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Summer 2012 (12 episodes) (title literal translation – Humanity has Declined) (more info)
As far as I can tell what Jinrui is about, I can see the main heroine is some sort of mediator between normal humans and an offshoot human branch of fairies that came about after some unnamed calamity. Considering how candy-bright the palette is in this anime, I can’t imagine it was particularly disastrous. The writing is all over the place with only the most basic information about what’s going on presented and the rest either condescending commentary on how modern life is wasteful to a very misogynistic view of gender roles. And then there are those fairies who discuss the oncoming extinction of humanity in the same voice of unconstrained joy as they do the prospect of eating sweets.
I’m not sure what this anime is trying to do, but I’m more disturbed by this level of sugary cuteness set to a story that is otherwise about dealing with a very depressing, grim reality. To say that there’s a mismatch in the tone of the setting design and the plot is an understatement. Between the images of a skinned, feetless, headless chicken like you’d find in a supermarket running around as if it were still alive to a bread robot that becomes so depressed that it commits suicide by rending itself in half all the while spraying blood everywhere is just too much for me to handle.
I actually got a painful little pit in my stomach once this episode was over that made me feel quite ill. Jinrui definitely has a unique style, but I don’t want that to get misinterpreted as praise of any kind—I merely want to stress that I cannot recall ever seeing anything of this particular sort of weirdness ever before. I’ve seen more than enough to frighten me away from this series forever.