English: From the New World
Synonyms: Shin Sekai yori
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 29, 2012 to Mar 23, 2013
22 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisA 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
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)
“We ultimately fear what spawns from within us.”
Shinsekai Yori was that show where I could sit in awe watching the director roll out things one after the other making it look so very effortless. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't bat an eye if the writer actually happens to be from the future because his description of the ‘New World’ is not only persuasive but also connected.
The story is set in the future [1000 years from now] where mankind has created themselves an utopia, though the events are restricted to only Japan. It follows the students of a certain batch in a certain school that helps the students master their PK[Psychokinesis] ability aka Cantus. In this period, PK users[humans] are the dominant species and Queerats are their sub-ordinates or slaves and often address the former as Kami-sama[literally translating as 'God']. We follow Watanabe Saki and her friends through the sufferings and pain they endure as they try to unravel the origin and possibly vile past of their present society.
The synopsis and the first episode speaks a little to nothing about what the anime truly aims to deliver but the intro of 1 minute[First episode] was enough to keep me reeled in. Fourth episode was bewildering, I had to watch it twice to get most of what was being explained. There was also a portion that temporarily lost my attention and then there was the conclusion that meticulously sealed off the deal on this beautiful creation.
Fantasy toned genres never piqued much of my interest but the whole future setting here was surprisingly compelling. Even the plot holes get over shadowed by an unbelievably smooth story transition. One could almost relate our world with the ugly facade put up by the otherwise apparent dystopia. I am deliberately refraining from describing the story but I assure you it's a staggering watch indeed. Whenever I thought- this is it, this is the writer’s limit of imagination, the show would prove me wrong. This is not purely SF or Fantasy, bring in a darker theme, an ingenious screenplay and Shinsekai Yori is born.
Shinsekai Yori does contain violence/blood and profanity saturated at some parts of the show. The happenings and revelations in this series can be depressing hence should not be mistaken as a light watch. Shinsekai Yori impressively manages to portray the discriminatory nature in us humans in a completely unorthodox thought provoking manner. Story becomes pretty linear after 6th or 7th episode, but that doesn't stop it from keeping you at the edge of your seat especially near the end. I still can't commend the writer enough for the conclusion he’s given to this work. Best possible ending, as far as it concerns me.
As for the Homosexual sequences[very little amount of Shounen Ai and perhaps a little Shoujo Ai/Yuri, 1-2 Episodes tops], it saddens me deeply to see people dropping Shinsekai Yori because of the same. I believe they play a tiny yet essential part in describing the re-casted lives of humans of their time and do not qualify enough for a reason to drop this series.
The character designs can be hard to get used to for many, but I've come to realize how much it suits the whole 'Shinsekai' module of the show. A1 pictures out stood themselves again in the Backgrounds Dept. The backgrounds are extremely gorgeous to look at; effects and animation are well above mediocre. Just wow to all the creatures we encounter other than humans and queerats. The color selection fit perfectly and beautifully brings the New World concept to life. Indubitably deserves to be watched in 720p or more.
The characters in their entirety do a great job in painting the manufactured mentality and traits native to the people 1000 years from now. You'll doubt their authenticity, their feelings, pity their helpless state and still be able to relate to a degree, for they are at core still humans like us. Again, this is something that the viewers should see for themselves. [ Queerats : If you're familiar with Harry Potter franchise, Queerats look similar to Dobby, but more disfigured and fat with further diversities as well. Squealer is one of those queerats and plays a significant role in the later half yet main plot of Shinsekai Yori by assuming the personification of 'Resistance' against the atrocities of the Powerful. ]
Sound- Bravo! It blends so well into the setting and environment that I couldn't help being mesmerized by it. The BGMs & OSTs were captivating and spot on almost entirely. A custom version of ‘Going Home’ [adapted from the second movement of Symphony No. 9 (Dvořák)] featured earlier in Mawaru Penguindrum was used in Shinsekai Yori, and for me it worked magic in the latter. I remember watching the first episode again and again just to hear that and the first ED 'Wareta Ringo'. Voice actors did an incredible job, I don't know how but Hanazawa Kana-san's voice always gets me.
I personally enjoyed Shinsekai Yori way more than I'd initially expected. The entire run had a consistent dark atmosphere, which contributed in keeping the tension. I haven’t been this satisfied with an ending in a long time. This is unquestionably a rare gem among the current trend in Japanese animation industry and is not something one should overlook. Sure there are downfalls like the slow pace in initial episodes, few dry episodes in the middle, minuscule amount of homosexual themes that can irrationally put some viewers off, perhaps some sloppy facial animation now and then, but in the bigger picture Shinsekai Yori more than makes up for the flaws and to me it's no less than something close to masterpiece.
That being said, Shinsekai Yori is not a show for everyone but do try it and decide for yourself.
Overall Score: 8.5/10.
