The series takes place at a time where the human race is on the brink of extinction from a severe food shortage and a drop in birth rates. Our nameless main character is a girl who works for the United Nations in a very peculiar job. She is ‘Mediator’, a liaison between humanity and a new intelligent species called ‘Fairies’.
The first thing I noticed were the great visuals. It was like opening a hand painted children’s book. Every setting looks like it’s washed in vivid watercolors. Character designs follow in the same vein, combining pastel shades with more precise line work.
But Jinrui wa Suita Shimashita proves looks can be quite decieving. Despite the dancing fairies, it discusses very serious issues such as the survival of a species, manipulation of the media, group dynamics and even hinting at xenophobia through its dark humor. Some of the gags are just morbid, but they help buoy the harrowing topics at hand. The bleeding bread robot serving as a commentary on childhood nutrition has to take the cake though for the first episode though.
The juxtaposition of the production and the twisted writing make for an oddly compelling watch. At first the protagonist is just trying to help her village overcome the dwindling food supply. One morning, to her and everyone else’s surprise, food products start appearing, stamped by the enigmatic FairyCo. The focus quickly shifts to solving the mystery of the company and exploring the eerie factory that appears right outside of town.
I’m wondering if the rest of the series will be so briskly paced and if the jokes will hold up. Honestly I can see how this refreshing formula can quickly go sour if it is not handled properly.
Bleeding Bread Robot. This is the second time I have mentioned it… Just watch the damn episode for it or click here.