Started watching Shinsekai yori and I'm on episode 11 now. I've got some strong, mixed feelings about the anime. It seemed like the first four or five episodes were great, but then suddenly I started to notice that the quality of the animation was pretty crap. At first I thought it was just where I was watching it, but after watching from multiple sources, I think it's just the anime itself.
My biggest gripe is that the FPS seems to be noticeably lower than other anime. This is only really a bother in scenes that have a lot of movement, which seems to be be happening less and less frequent as the episodes go on. Which brings up my next gripe, it seems like the director loves still scenes. I almost feel like I'm watching the original Dragon Ball Z where characters would just float around and you would hear their inner dialogue, while panning back and forth between the same stills. I've seen a few instances of sloppy animating, too, such as full sentences being said where the mouth doesn't move, or the mouth movement is just the same open-and-close over and over. The only thing that the director seems to like more than stills are fade-outs and ins. I almost feel like the show was edited by a newbie to Sony Vegas, in some of the episodes. These are all the types of things that shouldn't be noticed while just watching the show - maybe if you're looking at it with a critical eye while trying to find mistakes, but I haven't. All I've tried to do is enjoy the show while all these issues keep glaring at me.
The story seems to go back and forth between awesome and meh. And the meh seems increasingly be the case as the episodes go on. For the first few episodes I was like, "Damn, I can't believe I've never seen this before. It's damn amazing!" But for the past few episodes, I've been thinking the anime resembles a shoddy shoujo anime more than anything else. I don't know why, but Shoujo anime/manga seem to have incredibly simple and crap artwork, as well as simple and over-told stories, 9 out of 10 times.
This quality seems to flip-flop, and I honestly thought the show was being directed by a few different people most of the time. Heck, it might have been, I haven't actually looked into it. But it's coming to the point where I'm starting to wonder if I should even continue watching, rather than just look up a description of the story somewhere. It just seems like it's not going to be worth going through 5 more hours of this. I really wish the awesomeness had been thorough all the way through.