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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 Japan a thousand years from the present in a utopia where a portion of the population retain a special power called psychokinesis. From the beginning we follow a group of five children as they grow up in the anime and see how they develop within a community bounded by strict rules, and deal with the decisions they make that alter the course of their lives and the entire society they live in. The plot of the show flows very nicely from episode to episode and just as we approach the climax, there’s a plot twist and the storyline from that point just flips upside down in a way you would never expect it to.
The characters in this anime are just something else, with Saki as it’s shining star. The main characters start off as children and by the end of the anime they are adults, with character development; there are a couple of anime who have attempted this within one season but they do not pull it off as well as Shinsekai Yori. With an anime that has twenty-five episodes, you would think it would not be enough time for proper character development from children to adults. However, Shinsekai Yori pulls this off very smoothly, which is evidently seen with Saki and Satoru, which even applies to the supporting characters as well. You will not see one character behaving as such and then the next episode they are being the polar opposite, everything is explained and shown very well.
The sound is one of the areas this anime excels in. Every sound that you would not even care for is implemented in every episode and added in the appropriate places, at the appropriate times; the echoing of the voices in a dim room, the rippling of water flowing from a stream. Not to mention soundtrack produced in this amine, which is amazing. Just youtube the battle theme, even if you have not watched the anime yet, it will entice your interests in this anime.
The quality of the art and the animation is what you would expect of any anime standards that are out there today: clear, crisp and pleasing to the eye. The characters and the environment in each of the scenes are drawn to a level of detail, not too simple, yet not to far in detail as well, just in the middle. The quality of art really makes you focus on the message the anime is trying to radiate to the viewer; more than focusing of the wow factor on how amazing the art is.
In terms of the enjoyment, this is not an anime that starts off on a high note and continues as such from there. The first two or three episodes really butters you up, but once you hit the fourth or fifth episode, I promise you, you will be hooked and you will just watch one episode after another. Even if you are more into romance, comedy, action or any genre that is not related to Shinsekai Yori, this anime is definitely worth watching and will probably open the doors to other anime series you never bothered to watch.
Overall I really enjoyed this anime, people should give it a try (unexpectedly, it even became one of my favourites). It did not look appealing to me at first, hence “diamond in the ruff”, but once I started and things picked up, I just wrapped myself in a blanket and marathon’d the whole show. Just looking back at the anime, I will say that one of the highlights of this show is it's ability to take the morals and values of the world we live in and put it into perspective from watching what the characters do to each other and the outcomes that blossom from their decisions. Give Shinsekai Yori a try and you will see what I mean!
I hope you enjoyed my seemingly short review, I would not mind any feedback and If you enjoyed this series or feel enticed to watch it after reading this, feel free to leave a comment !
Shinsekai yori is truly a great series. I've been wanting to write this review for a long time but I decided to wait until the series finished to do so as to write an accurate and coherent review as possible. After 6 months and 25 wonderful episodes, here it is. I will do my best to keep this review spoiler free.
Adapted of the novel by Kishi Yūsuke, Shinsekai Yori tells a story of a civilisation set one thousand years in the future. Mankind has evolved into beings capable of a obscure power known as "Juryoku" or Cantus, a powerful psychic power that makes the impossible possible. In this new world, Man has neither need nor want for technology and reigns supreme over the New World's indigenous species called Bakenezumi and other new organisms we come across as the story unfolds. All seems well and peaceful in the Utopia man has created for itself, however, as our main characters learn early on in the story, Man's evolution came at a price and the New World's mysterious history is written in blood and hidden in secrecy.
Interestingly enough, this series, despite its utter brilliance across the board, has been overlooked by many and is appreciated by few, which is unfortunate as this underrated gem outshines any other series of its season by far in terms of story, characters and execution. Not only is the story of Shinsekai yori highly ambitious, it is intelligent and thought provoking in many ways. Each episode, especially after episode 4, is both thrilling and captivating to the point you simply would not, or better yet, could not view this series one episode one at a time if you had the option not to.
Despite its initial appearance, Shinsekai yori is most definitely not a show for kids; be prepared for a lot of death and gore, deceit and some adult themes. The story requires a great deal of critical thinking to coherently understand and appreciate the narrative. I found myself confused several times early on in the series though the plot later on becomes more linear and thus easier to comprehend. Shinsekai yori is a story that addresses inequality and the flaws of the human condition. It shows us the sinister side of absolute control, the price of secrecy and the perils of curiosity. Undoubtedly, Shinsekai yori tells an intense and utterly satisfying story that will leave you on the edge of your seat and wanting more with each passing episode. The characters featured, both the humans and the Bakenezumi are both compelling and likeable. The main characters prove to be intelligent and very inquisitive but are far from perfect as each have intriguing characteristics that defines them with such subtlety and grace I must commend the author, Kishi Yūsuke, for weaving their personas into the story without making it overly obvious and distracting from the plot. It is my fear that diving in any further in the story and characters would simply ruin the experience and thus I will leave it at that.
It may interest you that the title name of Shinsekai yori, From the New World in English, was taken from famous Czech composer Antonin Dvorak's Ninth Symphony, written in 1893. I find this to be incredibly fitting as we find out the world set a thousand years in the future is indeed a New World in its own right.
