With the start of a new season usually presenting the worst things first, and A-1 Pictures being a mixed bag, I found Shinsekai Yori a nice surprise. The episode didn’t blow me away exactly, but it didn’t horrify me either. Shinsekai Yori opens with enough potential to become something.
The biggest flaw with Shinsekai Yori is that it seems to be trying out the same old story of the ideal village with something sinister going on underneath. Although the village seems sinister from the start with the coming of age ceremony and just becomes more so from there. Luckily, if the source material is anything to go on, this plot line won’t be stretched out the entire show, as it’s one that would become tired fast.
Otherwise, most of the show is marked by an okay. The characters aren’t too terribly interesting, but they work. The world is shrouded in mystery, but just interesting enough. The eerie atmosphere is bit of a hit or miss, but comes at the right moments, and does manage to build on the atmosphere that this is not a happy place to live.
On the plus side…people exploded in the first episode. I don’t know what that has to do with anything, but people exploding with blood splattering is still one one way to get a viewer’s attentions. Just imagine how that would have shaken up K-On!
The most notable thing about the show is the art. It’s gorgeous. The artistic direction is used to enhance the show and makes the okay much more interesting to watch. I think it’s on of A-1 Pictures best efforts so far. Although the art will only get the show so far if there’s not much else.
I have my reasons for my apprehension. Going on to MAL and looking at the description (spoilers) should explain why. The show looks like it will be taking an unique direction that I’m not sure about.
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