Anime Recommendation: Shin Sekai Yori


3 words to describe this anime: beautifully-dark, sci-fi, distopia

After the first time I watched this anime, I was reluctant to acknowledge how beautiful this anime was. I thought to myself that it was an enjoyable anime, but something was missing. I watched it again and I realized that nothing was missing at all.


A millennium from now, in Japan, exists a utopia. The protagonist, Saki Watanabe, lives in an idyllic village barred from the outside world. Her world is ruled by the people who possess the “gods’ power” of psychokinesis. After finally obtaining her own powers, Saki enters the Zenjin Academy to train along with five other children: Satoru Asahina, Maria Akizuki, Mamoru Itou, Shun Aonuma, and Reiko Amano.

Not all is as it seems, however. In this utopian village, strange rumors about a monstrous cat that abducts children circulate, and students are said to disappear from the academy. The world and its history are much darker than they appear and humanity is on the verge of collapse.

My Thoughts: 

I guess what made me love this anime is not simply the animation, music, and intriguing story line, but the themes that took a hold of me. One of them being: friendship and the correlation with time. As time passes, relationships change. People drift apart and move onto their own paths. I really enjoyed the reality and beauty of friendship that was shown through this anime. Another theme was that any sentient being will do anything in order to keep their right of existence. The “villains” and the protagonists in this story are not cookie cutter black and white and you can easily empathize with all points of view because the “villains” have just as any right to live as the rest of the characters. The ending of the anime completely ties the whole story, but at the same time, you are left unknowing what will come for their world. Though, there is hope with the last image shown,

“The Power of Imagination is what Changes Everything.”

Recommended to: People who are willing to appreciate subject matter without every episode being filled with action. People who appreciate watching friendships evolve. People who enjoy mystery.

Note: If you are unwilling to watch anime with homosexuality, then you aren’t mature enough to grasp the beauty and intelligence of this anime.


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