What in the Flying Fairies am I Watching???
I am utterly confused and a bit freaked out Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (Humanity has Declined). Oh, boy, this is the most àpropos title for a show I have come across in a while. The creators have the most warped sense of humor which completely jars against your senses because the art for the show is adorably, sickeningly cute. If you thought Tsuritama was weird, JwSS is downright bizarre. This eldritch show has left me baffled with its creepiness and the ending of episode 3 even with its winsome main character had a sinister tone. The show is managing to combine cuteness with a terrifying topic seamlessly. I did have a point of contention with this episode, it appeared to be completely out of left field. I haven’t done much reading on the show so I assumed the would be some continuity with each show with the first two episodes playing off each other. However, episode 3 while related in terms of the peculiar storyline threw me off a bit with the introduction of a new character, Y, and her strange obsession. Now if you’ve never watched this show, I don’t want to give spoilers seeing as this is not one of those episodic posts for shows where people just regurgitate what we all just watched. With that said, if you’ve seen this episode you know what Y’s obsession is; I wouldn’t say its strange because if you’re watching this show you may be into it as well. Y’s name is perfect for her because her every action in this episode leaves you thinking “Why?” We were subjected to 23 minutes of Y’s antics and the main character, Watashi, not doing much but narrating and bemoaning the fact that she didn’t stop Y’s insanity. The fairies weren’t featured much in this episode which I wasn’t sure if it was good or bad. I’m apprehensive of watching a show where these cute little creatures with their unmoving smiles, idée fixe with candy and all things moe; have to be separated from each other when they sleep or they breed like rabbits. Maybe disturbed would be a more useful adjective to describe how I feel about the fairies. They’re cute but there is something eery about seeing them twirling around on the edge of a piece of twine or being kept in cages.
Can you imagine being around people who talk with their mouths wide open in a big grin constantly? Would that not perturb you? And their voices! Though I feel like I’m in bizarro-land while watching this show, I can’t get myself to stop watching or to turn it off. Is this show considered moe? Its art is extremely cloying with the voices of the characters being equally saccharine with Y as an exception. Yet, the show addresses issues such as corrupt politicians, nefarious corporations run by skinned chickens, the evils of eating processed foods, and rabid fandom. It’s a chilling story being told with beautiful images. Is anyone else watching this show? What are your thoughts? Am I the only one who wishes Watashi’s hair would have stayed short?