Shin Sekai Yori (From the New World): HOLY SHIT, YOU GUYS. GO PUT THIS IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE. RIGHT NOW.
Though I don’t know if Shin Sekai Yori available outside Crunchyroll. Apparently it came out last winter but was overshadowed by Sword Art Online. Like Psycho Pass (which is out on Netflix), Shin Sekai Yori is a story set in the future where there has been sociological engineering going on. But while Psycho Pass feels like a cross between Blade Runner without the sentient robots and Judge Dredd without the most of the lone-ranger aspect (or any of the Stallone cheese), Shin Sekai Yori is in the far, far future where everyone is psychokinetic and it looks like mystical hippie utopia, where kids go through a Shinto-Buddhist ritual to contain their powers and trade ghost stories about Trickster Cats and False Minoshiro. And everyone wears sweet-ass clothes.
We follow a girl named Saki and her friends in her school group as they get into shenanigans that challenge The System. I like how they did the info-dump on the history of the society with a glowing, pinata-unicorn “mobile library terminal” that the kids ran into in the woods. And then they run into bakenezumi or “Monster Rats,” which are basically giant naked mole rats that can (sometimes) talk.
And pay attention to the pinata-unicorn. She lays the narrative groundwork for a lot of things.
Sunday Without God
Kinda zombie-ish, more kinda apocalypse-ish, this is actually way less cliched and therefore way more engaging than pretty much anything apocalypse-ish (Shin Sekai is post-apocalypse, so that doesn’t really count) and everything zombie-ish I’ve seen in the last couple years. The premise is that one Sunday, God said, “Oops, we’re full up here, so no one can die. My bad.” Also, no one can be born, and no one can rest easy until they are buried by a “gravekeeper.” And we have a 12-year-old protag who is a bundle of adorable earnestness, which is set off pretty strongly by the general apocalyptic fuckeduppery.