We humans can use cursed powers. But it is only a meager power, so you have to cherish it.
Hey guys, I think something fishy is going on in Shinsekai Yori. Psychics killing people in Tokyo? Kids disappearing? Shadow cats? Wacky space men chasing little boys? Why, I think this anime might be a little…strange!
Don’t leave now, this party is just getting started!
GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR.
Shinsekai Yori does pique my interest, in a world set 1000 years into the future where all previous human achievements seem to have been purposely wiped out, one has to wonder how does the war between psychics and non-psychics result to this? Why is it that the world has been purged of its technological and scientific accomplishments and yet the principle of systematic segregation remains (as hinted by the disappearing children)? Why have we retained Buddhism as a religion? Who was the smartass who kept that Dvorak record?! The new world is awfully young, and we see that in this episode. This is a small group of people who seem to have purposely isolated themselves but for what?
This world fascinates me, it’s the one thing that keeps me invested even when these twelve year old children speak of the most mundane things and naturally lack the complexity of adult characters. Whenever a long panning shot is made, give us a tour of this small yet mysterious village, my mind starts to wonder about the attacks shown earlier in this episode. It makes me want to believe that there’s social commentary here, something about how in 1000 years, our descendants will be more than willing to shun away our bloody past and never speak of it to our children allowing us never to carry the burden of the past.
Shinsekai Yori has a strong collection of ideas behind it, but I find the over all direction weak. The series tries too hard to disorient you, and while appreciate the director’s efforts to experiment with various angles and styles– the truth is that these things don’t come together very well. Anime is a visual medium and I’m all for experimentation, but while trying different things never forget consistency. Mind Game was extremely all over the place, but it has an easily recognizable style you could easily pin down it was done by Yuasa.
It also doesn’t help that the episode opens with this painful blurry out of focus effect that imitates hand held cameras. I had to look away from the screen because it hurt my eyes and it seems like Scamp suffered through the same thing. I don’t know about you guys, but this is the first time I’ve ever had to go through something like that and I was watching The Prince of Tennis movie last night that features GIANT BLUE BALLS O’ LIGHT.
FUCK YOU PRODUCTION I.G.
These characters don’t appeal to me either, there’s just nothing about these kids that make them stand out from the vast amounts of child protagonists we’ve already had.
Whichs leads me to ask, what was this episode succeed on establishing? You can say that this show needed to do its setup and world building before it could jump into the meat of the story but this first episode accomplished very little in the span of 23 minutes.