Shinsekai Yori ~ Review
“One of the most beautiful and creative stories ever written”
I know there are heaps of anime reviews that I have to write right now, but I have just finished watching this anime and I can’t not write a review for it right this instant. Because to me, this anime has to be one of the most beautifully written, executed and played out stories that has ever been written. And to those who didn’t watch this near-masterpiece, let me tell you why you should pop over to your nearest anime streaming site and watch this grand story.
Shinsekai Yori (translated as “From The New World”) revolves around a group of school friends – Saki, the main protagonist and her four best friends. The story is set in a world 1000 years into the future; an age where humans are living in a utopia of peace and tranquility. It is also an age where humans rule the world with a “cursed power” of telekenesis called the Cantis (in Japanese it is called Jyuryoku). After a freak accident, the five learn the true history of their world – a bloody history of exclusion and over-powerment. As humanity descends into a brink of insanity, the five must fight through a collapsing world, while holding the truth of their world and the fate of all humanity on their shoulders.
The anime is best known for its complex story and beautiful visualisation
The anime aired for 25 episodes during the Fall 2012 Anime Season (September 2012 – March 2013). The anime is based of a novel of the same name written by Kishi Yuusuke (unlike most anime series that are based off light novels, Shinsekai Yori is originally a novel series, much like Another and Hyouka). The anime series is animated by A-1 Pictures, who are known for their wide genre range and excellent animating skills, and are best known for such works as Fairy Tail, Ao no Exorcist and Sword Art Online.
There are only a handful of famous voice actors that make an appearance in this anime series, including Endo Aya who voices the narrator and 36-year old Saki (and is also known as the voices of Miyuki from Lucky Star and Lisara from Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai.) and Kaji Yuki who voices 14, 26 and 36 year-old Satoru (and is also known as the voices of Issei from Highschool DxD and Arita Haruyuki from Accel World) and Hanazawa Kana who voices Maria (and is also known as the voices of Tsunemori Akane from Psycho-pass and Shiina Mayuri from Steins;Gate).
This anime is not only using an incredibly well-written story as a backbone, but it also uses one of the most unique and beautifully executed scenes and visuals that I have ever seen in an anime series. Which is amazing, because you could watch a simple narration and it will turn extraordinary. I have heard rumors about this anime that there was one anime production company before A-1 Pictures who declined an offer to turn Shinsekai Yori into an anime as they believed that “it would be too difficult to visualise this story” (NOTE: this may not be accurate). But if that were true, then I truly don’t blame them as this story is full to the brim with metaphors, complicated plot twists and an entirely new world created by Kishi Yuusuke. So to A-1 Pictures, I tip my hat for their amazing effort to turn this into an anime series. And to Kishi Yuusuke, the original writer, I thank you for giving the world this amazing story, and I look forward to reading the original novel that I have saved for later on my bookshelf.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 9/10