*:・゚✧Anime Spotlight: Shin Sekai Yori – From the New World


Directed by Masashi Ishihama
Produced by Yutaka Ōmatsu
Written by Masashi Sogo
Music by Shigeo Komori
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Episodes 25

This anime wrecked me. Wrecked me so much I went back to not watching anime because it engulfed my thoughts while trying to sleep. Much like Daiya does, for different reasons obviously. I hadn’t watched an anime since Code Geass wrecked me into a puddle of tears and snot and feelings, and so of course, I had to return to watch this masterpiece and be reduced to tears, snot, feelings and a lot of despair and moral values evaluation in my part. Isn’t this why everyone watches anime? (-^〇^-)

Kidding aside, this is a difficult series to write about, but it’s one I can’t rewatch because I remember it too vividly and can’t go through heartbreak again. I just refuse to suffer all over again, my heart was already destroyed by it countless times while watching, it’s not something I’d like to reexperience.

I know I must sound pretty dramatic, but it was that painful. Halfway through the series I went to bed and cried to sleep because of emotional pain. I kept imagining all the ways characters had died, and what must’ve happened, and it kept destroying me. I finished this series pretty exhausted but feeling hope. This isn’t a depressive show, it’s just a lot to take in and it doesn’t pull punches.

I love how the show starts, and I really love how we follow these characters from children to adults, not a lot of shows do that and more should. My connection to them grew, and I felt protective over all of them.

Let me remind you this has a tragedy tag and uses it quite skilfully and without pulling punches, plus it’s not an easy watching. It is, the animation and OST are great, love the openings and the visuals, the folk stories tidbits were my favorite in terms of aesthetic.

No, the reason why it’s not easy to watch is because these characters suffer, they go through a lot. Like a shit load of a lot, without mercy, and when revelations and twists happen, when the show starts showing it’s darker side more and more? Just wreck me.

But maybe it’s exactly why I loved it.

These characters grow and evolve and mature and make decisions, and sometimes those decisions were the bad ones and they die. It’s realistic, and I feel proud they didn’t make it perfect, because real life isn’t.

This show also has a really strong narrative, coupled with strong characters, and with all the mysteries, supernatural and intrigue happening, one would expect to know what’s going to happen. Except you can’t. It’s impossible. Unless you’ve been spoiled, then I’ll feel sorry because this is the one show you don’t want spoiled about detailed things.

I watched this with a friend (at the same time/rate, because we don’t live near) and we talked a lot while watching it because it’s impossible not to. Just like it’s impossible for me not to write about it. Shin Sekai Yori raises a lot of valid questions, some moral, and it’s an experience I’m glad I went through.

I also really liked that the show had action and adventure mixed with the mystery and suspense, and so never felt slow or boring or dragging. It’s really important to me to have that balance because I’ll end up dropping/not concluding the series otherwise (⌒_⌒;)

In conclusion: if you haven’t watched it? Watch it, like right now, go go go!

Happy viewings everyone! (*^3^)/~♡

Have you heard about this series before? Have you seen it? If so, I’d love to know what you think of it!


33 thoughts on “*:・゚✧Anime Spotlight: Shin Sekai Yori – From the New World

  1. I really loved this anime but I also haven’t rewatched it. Everytime I think about rewatching it I just can’t because I remember how emotional this series made me and I just can’t bring myself to watch it again. Thanks for sharing.


  2. I have read some of the manga, which was pretty messed up. Don’t let emotional stuff like this scare you away from anime. There are many funny ones for you to enjoy, such as Clannad and Grave of the Fireflies (insert evil laugh here.)


    • The manga is different from the anime (^_−)☆

      You’re evil. Go watch a really cute, fun one called Boku no Pico, I’m sure it’ll make you very happy 😊
      I actually haven’t Clannad, Kanon or Grave, cause Air TV traumatised me way too much (^_^;)

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  3. Well you have definitely convinced me to watch this one 😀 Never heard of this series before (I know, shame on me), but I will be sure to check this one out 😀 Great review indeed 😊


    • Ooh, I’m so glad you got convinced and are willing to give it a try! 🙏🙏🙏
      I’m glad you got to meet it thanks to this yaaay! 🎉🎉🎉🎉

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  4. Having existential and philosophical thoughts while doing some serious ugly sobbing. Just one of the surreal experiences anime series like this can throw at you completely unprepared 😵 The love of SSY is truly a complicated one.


    • ^same
      It’s why I try to foist my love of it on others, i want them to suffer with me 😹😹😹🙏
      The love is so strong, i want the book localized. I don’t know why they haven’t done so yet ORZ

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        • Saaameeee! Plus I’ve read from others that have read the book that Maria got an extra emphasis on the anime and they cut a lot of her relationship with… You know, the one that survives /coughs And that the ending and other stuff were changed
          So I really want to see how the original story pans ;_;

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          • I had no idea there’d be such a big difference between the two. That relationship was one of the most beautiful things about the show, so I really want to see how it goes in the novel too.


  5. I think you’ve recommended this to me before? I don’t remember if you recommended this to me? Your personality really shines through your posts, Cat. /high five/ Ah, you have recommended so much to me and I actually watch them, albeit not immediately all the time. Perhaps I’ll watch this after I watch Hybrid Child which I remember you also recommended.


    • I’ve cried about it, but I don’t remember if I told you specifically, but now that you’ve read this, you have…so!!!!
      Aw, thanks bb, I’m glad my personality shines, and I hope clarity does too, cause I tend to ramble 😹😹
      Aww, that’s all that matters, that you give them a shot because you saw posts saying they’re good 👌
      Hybrid Child is definitely a good one, you’ll like it! 👌💖

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