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Retrospective Spring Anime 3.0 - Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita [message #395019] Tue, 26 May 2020 21:36 Go to next message
Dave Baranyi is currently offline  Dave Baranyi
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Last night I finished re-watching 2012’s wonderfully bizarre comic fantasy “Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita”, aka, ”Humanity Has Declined”. This time I watched the 12 episodes in chronological order instead of the original broadcast order (which is also the Japanese Blu-ray order) which was somewhat in reverse from the chronology. The anime holds up very well, particularly in any of the parts with the “Fairies”.

What struck me in particular this time around, maybe because I watched the series in chronological order, is how the nameless protagonist and narrator behaves and sees the world around her. She has been trained to study and be the intermediary between what remains of Humanity and the very alien Fairies, but she also seems to have received an advanced degree in Passive-Aggressive Behavior. (LOL) I also noticed more the deliberate word play both in Japanese and in English, such as using the word “kami”, which can mean hair and god, for deliberate misdirection, and the terrible pun of referring to a dog as “time paradog”… The little shorts that come at the end of each of the disks continue the fun in terms of their titles which are all from various anime or sci-fi movies.

All-in-all it was a very satisfying re-watch. It’s not a series for everyone, but if you want some smart theater-of-the-absurd it’s worth looking up.

Dave Baranyi
Omake (was Re: Retrospective Spring Anime 3.0) [message #395041 is a reply to message #395019] Wed, 27 May 2020 13:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Nick Roberts is currently offline  Nick Roberts
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In message <d1ad87b9-2a5d-4095-9a87-47a89e8243e0@googlegroups.com>
anthony.baranyi@bell.net wrote:

> The little shorts that come at the end of each of the disks continue
> the fun in terms of their titles which are all from various anime or
> sci-fi movies.

On the subject of omake...

Maria-sama ga Miteru aka Marimite (a series once described on
uk.media.animation.anime as "not-very-Catholic Catholic schoolgirls
being fragile, angsty and full of subtext") has Maria-sama ni wa
Naisho. This is arguably the best reason for watching Marimite in the
first place.

Gunbuster has Science Lessons.

Any other greats?

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Re: Omake (was Re: Retrospective Spring Anime 3.0) [message #395044 is a reply to message #395041] Wed, 27 May 2020 15:13 Go to previous message
Chris Buckley is currently offline  Chris Buckley
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On 2020-05-27, Nick Roberts <tigger@orpheusinternet.co.uk> wrote:
> In message <d1ad87b9-2a5d-4095-9a87-47a89e8243e0@googlegroups.com>
> anthony.baranyi@bell.net wrote:
>
>> The little shorts that come at the end of each of the disks continue
>> the fun in terms of their titles which are all from various anime or
>> sci-fi movies.
>
> On the subject of omake...
>
> Maria-sama ga Miteru aka Marimite (a series once described on
> uk.media.animation.anime as "not-very-Catholic Catholic schoolgirls
> being fragile, angsty and full of subtext") has Maria-sama ni wa
> Naisho. This is arguably the best reason for watching Marimite in the
> first place.
>
> Gunbuster has Science Lessons.
>
> Any other greats?

Perhaps not quite omake, but the in-character voice-overs offered
as extras on _Bakemonogatari_ were great, making it worthwhile paying
the ridiculous sums Aniplex wanted for the release.

Chris
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