Moving on, the art is somewhat unusual but fitting for an unusual story, more so than any other art style I can think of. Though not much attention is given to detail as far as facial characteristics go, it beautifully depicts the scenery and maintains an overall cleanliness to it anyone ought to be able to appreciate. Truly, it is beyond my ability to describe the fascinating world of Shinsekai yori but I would wager it is unlike anything you have likely seen; before. A1 Pictures has done this series justice in its world building, using just the right colours and shading to create a perfect blend that is both visually pleasing for the average viewer and stays true to the story's setting. The studio has done an above average job the majority of the time with the animation, slipping up only occasionally and consistently producing quality episodes. It is worth nothing that there are some scenes - quite a few actually, that are absolutely breath taking in their beauty. And of course this is only augmented by the angelic scores that play at just the right time, at just the right pitch to deliver a powerful trifecta performance of story, art and sound in an astonishing meld.
I absolutely enjoyed this series. For 6 months this was the one show I looked forward to the most on a regular basis. While it may have a slow start, after the first three episodes the story takes an sharp turn into awesomeness and intensity comparable to a thriller movie. Having said that, there is something to be said for lack of closure on a rather important element in the story towards the end, which unfortunately is left up to the viewer's imagination and some other nuances, but aside from that, it was overall very satisfying and well worth the watch.
While not perfect, Shinsekai yori still remains a masterpiece in my eyes, and so my final score is a 10 out 10.
Story - 10
Art - 9
Sound - 10
Characters - 10
Enjoyment - 10
Overall - 10 read more
In recent years, many series have found success by centering themselves upon flagrant fanservice and fast-paced action. Shinsekai Yori, however, is the antithesis of this trend.
Before beginning the series, you should be warned— Shinsekai Yori is not a light watch. This is not the kind of anime that will provide laughter and cheap entertainment. It is an anime that requires the viewer to think and analyze in order to fully enjoy the story. As a result it can be a difficult show for some viewers to get into, but what it provides instead is an experience with far more weight and meaning.
Set in the distant future, Shinsekai Yori depicts a world ruled by humans with psychic abilities. Using their "Cantus", these individuals have the power to meld their thoughts with the outside world. Whether for building, crafting, entertainment, or defense against animals and monstrosities, there are a myriad of ways for Cantus to benefit society. But there are also hidden truths surrounding it. Horrors and conspiracies that will threaten the life of any who uncover them. For Saki and the other members Zenjin Academy's 'Group One', this is a danger that they lamentably fall victim to.
Despite the dark, foreboding tone set from the beginning, it's not until the group uncovers a secret on their school trip that everything starts to go dreadfully wrong for them. Disappearances, assassinations, and invincible beasts aptly called 'Fiends' are but a handful of the mysteries revealed to Saki and her friends. Society is evidently not the utopia that it seems.
The story is primarily conveyed through the perspective of Saki, but rather than focus on each character individually, Shinsekai Yori instead centers around interpersonal characterization. Group One is often treated as its own character due to the five's inseparable friendship, and this friendship itself serves as one of the core themes of the story. Gradually and together they mature from the naive children that they were at the beginning of the story, directly as a result of their relationships with others. However, do not be misled: this is not an anime about its characters. It is first and foremost a story about the mysteries and conflict that they find themselves pulled into.
Adding to the main cast is an astute race of bipedal mole rats, referred to by humans as "Queerats". Despite having intelligence nearly equal to that of humans, they are oppressed and treated as little more than the animals they have evolved from. Understandably they are not pleased with this. Instigating the inevitable rebellion is the Robert Fly colony, led by the machiavellian leader "Squealer". His presence serves to create a deeper sense of conflict in the story, but he is also one of the more well-written antagonists in recent years. He is not motivated by tropes such as madness or greed but by a deep sense of loyalty to his people. It's interesting how none of his actions can be defined as inherently 'good' or 'evil', and it makes one wonder if he might have been the hero instead if the story was told from a different perspective.
Such themes are not uncommon in Shinsekai Yori. Rather than presenting its story through black and white reasoning, there is instead an abundance of pertinent ethical questions posed to the viewer. Does the end justify the means? Do the same rights as humans apply to animals, and what truly sets humanity above them if not intelligence? Complex topics such as the human condition are also explored in detail and the story is not afraid to portray loss and death in a frank manner. This is an anime that's meant to be analyzed and it rewards the viewer for doing so.
One of the strongest aspects of Shinsekai Yori is its atmosphere. Throughout every episode exists an overbearing sense of dread and melancholy: the feeling that something very bad is about to happen, and indeed it often does. The pacing is also very much on the slow side, with several expository episodes before the story finally takes off, but once it does it becomes very difficult to stop watching. Shinsekai Yori is a macabre, sometimes uncomfortable story that will succeed in immersing you in its dark atmosphere. There's nothing else quite like it out there, which makes it an especially enticing experience.
