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In Shinsekai Yori (From the New World), the Robber Fly colony uses the Akki (Fiend) to disarm the Giant Hornet soldiers.

However, in the 18th episode of the anime, it is also revealed that the Giant Hornet soldiers were reduced to nothing but lumps of flesh.

How is that possible? I understand that the Akki is immune to the death feedback when considering humans, but the Akki couldn't have possibly done that to the Giant Hornets, the Akki could have at most disarmed the soldiers.

That being said, how did the Giant Hornets die? Or is this something that is lost in translation? (I was watching the Japanese version with English subtitles).

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I don't think it was ever stated how exactly they were wiped out, but we do know that it wasn't a WMD (no damage to the surrounding land), it wasn't the fiend that killed them (death feedback), and that the fiend stopped their arrows and disarmed them. It's also possible the fiend prevented the Giant Hornet soldiers from attacking any of the Robber Fly and that's why none of them were killed. Being unable to fight back, all the Robber Fly soldiers had to do was slaughter them all.

That could also be the reason Kiroumaru was the sole survivor of the battle, in order to bring suspicion onto him from the humans. The Robber Fly could have purposely let him live.

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    Kiroumaru once mentioned how he survived: his troops moved in a closed formation with the sole purpose of allowing him to escape, while they fought with their bare hands. Something that concerns me is that he said "while I was running, I could see my troops being dismembered" - although not necessarily, this might suggest that it was indeed Cantus what killed them (because it tends to be characterized as being able to kill by either dismembering or exploding its targets). Maybe they had the demon blindfolded? Lol.
    – Saturn
    Oct 16, 2013 at 7:56
  • @Omega Yah, I rewatched that episode (#22) as the OP's question has been gnawing at my brain. Kiroumaru mentions that he his elite guards protected him while he made his escape, using their claws and fangs, hinting that the soldiers weren't immobilized. He also mentioned that the saw his elite guards butchered from the corner of his eyes as he jumped into a ditch. It's not clear if he was referring to the fiend or the enemy soldiers that was doing the butchering.
    – Toland H
    Dec 15, 2014 at 8:51
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It’s not explained. But the most lore friendly explanation I think is that Squealer recruited a human sympathizer. He’s done it before. Twice even.

And both times it was Satoru. Come to think of it, wasn’t he the one who reported the results of the battle?

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