First Impressions – Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita translates to Humanity has declined and from such an anime title, one would think that this is an apocalypse anime and when one thinks of apocalypse in anime, one would think of a bleak dark environment with streets lined up with broken structures and the mood is generally depressing.

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita is an apocalypse anime but the look of it isn’t all dark and depressing. In fact, it is quite the opposite.

Welcome to a world where humanity is nearing extinction, and the world is pastel colored filled with trees and rainbows and the fairies think that human starvation will be the new fad and they say it with smiles on their faces. In order to survive people chase live, headless, dressed chickens for meat…

This anime really made a strong first impression in me. I really like how the atmosphere is bleak and the whole environment is just light and bright which creates a wonderful dissonance. I really like how the main heroine of the story isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty to get the job done in which case, her having grey morals works really well for the story. The faeries here look very cute but what sets them apart from other anime fairies is that they have quite a morbid humor, being able to say human starvation as the next fad with smiles on their faces.

So much laughs and nightmare fuel rolled into one scene

Perhaps what really made quite an impression for me here is Loaf-kun’s scene. His suicide scene is obvioulsy played for laughs, but it also has a nightmare fuel effect. I almost puked watching that scene and did not want to eat a loaf of bread for four days after the first episode. I think that this is black comedy in an anime at its finest.

Romeo Tanaka, the guy who wrote the visual novels Yume Miru Kusuri, CROSS†CHANNEL and Family Project was the one who wrote Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita. This will be his first venture into anime if I’m not mistaken (correct me if I’m wrong). Expect more dark themes to come up.

This is very different from the usual apocalypse anime that has been out there and I think that its a very refreshing change from the usual stuff seen in anime. This anime is very unique and while this isn’t for everyone, it shows much promise.

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