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Humanity Has Declined

Humanity Has Declined (which is known in Japan as Jinrui wa Suitaishimashita) is an anime series based on a light novel series written by Romeo Tanaka.

The series is set in a time on Earth where the quality of life has declined drastically. The village the characters live in is poor, and the people must forage for food. Unfortunately, meat has become much harder to come by.

The main character of the series does not have a name, and is usually referred to by the other characters as "Mediator." She is a girl with long pink hair, and she serves as a mediator between the humans and the fairies.

The fairies are a cute-looking race of little human-like people who have permanent big smiles on their faces. Even though they look cute, the fairies actually possess advanced technology, which they use to create products for the humans after the main character talks with the fairies about the problems that humans are facing. Unfortunately, the products the fairies produce usually favor quantity over quality.

In the first episode of the series, we also meet the main character's assistant, a mute boy who is only ever referred to as "Assistant." We also meet the main character's grandfather, as well as some of the other girls in the village who are around the same age as the main character.

I have to say that Humanity Has Declined has an interesting idea behind it, even if the execution comes off a little on the strange side. To me, one of the most bizarre scenes in the first episode takes place when the main character, her assistant, and her grandfather go to investigate the headquarters of FairyCo, the company whose products mysteriously started appearing in the village. During the investigation, they meet a talking robotic slice of bread, which starts bleeding while talking with the characters.

The only other complaint I have with the series has to do with the fact that the characters don't truly have names. However, I realize that this is an issue that originates from the source material that was used to create the anime series, so there's not much that the producers of the anime could truly do to change this.

Humanity Has Declined isn't necessarily a bad show, but I think you have to have a strong appreciation for the type of humor that this series utilizes. While I personally wouldn't be adverse to watching more episodes of the series, I'm not exactly going to go out of my way to watch beyond the first episode any time in the immediate future.

While the series utilizes some rather cute character designs, I really wouldn't recommend it for younger viewers. Personally, I would recommend Humanity Has Declined to anime viewers who are 12 or 13 years of age and older.


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Humanity Has Declined122012Seiji KishiAIC A.S.T.A.Sentai Filmworks

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