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In this series, the animation is pastel, non-photorealistic, and bright; the tone is sarcastic, cynical, and loaded with irony; the main character is a lowly UN mediator assigned as the interface point between humans and fairies. She works for her grandfather, and in many episodes, has an assistant to accompany her. (I don’t think she is ever named, oddly enough.)

Civilization is in ruins and people have returned to more of a medieval style of living — hunting and gathering. Electricity is rare, although cars are still around, and so is the dysfunctional UN. In short, “It’s the End of the World as I Know it, and I Feel Fine.” This is the world of Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita — Mankind is in Decline.


Assistant and Mediator

First, the music. The intro theme song is a fantastic slab of alt-J-rock — catchy, emotive, upbeat, and sadly, not translated by any of the fansub groups. Check it out here. The ending theme song is a slower, atmospheric, ambient pop kind of deal that actually better captures the whole spirit of the show. The music throughout the show is atmospheric, often quite good, but not outstanding.


Intro

Second, the consistency. This series has a nearly-perfect setup combined with palliating graphics that put you at ease just so the knife can slip in. As you might expect, the writers don’t make the most of it. In fact, the episode quality is all over the place. For instance, episodes 1 and 2 are awesome; 3 is very lame; 4 is good, but 5 and 6 are a bit tired; you get the idea. It’s almost like the anime` picked random episodes from a manga, and the mangkata was trying to find his/her feet for 12 issues. The episodes connect to one another rarely, and there’s no character development to speak of. However, the main character’s past is explored and more of the world is revealed. It almost works, given the whole stilled time feel of the show.

So why do I enjoy this series? Simply because the episodes that are good are fantastic, there’s plenty of weirdness, the kawaii animation, the sarcastic dialog, and the refreshing themes. Episode 1 features potshots at the incompetent UN. Episode 4 explores the insane nature of much manga. Episodes 7-8 feature a time loop. Even the off episodes still have moments of hilarity and sarcastic insight; episode 5 features Pion, the kawaii robot girl, for instance.


Pion

Your Majesty, the Queen (note the Pocky plants!)

Jinru wa Suitai Shimashita is unique. It’s a breath of fresh air in a time where anime` tends towards the ho-hum and predictable. While another season would have been welcomed, even one season could have sufficed if the quality was consistent. As it stands, I can give this a guarded recommendation, but not a rousing or unreserved one. The episodes to catch are 1, 2, 4, 7, and 9. The others are at your own risk.

The following fansub groups did the best job:
CR
HorribleSubs
Asenshi (Blue-ray specials)

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I’ll leave the long and detailed descriptions to other people. Here’s my take.

Yes

Chitose Get You — Looks ok. Spazzy story about an 11-year-old girl and her hopeless crush on a teenage guy. One of those 10-minute shows.

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita — Strange admixture of fairies, post-disaster/end of civilization, and cynical shots at the U.N. AWESOME.

Natsuyuki Rendezvous — An interesting, pensive, bittersweet romance involving the owner of a flower shop, her deceased, ghostly husband, and the part-time employee-dreamer.

Tari Tari — Pretty funny. Lighthearted h.s. romance/coming-of-age/slice-of-life. Earnest, heart-felt.

Maybe

Joshiraku — Preview was too short. Looks like a plotless slice-of-life show.

Oda Nobuna no Yabou — Dunno. Looks like it’s a historical-based, but also comedic and fundamentally unserious. Probably will perv out.

No

Campione — Profane over-the-top dialog plus Godzilla-like monsters and superficial nods to archeology.

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate — pervy foody H.S. that attempts to make its porn delivery acceptable by making things ultra feminine.

Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru — more pervy school stuff. Yawn.

Kokuro Connect — Body-hopping & boob-grabbing. Yawn. Too bad it’s not as funny and strange as the classic Kokoro Scan ad.

La Storia Della Arcana Famiglia — First, it’s by J.C. Staff, which almost always spells lame, at least in English. Second and third, this is another stupid shonen show — and I mean every word. It is stupid, in that things are done for no reason; it is shonen in that it’s all about having battles for the sake of battles. That it’s by J.C. Staff means that there are good ideas made hopelessly sixth-grade.

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse — Mecha + risque shots + overserious soundtrack.

Sword Art Online — Boring shonen hack-n-slash.

Utakoi – The Hundred Poets told through the eyes of a lecherous womanizer. It tries to be funny, but it’s an eroge.

Plus, there are a boatload of second seasons for shows that weren’t even worth a season one:

  • Dog Days
  • Kyokai Senjou no Horizon
  • Moyashimon
  • Rinne no Lagrange
  • Yuri Yuri

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