In the last episodic post on Humanity has Declined, I discussed the possibility of an inherent desire in humanity to be above other races, while simultaneously possessing a fear of one day being usurped by a more advanced race that we can’t do anything about, and whether we would simply accept our decline once these superior beings appeared . I also analysed the potential that humanity’s natural inclination towards warfare may in fact be the proof of our existence. That we can struggle against opposing forces and are willing to do so is our way of expressing our desire for life and growth and that without this innate gravitation towards conflict that we have, we would just fade away and eventually die out.
In this post, I’m going to complain about how much this episode sucked.
There are several reasons why this episode sucked, the first and most damning of which being that it simply wasn’t funny. The series has always been a bit dry, but from that dryness came a sardonic sense of humour. This week, I got more laughs from WHO IS IMOUTO than Humanity has Declined (specifically the scene where some dude was giving the teacher grief from the side of the swimming pool, so she pulled a float under water and let it go so the force of floatation sent it flying out of the water and smacked the dude in the face. That scene was pretty funny). Not even the fairy said anything witty. Watashi’s conversation with it was comparatively normal, almost boring first-date esque, which is far cry from the usual great lines the fairies come out with.
“Oh but maybe it’s not trying to be funny” I pretend to hear you say. Which is fine, I guess. You can have your Very Special Episode, considering you’re apparently trying to build up to some sort of poignant finale here. It would just have helped if the writing wasn’t woeful. The scene where Watashi ran down an empty hallway going “oh boo hoo hoo I’m so lonely boo hoo” was cringe worthy in how in-your-face it was. It was like smashing you in the face with a dead fish saying “LOOK! Look at her! Look at how lonely she is! Isn’t this tragic!?!”. Who the hell wrote this episode? Humanity has Declined can sometimes get stupidly obvious with its metaphors, but at least there’s still a little bit of work on part of the audience, not shoving it in your face with as much subtlety as a man trying to pick up girls at a bar by waving his dick in their faces. It reminded me of the kind of stuff Mari Okada writes, in that they think the best way to get strong emotions across is to bury our faces in it.
Oh dear, I brought up Mari Okada. Cue big argument in the comments section.
And what’s the point of this episode anyway? Is it trying to say that bullying happens? That people can feel lonely? I feel like I’m supposed to be making a connection between the fairy who feels no loneliness and Watashi feeling lonely herself but pretending she doesn’t need anyone, but who cares about deeper layer meanings when the surface level is boring. It’s like the hierarchy of needs except with entertainment. If your surface level story is boring, I can’t get into the deeper themes. If the writing is woeful, I can’t care for the story, and so on and so forth.
Not that the episode was as dreadful as I’m making it out to be, but after gushing about the show for the past two episodes, my grump levels were starting to boil over and needed an escape.