Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita ~ Review
“Jump into the strange, satiric world where fairies rule and life looks grim!”
What do you get when you meld satiric views of life with absurd story and strange little fairies that have taken over the world? Well, what you end up with is a very unique anime called Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita; literally translated as “humanity has declined”. When you hear something like that, the first thing you feel is blue, maybe a little depressed even. But how, you ask, can an anime with such a dark title be possibly enjoyable, let alone funny? Allow me, The Anime Man, to explain.
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita revolves around a post-apocalyptic world, where humanity has declined and small creatures called fairies have taken over. The main protagonist (who is unnamed) acts as a mediator between the fairies and remaining humanity; by studying these fairies she delves deeper into the strange world that the fairies live in, where the fairies use their strange powers for pure amusement. In essence, the protagonist has a grim outlook on the future of humanity and this new world of fairies.
The anime covers the genre of post-apocalyptic, satire, absurdist and fantasy, and is even considered avant-garde in some respect
The anime is based off a light novel series written by Tanaka Romeo, and became a 12 series anime which aired in mid 2012. Since then, 3 OVA’s have also been released. The series is most well known for its satiric views displayed by the main protagonist as well as the dark humour (or black humour) that is used throughout as the story progresses. Many fans have also commented on its confusing plot and arcs; a series that is noted for its almost “mindf**k” episodes.
The TV series is animated by The Anime International Corporation Inc. (or AIC Studios), who have done such notable series as Amagami SS, Ah! My Goddess! and Boku Wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai. Notable voice actors that make an appearance include Mai Nakahara who voices the main protagonist (and is also known as the voices of Nagisa from Clannad and Ryugu Rena from Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni) and Miyuki Sawashiro who voices Y (and is also known as the voices of Inaba Himeko from Kokoro Connect and Masazumi Honda from Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere).
This is by far one of the most unique anime series that I have seen; it can almost be considered avant-garde in the way that the story is portrayed and animated, as well the plot and characters themselves. It is also quite deep and satiric; incorporating black humour and absurdist fantasy to create an anime series that is both entertaining and surprisingly light-hearted to watch. If you want to watch an anime that is new and interesting, then this is the anime for you.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 8/10