Final Review: Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita

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Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita is based on an ongoing light novel that began publication in 2007. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the human world has regressed and continues to decline. The protagonist is an unnamed girl (deemed as “Watashi”) who is effectively a mediator between humans and the little fairy creatures. These fairy creatures seem to be attracted by sweets and other happy things as well as a habit for causing mischief in their endless search for excitement and happiness. The series aired during the Summer 2012 anime season and was simulcasted by CrunchyRoll and licensed in the US by Sentai Filmworks.

So this story is mostly broken up to mostly two episode arcs with a few one shots midway through the series. Regardless, what should have been the immediate eye opener is the similarity to The Tatami Galaxy. It’s not directly similar but its presentation style certainly is. The narrator/protagonist is intriguing in a number of ways and the fairies are always full of fun making this at least enjoyable if not hilarious to watch. Now as for the individual stories themselves, they aren’t the most interesting ones around. A few of the mockery are quite funny but often forgettable due to a lack of linkage or “continuity” in this show. However, if you were expecting this show to make any sense at all, you should have stopped at episode 1. In fact, because this show is completely illogical is what makes it incredible.  As for the conclusion, or rather the final arc of the series, it was definitely a nice touch to see the past of Watashi as well as Y for that manner. It wasn’t as crazy as say the Endless Eight arc or the beginning “talking food” arc but it had its own perks. It was most definitely twisted as usual

Art and backgrounds were very colorful but character designs are basic and simple overall. Animation is nice from AIC A.S.T.A, the same studio by Persona 4, Tentai Senshi Sunred, and Bamboo Blade. The animation is overall basic with many still shots as expected from AIC A.S.T.A but definitely more movement than a number of their previous works. In fact, you could even say that the OP video was full of quality animation and it’s great that it actually carried over to the actual episodes or at least on a consistency basis. All I can say here is work on the character designs and this could have been a fantastic piece of work.

OP theme was hilarious. nano.RIPE is certainly nowhere near my favorite in terms of music artists but it fit so damn well in this series that I was disappointed it didn’t show up in the finale. Ito Masumi’s ED theme song wasn’t anything special to me. Apparently a lot of people liked it but I personally found it miles below the OP theme. The lyrics were certainly interesting though. Background music was mostly forgettable though sound effects were above average. Seiyuu wise, Mai Nakahara never ceases to amaze me. She did a fantastic job as Watashi and I really wish we could see her in more roles like these. She really brings out these type of characters nicely. The rest of the cast, however, didn’t leave much impact, most likely due to lack of screen time. I will say that the various seiyuus who voiced the fairies were excellent though, especially the one by Satomi Arai.

Enjoyment? The opening episode was odd and slow. After that, it was uphill (for the most part, at least) from there. The arcs are more fun when you know the background of it or where it’s derived from, e.g. the manga arc implies understanding how the manga industry works or the time loop arc, which is likely derived from Haruhi’s Endless Eight arc (or the first that should come to mind).  However, like Tatami Galaxy, this is as show I didn’t quite see long term value in. It’s a show that once you watch once, everything unknown becomes known and it’s not something that one really anticipates each week.

Overall, it’s a fun “fluffy” watch for those with some experience in anime but definitely not for casual viewers. It’s a lot like Bakemonogatari being not only dialogue driven but in roundabout dialogues. Not to mention that the show airs out of order chronologically. It’s not like Baccano! or Durarara!! where you can easily piece things back together, so while one may have enjoyed Baccano!, there’s no guarantee one will enjoy this show’s form of presentation. However, the opposite may actually hold true. If anything, I’d recommend Bakemonogatari over this but if you enjoyed Tatami Galaxy, this would be one to watch or vice-versa.

 

Story and Character:

  • Premise (1/1): Very different. Can’t think of a show that has really tried this type of setup. Parodies are obviously standard but presentation of it was different.
  • Character Personalities (1/1): Fantastic.
  • Character Development (1.5/2): Roundabout manner but the final arc definitely closed a lot of holes. Could be better.
  • Character Usefulness/Presence (1.5/2): Small cast with a main focus on Watashi obviously. Y and the assistant were there at times but I felt the fairies played little roles overall. I was hoping for more I guess.
  • Pacing: (1/1): Nothing wrong here. Two episode arcs are fine but I was hoping for a bit of better linkage.
  • Reasonable/Plausible (1/2): Within the realm of this show, sure why not. Outside of it, nothing made sense.
  • Conclusion (1/1): Strong and provides proper closure.
  • Total: 8/10

Art and Animation:

  • Backgrounds (1.5/2): Basic design but colorful and distinct.
  • Character Designs (1/2): Simple and dull. Nothing really separated one character from another. Fairy designs were a huge plus though.
  • Fluidity (1.5/2): Above average for AIC A.S.T.A
  • Visuals/Special Effects/Flashiness (2/2): Colorful and great effects overall, especially in the opening arc and the robot (?) arc in the middle of the series.
  • Art and Animation “Expectation” (1.5/2): AIC A.S.T.A has generally had subpar animation almost to the level of Studio DEEN. If anything, this show showed that they can definitely do it if they try. Character designs still need work though.
  • Total: 7.5/10

Sound and Music:

  • OP/ED/Insert Themes (1.5/3): Fantastic OP theme but forgettable ED theme
  • Background Music (0.5/2): Forgettable
  • Sound Effects (1.5/2): Above average
  • Seiyuu (2/3): Fairies and Mai Nakahara lead. The rest of the cast is pretty much forgettable due to lack of screen time
  • Total: 5.5/10

Enjoyment:

  • Amusement (2/2): Starts off with a very odd opening episode but turns itself around very quickly.
  • Weekly/Next Episode Anticipation (0.5/2): For a show with great amusement, I didn’t find myself really “craving” for the next episode each week. Sounds counter-intuitive but I guess that is how this show worked.
  • Presentation (2/2): Loved the episode arcs. As said earlier, could use some proper linkages but overall, the arcs are very standalone making it easy to pick up at any time. Not to mention that each arc brings out a unique aspect of the protagonist.
  • Re-watchable (0.5/1): Some…I guess…It’s like The Tatami Galaxy. Once you know what this show is going to do, the cat is kind of out of the bag.
  • Recommendation (1.5/2): Good for those who enjoyed The Tatami Galaxy. Not necessarily good for a casual anime audience as it’s not a very straightforward title with simple dialogue.
  • Value (0.5/1): In a relatively dead season, this one stood out. Long term though, I think this show has little impact. Bakemonogatari does something similar and is far more intriguing with is dialogue…though this may very well be a Akiyuki Shinbou/SHAFT bias.
  • Total: 7/10

Preliminary Score: 7/10

Final Score: 7/10

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