Summer’s here, and with that, is the new anime season! Now, I’ve been out of the loop for a while, and haven’t really been watching too much anime. In fact, it would probably take an insane amount of time to clear out my backlog. However, I recently found out that one of the new shows was based on a Romeo Tanaka light novel. Romeo Tanaka is renowned for his pretty remarkable visual novels (none of which I ever got around to, sadly). With such a prominent figure behind this project, I had to give the show a shot. I’m rather glad I did, since the first episode of Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita, also known as Jintai, was pretty surreal.
In the future, humanity is already well on their way to extinction. However, society is still around, though fairies have been thrown in the mix. The main character, who I believe has no name, is a UN mediator between humanity and fairies. Beyond this, and I couldn’t fucking say, because the show doesn’t say much at all. The show assumes you practically know everything, and expects you to roll with it. And it can be pretty confusing.
But I suppose that’s part of the show’s charm. I don’t think it really expects you to follow what’s going on. It’s still rather enjoyable. While it seems kind of boring, there are quite a few elements that make it highly appealing. For one, it’s really fucking weird. For instance, while humanity is dying, no one really gives such a big deal about it. Everyone goes on their lives as normal, except for the fact that meat is in short supply. Then you have weird crap like a headless, slimy chicken running around.
Some of the best parts of the show are its pretty black humor. I’d rather not spoil some of the jokes of the show. However, there’s one part where some fairies are having a rather morbid conversation. What makes it pretty ridiculous is that these fairies have really cutesy, high-pitched voices. The anime loves to take cracks at a lot of aspects of modern society, as well. It’s as if concepts such as materialistic culture, general meetings, and positive reinforcement are taken to a back alley and beaten by a couple of guys with bats. These couple of guys would then proceed to visit the candy shop immediately afterwards. If a scenario like this was actually in the show, you can bet Jintai would try its damned hardest to make it seem really charming.
There was one particular scene which is probably the most notable scene this episode. Hell, even if the show becomes much crazier, this particular scene will probably be one of the more memorable ones. Funnily enough, while it’s supposed to be a major shock, it’s not really all that relevant! The show is very much aware of this, too. Afterwards, every character present goes back to their usual, normal selves (insofar as normal for the lot of them can be). Though what they say at this point seems morbidly inappropriate, I have to wonder if the characters have short attention spans, since they seemingly forget about that shocking scene.
Jintai happens to be very visually appealing, which certainly goes well with all the insanity. The show looks really cutesy, and pretty much juxtaposes the entire show. The main character stands out from her peers, visually. Initially, she starts out with a somewhat unique getup at first. Soon after, her appearance changes, and she becomes really, really cute. Again, mixing these really cute designs with the content of the show is pretty damned strange, but I like it. The backgrounds are… out of this damned world. You know when I said the show was surreal? You’ll see a lot of it in the backgrounds. I’ll try letting the pictures speak for me.
I can’t really remember the background music. I won’t try to say “Oh, but it fit the show well!”, because, well, if there even was any fitting music, it felt way too muted. Ah well, not that I had much time to focus on the music, the show was crazy enough. The opening is “Real World”, by nano.RIPE, and if you’re familiar with them, you either love their stuff or hate it. Meanwhile, the ending theme is “Yume no Naka no Watashi no Yume”, by Masumi Itou. You may recognize her for the Azumanga Daioh ending song and the Zone of the Enders opening song. The ending theme is a lot like Azumanga Daioh’s Raspberry Heaven, so if you’re familiar with that, you know what you’re getting. Meanwhile, the voice acting is weird as fuck, because a lot of it tries to be really cutsey. I think it fits really well.
Jintai is a really weird show, in case my impression didn’t make it clear enough. The humor is ridiculously, and hilariously dark. The art and content give the show a pretty surreal twist. Most importantly, it does its damned hardest to make viewers think it’s crazy. But if it was trying hard to make me think the show was crazy, it succeeded pretty damned well. I didn’t think this show could be so damned engaging, but I guess Romeo Tanaka certainly knows how to entertainment. Overall, Jintai is probably going to be a show I’ll be eager to watch every week.