12 Days of Christmas: A New Life – Day XI
On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love for anime gave to me…
11 cute faeries
10 inseparable friends
9 mundane mysteries
8 beats of jazz
7 legendary servants
6 witty lies
5 fun choir members
4 gigabytes of data
3 lovely flowers
2 sides of consciousness
And a wish-granting rock.
Jinrui Wa Suitai Shimashita is perhaps by far the most bizarre anime of the year. Having an ominous title that is officially translated into “Humanity Has Declined”, the anime is set in a colorful world with an ambiance of a fairy tale, directly contradicting to the dark title.
Humans evolution was suddenly brought to a halt, and the extinction of humanity begun, and in return, new life forms took over: faeries. When looked hard enough, Jinrui Wa Suitai Shimashita tell it’s viewers several messages in a cynical and vague form, especially themes on the foundation of humanity and civilizations. I like one episode, where the faeries were isolated on an island, and were forced to stay there for awhile. However, their skills and quick adaptability allowed them to craft out materials to live, and not soon after that, a new civilization was born, under the dictatorship of Watashi.
The always grinning faeries are definitely my favorite characters of the series, aside from the female lead, Watashi. The faeries are like a personification of humans, they have the knowledge, skills and adaptability of humans, yet, they don’t have the wisdom and common senses humans do. Through the faeries, I think we could learn a lot of things. In the same aforementioned episode, the faeries were able to build houses, buildings and even create water and electricity supplies. In doing so though, they quickly used up the resources of the island and being the faeries with no common sense, they didn’t think of this as anything crucial, until it became too late. This highlights the importance of resources consumption; humanity MIGHT literally extinct if we use resources without thinking, though I wonder if there will be any new races taking over us if that happened.
Faeries aside, I give praise for the anime’s incredible visuals. Unlike anime like Fate/Zero or Rinne no Lagrange where they showcased strong and powerful visuals; Jinrui Wa Suitai Shimashita’s visual is colorful, filled with bright and vivid colors, almost as if the story is told in a children’s fairy tale story book. This gives the post-apocalypse settings an unique blend, and makes the dark humors oddly fitting at the same time. In fact, it gives the anime a surrealism most anime wouldn’t been able to achieve, barely few episodes and we could already see bizarre things like bread splitting in a puddle of blood, chickens talking in an alienating language and some other lubricious elements, and the rich and lush visuals made these a sight to see.
Jinrui Wa Suitai Shimashita isn’t the best anime per se, but it is no doubt one of the most strangest and creative anime currently. Balancing between dark, philosophical themes and humors, Jinrui Wa Suitai Shimashita is an unconventional anime worth a look.