Anime: Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (Mankind has Declined) – Episode 7 Summary + Review

“This is a chariot.”

(The fairies will eventually learn to fight wars, Grandpa is getting prepared)

Studio: AIC A.S.T.A

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

Released: July 1 2012 – onwards

From the last episode, the Mediator is asked by her grandfather, the Mayor, to go and pick up his assistant at 1:00 in the village. Borrowing a sun-dial watch, the Mediator sets off.

The fairies are desperate to find humans to make them sweets, and the Mediator seems like the nicest one…

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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After an encounter with a fairy, the Mediator takes a gift of a banana. She comes across her grandfather riding a chariot, and he tells her that she’s late to pick up the assistant.

(The chariot is just in case the fairies invent war machines… They can race.)

On making their way to the village, the Mediator finds out that the assistant has run away. Searching through the woods, she comes across a girl that looks exactly like her.

(Good time to test any time-paradoxes you may have wondered about)

Together, they find a hearth in the middle of the forest. The Mediator wonders about these strange events, but then she slips on a bana peel.

(So if you cook your time-clone, does that count as a meal?)

Finding herself repeating the same events as above, again and again and again, but losing her memory each time, the Mediator has a strange feeling of deja vu.

The fairies have created many clones of her that stumble into a forest, get tired of searching for an assistant, and then start making sweets as a break.

(The clones develop their own society, and feast on fairies)

Eventually the fairies are satisfied with the amount of sweets, and time is set back to it’s original flow with another time-banana.

(Magic bananas will take you to the wizard)

Finally at the village for the last time, the Mediator finds the assistant in a crowd of cloned dogs. He’s wearing a Hawaiian shirt…

(The dog found the assistant, maybe he should have the sun-dial)

Overall, I had no idea what was happening in this episode. Time loops and jumps are confusing and uninteresting for me. I know a lot of people lap this stuff up, but did there need to be a repetition of uninteresting events?

The fairies, as cute as they are, are frustrating and annoying. How does the Mediator not tear her hair out when she gets caught up in their schemes?

The bloom thrown on everything was so bright I could barely make out the characters.

The ending was strange. We’ve clearly met this assistant before in previous episodes, where he works for the Mediator. Is this episode a prequel? An alternative timeline? I have no idea and Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita didn’t tell me.

Rated – 1.5/5 Repetitive events, nothing happens, inconclusive end to the episode.

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  1. I’ve come to assume two things about Jintai based on just the 7 episodes we’ve seen so far. Firstly, the series is split into two episode arcs, where the first episode often seems to be inexplicable madness (e.g. the appearance of a food factory from nowhere, getting sucked into a comic book world), and yet all is explained in the second half. So I wouldn’t worry too much about things not making sense at this stage. :)

    Secondly, the two episode arcs are out of chronological order. I’m assuming this based on the fact the protagonist had cropped hair in the first episode, making references to how her grandfather forced her to cut it, and then in episode 6 we were shown the events that resulted in this punishment. So it’s safe to say this is her first time meeting the assistant. I haven’t a clue why they’d air the arcs out of order, but this wouldn’t be the first series to do so (‘The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya’ and ‘Hidamari Sketch’ do the same thing, though with individual episodes as opposed to arcs).

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    • I’d completely forgotten about the two-episode arc thing. Actually, I thought Jinrui was being weird for the sake of being weird. XD Thanks for telling me.

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