Note: This review is part of the XII Days of Redemption reviewing event. This is for Day IX and contains no spoilers.
Humanity Has Declined is a 12 episode post-apocalyptic dark comedy anime about a mediator and her trials on the job as a communicator for the near-extinct humans and the new most prominent species of the world, the fairies.
Storyline Although the stories are mostly dual-episodic, they are actually out of order since some even later episodes happen to be origin stories and there was also one half of an episode being a recap to the one before it. A really strange structure, but it thankfully doesn't matter too much considering that this is a comedy show. While some aren't that good or memorable, others are very fun and hilarious to a point. This has a non-ending, but it doesn't hamper the experience much.
Characters The best ones to note are the fairies for managing to have multiple personalities and even had a lot of funny parts to their darkness. The latter also goes for Watashi (as a name, the literal translation ("Me") is very weird). She is very good as a protagonist and is the most memorable of the bunch with second and third being Y and Assistant respectively, even with the Assistant being a silent character. The rest are on the high neutral side with the exception of the androids from the electricity episodes, whom are lower neutral for not being that memorable. I like how everyone has a nicely dark side to them here, even though most of the show looks upbeat and sunny.
Pros and Cons While not tor everyone, the art style is very cute and pastel-looking and the animation is very solid on the most part. The humor ends up being hit-or-miss depending on the episode and if you even like dark comedy in the first place, aside of a few well-known gags being used in a good way like the banana peel incidents. The music is nice and fitting in both the main themes and the background departments. Even though there are many weird parts to the show, all of it doesn't become overwhelming at all for shows of it's own ilk.
For those that don't like the dark or weird parts to their comedy as much, this could be a dealbreaker, and the same goes for those that aren't into dark fanservice, despite it being brief and in just one or two episodes. The story also cannot be taken too seriously, even without the jumbled episode directions, or viewers are going to have not that good of a time.
Final Verdict After going through this series again, I think this obtains a 8/10. Those that love dark humor or want to wind down with a cute-looking, yet decieving series will most likely have fun with this show like I did.
Current Situation: I wanted another excuse to use Enterprise as an avatar again.
Really enjoyed this show and the twisted humor with the cute fairies and the bread. I remember being confused sometimes by this show. Now that you mentioned it, the out of order episodes and how episodic this was can be messy.
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT