In my Anime Hall of Fame series, I highlight shows that I enjoyed a lot and think are worth trying out. Click the "stardf29's Anime Hall of Fame" tab at the top of the page to see a list of all the inducted anime series so far. More anime series will be inducted over time, and this post will be updated with any new information for this series.
Humanity Has Declined
Japanese Title: 人類は衰退しました (Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita)
Shorthand title: Jintai
Based on: Light novel (not available in English)
Length: 12 eps. + 6 short (5 min.) episodes
Aired: Summer 2012
Studio: AIC A.S.T.A.
Available for Streaming: Crunchyroll, Hulu, The Anime Network
(Note: Short episodes not available for streaming, but will be available on the Blu-ray/DVD release)
Home video license: Sentai Filmworks
Release info: Complete Collection available for pre-order; released 12/24/2013; sub-only
- Blu-ray (ARP: $60)
- DVD (ARP: $50)
Synopsis: As the title indicates, humanity is declining, and taking their place is a bunch of 10-cm tall "fairies" with incredible technological prowess and highly whimsical personalities. Our protagonist (the pink-haired girl) is a Mediator, designated by the U.N. to be an arbitrator between the fairies and the remaining humans. However, where these fairies are involved, nothing is quite as it seems...
Why It's Worth Watching
...you know what? Just go and click on one of the above links and watch the first episode. If you haven't been spoiled yet as to what happens at the end of that episode, well, I don't want to ruin it for you.
As for more on why to watch this show: It's a highly satirical show that loves to have a lot of crazy things happen. You never quite know what to expect from this show, and that's really why it's a lot of fun. This show is broken into a number of smaller stories, each one or two episodes long. It allows this show to be taken in small bites, which works quite well with everything that can go on in an episode.
I won't say anything more here. Just go and have fun exploring this crazy world.
Some English swearing comes up for a joke, drugs come up here and there, and there are some parts that can come off as horror-like, but really, there's not that much. Sentai Filmworks gives it a TV-14, but it's pretty safe as long as you're okay with swearing and some... weird stuff going on.