Recently announced was a series entitled “Shinsekai Yori” – its first and only currently available key illustration appears quite atmospheric and serene, yet a look at a few manga panels reveals much more, literally.
One would never be able to tell the magnificent artwork above to be of the same series as the racy and revealing manga showcased below – overlooking the expected discrepancies of a differing artist, the entire vibe and audience targeted appears different. The manga has some unmissable vibrant hues on the single colored page which give the impression of a generic female driven fantasy series – whereas the promotional art piece for the anime is shrouded in an encompassing shadow, a vignette providing a deep feeling as if one is glaring upon a memory of past.
It’s not so much that the anime appears superior, although it does – yet what’s more interesting is that it looks nothing the same as the manga whatsoever, the aesthetic context is entirely different.
Similarly, watching the PV beholds an animation of vast adventure – the feeling is fascinating and tingles many senses in an exhilarating rush which instantly spurs anticipation for more:
On the other hand, examining a few manga pages inspires some sensations all the same – yet the wrong ones, and for all the worst reasons.
There appears to be an excess of heavy emphasis on female fanfare within the manga – of course however, this is not to say that based on a comparison of some pre-release material to a few manga pages, one should judge the series as a whole based on that, rather, the point is that it is difficult to believe the series portrayed by said pre-release items will truly be reminiscent to the manga. Shinsekai Yori’s anime variant could ultimately be a carbon copy of its manga, fanservice and all – yet likewise, there’s a chance it may not.
Speculation might not be necessary however – there’s a definite answer as to why the anime varies so greatly from the manga in style, the anime is based off the original novel, not the manga, which is also tuned after the novel. Thus, unless the novel also carries raunchy action – it is doubtful there will be be any, or at least much of it, in the anime. Much depends on how the director decided to interpret the text of the novel – a line mentioning “the heroine relaxed with her friends” could be turned into a total yuri scenario given the proper pervert.
And as a near-closing note, it is thanks to the anime’s source origin, the novel, that it appears so avant-garde as opposed to the manga – now here’s hoping the final product proves as much.
Shinsekai Yori sums up as a futuristic affair with sci-fi elements alongside a mixture of supernatural:
About one thousand years into the future, civilization has been retrograded and humans are living dispersed within small communities. People in this era have a psychic power called “Juryoku” which materializes things they imagine. In the absence of advanced scientific technology, people are using this power as a major source of energy.
One day, a girl called Saki, along with her friends, finds a small archive robot outside the town. It records the ancient history of humans. It tells them that Juryoku was found in the 21st century and the discovery caused a world war between psychics and non-psychics. The psychics won this war and thus their reign of terror began.
When the adults in town figure out that the children discovered this forbidden knowledge, they seal their Juryoku and exile them. Saki and the others end up in a forest where they meet a huge hairless bipedal mouse known as a “Bakenezumi” and get involved in a violent war the creatures are currently engaged in.
While the air date remains unknown – certain is the fact that the anime appears worth checking out upon release.