From the New World

Alt title: Shin Sekai Yori

TV (25 eps)
2012 - 2013
Fall 2012
4.318 out of 5 from 14,430 votes
Rank #444

One thousand years from now, humanity live pastoral lives aided by psychokinetic powers and the subservient Monster Rats. Saki Watanabe has just come of age, and her power has been reined in through meditation and hypnosis. She joins the Unified Class, where she will learn about her power and the world around her; yet so much of the truth is kept hidden. Her friends Shun, Mamoru, Satoru, and Maria share in her curiosity, and decide to go out of their way to seek the truth. But will the secrets of the past and present turn out to be things that Saki really wants to know?

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The Season of New Leaves

Episode 1

The Season of New Leaves

The Vanishing Children

Episode 2

The Vanishing Children

The False Minoshiro

Episode 3

The False Minoshiro

Bloody History

Episode 4

Bloody History

Pursuit on a Hot Night

Episode 5

Pursuit on a Hot Night

Escape

Episode 6

Escape

Summer Darkness

Episode 7

Summer Darkness

The Rising Wind

Episode 9

The Rising Wind

More than the Darkness

Episode 10

More than the Darkness

Distant Thunder in Winter

Episode 11

Distant Thunder in Winter

Weak Link

Episode 12

Weak Link

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Reviews

Skylos
9.8

Huaha. I promised myself I would write a review after letting my giddiness simmer down. So! Here I am, doing exactly that. Still a bit giddy, though. Well then! Story: 9.7/10 With the original author's imagination and seemingly plausible scientific facts coupled with the direction and pacing of the series, the show pulled this off with aplomb. I must admit, I was kind of worried when this started, because anime of this genre can seem really good at first but fall flat by the ending. Shin Sekai Yori started slow and strong, building up solid foundation and groundwork for its characters, and finished strong, with little loose strings left hanging. It pains me that I can't write anything too specific, for fear that it may spoil all of you, but I can tell you to pay attention to the story -- stick with it. You won't regret anything. Animation: 8/10 I have a love and hate relationship with the way Shin Sekai Yori is animated. But it's possible that my OCD is interfering with my judgment. Simply put, the quality of the animation isn't exactly... consistent. Some episodes, especially the ones right in the middle of the series, isn't exactly up to par with what I've seen on earlier ones. Characters' eyes would sometimes find themselves in weird locations, and sometimes body proportions were a bit off. But! I still give this category a high score. The series's greatest weakness is also one of its strengths. With the way it was animated, it really felt like you're viewing something From the New World. If the character animation wasn't consistent, the background art was. In almost every episode, there is at least one "wow" scene that makes you pause and just admire how beautiful it is. From landscapes to villages, each background is unique.  The animation would sometimes change to fit the overall mood of an episode. It is manipulated in a way that light-hearted feelings would change to one full of darkness and uncertainty. Childishness would be replaced with the thought of being mature. And with the way the story goes, it happens quite often. Of course, there's also the design of the different types of "animals" present throughout the series. They really took the time to accurately depict the different characteristics of each specie, each embodying their own role. The queerats, earth-dwellers, look like earth-dwelling moles. The minoshiro, mystical and untangible, has been depicted as such. Sound 9.7/10 Let me take this time to applaud Daisuke Namikawa for his amazing work as Squera. You would think that voicing a mole-like character would bring your dogs barking, but in this case, it was surprisingly good. It may sound weird, but his almost nasally voice fit Squera's character perfectly. Shin Sekai doesn't have an OP, but the ED songs are enough to get me to listen every time. Background music almost always fit the mood of a scene. Characters 10/10 Ah, woe is me. One cannot talk about the characters without spoiling a little. But! Try I shall, for the characters deserve the highest amount of praise one can give. There is, however, a special character that deserve the highest amount of praise more than anyone else. Saki. Saki, Saki, Saki. Saki.  I loved her development throughout the series. Troubles would throw themselves at the main cast, but she remained headstrong and resilient. One might call her stubborn. Another might say she just keeps her ground. Either way, Saki might be the most interesting female lead I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, and seeing her grow and become more mature, dealing with all sorts of otherwordly problems and how she reacts to them, it was an amazing experience. Shun, with his calm demeanor; Satoru and Maria, both special to Saki in their own way; even Mamoru and his cowardice--Everyone played a part in helping the story move towards its goal. Each character had their own specific role. Even side-characters that I have forgotten at some point contribute to how the story plays out in its grand scheme. Overall 9.8/10 Imaginative and thought-provoking, I've never watched (or read) anything quite like this. I just wish I could do it more justice - hence why I wrote this review. Stories like this should not be overlooked. Also, would like to share this with you guys:  Remember, Squera is moe. Image credit to BokuSatchii.

