(Synopsis) One thousand years in the future, humans have established a society that can only be descirbed as a utopia. Humans possess the ability of Cantus, or telekinetic powers. At a young age, children are put in school to learn how to harness their Cantus. Saki Watanabe, along with her four friends, Satoru, Shun, Marie, and Mamoru, go together on a school trip outside the city, but purposely venture off the designated path. During this experience, the freinds learn forbidden secrets, truths purposely kept hidden from nearly every person in this "utopia."
From its start, Shin Sekai Yori was an intriguing show. The world the kids lived in was clearly different and more peaceful than ours, but still seemed somewhat familiar. The entire series continued to be captivating and suspenseful, and did not leave any question unanswered. The animation was high quality, with great visual effects that deepened the feelings and tone of the situations. The sound effects and music were not especially fantastic, but were very appropriate and perfectly complimented the animation. The only thing keeping this anime from a 5-star rating is the character development. Now, this is solely my opinion, but the protagonists, though likeable in their own ways, seemed to have a certain amount of depth missing. Their motives were cliche, which is quite unlike much of the rest of the show.
In the end, the show proved to be a very interesting experience, and kept a sort of melancholic mood throughout its entirety. The antagonists were some of the most interesting characters, and may even be more likeable than the main characters is some ways. The sound and animation worked together seamlessly, and greatly contributed to the anime as a whole. The ending was quite nice, with an interesting twist to top it off. All in all, Shin Sekai Yori was a great anime, and definitely a recommendation for fans of science fiction and suspense.