Shin Sekai Yori — First Impression

We have a mysterious world that’s ruled by evil Buddhist monks. How can this not turn out well? There are magic powers which have been sealed in a bloody ritual, kids who disappear if they don’t gain these magic powers, and some sort of mind control. The opening segment happened in a modern city, so I assume there’s some sort of multi-world or time travelling component to this as well.

Anyone who knows me knows that if there’s anything I love, it’s crazy conspiracies with a religious tint! I’m sold!

That said, I’m less excited about the school life segments. However, I’m optimistic because the school life seems to be taking a back seat to whatever’s going on in the world. There’s some sort of brainwashing aspect to the school, I’ll speculate. Which makes it much more interesting than your usual school. Plus, they’re doing magic like it’s no big deal.

The other thing I dislike is the color scheme. It’s too dark without enough contrast. I’m wondering if this was just due to a bad video file though…

3 thoughts on “Shin Sekai Yori — First Impression

  1. I’m looking forward to watching this series! Excellent point about the color scheme. It seems fittting to me, though. I guess the children are kept in that school for some higher purpose and a sinister grand scheme is hidden from them. All that mauve and brown made me almost feel how the children are soothed and kept away from asking questions. The general darkness of the series fits the gloomy atmosphere and the dark secrets we were hinted at.

    I don’t mind the school setting at all. This is not an average school but most likely the centerpiece of some cult. I bet the students won’t form a choir and sometimes badminton club

    I’d love to see a crazy conspiracy with a religious tint, as well. Alas, my guess would be that the Buddhist monk was the closest the series will come to religious issues. The school itseld seems to me more like some place of a new- age high- tech sect.

    1. I’m not sure, I think the atmosphere might be helped by brighter colors. Particularly in the parts that aren’t supposed to be creepy. The dark colors give away the fact that something’s wrong. It could be better if, like in Higurashi, it had a larger contrast.

      I agree that it probably won’t delve too deep into religious topics, but hey, evil Buddhist conspiracies are still cool even if the Buddhist part doesn’t matter much!

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