StevenSAKUJO
5.5

Story: [6.5/10] Shinsekai Yori has an amazing start, the first 7 episodes are magical and intense, beautiful and stunning. While it's drop off point is earlier than others, it too suffers from a problem in anime where the story goes off quite quickly. The story takes several turns and so it's hard to give an overall synposis but since there isn't one provided by AP... Shinsekai Yori is set in a small village that practices psychic abillities called Cantus, which are taught and studied by everyone who lives there. However when students who underperform or break the rules start disappearing, Saki and her group become suspicious, when they themselves become targets for removal they have no choice but to investigate why children are disappearing and who is the cause.  I need to vent my frustrations with the anime in this review but its possible people who haven't already watched it won't find it interesting to read, if so just skip this part. The most frustrating element of this anime is how drawn out the story telling becomes after the first relatively fast-pace episodes. I wouldn't say it's slow paced but many episodes consist of nothing really happening, if anything whats happening is more likely to confuse you than teach you anything. Leaps in time which make no effort to explain anything but have so much new stuff going on that it's very easy to just give up trying to figure out whats going wrong. While there are explanations for why something is happening the HOW DID THIS HAPPEN part is ignored. I'm being vague so i'll just come out with it and say that in the first leap of time there are a few episodes dealing with yaoi/yuri relationships that weren't even hinted at before. I understand and it is explained why these relationships might be desirable but it's hard to care about them for that same reason and without knowing how they came about.  There were many characters who did not show any character development at all yet we continually went over them, even very minor characters such as Saki's parents. I found these episodes very boring to say the least. (Queerats are humanoid creatures that are less intelligent and look like rats) The humans dealing with the Queerats also frustrated me, throughout the anime human cruelty is constantly demonstrated - to the point where if humans thought the same way in real life as in this anime, I doubt Japan would even exist as the Allies would have destroyed it or enslaved it after WW2. Yet despite this, Queerat cruelty is always emphasised and characters are horrified by it. In almost every example, the Queerat cruelty is more humane and reasonable than the Human's cruelty. I felt like I had to do justice by the Queerats by consciously acknowledging how stupid and unempathetic most of the characters were when judging the actions of Queerats. I'd like to think that this is purposefully done as it could be a smart plot point but I doubt it. Animation [6/10] Sometimes the scenery is quite pretty but otherwise not much to be said, I also liked the Queerats appearence although it's difficult to understand how Kiroumaru is a Queerat when he looks nothing like any of the others.  Sound: [8.5/10] Whenever the story line was getting boring, I could always count on the OST to make dull moments seem incredibly epic. While there wasn't an OP, the EDs were fairly nice. Voice acting wasn't that great, but I can't really articulate why, their voices just got annoying after a while.  Characters: [4.5/10] "Saki you are strong, you give up easily and you are weak-willed, you aren't phsyically strong and you are easily discouraged, however you are strong because even if you are disheartened, you will stablize quickly and move on". If we exclude suicidals and those suffering from depression, this could description could pretty much fit anyone if you want to interpret it that way. Yet Saki recieves this "compliment" like five times throughout the anime like it's some major character point, I can not understand any of these characters at all. There is nothing special about them, they don't change and their stories aren't particuarly interesting. Their perspectives are boring and they never have anything interesting to say. Every time I learn something new about them, I dislike them more. There is really nothing to say here, this for me was the weakest point in the anime as it's hard to care about any drama when you don't like the characters. After all they went through, some character development was defininetly necessary, even just for the point of realism.  Overall: [5.5/10] I haven't made much of an effort in this review, for me there are two kinds of reviews and this was the kind where I vent my frustration. That doesn't mean that I think 5.5 is an unreasonable score because I really did dislike many elements of this anime. Although the twists throughout it are quite clever and thoughtout. For me if the OST wasn't as good as it was, I wouldn't have watched it until the end, I can't really recommend this but unlike most of my other reviews this was more my opinion than an attempt to be objective and analytyical. I think in order for you to enjoy this anime you have to be a big fan of romance and you have to be able to love and relate with the characters. I didn't find any of the romances convicing or moving and that really killed the anime for me, but if you liked some of those more... childish? Romances.. like Kimi ni Todoke or Honey and Clover then I can see you liking this anime a lot.

Dionkeykong
4

I was misleaded by all the hype and the reviews and all,into thinking that this is some short of masterpiece.A japanese Picasso painting or something.What it is,is a good idea badly executed.When i say bad what i really mean is losing your arm and your head after fighting a bear bad.The beginning of the series was so slow and seemingly pointless that I ended up dropping it after a few episodes I came here after i watched that horrid piece of crap called Blue Gender.I was told that this anime is better in a lot and interesting ways.But is so isn't based on the fact that it uses the exactly same cliches. The series has many story arcs.One thing the series does really well is introducing intriguing ideas.The issue is that most of those concepts end up going absolutely nowhere or are executed poorly.You think that the whole thing is going to eventually have a point,but it just doesn't. It’s like the writer had an idea planning to intertwine it into the plot,but couldn’t figure out how and let them drop,or briefly mentioned them in some minor scene in the hopes that he could validate having it in the first place. The most stupid thing though is by large the ending.It starts on a state of logic being gangraped in the climax.Then it plunges into a plot twist that is full of false scientific facts and to add injury to the insult,the series ends with the same boring stupid ass cliche that Blue Gender does.Except that the execution is by far even worse.At least Blue Gender had some build up going into it,Shin Sekai Yori has a mini montage at the very end to justify the trip to this hellhole. Character wise it's the same thing..In 25 episodes u might have the expectation of development..Well too bad for ya cause the only thing u are gonna get is zero delivery.The story covering a decade,and yet the characters never grow or develop.They remain pretty stagnant.The only "development" is the one of us being told that the main char is a great leader..Ok so where is the damn justification?I didn't see any leadership from her.She just did as told and following the voices of dead people in her head for god's sake.As to how she hears dead people..That is a mystery.For all we know she might be wonder woman. The animation was one of the things that immediately turned me off.Never mind the changing animation styles,the quality was rubbish.The series relies too much on having the audience "shocked"with the truth,that it forgets about good animation.Sadly,the animation was at a similar level as Bleach.At times u have a violent scene,the camera was off in the distance so you really don’t see much beyond some figure being torn apart and even when it was closer,it felt like pokemon.. To conclude..Good voice acting(not that this is a herculean task) and everything else utter rubbish FULL of plot holes,dropped plots,an ending that can kill your brain cells and characters who are less interesting than the guy who advertises soap in tv.

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