After a small portion of humanity suddenly developed psychokinetic powers, the world underwent a rapid transformation. After 1,000 years of turbulent history where regular humans struggled against those with powers, we focus in on Kamisu 66, a small town where 12-year-old Saki Watanabe finally awakened her powers. This awakening means she is finally able to join her friends at the Sage Academy. However, things in Saki’s life do not remain as simple as those precious days. With missing children in the village, rebellious rumblings, and a world steeped in myth and mystery, Saki and her friends are about to face the shocking truths of their peaceful society.
With striking visuals and in-depth world building that could put many novels to shame, From the New World is a slow burn supernatural mystery that, by the end, grabs you by the scruff and doesn’t let go. It is rare than an anime can capture you in such a way, but these anime recommendations sure can try.
For Fans of Dystopian Worlds
After a series of bloody wars, humanity retreated into six city-states. However, while everything seemed peaceful and perfect to the elite of these cities, the poor suffered. One day, Shion, a resident of the elite, encountered Nezumi, a fugitive from outside the utopia. After taking him in, Shion and his family were forced from their home and now learn the ugly side of their society.
Both No.6 and From the New World tell the story about a closed society that, while looks pretty nice, actually harbors a few horrifying secrets. Both shows also follow the heroes as they grow older and has a pretty open stance on same sex relationships.
Akane Tsunemori is a young Inspector with an earnest sense of justice. Her job is to investigate the Psycho-Pass of individuals, a system that monitors their mental state in order to predict if they will commit a crime. Alongside Akane is a veteran Enforcer Shinya Kougami, a latent criminal given some freedom by society’s anti-crime system in return for carrying out the dirty work of Inspectors. Together they discover that society’s system is not as just as it appears.
Both series give a unique view at a future society that has its citizens sacrifice their personal freedoms in order to live a more peaceful lifestyle. In turn, both Psycho-Pass and From the New World have their main characters question whether this is really right or even very effective, and then has them decide how to best deal with the cracks in the system.
The domed city of Romdo is the last bastion of civilization, Inside, humans are assisted by AutoReiv androids in their daily life. However, when the AutoReivs start going haywire, Re-l is sent to investigate. Elsewhere, an immigrant called Vincent Law is blamed for the virus causing the AutoReivs to go haywire. Through circumstance, the pair of forced together and strike out into the wasteland looking for answers.
Ergo Proxy and From the New World both feature societies that function in a world that has pretty much been destroyed. In both series, the main characters both end up travelling outside the borders of their society to the world beyond and learning the truth that has been kept from them, probing the audience to consider very deep questions.
For Fans of Small Villages With Dark Secrets
Young Megumi Shimizu dreams of leaving her small town and living a glamorous city life, at least until she died, that is. He unexpected death rocks her small village, but it also kicks off an epidemic of deaths that turns their hot summer into a season of terror. The town doctor and an antisocial youth soon form an unlikely duo to halt the death of their town.
Both of these series are what can only best be described as slow burns. They can seem almost boring at times, but with the right amount of patience, you will receive an awesome reward. As they move a bit slower than other series, they give time to properly explore the human psyche and motivations behind characters. They also feature a rural setting in which there is some kind of massive deviation from traditional human genetics.
Higurashi: When They Cry
Keiichi Maebara just moved to a small rural town and has finally settled into his sleepy days playing games after school with his school mates of various ages that attend the small school house. However, as the village’s annual festival approaches, Keiichi learns about the gruesome local legends that surround it, namely the mysterious disappearances and murders that happen each year. When he asks his friends about it, they are all mysteriously tight-lipped.
Both series explore how terrifying an isolated rural setting can be. The small villages in each, even if one is in the distant future, have a lot in common including a series of well-guarded secrets that are surrounded by a series of myths. As with all mystery anime series, the mystery is then unwound by a group of nosey kids.
In the small village of Suiten, three boys with traumatic pasts learn how to let their souls travel in between the world they know and the mysterious Unseen World. The Unseen World is one of ghosts. However, the three boys aren’t the only things coming and going from this world. Ghosts are now also beginning to pass into the real world as well.
Although From the New World pulls it off with more finesse, there are a myriad of similarities between it and Ghost Hound. Both feature a rural village with a dark atmosphere and an expanding supernatural mystery, both follow a group of kids with powers related to the mind, and both are filled with tales about ghosts or spirits.
For Fans of Supernatural Coming-of-Age Stories
Yuuko Okonogi and her family move to Daikoku City, the technological center for the new augmented reality technology. There she joins an investigation agency with other children equipped with powerful virtual tools. Here she encounters a hacker named Yuuko Amasawa that seeks to unlock the mystery behind a computer virus that cut off a portion of the virtual world.
Although the differences in tone make these series seem different, they have much in common. Both take place in the far future, and while Denno Coil is heavy with technology, both series follow a group of kids that unwind a supernatural mystery as well as feature that same chilling atmosphere.
A Lull in the Sea
Long ago, all of humanity lived underwater. However, a portion of them soon left to live on the surface, losing the ability to breath underwater. With this gap between them, the two societies grew apart. A Lull in the Sea tells the story of a group of kids forced to attend school above the water where they come to terms with themselves and the discrimination against them.
Although From the New World has a darker edge to it, both it and A Lull in the Sea tells a coming-of-age and romance story that is all wrapped up in a supernatural blanket. Each features the troubles of growing up while also dealing with the lies of society.
Noein: To Your Other Self
In the future, a violent battle is taking place between the La’cryma, protectors of humanity, and the Shangri-La, a dimension bent on the destruction of everything. A group known as the Dragon Cavalry is dispatched in order to look for a powerful weapon call the Dragon’s Torque. In the present, Haruka and her friend Yuu are considering running away when they encounter a member of the Dragon’s Cavalry, who believes that Haruka possesses the Dragon’s Torque.
In both From the New World and Noein, the series follows a group of kids as they explore a mysterious futuristic world where they unravel the hidden background behind their world. As the children develop their character, the audience also gets to explore the heaps of drama between them as well.
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