English: Humanity Has Declined
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2, 2012 to Sep 16, 2012
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisFor years, declining birth rates have forced what's left of the human race to cede more and more territory to other beings who have appeared to take advantage of the emptying ecological niche. Now, only a handful of humans remain among the remnants of civilization and Earth is dominated by faeries —tiny, ten-inch tall creatures of surprising intelligence. But humanity's importance isn't over quite yet, as young Watashi learns as she makes the decision to return to her hometown and assume her grandfather's position as an arbitrator between the races. Unfortunately, the job isn't going to be anywhere near as simple as she expected, and it's going to take a wisdom far beyond her years to achieve her most important mission.
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
Side story: Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita Specials
Summary: Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita: Ningen-san no, Yousei-san Memo
Characters & Voice Actors
To learn and evolve is a natural process of human nature. But after countless mistakes, does this growth still hold any meaning? What then, if the consequences are so severe that amending the situation becomes impossible?
For Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita, this is answered through a colorful world where humanity is on the verge of extinction, succeeded by a race of silly, mass-producing fairies bearing a constant grin. Adorable and amusing as they are, these little creatures are anything but auspicious. Repeating tragedy in situations of utter insanity, the fairies exist as a personification of humanity's follies, neatly told through a clever story of satire and cynicism.
Ah, our poor protagonist, as interacting with these frightening creatures serves as her occupation. For the nameless "Watashi", being pulled into their world of games and magic is little more than a daily occurrence. Time loops, loaves of bread committing suicide by ripping themselves in half, skinned birds raining in on a church, and faceless chickens smoking cigars while quacking in the language of nonsense— all are something to be passed off with a sigh and a dry remark by the protagonist. In this world, there is no such thing as strange. Such words ring true time and time again.
But make no mistake, this is not an anime that is strange simply for the sake of being strange. All of this gives way for plenty of witty humor between the madness that occurs. Rather than being a traditional comedy and telling the jokes through the characters' interaction with each other, much of this comes instead from the situations and the setting. It's not about a character screaming your ears to death or bopping the other over the head when they say something stupid, but about the allusions to society and the absurdity of the situation. Far too few comedy anime attempt to break from the mold of Manzai and puns, which makes Jinrui all the more refreshing of an experience.
As a satire, it's no surprise that Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita focuses itself as a social-commentary of sorts. There's a surprising amount of depth here when one really pays attention. It's cynical in tone and content, though it never feels like the viewer is being preached to and lectured. An episode may focus on consumerism, another on humanity's overconsumption of resources, the manga industry or sociocultural evolution. Moreover, the viewer can simply choose to disregard this and enjoy it for the comedy value alone if they prefer. It can be a surreal comedy, a cynical social critique, or some amalgamation of the two. Therein lies the beauty of Jinrui's subtle depth.
A comedy wouldn't be much entertaining without a clever character dynamic, though, and Jinrui does not disappoint in this regard. Watashi is easily one of the most unique protagonists we have had in an anime for quite some time. Nowhere is she defined by cute, idealized traits, by fanservice or through tropes and archetypes. She is her own character; her own person. Her internal thoughts and dry, cynical dialogue with the other characters are an important force in the social critique and comedy, which often contrast and amplify the ridiculousness of the situation. It is deadpan humor at its finest.
Several other colorful and eccentric characters also mark the cast of Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita. Watashi's grandfather, often referred to simply as "Doc", serves as the authority figure of the series and plays an important role in Watashi's past and beginnings as a Mediator. The silent "Assistant", armed with his camera, also tags along with Watashi for the first half of the series.
And then, of course, are the fairies.
It wouldn't be much of an exaggeration to say that the fairies are the most exciting character in the series, if one would define them as a single entity. Seeing the fairies do inconceivable things out of the blue is nothing short of hilarious, and their attempts to behave as humans do and mimic their mistakes also makes them just as much endearing as they are unpredictable. One episode involves a handful of fairies and Watashi stranded on an island, with the fairies near-instantly multiplying themselves and building from sticks to a candy kingdom with Watashi revered as some sort of god. You never really know what the heck to expect from them.
