Part of the blog “Anime Junkies”
Originally starting off as a three volume novel by Yusuke Kishi, I think it’s fair to call “Shin Sekai Yori” probably one of the greatest “sleeper hits” of this decade.
When picking my lineup for the fall 2012 season (the season when I started watching anime simulcasts on a regular basis), this was one choice I thought I would regret adding on my crunchyroll lineup. And for the first few episodes, I might have been right. The story takes forever to start up, and when it does, it moves at a very snail like pace. However, after a certain point, things started to escalate very fast, and I continued forward on a animated journey reminiscent of a Hayao Miyazaki movie; a captivating world, inspiring characters, and a thought provoking ending that will have you begging for more.
To give a brief summary, the story takes place in a post apocalyptic Japan, after an event surrounding espers in 2011 has devastated the entire planet and fractured the world powers into something new altogether. It centers around five students who go to a school that helps themselves and other students control their powers, otherwise known as “Cantus”. The main character, Saki, is the last of her little group to graduate and have her powers mature, thus joining her friends in the advanced class. However, things are not always what they seem, as there are rumors of students disappearing from campus as a result of “Black Cats” who will spirit you away if you don’t have enough power. As if that weren’t bad enough, the humans are not alone in their little world now fractured beyond recognition. A new race of beings,
“Monster Rats”, are lesser beings without Cantus that are in the shape of mole rats, serving as little more than squash beneath the feet of man. When Saki and her friends decide to take a detour on their school trip, it will send them on a journey that will change their lives forever….
I won’t spoil what happens on that trip, for it will reveal many elements relevant to the story altogether. I will say this however. If you’re a fan of stories with plot rather than “plot” (*cough* Sword Art Online *cough*) and you’re fascinated with stories that depict the end of the world, or just looking for some food for thought, then this anime is the one for you.
I’m an Anime Junkie, and I rate this series a 5 out of 5