Shin Sekai Yori (SSY) follows a group of children who come of age in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic society in which humans have gained psychic powers.
Shows like this are basically the reason I watch anime. I love epic, imaginative series like this one. Shows that span entire lifetimes. Shows where there isn’t a clear hero and an obvious villain. Shows that don’t end with everything being rainbows and unicorns. Shows that make us explore some uncomfortable ideas. Shows that slowly and inexorably draw you into a mounting state of horror.
SSY knows how to exploit the power of animation to its fullest. It isn’t constrained by reality. At one point, Saki is fighting some giant monster, then suddenly the moon replaces the sun, she tumbles through the sky and starts talking to a ghost. This and so many other scenes like it completely take your breath away.
There are two reasons I gave SSY an A- and not an A: first of all, the earlier episodes are inconsistent. The majority of them are amazing, but then we get an episode almost entirely focused on depicting Saki’s crotch. Second, I was disappointed by the last few episodes, which essentially amounted to a lengthy chase scene. That would have been cool at the beginning, but wasn’t as effective coming at the end. Fortunately, SSY rallied for an A+-material final episode and conclusion.
- Storytelling – A – Epic and imaginative.
- Voice – A – Great feeling of horror; distinguishes itself with imaginative dreams / crazy Cantus shit.
- Characters – A – We watch Saki grow and develop from childhood.
- Attention Grab – A – I was always surprised to discover an episode had ended.
- Production – A – Beautiful. (except the crotch episode)
- Overall – A-
Recommendations – Ghost Hound, Higurashi no Naku no Koro ni, Noein, Shiki