Its Otaku-Chan Here again!
Sorry its been so long since I’ve reviewed anime but there have been some really epic animations that just wrapped up!
Today, First on the hit list will be Shinsekai Yori! or for those of you who are awesomely bi-lingual! ‘From the New World’
The story follows 5 students – Saki, Shun, Maria, Mamoru and Satoru – students who attend a Sage Academy, when they learn to control their ‘Cantus’ (psychokinetics) They live in a peaceful area, Kamissu 66th district, until they discover the ‘true’ nature of their society on a Camping Trip after encountering a ‘False Minoshiro’. Its here where the series does take off the gloves and definitely throws some heavy hitting punches! With the death of Shun and the disappearance of Maria and Mamoru, the arrival of the ‘fiend’ and the destruction of Kamissu 66th district and then the epic journey to an ancient civilization – Japan!
The characters are delightful loveable and dreadfully naive. The time skips throughout the series shows the characters progression in an very interesting fashion. They’ll make you laugh and they’ll make you cry and being comprised of 25 episodes, its hard to feel a little attachment to them. Sadly however, 2/5 characters from group 1 actually survive the whole ordeal and at some points I was actually preparing myself for a sad ending! However, all’s well that end’s well!
The story is absolutely amazing. There is a lot of smoke and mirrors and throughout the series I was almost paranoid of every ‘Queerat’ in site along with every member of the ‘Board of Ehics’. And with the red herring of ‘Fiends’ and ‘Karma Demons’, the series really does pick up the pace with seriously major plot twists throughout the series especially at the end.
The musical score is awesome! A real treat for the ears along with the opening theme and the ending themes! Soooo good!
I know that this particular animation series isn’t really action orientated. There are some action sequences, they’re short but definitely cool! There’s nothing more satisfying that using your cantus to make a whirlwind of fire! Really cool graphics!
All in all, the animation is a bit different from what I’m used to, but by no means is this a bad thing! It really does go hand in hand with the story and the characters! I would definitely recommend this be one of 2013 best animations you have to watch! However, I wouldn’t advise that this series be watched by young kiddies as it does explore some mature and relatively dark themes.
Audio – 9/10
Video – 9/10
Star Rating – 5/5 stars!
Thanks for reading this review of Shinsekai Yori! Its been a long time coming!