The first image from the anime adaptation of the 2008 sci-fi novel “Shinsekai yori – From the New World – “ has been released.
The story takes place one thousand years in the future in a world where civilisation has stumbled and people live in small communities ruled over by people who wield the power of telekinesis. The main protagonist is Saki, a child living in a utopian little town Japan. She spends days in her idyllic surroundings with her four friends Satoru, Maria, Mamoru, and Shun. One day they find a robot outside the town. This robot has archived the history of the human race and reveals to them forbidden knowledge which will be the cause of the children being put into a dangerous adventure.
“Shinsekai yori – From the New World – “ was written by Yūsuke Kishi and shared The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of Japan's 29th Nihon SF Taishō Award with the anime TV series Dennō Coil.
This is the latest project for anime studio A-1 Pictures (Blue Exorcist, Fairy Tail). Staff and cast are already attached to the project. Taking the role of director is Masashi Ishihama who was the character designer and animation director of the Read or Die franchise and Welcome to The Space Show. Series composition is being handled by Masashi Sogo (Bleach, Fairy Tale). The voice actors are led by a new face in the form of live-action actress Risa Taneda who plays Saki. Kanako Toujo (Layla in Cobra The Animation; Time Drive), Kana Hanazawa (the lead in Kobato), Haruka Kudou (Haruka in Noein) and Mai Toudou (Kazuko in Saki) voice Maria Akitsuki, Mamoru Itō, and Shun Aonuma.