Ranked #85

Shinsekai yori

Alternative Titles

English: From the New World
Synonyms: Shin Sekai yori
Japanese: 新世界より


Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 29, 2012 to Mar 23, 2013
Premiered: Fall 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Novel
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.551 (scored by 83,676 users)
Ranked: #852
Popularity: #114
Members: 200,624
Favorites: 8,514
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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 collapsing.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Watanabe, Saki
Watanabe, Saki
Endou, Aya
Endou, Aya
Taneda, Risa
Taneda, Risa
Asahina, Satoru
Asahina, Satoru
Kaji, Yuuki
Kaji, Yuuki
Tojo, Kanako
Tojo, Kanako
Akizuki, Maria
Akizuki, Maria
Hanazawa, Kana
Hanazawa, Kana
Aonuma, Shun
Aonuma, Shun
Toudou, Mai
Toudou, Mai
Murase, Ayumu
Murase, Ayumu


Ochikoshi, Tomonori
Ochikoshi, Tomonori
Ishihama, Masashi
Ishihama, Masashi
Director, Storyboard
Motoyama, Satoshi
Motoyama, Satoshi
Sound Director
Yamauchi, Shigeyasu
Yamauchi, Shigeyasu
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(25/25)

# Episode Title Aired
1 The Season of New Leaves
Wakaba no Kisetsu (若葉の季節)
Sep 29, 2012
2 The Vanishing Children
Kieyuku Kora (消えゆく子ら)
Oct 6, 2012
3 The False Minoshiro
Minoshiro Modoki (ミノシロモドキ)
Oct 13, 2012
4 Bloody History
Chinurareta Rekishi (血塗られた歴史)
Oct 20, 2012
5 Pursuit on a Hot Night
Toubou no Nettaiya (逃亡の熱帯夜)
Oct 27, 2012

Opening Theme

"Yuki ni Saku Hana (雪に咲く花)" by Maria Akizuki (Kana Hanazawa) (ep 16)

Ending Theme

#1: "Wareta Ringo (割れたリンゴ)" by Saki Watanabe (Risa Taneda) (eps 1-16)
#2: "Yuki ni Saku Hana (雪に咲く花)" by Maria Akizuki (Kana Hanazawa) (eps 17-24)

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Nov 23, 2015
First inpressions, a anime in a dystopian world looks like this will be intriguing watch.

Story, 7/10

The setting is very Interesting With the totalitarian dystopian world that it takes place in. It has one of the most subtle heavily foreshadowed narrative. It has ok pacing with a few time skips.Also has a wide verity of themes that it explores though out the story. But it dose lack energy making it boring at times. It doesn't go for cheap shots though out the story. It ending Is very interesting to say the least.

Characters, 6/10

The characters have a bit of fleshing read more
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May 31, 2015
Little inspection into the dystopia genre is required to realise that the majority of the dystopic anime are set in a cyberpunk universe. Be it Psycho Pass, Ergo Proxy or Texhnolyze, the average anime viewer is likely to have seen these "hi-tech" interpretations of future societies. Enter Shinsekai Yori – an anime series where the setting is so unique, it may not even seem to be a dark dystopia, but it is – and an exceptionally remarkable one indeed.

What distinguishes Shinsekai Yori from its counterparts is the sheer unorthodoxy of its universe. It is one where the read more
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Feb 21, 2014
Rewind back to the dawn of fall 2012, you are looking at the fall 2012 anime chart, and you pick probably 5-7 anime you are going to watch. But, I can promise that the majority of you, as did I, most likely did not have Shinsekai Yori as a pick. During midst of 2013 I looked at Shinsekai Yori, the promotional picture did not catch my eye and the premises did not spark my interests. However, I did give it a shot and after finishing the anime I can promise that it is truly a spectacle, a diamond in the ruff.

The story takes place in read more
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Nov 11, 2015
Thank you MAL community for suggesting this EXCELLENT anime. I was like a crack fiend, jonezing for the next SSY fix. Finished the series in 2 days. If you every find yourself confused while watching an episode, or perhaps want an intellectual and insightful commentary, please do yourself a favor and read Tenderfoot's recap at angryanimebitches.com. I read every single blog post of hers (his?) and found each one to be a particularly helpful guide through the bramble bush of a plot line called Shinsekai Yori. Now on to the review!

Story: 10. A memorable and abiding story. Hold on to your butts because the read more
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