As if to defy the conventions of mainstream anime, sexuality plays an important role in the story. The main characters are not innocent and devoid of sexual feelings, even despite their young age in the first two arcs. Much like us, they fall in love, experiment and desire to act out on their feelings. They are not restrained by otaku concepts such as 'purity', and this is an immense benefit given the mature tone of the series. One further thing to note is that they do not only express romantic and sexual desires towards the opposite sex— but towards the same sex as well.
Though one has to wonder why this created so much controversy. Even if the viewer finds bisexual interactions to be uncomfortable, there is scarcely a scene that displays such behavior in the first place. These relationships are not used for superficial shounen-ai or shoujo-ai appeal, but are instead there to reflect the characters maturing in a society unconstrained by social stigma. The most conspicuous of these few scenes is during the ninth episode, when two male characters play on the grass and then kiss for five or ten seconds. Why did such a trivial scene disturb some people so much? It's hard to say.
There are certainly legitimate criticisms to be had towards the series, though. In particular, the first few episodes are filled with expository dialogue which oftentimes amount to infodump. Granted, this is necessary to give the viewer a proper understanding of the setting and the rules which the characters live by, but there is no doubt a more elegant approach that could have been employed here instead. Further problems also exist within the two timeskips of the story, as it will abruptly change with no transition between past and present. This is especially an issue in the second timeskip, where twelve entire years are passed in the blink of an eye. We also see very little character growth in that time, which is quite odd, to say the least.
But these flaws are more than made up for by the sound design. A quality soundtrack in anime is often treated as an afterthought more than anything else, but Shinsekai Yori is one that understands the value that a good score can have. The music here is largely composed of haunting choir melodies, percussion, and ambient noises which serve to heighten the tension and atmosphere of their respective scenes. There's one particular song in the anime, usually used during the beginning of an episode, which was able to send chills down my spine each time it played. Now, this is the sign of a powerful score— having the ability to evoke emotion through music instead of drama. It would hardly be an exaggeration to say that the soundtrack is Shinsekai Yori's greatest strength, and that is not a statement that comes with little weight.
The art also compliments the tone of the anime quite well. Dark shadows accentuate the gloomy atmosphere of the story while thick lines are used to emphasize the characters and their facial expressions. There is a lack of polish, though, with regards to detail and animation quality, but you can hardly fault an anime for not being granted a lavish budget. Shinsekai Yori fortunately makes the very most of its modest budget, and its art quality manages to compete with some of the more mainstream titles to boot.
If you are looking for something unique in an era defined by generic rom-coms and ecchi titles, then this is an anime that will likely fill your appetite. Sure, it may not be a flawless triumph that will be remembered until the ends of time, but as one of the better anime in the past few years, it is well worth your time to give it a try. You would be hard-pressed to find anything else like it. read more
In essence, both are about flawed systems and their consequences. The *major* differences being in the anime's execution (cyber punk/advanced technology vs folklore/village life), style and flow. Heck, the main female characters are very similar as well.
future utopian/dystopian setting where the question is whether the sacrifices made to personal freedom are really worth the peaceful lifestyle, plus the main character must decide how to deal with the cracks in the system
Psychological horror type anime set in a seemingly utopian future. However, that "utopia" turns out to be tragically flawed, and the unusually collected heroine is caught in the middle of everything wrong with her society.
Perfect society has finally been created. Or so it seems. Is everything really as perfect as it is made to seem?
These animes are miles apart in terms of universe and atmosphere, but they share similar themes comon to stories set in dystopian speculative futures. Also, they both feature a female lead valued for her exceptional resilience.
We are presented a seemingly utopian society in which everyday hardships seem to be a thing of the past. Clearly, this society is far from perfect and holds some dark secrets. As the mystery unravels, the pitfalls of the supposedly perfect society are explored in frightening detail. Dystopian fiction at its finest.
Unsettling psychological stories set in the future. The female lead is a discontented participant in her society, but she accepts it, rather than try to change it. Their governments/leaders keep a terrible secret, and monitor and tightly control citizens' behavior in an attempt to create a utopia. Deviants are eliminated.
The similarities aren't immediately apparent due to the differences in delivery, and I certainly didn't see them at first. After all, one is a cyberpunk crime show, and the other is a coming-of-age story set in a countryside village. However, as the plots unravel, the similarities become more and more apparent. Both are dystopian tales about flawed systems; both deal with the theme of removing threats before they exist, and both delve heavily into human nature and society. The main female leads are also incredibly similar due to their strength and resilience. Both are prime examples of psychological anime, and if you like one, then you're sure to like the other!
A world that at first sight might seem an utopia, but turns out to be built at such a cost that it is questionable whether it is actually worth it. I would recommend both to anyone interested in dystopian stories.
The main difference between the stories (apart from the world they're in) is the pacing. While Psycho Pass drops you off in the middle of the story Shinsekai Yori slowly eases you into the story and lets you grow accustomed to the world first.
Shows that present dystopian societies in the future, where moral values are suppressed in favor of maintaining peace and order within the society. The line between right and wrong is very ambiguous. Viewers may strongly sympathize with the antagonists, who may have legitimate reasons to revolt against the authority.
