Let’s take a break from the exhausting thought-provoking Summer series and let’s jump to the one of the first Fall series — Shin Sekai Yori. Is the new season any different from the past season? Let’s find out!
Visually, Shin Sekai Yori is overall impressive. It might not be as shiny as the ones you find on AIC, P.A.Works, or Sunrise, and some KyoAni productions but the animation quality and detailing makes up for the lack of shine in the visuals. The character designs are well detailed and sharpened, too bad polish isn’t noticeable to the typical eye. If you’ve seen and had been stunned by Fractale, you would feel right at home with the visuals present in this series. It’s also excellent in the audio presentation. Voice acting fits the characters well, and is quite the mood-setting too. To my delight, Hanazawa Kana is back with an interesting character. She’s voicing Maria, a cheerful girl who has a hime cut. Background music and sounds also help paint the futuristic utopian world it’s narrating. Unfortunately, the songs used for the opening and ending sequences need more episodes before I could tell you my judgement.
Again, just like Fractale this series deals with a futuristic world with a society similar to the pre-industrial age. Unlike the mentioned futuristic series, Shin Sekai Yori uses heavy supernatural themes to present its story. Character interactions are quite entertaining to watch, and the school life was used to introduce the world. Don’t treat it like you’d on a typical school-life story, some darker secrets about the world are just unfolding themselves. The direction on the first episode is very good at most, but then again we’re just on the first episode. Give it a few shots before making a decision. I might write about this, but I’ll have to see if I could squeeze a few more of my time first.
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