Humanity Has Declined Episode 5

My face after this episode

Recap: A festival is held to celebrate the increasingly futile Human Monument Project and the discovery of a possible new electricity source. This causes the fairies, who die when exposed to electromagnetic waves, to leave Camphorwood. In the meantime, the Mediator investigates the ruins of a nearby city the UN would like to restore and Nana Mizuki shows up as some kind of robot cat girl.

Jel’s Thoughts: I can’t believe it’s taken this long, but NOW I have no idea what is going on. That doesn’t mean I am not completely absorbed in this series now, if not moreso, than before. Whereas the previous two arcs have been brutally direct in their message, this episode follows a more mysterious, narrative driven plotline with only a few subtle digs here and there at mankind’s general stupidity. The sense of dread after reading the fairies’ warning and seeing a skeleton with a giant thumbtack driven through its chest is fantastic, even if there are a lot more questions by episodes end than answers. At the very least we are left with robot cat girl Nana Mizuki fighting mechanical attack dogs and acid slimes, so your guess is as good as mine as to where this is headed.

I do want to mention the actual animation quality of this episode, which honestly, was not very good. I noticed Humanity taking a lot of visual shortcuts last week, but give the subject matter it kind of worked out. This week was a lot less forgivable though, as some scenes ended up being walls of texts and the handful of action sequences looked rushed. I really hope there aren’t any major budget issues, as I feel Humanity is far and away the best show this season. Can’t we just shutter a few of the more terrible currently airing shows (not naming names!), send their funding over to AIC A.S.T.A., and get this show looking as gorgeous as it deserves to be?

[Appease the fairies by watching Humanity Has Declined on Crunchyroll]

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