There isn't much in the way of characterization until the later episodes, though, which incidentally is also when the story takes off and develops. Each episode typically goes back further in time, with the last two episodes highlighting Watashi's experiences during her elementary school days. There's a very clear distinctness in this short story arc, notably resulting from the comedy being pushed aside and serious themes such as isolation and bullying playing a principal role. Rather than a bizarre environment typical of the series, the viewer is presented with something more realistic, albeit with a slightly macabre twist (mostly resulting from the insanity of her yandere roommate). These final two episodes succeed not only in detailing Watashi's past, but also in fleshing out her personality through her experiences in a different environment. It's not often that you find a main character in a comedy anime that has development and substance, but then Jinrui has never really been a series that's satisfied with mere uniformity.
Speaking of uniformity, though, it's a little unfortunate that the quality of the anime isn't always consistent. A few of the episodes, while still decent, are much weaker than the rest and vastly oversimplify the topic or theme that they are trying to comment on. It occasionally bites off a bit more than it can chew, which is disappointing given that most of the episodes have already demonstrated that it's fully capable. The last two episodes are also incredibly incongruous with the tone and theme of the anime, and though it fleshes out Watashi's character considerably, one can't help but wonder if it was all that necessary. Considering that her presence in the previous episodes was as a reactionary element to the bizarre situations, making the change into an empathetic and developed character seems very odd. No doubt she could have been developed instead through the quirky dialogue rather than a superfluous flashback.
The visuals also aren't going to leave anybody in awe, but they deserve a special mention for the vibrant art style and colorful palette. It's rare for an anime to deviate from conventions and focus on their visual appeal (aside from perhaps the cuteness of the characters), but here is a case where Jinrui again succeeds in doing something to stand out from the crowd. It's unique and pleasant to look at, notably accentuating the surreal world and creating a contrast between the playful appearance and cynical tone.
Jinrui is certainly one of the most refreshing and unique series that anime has seen in quite some time. In a year that hasn't seen much originality or hard-hitting series, the bizarre world of Jinrui is a very appealing experience. This is not an anime to simply be enjoyed and forgotten over the months, but is something that will no doubt linger in the minds of most for quite some time. Not necessarily for the insanity that occurs (though that is certainly a part of it), but for providing a genuinely witty comedy that brilliantly satirizes human society in an intelligent manner. It has more substance and depth than many of the more serious titles out there, though carefully remaining subtle with its themes. For a comedy anime, this is an admirable feat indeed.
Then again, I guess not everybody is going to enjoy the refined art of birds raining from the sky and mobster chickens cursing about fornication. read more
~Multilanguage review, English & Español: Humanity has Declined~.
"I always thought of humans as intelligent dominoes, since they tend to follow each other." — Okashi-chan
Humanity Has Declined is sure an interesting title for an anime, it’s one of those that let our imagination fly freely trying to guess what the anime is about before even start to watching it, sometimes this lead us to imagine a complete different anime from what is in reality, leaving in us a satisfactory feeling, or in others cases a pinch of disappointment, when we actually find the true after watching the first episodes revealing to be something completely different from what we thought.
In Jinrui wa Shimashita's case I already had an idea of how this anime was going to be, I'm someone who gives a first impression to everything, even if I haven't watched it yet, but gladly my prevision revealed to be completely wrong, since this show turned out to be one of the most refreshing, hilarious and, above all, original anime I've seen in a while. It plays with a mature theme like "the end of humankind" and develops it in an amazing and unique flow of events.
