Following a sudden outbreak of psychokinesis in 0.1% of the population, a rapid transformation swept the world. The godlike ability to manipulate matter remotely turned many power wielders to violence, inciting a long period of upheaval. Finally, after a chaotic era shaped by the rise and fall of oppressive regimes, the psychic humans were able to achieve a fragile peace by isolating their society, creating a new world bound by complex rules. In the town of Kamisu 66, 12-year-old Saki Watanabe has just awakened to her powers and is relieved to rejoin her friends—the mischievous Satoru Asahina, the shy Mamoru Itou, the cheerful Maria Akizuki, and Shun Aonuma, a mysterious boy whom Saki admires—at Sage Academy, a special school for psychics. However, unease looms as Saki begins to question the fate of those unable to awaken to their powers, and the children begin to get involved with secretive matters such as the rumored Tainted Cats said to abduct children. Shinsekai yori tells the unique coming-of-age story of Saki and her friends as they journey to grow into their roles in the supposed utopia. Accepting these roles, however, might not come easy when faced with the dark and shocking truths of society, and the impending havoc born from the new world. – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
This series offers a solid narrative with many emotional moments of tension, fear, and even sadness. For those wanting to watch with the English dub, I think that you will find the voice talents maintain the intentions of the original. In one important scene, I believe Shun’s American voice actor adapted better to the stoicism of the moment. There are a few plot holes, but many are intentional and get filled in later episodes. The remaining ones, I can live with them because trying too hard to explain would have diluted the emotional impact. The series has interesting characters, and the focus on a few specific characters offers a nice alternative to what may otherwise have been too broad to have a satisfying ending. The ending fits the mood of the show and does not undermine the most important aspects of its underlying philosophy. The world exists as it does because the narratives focus power where it needs to go. It shows how populations create their own realities and ignore those of others. In the end, we understand that the only way to find hidden truth is to use our imagination to question the larger reality.
Overall, From the New World is a masterpiece, and in my opinion one of the best anime ever made. The story is masterfully written, and a fascinating take on a utopian future. The design and animation are beautiful, with only a couple small hiccups, and the soundtrack is nearly perfect. This is a must watch for any anime fan, and especially fans of the supernatural, mystery, and even horror genres.
Overall, its a nicely designed world with plenty of intrigue and subterfuge. It gives me the same feeling of wanting to know more with none of the annoyance of EVA, couple that with the unique world and a few characters you actually grow to care about and this is one of the best anime I’ve ever seen, assuming it keeps this up (currently I’ve seen the first 12 episodes) then it could well be on my list of top anime ever.
The animation is beautiful, the characters are interesting and not annoying, the plot is extremely plot provoking. I recommend this anime to anyone who enjoys to think deeply about a variety of topics. I highly enjoyed watching it and I hope to watch more like it in the future.
The Nihon Review
Regardless, this series is an absolutely fantastic experience. From start to finish, Shin Sekai Yori has an uncanny ability to draw the viewer in, making each episode a breeze to watch. Furthermore, it also delivers a plausible, well-thought out world that is both chilling and fascinating to behold. It is one thing to watch a horrible society, and another thing entirely to know and understand how humanity put itself in such a position. The scariest aspect of Shin Sekai Yori is that despite how disagreeable the world is, it is hard to say that we could be any better ourselves. In my mind, any work that can deliver such extraordinary qualities deserves all the accolades it can get.
Taking a unique setting, along with a “screw conventions!”-mentality, Shin Sekai Yori delivers a storyline with a ton of depth to it for those with an open mind.
Sleepless Ronins Reviews
I completely recommend this series.
My Anime List
All in all, Shinsekai Yori is a series that delivers in every single aspect it aims to explore. It displays enough to connect all the ideas examined together into a singular full dystopia but leaves enough for viewers to intellectually ponder and elaborate for themselves. It is profound yet not pretentious and examines humanity without falling into a safety net of tropes that may suffice the viewer but do not inspire. Unlike many of its counterparts, Shinsekai Yori is not a dystopia that relies on a singular premise but a whole host of powerful conceptions that coalesce to create, not just a society, but an entire universe. It achieves this with excellence and elegantly provides us with the most wholesome and meticulously crafted package of dystopian fiction I have ever seen and I unhesitatingly recommend it to anyone who seeks the same.
The Historical Nerds
The plot of the story was exciting and very original (for once), there were parts that even I could not understand or follow. However, it did open my eyes to the possibility (albeit, very small possibility) of what the future for humanity can be.
Shin Sekai Yori is a roller coaster ride through a mysterious and fascinating new world with very deep moral questions and though provoking themes. If you want an anime you can invest yourself in, then look no further!
Despite an occasionally slow and uneven start, there’s reams of potential within the well-realised world of Shin Sekai Yori, which makes it well worth a watch so far.
HS Media Nerd
I’m going to say something that you probably won’t expect, considering how harsh this review was at points: I love this anime. Yes, it has major flaws in nearly every category except in its story, but I still love it to pieces. And it’s for reasons I can’t quite explain. Normally, I can’t get myself to like stories that don’t have fantastic characters, but rules are made to be broken, I guess. Maybe it’s because every time it gets something right, it nails it right on the head. Besides, you know that you truly love a show when you’d readily admit to its flaws, but still love the show nevertheless. At least, that’s what I believe, anyway. I give Shinsekai Yori a 3.75 out of 5, and a recommendation to check it out. It may be flawed, but it’s worth watching despite that. But, like always, it’s up to you to decide your own opinions.
I personally liked the series in overall; it is one of the best subtle in heavy themes anime ever made. It deserves to be watched by all fans of mysticism and mystery with its problems being mostly about aesthetics and not about plot holes. And seriously, anyone who scores this lower than that piece of fan service crap that is Sword Art Online, is a total idiot.