Countries, squids, soda cans, dogs, cats, fighter jets, cockroaches, pollen, assault rifles, and now modern interplanetary exploratory unmanned probes have been moe anthropomorphised. I must say I rather like the idea of a genki moe Curiosity on Mars…sorry, I mean Curio-chan, running around, picking up rocks and going “sugooooiiiii~!”
This happens to be the second time I’ve written this post, because the first time was based almost entirely around “I haven’t a clue what this arc was going for so therefore it was terrible”. However in the process of writing it, I think I may have stumbled across the answer. Give me a sec, let me try patch this out.
So, the dome is built by a bunch of raving loonies who think that electromagnetic waves will cause their brains to explode. So to counter that, they build this Truman Show-esque dome with video game monsters in it. It’s a video game world designed to keep you from being affected the outside world. Video games are things people delve into to escape from the real world too, shunning real human contact. You following so far? The two exploratory probes are afraid of searching too far into space because they feel scared and lonely of the unknown. Which loosely ties into the video game world…I guess? And the fairies getting depressed when microwaves blast them apart…is…
Oh fuck it, I shouldn’t have deleted my earlier post. Any connection between the different themes is tenuous at best. If there was an overarching theme, then I’m just too dumb to pick up on it, and I’m pretty goddam smart. I could follow the plot of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. So I’m going to place the blame on Humanity has Declined for being way too obtuse with whatever it point it was trying to make. A more likely explanation though is that there was no meaning and he was just throwing ideas at a wall and hoped it formed a pretty pattern so he could submit it to a modern art gallery.
Not that every piece of entertainment has to have a point to prove. Steins;Gate is pretty shallow in that regards, but tells a good coherent(ish) story about a character’s development. There’s running themes with his character that make it interesting. This arc of Humanity has Declined doesn’t work on that level either. The exploratory probe thing came out of nowhere, the shift in tone felt jarring, the dome with the tinfoil hat wearing hikikomori’s went nowhere. Episode 4 may have been a bit too direct, but at least it had a clear goal. That’s preferable to having none at all.
I’m just going to put this arc down as a dud. It’s a shame, but hey, every show is allowed to have a dud. Cowboy Bebop had that Heavy Metal Queen episode that was kinda bad. Mushishi had that episode with the seaweed that felt weirdly forced and completely failed at being suspenseful. Popee the Performer…actually Popee was perfect the entire way through. Maybe my theory doesn’t hold up so well after all.
You should probably watch Popee the Performer.