As the title suggests it, the anime is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the humanity has lost its primacy; after the millenarian history of humankind, it finally came to an end, and small creatures called Fairies have taken over. The story follows a nameless girl (sometimes she's called Okashi-chan/Ms Sweets) from one of the few villages remaining in the World, since the population started slowly to decrease. She acts as one of the many mediator, in this new world established, between the humans and fairies, her job is to deeper into the crazy and strange world that the fairies live in and try to get contact with them, but even if it may sounds a simple and easy task dealing with these fairies results anything but easy, if we add the fact that Okashi-chan is a quite particular girl the result we have is a very bizarre anime in all the possible ways, so normal (or if you allow me, let's say "already seen") is the last term I would use to describe this show you'll understand the whole atmosphere once you watch it. Even if the reality in this show doesn't reflect our social reality we can actually see the critique to the actual society, always in a bizarre way naturally. This is thanks to the regular satiric comments of our protagonist about the society she lives in. In this show we don't have the typical linear story telling, it neither follow a certain plot; we have different arcs, composed of 1 or 2 episodes each, following a certain case involving the mediator and the fairies.
The show doesn't offer a really large cast of characters, but that's not a problem. Our main heroine is truly one-girl show, we don't need really anyone else, and if there was another protagonist, it would be completely shadowed by her.
Let's go to meet the characters:
From one hand we have Okashi-chan, the mediator between humans and fairies in this (almost) Wonderland, our protagonist, is the type of person we could call "a fox disguised as a sheep", she appears to be a nice and kind girl (she's even voiced by Nakahara Mai, the Goodness in voice itself) but she isn't what appears. "Selfish", "plotter", "cynical" and "sarcastic" are the best adjectives to describe her personality but it’s because of her that this show stands out, her cynical and sarcastic comments about the events and the development of the series are one of the things I loved the most in this show, plus she has also a very pessimistic view of the world, which is quite acceptable considering the world she lives in. She finds literally "a pain in the ass" her job as mediator, favoring to do nothing instead of having contacts with the fairies, but that's not because she dislikes them, but rather that each time she has a meet with them, it finish with giving her a lot of problems.
From the other hand we have the fairies, the new "humans", they're presented as little small dwarf like creatures which supposedly are the possessors of an incredible knowledge and intelligence, this could find a confirm from the gadgets they produce while their behavior could lead us to think otherwise since they're easily manipulated by Okashi-chan with only the help of sweets. Usually it’s the fairies fault of each problem that surface in the series and that the mediator needs to deal with. Other characters worth mentioning are Doc, which is the protagonist's grandpa and Assistant-san, a boy who rarely speaks but surprisingly Okashi-chan understand him only by looking at his face, even if they're really minor characters, since the show is completely stolen by Okashi-chan (which it's not a bad thing), their appearance add an unique aura to the show. An honorary mention should be dedicated to the Bleeding Loaf, a character appeared in episode 1, after seeing that I knew this show was going to be great.
The whole atmosphere is completed by a really colorful pastel landscape and art, adding some little particulars such as the lack of technology that can be seen in the village, the almost surreal architectures buildings of the fairies, the costumes of the people, I would say the reuslt is quite pleasant to admire, those were things that I appreciated very much, they are really a bliss for the eye. The animation was very consistent through the series, even those little "lively" scenes were done quite nice. The OST aren't that spectacular but they didn't feel off scene never, rather forgettable actually but this show doesn't rely too much on the backguuround musics. But if we really have to say, the one that could be crafted into our minds, maybe forever, it’s the Ave Maria of the flying chickens, that's unforgettable.
The last characteristic of the series could be that the episodes aren't in a chronological order, someone could find it amusing and interesting, a thing that add an extra uniqueness to the series but there are also people like me who enjoy more a chronological order, so maybe someone could find this handful so I'll leave a chronological order of the episodes here. I watched it the first time in the broadcasting order and a second time in chronological, overall the experience is almost the same, there's not really a deep "developing" part of the characters so even if we watch it in the beginning or as flash back in the middle doesn't change very much the enjoyment, the crazy and bizarre aura of the episodes allow us that. Watch it as wherever you feel to.