Both refer to an ideal for human society, demonstrating how humans always strive to find a world that they believe best for them. The values aren't agreed upon by everyone though, and a group of protagonists' thinking break outside of the box they're being enclosed in. Very thought-provoking.
Both of these anime are modern representations of classic 20th-century dystopian satires: Psycho-Pass is comparable to the 1949 novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell, and Shinsekai yori is comparable to the 1932 novel "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley. As such, these stories caution humanity of the consequences of extreme and unchecked advances in science and technology. They show how the unrestricted indulgence of and reliance on the futuristic systems can negatively impact society, and even humanity itself. This includes the subsequent suffering of the individuals who desperately try to oppose/conform to said systems.
-the responsible female protagonist has to come to terms with and enforce the Utopia/Dystopia that she resides in, in the process shaping her morales and becoming very strong and capable.
-strict observation of psychological health of citizens
-allusions to psychological works and conditions
-lots of death and dying, and obviously tragedy as well.
-and the questioning of the morality of death punishment
-there was a team of five--and more similarities but I don't want to make this a spoiler.
-homosexual relationships in the team
Of course, one has a brilliant twisted villain, the other has [i wont spoil it].
One is tron-like, the other is traditional/villagey.
The team dynamics in each are completely different.
Both deal with the protagonist finding out the hidden nature of their 'perfect world'. This causes them to go through many near death experiences. On the way some friends die, as result of the sybil system or the ethics committee covering up evidence. In the end both have to learn to deal with the fact that is how society is currently but hope for change in the future.
Psycho pass is set in a somewhat more futuristic world than today.
Shin sekai yori, although 1000 or so into the future, do not rely on technology and have no 'concrete buildings'.
In Psycho pass, the Denominators give them power.
In Shin sekai yori, human have psycho kinesis (something along those lines)
Both shows settings are in a futuristic utopia where people get killed for having the potential to do harm even if they've done nothing wrong. Psycho-pass is more of law enforcement type thriller where as shinsekai yori has more of a darker mood than that. Two of my favorite shows for sure!
They're both about future controlled societies whose maintainers have great fear that they could be destroyed by any one person. Hence, they zealously dispose of people who have any chance of causing trouble. The main character in each is thrown into a crisis, despite being inexperienced.
Both anime are about dystopian societies that base their legal system on the risk of committing a crime and extensive information control with the intention of preventing people from learning things that could risk the order of society. In both anime, the government is shown to have reason to act the way they do, but it never really is fully justified. Finally, the weaknesses of both societies are exploited to great harm to the population.
Both animes try to explain how the world could be with other conditions and show us how dark could be our own mind to reach the peace in society. Saki and Tsunemori (main characters) are so similar.
*sorry for my bad English*
Dystopian societies where moral is neglected by the system to protect an inhuman peace. Both stories are almost prophetic - one in Evolution and one in Cyberization. Main female leads have identical state of mind, potential, and development. Similar endings. Brilliant stories that can make you pant in shock and excitement while at the same time promoting critical thinking with credible arguments from all sides involved.
Both anime events take place at the future, while in Shinsekai Yori it is more distant future and it has more mystery, but in Psycho-Pass it is a lot more of semi-perfect technology. Akane and Saki discover some not nice secrets about the system and learning the flaws they are making a choice if they should support the system or not. These two have very common feeling and the atmosphere.
Both present detailed futuristic dystopian societies, where although perfect on the surface we find out there's more to it that meets the eye. Both have really well developed villains, which make compelling arguments about the flaws of the worlds they live in. Both anime make you question the possibility of a perfect society, and as I've seen in many book and movies, a perfect society is nothing but an unfathomable idea. The main difference is that the settings of the anime are different: one is idyllic village and the other in a futuristic cyberpunk Tokyo.
Both anime are about perfect societies that were formed based on chaos formed by humanity, but it seems as if the perfect society that is so highly praised has dark secrets and isn't as perfect as it seems.....
Both series is set in the near future where their societies are corrupt. Both series have psychological genres that make you think and question the human race.
A coming of age story about romance and opening their eyes to the world they live in. Changes and Growing up, truths and lies. They both have this supernatural feel to it, but Shinsekai Yori definitely has a darker edge.
A group of friends slowly discovering more about the society they live in. Then, each one of them find their own way to deal with the situation. Both have drama and also deal with forbidden love and other aspects that affect their lives.
Children witness the "end" of their societies and discover that not all is as it appears to be.
Shinsekai Yori takes place in a post apocalyptic world and our main cast live in a Utopian society with strict rules. While Nagi no Asukara is the light hearted version of Shinsekai Yori minus the dark, gory, mystery, and suspense-like feel.
The character design is so similar it's astounding. Kihara Tsumugu and Shun look and act the same way. The way Mangka shows her interests in him is basically the same way Saki feels to Shun. Both Tsumugu and Hikari are rivals yet they care for each other too. Hikari and Satoru are very protective and comedic at times with everyone. Chisaki is very calm and caring like Maria. Both Maria and Manaka have the same seiyuu Kana Hanazawa. Kaname and Mamoru look alike but act very differently. Chisaki has taken Maria's role as the one to keep the group together.
