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Favourite Anime of 2013
on 11 August 2014
Do not be fooled by the light-hearted tone of the cover, this anime is dark.
Briefly starting in present day we see people emerging with the powers of telekinesis causing death and destruction. The entire sequence is eerily backed by the 19th century symphony "From the new world". Fast forward 1000 years and the remnants of humanity all have the power of telekinesis. The society now built appears almost utopian with their telekinetic powers having removed the need for most modern technology. Even the concept of murder appears alien to their society.
We are introduced to this future through the eyes of Saki, a 12 year old girl who's powers have only just awakened. Starting at a new school to learn how to control her powers, she is placed in a group with 5 other children. Through these 6 children we quickly realise that their utopian society hides many dark secrets. Children who fall behind in class will suddenly disappear and the remaining children will act as is they never existed. Saki's parents appear to be terrified by Saki's out spoken nature suggesting her own individuality will be considered a threat to society.
In the midst of all the shonen action heavy shows such as Attack on Titan which have come out in recent years, From the New World appears almost out of place and is one of the most thought provoking animes I have watched in years. This perhaps can be explained by the fact the series is adapted from an 800 page self contained science fiction novel (as suppose to the usual source material for an anime which is either a manga or a light novel series).
Visually the series for the most part looks good with some fantastic backgrounds. It's biggest weakness is in the inconsistency of the character animation and some incredibly basic looking cgi boulders. This sometimes works to its advantage however, especially the warped visual style used in several dream/story telling sequences.
The music for the show is brilliantly creepy with some truly disturbed sounding choral music. As referenced at the beginning Dvorak's New World Symphony is used multiple times throughout the series to great effect.
This volume contains the first half of the series which is mostly setting things up for the events to come. I have only watched the original language with subtitles so I am unable to comment on the quality of the English dub
I have seen a few reviews from people stating disc 2 isn't working. I don't know if this is an issue with a specific batch or a general issue the disc has with certain players but I just wanted to confirm my copy worked with no issues using a Samsung BD-E6100 player