With the end of summer season, I found myself quite mesmerized and surprised by how this simple series has managed to leave me feeling all warm and melancholic. It’s a kind of feeling I have long known about; it’s the feeling of parting with a masterpiece. For me, knowing a series is a good series is the most apparent when I have to close the last page or watch the last episode’s credit after the whole journey. Mediocre series leaves me exhausted for having to go through all the effort despite no matter how entertaining it was, good series leaves me agitated and high-spirited because I’ve just enjoyed a good solid entertainment medium, however a masterpiece leaves me a taste of melancholy akin to the feeling a person has when he or she does not wish to part with a close friend. It doesn’t matter whether the tone of the ending is happy or sad or the medium it is conveyed in. It could be a movie, novels, animu, mango, or video games; in the end my initial emotional response after the whole experience determines whether it can be considered bad, mediocre, good or a personal masterpiece.
That is how I know the series called ‘Mankind Has Declined’ or Jintai for short is an instant masterpiece. Despite its simple delivery, lacking in orgasmic animation or special effects, it truly delivers solid entertainment. The story basically tells how in the future humans have dwindled in numbers and those left behind are trying either to rebuild societies or just keep on living with their daily lives. At the same time, creatures known as fairies began to appear. This little fellas are considered as the ‘present-humans’ and hold strange powers and technology allowing them to create items that seemingly work in unnatural and illogical manner. Our main character is a girl (whose name remains disclosed through the series) who works as a mediator between the humans and fairies. It originates from a light novel of the same name. Now, I usually dismiss most LN-based anime adaptation because of shallow most of them are. However I became intrigued when first learnt the author is none other than Tanaka Romeo, the genius who brought us Kana Imouto, Kazoku Keikaku, Yume Miru Kusuri, Cross Channel and I/O.