12 Days of Christmas: A Surreal World – Day II
On the second day of Christmas, my true love for anime gave to me…
2 sides of consciousness
And a wish-granting rock.
While it has it’s up and down during the course of the show, I’m sure Shinsekai Yori had shocked everyone with it’s unique atmosphere.
What looks like a normal slice of life suddenly seems wrong, as if the disturbing scenes at the beginning isn’t any indication. Saki managed to graduate from her elementary school and finally reached middle school, the place where all her current friends were. The school teaches these kids, who possessed supernatural powers at birth, to control and harness them properly.
Already after the first episode finished, the feeling that something was wrong manifested itself: Reiko, one of Saki’s friends disappeared. The next day, the rest of then carried on as if Reiko didn’t exist in the first place, it was as if Reiko’s existence was erased from existence.
Shinsekai Yori is an immensely thought-provoking anime, it deals with a number of themes and one of it includes the theme of reality and illusion, and the consciousness and subcobsciousness resulting from it. Shinsekai Yori’s infodumping scenes are actually quite good, and I really like the moment where Shun told Saki what was currently to his body, it is also when he explained about the aforementioned themes.
Shinsekai Yori also had quite stunning visuals. The abstract design sometimes made the characters look like they are in the dream world, somewhere within their subconsciousness, which fits in line with the theme quite well. The inclusion of strange mystic beasts (Queerats, copycat, shadow cats, etc..) reinforced this dream visual concept too.
In the Fall lineup, Shinsekai Yori is definitely one of the anime worth checking out, they are a lot of shock values, some for the better or for the worse, though it’s no doubt that Shinsekai Yori had garnered quite an immense attention.