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12 Days of Anime #1: Bloody Bready Bread Blood

Jinrui Bread

Humanity Has Declined is one of the few consistently entertaining entries that aired in this year’s summer season. At worst, it’s a ham-handed allegory for current issues plaguing the world, portrayed with as little subtlety as physically possible. At its most inspired, it has plucked, headless chickens falling off cliffs while Ave Maria plays in the background, their plans for global takeover thwarted by an intrepid UN mediator and her silent assistant.

My first exposure to Humanity Has Declined, shortened to Jinrui for the rest of this post for brevity’s sake, was in a crowded hotel room on the last night of Anime Expo. Drunk, bored, and looking for a way to whittle away what remained of the evening, everyone agreed to appropriate my laptop to screen the first few episodes of the upcoming summer season. After several less than stellar premieres, Jinrui was the last chance to make that a decision that we weren’t going to regret. And boy did it work.

While the first episode is a harbinger of the show’s many problems, like crafting surreal settings before blatantly explaining the symbolism they were supposed to convey mere moments later, it also ends with possibly the most memorable moment of the year: A sentient slice of carrot bread tearing itself in half, spraying its filling everywhere after futilely begging our protagonist to eat it. Everything about the scene is pulled off to perfection—the confused stares of horror from the onlookers, the bread’s own pathetic mewling as it snuffs out its own life, the spray of “blood” on the screen, and a perfectly-timed silence after the poor bread finally falls lifeless to the factory floor. Simply magnificent.

Jinrui Bread 02

The moment came completely out of left field, yet wasn’t the least bit out of place. In a show as zany as this, it felt right in a way that it couldn’t quite recapture without being gimmicky. In a way, it almost ruined anything else that it would attempt, all subsequent storylines forced to live up to it with mixed results. Very few moments in anime approach this level of memorability, and even fewer can brag about being brilliant from start to finish. This is undoubtedly the #1 moment of 2012 for me, and the standard that I’ll hold the coming year to.

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  1. R1CK_D0M
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    I dunno I thought the chickens thing next episode was pretty good too. and I miss her sentient hair

    • Shengar
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      I wish the were more moments of her sentient hair.

  2. Posted December 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Great pic for number 1 and great justification for having picked said pick.

    Watching that moment with a bunch of other people must have been great. I bet after it was over, you just looked at one another and probably couldn’t speak for a second or two.

  3. Shengar
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    These scene, without doubt, would be more forceful if you watched it with bunch of friends. Bonus point if one of them eating a bread while watching it.

    Never give sentience to food by the way >__>

    • Inushinde
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

      That’s the only reason why it stuck so much, to be perfectly honest. But damn, I don’t think it’ll ever get its hooks out of me.

  4. SQA
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    While eps 1 & 2 were brilliant, in many ways they actually hid much of the point of the series and the base work. It isn’t until later that you realize the series is actually a Golden Age Sci-Fi story. There’s modern influences, but the core is Asimov not South Park. That, in some ways, is the major problem with the series: you get all of the wacky moments first.

    Still, it’s an opening episode for the ages.

  5. Fumoffu!!
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    I have that GIF permanently saved. I think of it whenever I eat bread too. ~Lifechanging~

  6. TheVoid
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    God how can a piece of bread be so adorable?

    • SQA
      Posted December 27, 2012 at 4:14 am | Permalink

      Bread moe. Delicious bread moe.

  7. Posted December 27, 2012 at 4:37 am | Permalink


    • Inushinde
      Posted December 28, 2012 at 1:30 am | Permalink

      After this, my intake actually increased a bit more. Can’t let the bastards breakdance immediately before killing themselves like this poor fella.

  8. anon
    Posted December 31, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    lol, i remember when everyone was talking about how painful it was for the fairies to have a face stuck that way, and how they are always happy or smiling, and then the last episode came out and we saw how they really smile.

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