From the New World
|From the New World|
Japan made sure sailor uniforms survived into the future.
|Written By|| Yusuke Kishi (novel/manga)|
Masashi Sogo (anime)
|Illustrated By||Toru Oikawa|
|Directed By||Masashi Ishihama|
|Magazine||Bessatsu Shounen Magazine|
|Made By||A-1 Pictures|
|# of Episodes||25|
|# of Volumes||4 (ongoing)|
Sum it up in a Sentence:
Telekinetic kids in the future learn their utopia really isn't a utopia.
Set in Japan a millennium after our present day, the story follows the lives of five children as they live and attend school in the peaceful village of Kamisu's 66th district. The children, Saki, Satoru, Maria, Mamoru, and Shun, have telekinetic powers like all humans do in their time, and learn to harness and hone these powers through the strict supervision of their school and society to ensure they integrate and act peacefully in their utopia-like world. Soon, the children, especially the girl Saki, begin to witness and question mysterious elements of their society, and soon plunge into discoveries meant to be censored and hidden about humanity's past.
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