Anime: Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (Mankind has Declined) – Episode 5 Summary + Review

“Electric shock all the fairies!”

(The Mediator bribes fairies with sweets. Now you know.)

Studio: AIC A.S.T.A

Genre: Surreal, Drama, Fantasy, Comedy, Age: 13+

Released: July 1 2012 – onwards

From the last episode, a Human Monument project is going underway, a celebration of all that was meant to be human through time. In the current world state, getting electricity to run the old antiques is difficult, but the project directer has found a source.

It’s a shame that the fairies are afraid of EM waves, and are running into hiding. They give one warning: without the fairies, disaster will befall humans.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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The Human Monuments splutters to life giving it’s unknowing spectators excitement. The Mediator is deep in thought about the fairies’ warning, and the lucky charm they gave her.

(Monument to humanity is a cheap looking fairground!)

A young girl approaches the Mediator. She has robotic mannerisms and goes by the name of Pion… or so she thinks. She can’t remember her name because of a memory leak.

Pion is odd, and says that she’s looking for someone called Oyage.

(I. Robot. Must. Kill. Humans. Mew.)

Later, when the Mediator and Assistant are sent exploring, they get into trouble when they can’t find their way.

(Should’ve taken Y’s steam mobile…)

Having crossed into some kind of maze, they are well and truly lost and running out of food and water too.

(The Mediator wonders if firemen ladders can reach this high…)

The lucky charm turns out to a fairy in disguise. He points out odd squishy beings that live in the maze, and have the power to dissolve things.

(It’s flubber!)

The mediator and Assistant flee for their lives. In a computer room, they manage to get rid of one of the slimes.

Just when they think they’ve left trouble behind, they’re attacked by a robotic dog, which is immediately foiled by Pion.

The rapid events leave everyone confused, and the episode ends on a cliffhanger.

(Previously a villain in Tokyo Mew Mew, Pion tries another anime)

Overall, this episode sort of dragged. It was difficult to connect the Human Monument, with the fairies leaving and the exploration of the maze. What have they got in common? We won’t hear the explanation until the events have played out, unfortunately.

Pion is just too quirky. Apart from having a very similar face-type to Y, she’s got real cat-ears and tail…. and she’s a robot too? She’s has too many “weird parts”.

Also, I wasn’t clear on if the Mediator actually got affected by bad luck due to the lack of fairies, or if this was just some random events.

It’s a good thing that it ends on a cliffhanger, because it implies that we’ll be able to get more information in the next episode.

Rated – 3/5 Mediator and assistant are great characters. However, the episode turned random, and not as witty.

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