Ashita no Anime

Anime of Tomorrow

Shin Sekai Yori Ep. 1

Initial impression – doesn’t waste any time getting into the story

Autumn 2012 (12 episodes) (title literal translation – From the New World) (more info)

Shin Sekai Yori doesn’t have even one second of introduction as to what the heck is going on.  Right away we’re tossed into the deep and expected to start traversing dangerous waters.  And while I’m definitely interested in the mythos of the setting, the fact that so much of the first episode remains unexplained has left me very confused.  But I’m not going to hold it against the anime just yet because it’s only the first episode, the writing and pace are quite good and there’s still plenty of time to get everything sorted out.  In a lot of ways I can see the motives of Shin Sekai Yori already taking shape, so I’m fine with not understanding for now.

On a metaphoric level there are some really strong themes about the fear of growing up and the uneasiness of being trapped between the worlds of child and adult, not knowing how to move forward but at the same time being unable to go back.  For these young people—heroine Saki Watanabe in particular—it seems the stakes are quite high because if you can’t become an adult properly, bad things can happen.  This adds a really tense horror element to the atmosphere that has me excited to see what happens next.  With sharp visual and setting designs as well as a strong theme involving Shinto, I know that Shin Sekai Yori is going to be worth a closer look.

2 responses to “Shin Sekai Yori Ep. 1

  1. TWWK October 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I’m definitely keeping an eye out on this series. I was really impressed by the first episode because of the tone (established through colors, uncomfortable ideas and events, and foreshadowing) and the themes you mentioned. And I think because we know so little, but know the stakes are so high, this show has a very strong hook – I know I’m definitely coming back next week to find out more, particularly in light of the episode 2 preview.

  2. Pingback: Something More: Evil Religion in Shin Sekai Yori, Catholic Context in Angelic Layer, and My Seven Little Deadly Sins «

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