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

[Spoilers] Great Anime Scenes: Kayo’s First Home-Cooked Breakfast (ERASED) and Duel Under the Crystal Dome (FLIP FLAPPERS)

There have been a lot of brilliant scenes in anime in 2016; Fango’s death in 91 Days, Reigen’s power inheritance in Mob Psycho 100, the empty children in Kiznaiver, the park scene in ERASED and around 50% of the scenes in Sakamoto Desu Ga? are all great examples of these, and if I were to go through every single one I’d be here all day. However, there are two complete stand-out scenes for me; in this article, I am going to look into exactly what makes these scenes as good as they are.

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