What They Say
After speaking with the Fairies about problems the humans have been having, mysterious things start to show up around the village.
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Based on a light novel series, Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita takes place in a brightly pastel, idyllic post-apocalyptic world. There’s a very real disconnect between the show’s look, and its dark subject matter. However, the show knows this, and looks like it’s planning to have a lot of fun with it.
The show begins with a girl named the Mediator returning to Camphorwood village from some unknown task elsewhere. She’s called the Mediator because he works for the United Nations Reconciliation Commission as, well, the mediator between humanity and a new species called the fairies. It seems like this show might be fit for children, until the first thing she’s tasked with doing upon arriving home is slaughtering chickens to deal with a food shortage.
A lot of the exposition is driven by narration in the mediator’s head, most likely text taken directly from the light novels themselves. One early such moment has her wondering, exactly, how a live chicken becomes delicious chicken meat. She knows, of course, but she can’t get any of the women in the village to slaughter them, and the men are all out hunting. Because everyone’s so indecisive, the chickens are given an opportunity to escape, making the food shortage problem even worse.
That night, she talks to some fairies that live in her house. They have vacant eyes, and always-open mouths, so they appear superficially cute. But their happy faces don’t change even when they talk about how sad it would be for humanity to face brutal starvation, so there’s a very real sense of menace about them as well. They act like spoiled children, begging the Mediator for candy and romping about, but they also have unknown magic powers. The next day, some mysterious canned foods from Fairy Co start circulating.
Things get even more suspicious when a Fairy Co brand skinned chicken is seen walking around without a head. The Mediator attempts to cover it up, and we see that for a sunny moe girl, she’s also quite an able political manipulator. The secret gets out, however, and the Mediator and some companions from the village decide to investigate the FairyCo factory.
So far, the show has only hinted at a very dark sensibility, but the Fairy Co factory leaves no doubt as to the show’s intentions. A human is there to guide them through the premises, but soon turns over the show to a bread-shaped robot, who is tasked with explaining how bread is made. It says that bread is usually made with flour, salt, and yeast, but these days, that’s hard to come by. “You can even synthesize it from garbage now.” When they seem somewhat dismayed by the answer, it begs to be eaten, and rips its head open, spraying blood-like carrot juice all over the room. It slowly crawls toward them, still begging to be eaten, before it eventually shuts down.
It’s still hard to know what to make of this show, but I find real appeal in its twisted sense of humor. I’m not fond of the fairly abstract backgrounds, and its roots in a light novel is very apparent in its chunks of exposition. Also, the lightness of the visuals, and darkness of the subject matter still clash an awful lot. Still, I’m looking forward to more.
A cute, sweet looking show that apparently has a sadistic streak. I’m not sure who exactly this is for, or where this is going, but if you have a love for cuteness and a love for bizarre Japanese humor, this is definitely a show you’re going to want to check out.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
Review Equipment: Sony VAIO 17″ HD screen