Shin Sekai Yori (From The New World) is an anime series that you might have skipped over or dropped fairly early on - indeed, when it aired I dropped it after one episode - but it is actually a deeply captivating and thought-provoking series that is so good that I heartily recommend Shin Sekai Yori as the best anime series of 2012. It’s a shining example of what more anime should be like, eschewing the ever increasing reliance on moe characters and fan service.

The synopsis of Shin Sekai Yori in my opinion is as follows: “A thousand years in the future, a group of children live in a tranquil Japanese village with the seemingly mythical terrors of the outside world barred by spiritual barriers. Their village is ruled by the people who possess the “gods’ power” of psychokinesis and to gain these powers is a blessing. Even with the protection of the spiritual barriers, rumours exist about a monstrous cat that abducts children and students are said to disappear without trace nor memory. The world and its history are much much darker than anyone could realise, as these children will find out in their journey through life…”.

Shin Sekai Yori isn’t helped by the synopsis that most other sites and reviews give it. It’s always difficult to convey the entire atmosphere and character of a series in just a couple of paragraphs but it is especially difficult for Shin Sekai Yori. The series starts off with a fairly wistful atmosphere, with some clear hints at a darker subtext, but it’s not unless you stick with the series that those subtexts come to fruition and you realise just how deep this series is.

In terms of animation as it’s media, the character style is fairly flat - no glossy skin here - but this doesn’t result in characters that are expressionless, it’s just that it’s more in tune with the setting and the atmosphere of the series. Backgrounds and lighting are beautiful and dramatic and are a great example of how they should look.

I really don’t want to spoil the story too much for those yet to watch it, so all I will say is that the story covers a greater space of time than you might realise and the pace of the plot is well thought-out with tension in all the right places and cliffhangers that actually contribute meaningfully to the series.

The biggest bugbear I have with Shin Sekai Yori is an episode fairly early on that places too much emphasis on a couple of same-sex relationships. I have no issues with it being included but I do have an issue with the emphasis and the way in which it is portrayed just not suiting the series at all. It gives the wrong impression about where the story is heading and I think is probably the point at which most people would have dropped the series. Don’t let this episode put you off!

Wrapping this up, I’m giving Shin Sekai Yori a score of 9 out of 10 and absolutely recommend that you watch it!

figurefotos:

Bandai SH.Figuarts Daft Punk

I’m a Sony fanboy, so I’m going to introduce you to one of Sony’s great ‘flash in the plan’ gadgets - the D-VM1, pretty much the first portable DVD player. It’s pretty unique with it’s conventional Discman-style player and a separate monitor unit - you can imagine tucking the player into a coat (with big pockets) and watching on the go. The downside? A horrendous price tag and that player really is massive. And good luck finding one now - it’s pretty much extinct and I don’t even know how much you’d have to pay if one did come on the market.

I’m a big fan of music-rhythm games like Dance Dance Revolution and Stepmania but these days I don’t get many opportunities to indulge in them (and get some stunning cardio-vascular exercise!). I’ve tried Dance Dance Revolution on the iPhone but as great as the songs are, it doesn’t quite hit the spot as the pad spacing suits fingers a lot less than legs.

Enter Rhythm Control 2, a fairly new game for the iPhone that doses up a cracking set of electro-pop tunes with an interface that’s designed to work a treat on touchscreens. I find it works really well and although the difficulty ramps up quickly it was always that way with DDR and Stepmania. If you are a fan of those games then I heartily recommend that you give Rhythm Control 2 a try!

ohnoraptors:

ホビーサーチブログ 第53回 全日本模型ホビーショーレポート ~ハセガワ編~

Super-cute! I’d love one of these for my Figmas to play with!
Did you know that Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, most famous for being the character designer for Evangelion, designed the cover for Eric Clapton’s album Pilgrim released in 1998? I’d love to know how that came about, although I’d say it’s a long way off his usual high caliber of artistic talent displayed in his anime-style artwork.

Did you know that Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, most famous for being the character designer for Evangelion, designed the cover for Eric Clapton’s album Pilgrim released in 1998? I’d love to know how that came about, although I’d say it’s a long way off his usual high caliber of artistic talent displayed in his anime-style artwork.

ohnoraptors:

Glasses Stand by FunnyTrick(ファニートリック).

Available on Amazon Japan There is also a Pixiv tag.

lucyrue:

it’s scary cause i almost can’t tell the difference.

Anime is reality…

If you haven’t been watching Nagi no Asakura (A Lull In The Sea) during the Fall 2013/Winter 2014 anime seasons then I highly recommend that you do. The style might be initially off-putting for some but once you’ve got through a couple of episodes you’ll realise that this anime features a good plot, great character development and some stunningly detailed artwork that come together to make this a high-quality anime that sets the standard in today’s anime landscape.

The series explores the interactions, friction and relationships between two co-existing communities -  the people of the sea (humans who have the ability to breath underwater) and humans who live on the surface in a period of time very much like our near future. Whilst the story proceeds at a fairly steady pace, it consistently remains interesting and builds up to a point mid-series that will keep you wanting to watch after it’s passed. There’ll be 26 episodes, which for new runs of anime isn’t that common these days. I think it’s a good length and I look forward to seeing how the story wraps up!

If you haven’t been watching Nagi no Asakura (A Lull In The Sea) during the Fall 2013/Winter 2014 anime seasons then I highly recommend that you do. The style might be initially off-putting for some but once you’ve got through a couple of episodes you’ll realise that this anime features a good plot, great character development and some stunningly detailed artwork that come together to make this a high-quality anime that sets the standard in today’s anime landscape.

The series explores the interactions, friction and relationships between two co-existing communities - the people of the sea (humans who have the ability to breath underwater) and humans who live on the surface in a period of time very much like our near future. Whilst the story proceeds at a fairly steady pace, it consistently remains interesting and builds up to a point mid-series that will keep you wanting to watch after it’s passed. There’ll be 26 episodes, which for new runs of anime isn’t that common these days. I think it’s a good length and I look forward to seeing how the story wraps up!