**SPOILER ALERT** This piece is on the 2012 relatively unknown anime Humanity Has Declined or known by its Japanese translation, Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (Shortened to “Jintu”), currently consisting of 12 episodes.
Before Jintu, I had considered there to be a huge gulf in quality between those already reviewed and those yet to review, even placing them in categories which I shall cover at a later date but this anime has plugged the gap, although it really should be in the upper class.
Let’s start with the negatives as they aren’t really like the others that I’ve reported on already. There was no overuse of nudity (Or any at all). There were no incestual connotations. It wasn’t dark. But, there were scenes and a couple of entire episodes which made you go what the fuck is this that I’m watching, it certainly did fit the genre of absurdity which at times crossed the line. The narrator jumping around between telling the story as a reflection and talking through thoughts in the present/mid story was a little clumsy, getting you muddled up and distracting you from the progression of the stories. The only other major criticism I’d have is regarding the episode order. At first when the series appeared to come to an end on Crunchyroll at Episode 9 there seemed to be a mistake as there were 3 more to come and it seemed as though these three should have been at the start. The three at the end gave an introduction to the series and the character’s job role and a couple of inside jokes. It is unclear whether they were put at the end by publishing mistake or whether it was to try and emulate the effect of Star Wars, getting the most explosive and hard hitting episodes out straight away…but they weren’t in fact episode 9 was the best meaning that effect failed to materialise.
Had these wrongs been easily righted, I could see the show being at least three places higher up the table as there were numerous positives…just overshadowed. The artstyle was possibly my favourite of all animes I have seen so far, the characters and things in focus were sharp and clear but the rest was like looking at a landscape painting, watercolour or a hand drawn crayon drawing. The style of having a narrator going through 7 different mini stories which weren’t reliant on the other or being in a chronological order, of two episodes maximum was refreshing, meaning you could tune in for 45 minutes then go off and do something without being left on a cliff hanger, however it did slightly detract from its quality due to not being able to build momentum or emotion about a character or topic and have sharp twists. In the world there were two main races after an alleged apocolypse, Humans and Fairies (Stupendously cute, happy little elf like beings), the latest light novels showing that the narrator and main character, literally named as The Protagonist, also nicknamed, I (Watashi) and Ms Sweets is the last human on the planet, just reading back over her memories, and with such no characters actually have names, Main Characters just being called Grandfather and Assistant. The Protagonist is a mediator between the fairies and humans, and in one story, becomes their Queen. Fairies love being tickled, eating sweets and biscuits and just having fun, which when they do, they multiply. Along with this, I’ve never loved seeing anyone wet themselves so much, they just giggle and look so happy when scared and pissing their pants.
My main positive is a kind of combination of all positives mentioned so far, Episode 9. Trapped on an island with a group of six fairies, the Protagonist builds up an empire within days as the fairies take great pleasure in completing tasks, they multiplied until soon they were in their thousands, completing tasks quickly, efficiently, even erecting monuments and as the Queen, all the protagonist did was shower them with sweets at public addresses. The basic survival and progression of civilisation really appealed to me, partly down to my recent love of the game known as Banished where you build a city spanning a whole map from a few starter houses. My top highlight from this episode was a fairy trying to taste a new berry they found which turned out to be a narcotic which made him wet himself and get dragged off by others as he giggled leaving a pee trail. Eventually they use all resources left on the island within a couple of days meaning they are doomed, realising this, all of the fairies become depressed with the rain clouds above their heads combining to create a huge storm which they somehow survived and ended up just being washed back on to the main land.
It does agonise me to give this show the position I have but due to its downfalls I can’t raise it anymore and sadly it does not look like there will be another series, at least not for a long while, despite there being four new light novels since the original seven which I hear are the basis for the seven sub stories shown in the season, but I would love to read them even if it meant learning Japanese.
Next review, I shall be doing Akame Ga Kill, unless I find a lower ranked anime to do.
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- Chuunibyo Demo Koi Ga Shittai (Love, Chuunibyo and Other Delusions)
- Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso (Your Lie in April)
- Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!
- Re: Zero- Starting Life in Another World
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
- Accel World
- Food Wars! : Shokugeki no Souma
- Akame ga Kill!
- Humanity Has Declined (Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
- Eromanga Sensei (=11)
- Mirai Nikki (Future Diaries) (=11)
- No Game No Life (=11)
- Trinity Seven