Nagi no Asukara and Shinsekai Yori shares a variety of similarities ranging from their strict societies to discoveries of their worlds. Similarly, they both consists of a small cast of colorful characters each with their own personalities. However, their relationships with others and each other seems to often clash involving contrasting ideologies.
Both series' contains fantasy elements although Shinsekai Yori has more of a dark atmosphere while Nagi no Asukara seems more lighthearted. There is bits of romance with an artistic touch added to their backgrounds. By production standards, both series' qualities sets its bar high along with its premise.
They're both about children growing up and understanding the world they live in. They both are similar in genre, and have a similar feeling when watching.
•both anime focus on there own scenarios with a different 'world' adjoining to their own, being brought together or drawing harsh lines between them, showing differences or showing that they are alike
•both focus on a group of students, showing their day to day lives and growing up, co existing with the other 'species'
•both anime have specifcally different genres, but somewhat relate to each other, where as SY is deep/dark/mysterious, while NA is very light hearted but the touch of heart wrenching, complete opposites, but they relate with the growth development of the human feelings as they twist and turn, and how it affects there day to day lives, with time.
•both anime are an exceptional watch, showing the human characteristics as it faces the emotional collateral, that everyone experiences and we can relate to in one way or another
•they are very similar with the twists and turns of their lives in there own worlds colliding with the 'other' as they grow up changing there minds/views on their reality. you might like one if you liked the other,
While Shinsekai yori plot was much darker both plots are similar. The characters also remind me of each other even though the characters in Nagi no Asukara tone is much lighter they still give the same impressions of Shinsekai Yori characters.
The Characters , the art style, I couldt stop thinking of Shinsekai yori..
The very feel of the Nagi no Asukara and Shinsekai Yori is similar.
The world they live in is interesting and unique, definitely a check out if you liked either of these series.
Let's see. There's group of five childhood friends in both anime. Every one of them has very special personality, and you could say the group is psychically almost identical. (I mean, Satoru/Hikari, Saki/Manaka, Maria/Chisaki, Shun/Kaname), There's plot about a fantasy place where they live (utopian village/sea). The second main part of the plot is feelings because both series play with the relationships between the friends and their feelings for each other. (I guess you could call it "love quadrangle"?) The feeling you get from watching these anime is very similar. The animation in both is really beautiful, as are the soundtracks. The differences could be in the seriousness of these two series. Shinsekai Yori is a lot darker and more depressing (generically horror), while Nagi no Asukara is a bit more slice-of-life. This doesn't mean NnA doesn't have any drama and can't make you sad though!
Each of these anime follows a group of kids with special abilities that are commonplace in their respective world. They deal with issues like love, loss, and societal intolerance, and both heavily utilize the themes "coming of age" and "loss of innocence." In terms of genre, elements of Shinsekai Yori are set in science fiction whereas those in Nagi no Asukara are set in fantasy.
The main character casts are very similar as are the romantic relationships involved (aside from SsY having a few homosexual parts). This is mostly comparing the early part of SsY as it eventually adds in some horror aspects which (so far anyway) Nagi no Asukara does not have (since it's much more slice of life style). The art styles are also similar and very good (Nagi no Asukara may be a little better and more vivid though), but especially when it comes to the character designs, the shows seem very similar in this aspect. In both shows, there is plenty of drama especially between the main characters as well as dealing with their problems in their supernatural/fantasy worlds. Also, Maria in Shinsekai Yori and Manaka in Nagi no Asukara have the same VA.
They're both shows about teenagers in a "unique" world with special abilities and they're both about how people change living in such a society filled with racism, etc. They're really alike.
Strange worlds, strict laws, forbidden boundaries. Story revolving around a group of children stepping into the adult world discovering the truths about their world in a somewhat harsh manner. Although Nagi no Asukara has a more lighthearted theme.
It's about how a group of close friends grow up together, experiencing love webs and gradually understanding how their society works. Not surprisingly, if you watch either of them, you will definitely love it since they both share the same vibes.
In short, Nagi no Asukara is the light-hearted version of Shinsekai Yori and vice versa.
Both from Shinsekai Yori and Nagi no Asukara take place in world slightly different than the one we're in. At first glance they don't seem that similar, one's more light and happy while the other's are a little more tense and thrilling, but when you look into it the plots of the 2 have a very similar feel and flow to them that I haven't seen in many anime.
Both series are based around a group of friends that face various challenges along their journey into adulthood. While many of these events seem to be focused around the group's focal points, being Saki in from Shinsekai Yori or Hikarai in Nagi no Asukara, the other characters still play a major role in how it plays out.
Both are about kids with special powers learning what it means to become adults with the struggles of the society's they live in.
Both shows begin in a very similar style and have a similar overall formula in development (with the mid-season jump forward in time). Both shows follow a group of children as they discover the secrets of their world which have been hidden from them by the adults in the community. However where Nagi no Asukara takes a lighter turn early on, Shinsekai Yori takes a much darker and macabre turn.
