru suspects that Kiroumaru may have received an order to kill him and Saki, and they flee through the forest, guided through a shortcut by Squealer. Upon arriving at the river, they are reunited with their friends. As they are returning to town, they encounter Kiroumaru, who helps them by towing their canoes behind his ship. In parting, he asks that they keep his assistance a secret, suggesting he may have defied orders to kill or capture them. Saki finds her feelings for Shun unrequited when he starts dating Satoru instead and she starts dating Maria.
Soon after, Shun breaks up with Satoru and starts distancing himself from everyone else. Saki questions him about the reason and learns from him that the adults know the truth about what happened two years ago. He also warns her to be careful because the time for them to be punished for their past transgressions may come soon. Later at night, Saki confronts her parents about what really happened to the village but they have been forbidden to tell her the truth.
Saki flees to warn him just to come across one of the Impure Cats. Shun reveals to her that his entire village was destroyed because his powers went out of control. Subaru is killed protecting Shun from the other Impure Cat, which has been sent to kill him, and Shun subsequently kills it.
With little time left before he is killed by his own uncontrolled power, Shun reveals to Saki that he always loved her before having her flee to safety. Mamoru starts remembering Reiko, who disappeared soon after Saki joined the school, but cannot recall her name either. Saki finds a mirror in an old crate, which when polished reveals the name Yoshimi.
Tomiko tells Saki that she is considered the most suited one to be her successor. Some time later, Mamoru mysteriously runs away from home and Saki, Maria and Satoru take advantage of a break in classes to look for him.
Mamoru reveals to them that he left the village in fear because he has been followed for some time an Impure Cat and was led to the location near the courtyard by his teacher, signs that the Board of Education decided to dispose of him. Saki is grilled by the Board of Education but is released after Tomiko again intervenes on her behalf. Tomiko reveals that the members of Group 1 were selected for special treatment since childhood.
They have been spared most of the hypnotic conditioning and memory alteration that is routinely used to instill obedience and docility. Tomiko predicts that the Board will order the destruction of both Mamoru and Maria, but says she can delay this for three days. Saki and Satoru head off to try to bring the others back before this deadline. She awakens beside Satoru in a cabin at the Robber Fly village, where they are reunited with Squealer, who has now taken the name Yakomaru. Squealer claims that it was all for the good of the colony, by containing the frenzied queen while preserving her capacity to reproduce.
The concrete houses and other technology the colony now employs lead Satoru to believe that the Robber Fly colony has captured a False Minoshiro and accessed the knowledge it holds. After Yakomaru calls to them with no answer, a skirmish begins between the two parties until Satoru uses his power to stop them. Finally reunited with Squonk, Saki receives from him a letter left behind by Maria before she departed with Mamoru to parts unknown.
She is visited at work by Satoru, bringing news of an unprovoked attack among the Monster Rats, whose colonies are now divided into two large alliances. Kiroumaru and Yakomaru, the leaders of the opposing alliances, are summoned to be questioned about the incident, but with both leaders exchanging accusations, no conclusion is reached and some time later, the conflict between both parties escalates into a war.
Some time later, Saki is visited by Satoru again who informs her that the Giant Hornets were annihilated. The council decides unanimously to wipe out the Robber Fly colony. This news shocks Saki, who Satoru later comforts. On the night of the festival, the Monster Rats stage a surprise attack on the village. Satoru and Saki are caught in the commotion but they are saved by Kaburagi, who uses his great telekinetic powers to drive away the enemy. With many casualties and the village in state of emergency after the attack, Tomiko swears she will make Yakomaru pay dearly for his treason.
As they arrive, they find the hospital destroyed. After clearing the place of the Monster Rats and rescuing the few survivors, the party is attacked by an unknown individual who kills everyone in its path with an overwhelming power.
Fearing that the enemy in question may be an Ogre, the other members of the party decide to sacrifice themselves to let Saki and Satoru to escape and warn the others. However, as they flee along the river, the duo soon realize that they are being followed by the enemy. They continue on to the village in order to warn the townspeople, but come across a mutant fish that attacks them, blowing itself up in a suicide attack.
Saki is blown away by the explosion and separated from Satoru. While in midair, she has a flashback of her parting with Shun, although still she cannot remember his name or face. When she lands, she is attacked by flying boulders and fears the Ogre has found her until her attacker reveals himself as a young boy, who mistook her for a Monster Rat.
They continue to the village, which is now in shambles with many dead or injured. She finds an injured Tomiko, who refuses to believe that an Ogre is on the loose. She tells Saki to find the Security Council and warn the others, while she stays behind. Saki protests, but Tomiko formally requests that she take charge of the Ethics Committee, and that it is now her duty to protect the town.
Saki departs the hospital, leaving Tomiko behind. But the Ogre approaches, killing many humans as it comes to confront Kaburagi. Saki sees the Ogre and is shocked by its resemblance to Maria. Satoru appears and tells Saki and Niimi that they have to leave as soon as possible, since even Kaburagi cannot kill an Ogre.
Saki and the others run, confronting a Monster Rat along the way who tells them that the Monster Rat race will now be the new rulers, and that their "Messiah", the Ogre, was sent from the heavens to save them. They kill the Rat, and Niimi tells them he must leave them and go to the Town Hall. It is then that Saki realizes that Yakomaru killed Maria and Mamoru, took their child, and raised it to become an Ogre. He plans to do the same with the stolen infants, creating an army of Ogres that will wipe the humans off the face of the Earth and bring rise to a Monster Rat empire.
Saki receives a package and a letter from her mother in which she learns of an ancient weapon called the "Psychobuster", devised by normal humans to kill psychics. They split into two groups: One group with Satoru and Kiroumaru to drive away their pursuers and the other group with Saki and Inui to retrieve the submarine so that can continue their mission through the river.
While making their way to the Psychobuster, they were attacked by a giant ragworm. Inui sacrifices his life so that Saki can continue on with her mission.
After retrieving the Psychobuster from an abandoned building, she takes off towards the sun at daybreak. As she runs past the dilapidated scene of Tokyo, she is finally able to recall her last conversation with Shun. With her lost memories restored, an image of Shun appears before her.
Kiroumaru then decides that they should lure the Ogre and counterattack. Satoru and Saki wait in a tunnel as Kiroumaru leaves to lure the Ogre. As the Ogre enters the tunnel, Saki sets a mirror in front of her.
She looks confused momentarily and then screams and tries to attack them. To protect Saki, Satoru ends up throwing the Psychobuster at the Ogre, but Saki incinerates the Psychobuster with fire before it can infect both the Ogre and Satoru, as she could not bear to lose her last remaining close friend. Failing to defeat the Ogre, Kiroumaru appears and quickly distracts the Ogre as they escape. The Ogre passes by them while hiding. Saki remembers what Shun said subconsciously, that the child may not be an Ogre.
Saki then realizes that they had a way to defeat the Ogre all along. With the rebellion finally suppressed, Yakomaru, having renounced his title and once more addressing himself as Squealer, is tried and sentenced to "Eternal Hell", with his body suffering excruciating pain while being regenerated indefinitely.
Saki then pays a visit to Squealer and sure that he was already punished enough, gives him a merciful death. Ten years pass, and the now married Saki and Satoru expect their first child, both positive that by the time it grows up, the world will be a better place.
From the New World by Yusuke Kishi
Nezil I really love utopia-turn-dystopia books and this story delivers it good. Sep 12, Kikojian rated it it was amazing. He will probably upload the rest of the novel when he finish translating it. But today became in the best day of the year.
From the New World (Novel) Series
From the New World