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What in the Flying Fairies am I Watching???

So cute I can barf!

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.

AAAGH, those smiles never go away even when they’re talking!

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?

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4 Comments

  1. I saw the title of your post and I said to myself, “This post is about Humanity has Declined isn’t it?” I haven’t watched the third episode yet, but I have seen the first two. My brother and I had some doubts about it during the first episode, but by the second episode we were both sold. I rather like the juxtaposition of the art and the content. I also have a taste for dark, abnormal humor. We’ll see how it goes, but I like it so far.

    • I’ve been sold since the first episode. The third episode comes across a bit like a parody and you’ll see why once you watch it. It is shaping up to be the quirkiest anime of the season. That is not a fair assessment on my part because I’m only watching two new shows this season.

  2. For whatever reason I didn’t pick it up right away, but last night I decided to try the first episode. I then quickly inhaled the episodes 2 and 3. As I’ve said a couple other places, it’s not so much that it makes me life as that while my mind was switching gears it caused me to get suck between 2nd and 3rd gear. That, and episode 2 made me hungry for grilled chicken.

    I’m really attracted to “Watashi”. I think she’s very pretty, and I like her almost unfazable nature and dry humor. Oh yes, I prefer her hair longer, though I’m not yet sure what to make of her hair’s new found capabilities. What happens, for instance, if she has a bad hair day? 😉

    Anyway, I’m really looking forward what mischief the fairies have created for Watashi and her friends in that blank slate book.

    • I think it would be hilarious if she has a bad hair day. Interestingly enough, her hair didn’t come into play in episode 3. I hope they revisit her hair’s abilities and it doesn’t just disappear. Can’t say I’m attracted to Watashi, girls aren’t my thing (anime or live) but I definitely like her character’s personality. It completely doesn’t match what she looks like. I agree that this show will have you stuck between gears but so far that is the appeal for me. I look forward to seeing what more it has to offer.

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