One thing’s for sure: loneliness won’t be a cause for humanity’s decline.
Mediator’s past continued to tell the deep, dark secrets — like girls are evil. Kidding aside, that got surprisingly revealing about humanity’s other side, which has some truth in them. We all knew about Y’s hobbies, but the others were just like, “whoa.” Curly’s yuri-yandere look scared the bleeping hell out of me, even after knowing how obsessive she became about Mediator. That tea scene and what followed really put me in for a loop as she snapped randomly multiple times. I promise you I shared the same exact look as our pink-haired broom-head.
For the rest of the Wild Rose girls, I almost expected something crazy to that degree in the successive showcasing of their respective other faces. After all, there was no way these girls would be left unscathed under this anime title. From the “normal” perspective, Y is lucky she has just that one hobby but otherwise a brilliant mind. What I am saying is, she’s likable and not totally “fake.” And what makes Mediator likable? According to Y, she isn’t “fake” either after passing all tests and riddles. It might be just personal bias, and she is the main character, but Mediator really has nothing to hide except her wits.
The bigger theme in this finale is that Mediator learns that she isn’t ever alone. The title of the series suggests a decline, but if she wanted to portray the story through her eyes, I am going to say that she managed to save herself before falling with everyone else — a decline that is seemingly plaguing the rest of humanity because of various reasons. Of course, some of those reasons deal with these Fairies. That first magical encounter really started this wild adventure. No matter whether the Fairy did it on a whim or truly wanted to aid young Mediator, the bottom line is that she has discovered hope. When she started to break down and cry, and consequently had a dream of having a tea party with her first Fairy, it really moved me. Through all the randomness of this series, I felt like it had a nice finishing touch that ends with Mediator and a Fairy accompanying one another in a dream that will inevitably be forgotten.
While the series is seemingly over (I am wary of how it’s worded), humanity still continues to decline. What does it mean? Perhaps we’ll only know in time. I wouldn’t mind a little more social satire and random fairy magic.
GO Rating: 4/5
“Humanity has declined.” Honestly, I was not sure what I was getting myself into, but I expressed my pleasure with Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita in the halfway spotlight. It’s insanely funny at times, humorously dry at times and cutely comedic at times, but in almost every facet, I found myself very fond of this series for many reasons. I like it when people are made fun of, and it’s not because I take pleasure in seeing others struggle or be in strife. To me, a lot of what’s been expressed in these twelve episodes have a lot of honest thoughts that would otherwise be shunned or downplayed — socially, politically, at a micro and macro level, in our own minds because we’re afraid of consequences. Just looking at the surface, it’s just plain funny that with a little help from these little beings, life could be so interesting again even without the luxury of having a civilization like most of the First World knows it. We take a lot of what we have for granted and it is through the existence of Fairies that Mediator can experience the joys we so demand. Imagine trends going buck wild at will.
A major reason why Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita is such a blast is that Mediator, who also goes by so many other generic titles as names, but perhaps best known as Watashi because it’s from her point of view, is one of the better protagonists I’ve seen in the Summer season. Her sense of humor, deadpan comments, witty remarks and truthfulness really invite us to her stream of consciousness, which honestly took a little getting used to. Her interactions with the Fairies are really the only connection we have as viewers to them. At the end of the series, I’m still unsure what to think of the Fairies beyond their cute appearances and trendy needs.
Oh, and give Nakahara Mai mad props for being so awesome as Mediator. I always thought her best role was Nagisa in Clannad but I think adding some wit made Mediator a clear favorite when assessing her roles. Sorry, seiyuu fanboying here.
Animation is more fluid than it looks despite some of the watercolor-like finishes to the art. In fact, it looks like a sketch more than anything but that ended up being much more appealing than initially examined. It fits the style of the presentation and made Mediator stand out. As for sound, the OP has an upbeat tempo that is worthy of that push-off step dance and the ED is a perfect cool-down after the insanity that’s been delivered. The voices of the Fairies deserve mention because they sound so doggone cute and innocent.
The overall scope of this anime: it’s not perfect. Far from it. I honestly think it’s a lot of hit or miss stuff and it happens to be more hit for me. I enjoyed it, and I would watch it again. I’d still probably get fooled by the randomness (those damn chickens, I was baffled!), but for the sake of a small reality check in anime form, I’d go another round.
I would put a star next to this anime and offer it to anyone asking for a recommendation. It’s a whole lot of craziness, but it’s fun if you can get immersed in this universe. A lot of the times, you’ll find yourself making connections to what will happen next and wonder if that really is causing humanity to decline. Sometimes, we don’t know what is good and what is bad, even if our logic suggests that it is healthy for all of us. In fact, I don’t even know if watching this series will be beneficial at all. It’s different, it’s unique and it suggests that humanity is in decline. Why not find out whether that suggestion is true?
Overall GO Rating: 4/5
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