Exploring Shinsekai Yori’s Take on Telekinesis (Spoilers)

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Shinsekai Yori is my favourite anime; between its brilliant OST with impeccable sound direction, its excellent writing, its strong characterisation, its superb horror/thriller elements and its flawless direction, A-1 Pictures’ adaptation of Kishi Yusuke’s novel is a spectacular piece of televisual literature; it is very hard to point out flaws that the show has, and there is something about it that appeals to any audience. However, one of the things in Shinsekai Yori that really sticks out and intrigues me is the way that it handles one of its universe’s central mechanics: Juryoku (呪力). Better known by various translations in the west, such as Cantus, Psychokinesis, Cursed Power or simply Power, depending on which translation you watched, Juryoku is the series’ equivalent to telekinesis, and as a mechanic it is extremely well fleshed out by the end of the story. Both the risks surrounding it—namely Gouma (業魔; Karma Demon or Karmic Demon) and Akki (悪鬼; Fiend or Ogre), but also the need for Death Feedback (or Death of Shame in some translations)—and the more mundane uses of it are both shown and elaborated upon at various points throughout the story. However, the real strength of this aspect of the series lies in the way that both its effect on the world, its characters and the psychology of both the viewer and the characters with regards to their perceptions of Juryoku scales as the series progresses. Continue reading

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Mini Review: Kamen Rider Agito

This is Spoiler Free

I grew up watching Power Rangers as a kid, Wild Force specifically. Every day before school I’d check out the latest episode and then talk about it with my friends. I never really watched any more Power Rangers after that, but that season will always stick in my mind. Recently though, I discovered that there was a whole genre of these superpowered costumed action hero shows, called tokusatsu shows in Japan. I was immediately intrigued by this, and decided to check out Kamen Rider Agito completely on a whim. I’m really glad I did, and I’m going to try to make a case for why you should check it out as well!

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