About one thousand years into the future, civilization has been retrograded and humans are living dispersed within small communities. People in this era have a psychic power called "Juryoku" which materializes things they imagine. In the absence of advanced scientific technology, people are using this power as a major source of energy.
One day, a girl called Saki, along with her friends, finds a small archive robot outside the town. It records the ancient history of humans. It tells them that Juryoku was found in the 21st century and the discovery caused a world war between psychics and non-psychics. The psychics won this war and thus their reign of terror began.
When the adults in town figure out that the children discovered this forbidden knowledge, they seal their Juryoku and exile them. Saki and the others end up in a forest where they meet a huge hairless bipedal mouse known as a "Bakenezumi" and get involved in a violent war the creatures are currently engaged in.
If you've watched the anime of Shinsekai Yori and are thinking you would want to check the manga version with the mindset that you're in for yet another incredible thought-provoking journey, do not take that step.
Personally, I can't imagine how a masterpiece-level series would ever have a poor adaption. That was before I read this manga.
Everything is wrong in this terrible adaption. The story which is the series' best aspect is turned into a pile of rubbish, by totally changing the flow of the events, which in the novel and anime are linked together incredibly well. The same-sex relationship theme which is essential in the
world-building is shown here as nothing more than utterly disgusting yuri fanservice. The mangaka thought that maybe adding a little gore to the story would make it better. Little did he know that his "effort" was wasted.
The characters are fleshed out completely different, even changing their personalities drastically.
The only "redeeming" (if one can call it that) quality is the art, which at times was detailed and nice to look at.
If you were amazed by the anime of Shinsekai Yori, DO NOT try the manga version. Instead, if you want additional details, read the novel, which is currently being translated online and has reached the final arc.
I've read the novel and saw the anime. When I found out the manga existed as well I was very happy but... How can I say it?
It's horrible. It is so bad I wish I never read it. The novel is dark, deep, it makes you think about life as a whole.
The anime is very similar to the novel, althought the animations are not always top tier it follows the story without changing anything.
And then there is the manga. Characters changed so much I can barely recognize them. The main protagonist wears bitchy chlotes almost all the time and the whole plot is blown away
to introduce more yuri sex than needed.
In the original work sex is important to understand the society they created, in the manga it is just mere fanservice, a way to show some boobs when NOT NEEDED. And I like boobs.
Very honestly I liked this manga, despite popular opinion it seems. But I cannot compare it to the anime or novel yet because I haven't seen them yet but I will get to them. As a stand alone manga, it isn't terrible.
The story is pretty well written and I think that the plot was worth the read at least. The mystery was pretty intriguing and I was hooked to reading it all in one sitting. I found that the pacing is alright with me too.
There was a LOT of yuri. While I don't mind looking at boobs, I think there was some unnecessary
yuri that made me confused and took away some of the focus from the actual plot. As I reflect on this manga a few years after reading it, I only remember the feeling I got discovering the mystery, certain parts of the manga and lots of random yuri.
The manga's art is actually quite good and easy on the eyes.
Overall, while this manga does not seem to live up to the anime or novel, it is not a bad STANDING ALONE. But too much yuri, especially when I came expecting a great story instead.
Maybe this manga should not be how you should experience the story for the first time, but if you don't want to read the novel or watch the anime and like shounen/ yuri/ mystery then this is not a bad choice.
Well, damn, I just finished reading the manga and while the ending was great, was a little underwhelmed by the beginning compared to the reviews I had read.
Turns out I had glimpsed the reviews for the anime, and not the manga!
The beginning is real confusing, scenes honestly make no sense and the conversations would be a bit jarring. Plus the obvious boob and crotch shots and then random yuri sex scene out of nowhere got me laughing out "what the f-"
I guess it was meant to be more of a romantic moment, when later on you hear more about one of the
twos feelings, but still, it was SO out of place. I assume the anime wasnt like that? I should've just watched the anime.
I liked the story but I felt like it was clumsily handled. The ending however, was pretty great.
tl;dr: Ignore the manga, watch the anime? Maybe I'll follow my own advice at some point