°Episodes 11 & 12 (Flash backs)
°Episodes 7 & 8
°Episodes 5 & 6
°Episodes 1 & 2
°Episode 3 & 4
Overall this was an amazing show, I enjoyed every episode of it, the mainly strong point of this series is surely it's protagonist, Okashi-chan is truly one of the best female characters I've meet, she did all this anime alone whiteout the support of any other character, and she did a hell of awesome job.
I'll leave you now to visualize and to let your imagination go wild, because that's probably the closest thing that you could see in this anime.
"Siempre he pensado de los humanos como piezas de domino, solo pero inteligentes, porque tienden a seguirse los unos a los otros" - Okashi-chan
Humanity has Declined es ciertamente un título interesante para un anime, de esos que hacen volar libremente la imaginación al tratar de adivinar de que se trata, sin haberlo todavía empezado siquiera, a veces esto nos lleva a imaginarnos un anime completamente diferente a lo que es en realidad, dejando en nosotros satisfacción, o en otros casos, una amarga decepción, al descubrir después que se trata de algo completamente diferente a la idea que nos habíamos imaginado antes.
En nuestro caso, a decir verdad yo al ver el titulo ya me había hecho una primera impresion, y no muy buena que digamos, pero eso fue algo que se demostró completamente erróneo, dado que este anime se revelo ser unos de los mas frescos, geniales y sobretodo, originales que he visto hasta ahora. Juega con un tema maduro como "la fin de la humanidad" y lo desarrolla en un inesperado y genial giro de eventos.
Como el titulo nos sugiere, el anime esta ambientado en un mundo post apocalíptico donde la humanidad perdió la suprimacía, después de su milenaria historia, la humanidad llego a su fin, y pequeñas criaturas llamadas Hadas tomaron el control de la sociedad. La historia sigue la vida diaria de una chica, el cual nombre no nos viene revelado nunca (a veces viene llamada Okashi-chan), proveniente de uno de las pocas ciudades que están en pie, dado que la humanidad esta lentamente desapareciendo. Ella actúa como mediador en este nuevo mundo formado donde conviven sea Hadas y Humanos, su trabajo como mediador consistiria en adentrarse en el bizarro mundo de las Hadas, y al mismo tiempo tratar de establecer un contacto social con ellas, lamentablemente aunque si el trabajo suena algo fácil, eso se revela ser algo complicado dado que tratar con las hadas es todo menos una cosa fácil y si a eso le sumamos que nuestra chica es algo "particular" el resultado no puede ser otra mas que un anime extremamente bizarro, "normal" vendría correspondiendo al peor termine para describir este anime, la atmósfera es muy particular, lo entenderán solo cuando lo vean. Aunque si la realidad en este show no refleja la realidad actual podemos darnos cuenta de la pesada crítica a la sociedad, siempre de manera bizarra naturalmente. Esto es gracias a los continuos comentarios que hace nuestra protagonista sobre la sociedad en la que ella vive. En este anime no tenemos una trama que podríamos considerar linear, pues porque cada arco narrativo no tiene nada que ver con lo demás, tales arcos están compuestos por uno o dos episodios, concentrados en un determinado evento que se verifica entre la mediadora y las hadas.
Esta serie no ofrece realmente una gran variedad de personajes, pero eso no es algo que consideraría negativo, nuestra heroína es toda una "one-show girl" y de verdad no necesitamos a nadie mas, llegaría a decir que si hubiera alguien más, este estaría constantemente bajo la sombra de nuestra heroína.
