Humanity has declined.
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita, or Jintai, is one of those shows that you can appreciate without having to chew the deepest portions of to enjoy. I honestly think it’s an achievement, in the sense that it is a smart and deep show, but you don’t have to get both to like it. The entire thing is made really well, from the jumbled chronology of story arcs, the colorful presentation of oppressive themes to lend an ironic tone that combats heavy-handedness, down to Mai Nakahara‘s sardonic voice-acting, that you could enjoy them on your own. But if you peel layers and layers back, you can get engrossed with the finer details. It doesn’t demand you to think, but it teases you.
Jintai is a show where highly-advanced (fairy) technology is indistinguishable with magic, but FairyTech is written into the stories quite well, without being a Deus Ex Machina copout. The fairies also obviously know more than they’re letting on, but have different needs and wants from humans so it’s extremely difficult to get anything from them. Charming, isn’t it?
I really like the OP, and I’m not just speaking as a fan of nano.RIPE (I love nano.RIPE!). It’s cute and catchy and as misleading as Victory Gundam’s Stand Up to the Victory. I’m also trying to get some people to watch the show based on the OP alone, with mixed results.
I think my favorite episode would have to be the “shipwrecked in an island” one. It was a funny microcosm of human civilization and while I knew how it was going to end, the episode still managed to make me laugh several times.
There’s a lot to chew on for every arc in the show, and a lot more competent bloggers to write about them. Here’s my favorite reading.