Shinsekai Yori – review

I’ve finally found some time to finish the series. New semester has set in, so I was rather tight on schedule, and Shinsekai Yori is not a series that one should rush through. Don’t let that light-hearted promo screen above fool you – it is a gravely serious, deeply disturbing, and intense work of science-fiction.

The story revolves around five children in a world in distant future. They live in a rural village, in a seemingly utopian society. The humankind itself has evolved; psychokinesis became a part of everyday life. It needs to be trained, of course – and as the five enroll into the academy, they start to hear rumors about kids disappearing, monsters haunting the school halls. Little they know that what they see is just a tip of an iceberg…

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Weekly Roundup – 2014/03/01

Shows discussed: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren; Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha; Kill la Kill; Mikakunin de Shinkoukei; Noragami; Sakura Trick; Space Dandy; Witch Craft Works.

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Weekly Roundup – 2014/02/22

Shows discussed: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren; Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha; Kill la Kill; Mikakunin de Shinkoukei; Noragami; Sakura Trick; Space Dandy; Witch Craft Works.

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Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren – Mid-season thoughts

How do you remember the first season of Chuunibyou? For me, it was a sweet experience. It was funny with just the right amount of absurdity; the story advanced nicely; there was some suspense and character development. It actually made me think about growing up and how hard it can be. I had reminiscences of my own childhood fantasies, my own little chuunibyou.

And the second season just doesn’t do it anymore.

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Shinsekai Yori – first impressions

This has been one of the quietest, yet the most intense first episodes I’ve seen. Suspense builds up slowly but surely – and at the end of the show the mind of a viewer is filled up with questions.

Anime starts off with a scene in the modern-day world. Animation, however, is eerie and puzzling; there are killings, but the narrative is chaotic; there’s a perpetrator, but he seems uninterested in events around him. Nothing makes sense, yet it appears calm, with soothing music in the background. Suddenly, scenery changes – and here we are, immersed in a faux-historical setting, dubiously signed as a far future. (more…)