Vayamos a conocer los personajes:
Por una parte tenemos a Okashi-chan, la mediadora es esta (casi) Wonderland, nuestra protagonista, es el tipo de persona la cual la podríamos llamar "un zorro vestido de oveja", porque si a una primera impresión nos da la sensación de ser una chica extremamente amable y honesta, esa pues seria la mentira mas grande de este mundo. "Egoista", "manipuladora", "cìnica" y "conspiradora" serian los termines mas adaptados para describir su personalidad. Pero es solo gracias a ella que este show es jodidamente tan bueno, sus comentarios cinicos y sarcásticos sobre los eventos que suceden a lo largo del el anime y sobre el mundo en general, fueron lo que mas me gusto de este show, algo que podríamos considerar aceptable viendo el mundo en donde ella vive. Ella encuentra jodidamente fastidioso su trabajo como mediadora, prefiriendo hacer nada y quedarse en la casa antes que encontrarse con las hadas, esto no es porque las odie si no mas bien porque cada vez que decide de encontrarlas termina de la peor forma posible, un enorme problema surge de la nada.
Por la otra parte tenemos las hadas, los nuevos humanos, ellos vienen presentados como pequeñas criaturas a forma de elfos dotados de una increible inteligencia, algo que se podría deducir por los increíbles artefactos que facturan, algo que tambien podria ser desmentido viendo como son fácilmente manipulables por Okashi-chan con solo la ayuda de caramelos. Por lo general son su culpa todos los bizarros problemas que surgen a lo largo de la serie. Otros personajes que valen la pena nombrar son Doc, el abuelo de nuestra heroína, es un viejo inventor, y al chico que llamaron "Asistente-san", el cual no abre boca jamas pero increiblemente Okashi-chan es capaz de entenderle a solo ver su cara. Este anime como ya dicho anteriormente no ofrece un cast variado de personajes, lo que nos lleva a decir que desarrollo del personaje es igual a cero, pero la aparición de estos personajes secundarios le dan un toque único al show. Una mención honoraria debería ser dada al Bleeding Loaf (traducido como "Hogaza de Pan sangrienta"), después de ver ese personaje, de inmediato pensé que este anime iba a revelarse ser espectacular.
La entera atmósfera es completada por una colorida arte y diseño, al igual que el paisaje sin igual, a todo eso le sumamos pequeños detalles como la falta de tecnologia avanzada, la surreal arquitectura de los edificios construidos por las hadas, el vestuario de la gente del pueblo, todos detalles que me gustaron bastante. La animación fue muy fluida y consistente, en realidad no hubo escenas en las que se pudieron notar una falta de profesionalidad por parte del estudio. Si nos ponemos a escuchar las OST por separado diriamos que no son un gran que pero acompañadas a los eventos de la serie esta más que bien, algo olvidables? pues un poco si pero algo difícil de olvidarnos es la Ave María de las gallinas volando, eso es inolvidable.
Una ultima bizarra característica de la serie es que los episodios no están en orden cronológico, alguien lo podria considerar genial e innovador pero hay gente que también le gusta el orden (como a mi) y por eso le puede ser útil a alguien, asi que dejo el orden cronológico aquí abajo. Yo lo vi la primera vez en el orden de emisión y una segunda vez en modo cronológico, a decir verdad la experiencia es casi igual, no hay una parte la cual podríamos considerar como desarrollo de personajes por lo que nos lleva a decir que si la vemos al inicio o en el medio bajo forma de flashback, el disfrute no cambia. Eso es algo que la bizarra atmósfera del show nos permite de hacer, veanlo como les guste de mas.
°Episodios 11 & 12 (Flash backs)
°Episodios 7 & 8
°Episodios 5 & 6
°Episodios 1 & 2
°Episodios 3 & 4
En general este anime estuvo muy bueno, jodidamente bueno, disfrute de la locura de las hadas en todos los arcos narrativos. El punto fuerte de este anime?, sin duda alguna su heroína, que se revelo ser una de las mas originales que he visto. Una verdadera one-girl show, fue capaz de desarrollar toda la historia sin la ayuda de otros.
Ahora los dejo para que visualizan todo el cuadro completo, traten de usar la imaginación al máximo porque eso seria lo mas cercano que verán en esta gran serie.
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Opening Theme"Real World (リアルワールド)" by nano.RIPE (eps 1-11)
Ending Theme"Yume no Naka no Watashi no Yume (ユメのなかノわたしのユメ)" by Masumi Ito
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