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…
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.
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…)