Both Shiki & Shinsekai yori are shows that can be described as a slow burn, never fully giving anything way and thus require a lot of patience. Your patience will in turn be rewarded, as both shows come to a thrilling conclusion.
Do not watch either if you lack patience. and an open mind.
Shinsekai Yori and Shiki both deal with the human psyche and its tendencies. These series show how these tendencies could be flawed which in turn may lead to irrational behavior and unfortunate circumstances.
The setting is similar, remote/traditional/strict Japanese villages.
Both deal with a deviation in normal human genetics. (Zombie/Vampire-like people in Shiki and Esper powers in Shinsekai Yori)
Both deal with opposing factions that truly do not have a right or wrong side to them.
Both shows are very thought-provoking and would recommend one if you enjoyed the other.
- similar atmospheres that grow darker
- village-wide catastrophe
- super natural
In both series, there is a very mysterious background with similar mood settings.
Both series have similar backgrounds involving a village that deals with the world of supernatural. In fact, creatures in both series are feared and revered.
Both series focuses on how humans deal with them in the world that they live in.
Both series often have plot twists as well as thriller like endings involving the main characters.
Both have a very dark atmosphere and lots of mystery; and give a creepy feeling as a group of people try to survive against a supernatural threat.
Both great anime if you love dark mysteries.
-satisfying ending/closure (which you don't find in most animes nowadays)
The mystery, demon, magic, and slow progression from both anime are quite similar.
Just, Shinsekai Yori has clearer ending than Shiki. But, Shiki is still 'darker'.
If you liked quiet and peaceful village setting which is going to change into horror and bloody carnage this show is for you.
Series revolve around two humans races - stronger (vampires - Shiki, espers- Shinsekai yori) and weaker. Durning the shows we can meet philosophical questions about rights to kill, to live, to rule which require thinking from spectator.
Psychological thrillers that look at the idea of "good vs. evil" with neither the humans or the other creatures necessarily being the good ones. Very dramatic and both have strong endings (especially Shiki) despite somewhat slow starts. They involve villages that are far removed of other societies in remote parts of Japan (though Shinsekai Yori adds in a post-apocalyptic theme as well).
Shiki and Shinsekai Yori are alike as they both present ethical and moral problems to the viewer. Although they are, in reality, two almost completely different settings and mechanics, both have mystery elements and the supernatural and make the viewer really think to themselves as they watch. I can say for sure that anyone who enjoys one will love the other just as much (perhaps more).
A rural town, unexplainable happenings, and a penchant for tackling the human condition.
Shinsekai Yori and Shiki throw the viewer into a quaint village where civilians are content with mundane lives and daily rituals. Soon enough, however, perhaps through uncanny circumstance or through fates invoked by their ancestors, our characters' lives are inverted and thrown into chaos that turns their worlds upside down. The chaos is revealed at a snail's pace and at the same pace drags the viewer through a labyrinth of plot twists, never fully giving away the direction of the story until the very end.
Disregarding that both series have a country setting, a slow pacing, or progressively build into a massive climax, gaining momentum with each episode, the greatest similarity is how both series weave a tale intent on being just as much philosophical as it is thrilling. Shinsekai Yori and Shiki attempt to both analyze and criticize the unquestioned morality, viewpoints, and means of addressing problems in their societies' hive minds, providing the viewer with food for thought in morally gray areas. Ultimately, the viewer is left pondering, "Who's the monster?"
Both anime are great philosophical thrillers assuming the viewer has the patience for their slow crawl and doesn't mind their oppressive atmospheres. If you appreciate the way one anime handles these themes, you'll likely appreciate how the other does.
By the end of these shows you will be asking yourself who is the real bad guy here
-both have dark atmosphere
-both are mysterious
-both begin slowly and turn in massacre
-both are a fight between two espece of human
-both bring us to think about which one is the good, which one is the evil and other philosophical questions
They share a similar eerie mood and atmosphere.
Both are set in small villages, starring a young group of friends who slowly become aware that there's a hidden sinister side to their world.
Both are set in a small village seemingly far away from the world, and have creepy undertones and occasional gory deaths. Many of the village's terrifying secrets are kept from the main characters (a group of children) in both.
For both series the animation style is incredibly moe and big-eyed for the genres that they are as well.
Both take place in small villages in Japan. Both have similar atmosphere of "fairytale that goes wrong" with a lot of drama.
These two series both give off a similar feeling with a mysterious-like aura.
Both series involves a group of friends where there is a feeling of unease with what's going on in the backgrounds.
Both series takes place at a small village setting where the population is minimal but secrets are numerous. There are questions that needs answers with which the main characters tries to solve and explore.
Both anime have kids as main characters, they get mixed up in some supernatural stuff. They have same atmosphere, bunch of unexpected plot twists and weird endings. Shinsekai yori is not as violent and gory as Higurashi, but they just had the same atmosphere and i really enjoyed watching them. I recommend them to all mystery and horror lovers.
¿Son tus amigos realmente tus amigos? ¿Quién es bueno? ¿Quién es malo? ¿Cuál es la verdad tras toda una red de mentiras? Una oda al suspense y la intriga que no deja sino la puerta abierta a la especulación y a las teorías.
Are your friends really your friends? Who is good? Who's bad? What is the truth behind a web of lies? An ode to the suspense and intrigue that leaves the door open but speculation and theories.
Both series repeatedly switch between slice of life and horror. In both series, enough time is spent with both the slice of life and the horror that the viewer should enjoy both genres to really like each series.
For me, an anime / bad is decided on the contents, especially with Mystery favorite genre like this, it is increasingly important. SSY is an anime content or transmit to the viewer the sense message
The stories focus around characters from a village that has a deep dark secret, not to mention members of the village have special powers. The art style is similar and has a Gothic art scheme going.
When I began watching Shinsekai Yori I thought: "Hey. It's another version of Kamisama Dolls!"
Here are simmilarities:
- Isolated vilage
- Children gaining supernatural power
- Allure of big secret and bloody story in the past
- Big tension
- A lot of mystery
But the difference is that Kamisama Dolls has more comedy moments and isn't easy to watch because story is falling into pieces and is becoming less interesting in the end. IMO, Shinsekai yori has more opportunities to succeed: more episodes and faster narration style.
Towns dark secrets; both also have a sort of supernatural power and telekinetic abilities as a theme.
Secluded villages with a hidden power, and a dark secret. Right from the start, Shinekai yori has given off the same vibe that Kamisama Dolls had. Can't quite put a finger on it, but they really do just give off the same vibe, feel, and atmosphere.
Both have a very pleasant look at first , but as it continues it has a very eerie feel to it. Also both have. Villages that seem to be hiding secrets such as psychic powers, evolved and dangerous creatures, children with powers, different clans within the village , dangerious ceremonies , evil elders , and banishment and diss appearances. Yori has more of a creepy feel to it rather than kamisama. And being that kamisama has funny moments , Yori has this replaced with "less eerie" scenes.
Both series features a similar feeling involving children with supernatural powers. It also involves isolated villages as well as a bloody history of the past involving the main characters of the series.
There is also romance, some comedy, drama, action, and a kickass soundtrack to go in the mix for both series.
Behind the scenes, there is a dark past of the series that gives off a similar atmopshere.
For the lack of better words, Shinsekai is an improved version of Kamisama Dolls, a series which had trouble coming to terms with the climax of its mysteries. The societies depicted in both series disallow people from perplexing the status quo, and manipulation hence occurs on a supernatural level to try and suppress individual thoughts or discrimination towards conformity. There's also a motion for both series to include another race of creatures, though Kamisama Dolls literally treats them like the inanimate 'dolls' they are while Shinsekai brings in an entirely different story along with it. Lastly, there's also a similar cast, exemplified by their ages (though it varies), member counts, and personalities.
But mostly, both universes are very similar (visually as well) - sort of a throwback to communal, village living coupled with co-existence between weird creatures and humans. Special powers/talents as a plot device is heavily touched upon in both.
For both series (based off of novels), they take place in a fantasy world where there is magical creatures. Among other themes though, there are characters that progresses through grown and experiences. (with a time skip) The main female character in both series are also mature and has a strong bond with her friends. They also befriend others throughout the series and learns more about the world around them as well as themselves. In essence, they follow a journey of youth & growth from childhood to adolescence.
There is also emotions that are spawned from events that are either moody, happy or tragic.
Both series also has a little mystery regarding the origins of some of the creatures.
Both series also features a noticeable soundtrack that gives off a mystical feeling.  read more
Those animes follow the life of a serious heroine. As both grow up, they learn more about the fantastic creatures that are present in their world. For that matter, each anime separates itself in three parts : one for childhood, one for adolescence and one for adulthood. By the end of both series, the story takes a political turn and things get serious. Also, both feature school, war and love, though Shinsekai Yori may be more centered about those aspects than Kemono no Souja Erin.
Both have a unique art style and a story that is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Although Shinsekai Yori is more action-centered than Kemono no Souja Erin, I'm sure that if you like one you'll like the other.
We follow the evolution of psychological behavior of a girl / woman, we learn to see it grow, soufrire, live and love over time.
Both works are originals and allows us imertion turns into an adventure and a life lesson.
Both are thought-provoking, coming-of-age series mainly centered around one female character who are similar characters in a way that they are not physically strong but have a strong personality and clear resolve. Aside from them both being set in a fantasy world, they both have a hint of romance. Both series also contain 'beasts': touda and beast lords in Erin's case and queerats in SSY's case.
I highly recommend both series.
The main character in both shows is a female who through the course of their childhood and early adult years they learn the harsh truths of the world they live in. The two shows have excellent world building qualities that make the world they live in so tangible. Both of the shows give off the same feel of coming of age in a world where you are expected to do things a certain way. The art styles of the two shows are also unique compared to other shows I've seen. Honestly, these are two of my favorite shows I've ever seen so I definitely recommend these since they are similar yet different to each other.
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