This week episode of Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita had a lot of strange creatures: a moe robot girl name Pion, some strange blobs in an abandoned facility and a robot dog (killed by the robot girl..), and of course, the creepy fairies!
The episode start with some strange little monolith that felt from the sky near the village, but everyone decide to let it there (?). We then learn that the humanity monument (what Y was to suposed to work on instead of producing boys-love mangas…) will finally be constructed and this will bring electricity to the village. The director of the project will also makes an electricity festival ( with Christmas lights and electric fans…) But the fairies decide to quit, because the electromagnetic waves kill them. The heroin then learn (in a tiny book…) that death and misfortune will descend upon the village if the fairies leave. During the festival, “Watashi” meet a strange girl with cat ears who have a memory loss. Seems that she is some sort of humanoid robots or whatever and she is looking for someone.
The day after, “watashi” and her assistant are exploring the ruins of the ancient city and takes an elevator by accident. Since they can’t go back, they explore the ruins and get lost. They soon don’t have anymore food or water, but a fairy aprears. While looking for water, they are attack by some space blobs or whatever and run. They discover that the city was build to protect the citizens from the electromagnetic wavelengths and they finnish by shuts themselves in. But they are attacked again, this time by another blob and a robot dog, but Pion saves the day! And the episode end.
Ok, sorry for the super-long summary, but there was so much things happening in this episode. Seems like a built-in episode for next week, because a lot of things happened, but there are so many things left unexplained: the strange monolith, who is Pion and who is the person she is looking for, who build the city, will the fairies come back, etc.
I thought there would be some critics about our modern overconsumption of electricity, but there was none. Regarding the fairies fear of electromagnetic waves, some scientific haved effectively raises some serious questions about the potential problems they can bring to the human body. Nausea, migraines, depressions and to a higher concentration leukemia and tumor could be induced by them. But wait before freaking out and go live in the wood like an hermit: everyone is exposed to lots of electromagnetic waves and few dies of it. It’s the sure-exposition that is harmful… Anyway, I’m not here to talk about the dangers of our everyday life, but here is a site that explain it well.
Other than that, Pion is a mysterious character. I kinda like the way she talks but it feels a little too convenient that the protagonist meet her just a few days before going to explore the ruins and meet her there… But it seems that the electricity is the key here, because Pion thanks her for bringing the electricity back. Maybe she was dormant because there was no electricity and now that the power is back, she woke up.
Another mystery is what are the blobs that attacked “Watashi” and “Assistant” in the facility? The fairies says it’s water (it wanted to drink it…), but the blob melted a knives and somehow plugged itself in the power outlet (well, I’m not sure what I’ve seen, so…), which started the robot dog. But maybe I’m wrong, maybe the robot dog have nothing to do with the blobs.
The fairies are as creepy and hilarious as ever. I’m even starting to like them! The face they makes while talking about the danger of the EM waves (in fact, more like the face they don’t makes… since they always have the same smile) or the way the fairy that followed our protagonists says that “the robot dog wants to play with you”, or that they could drink the blob, each of these situations were really funny. This episode also makes something clear about them: the fairies help the humans and without them, humanity will really disappear. The tiny book that uses the fairies system to count was also really cute.
But I felt that this episode was less interesting than the other. Maybe it’s the change of places and actions that occur a few times or
the fact that the whole episode feels like a built in for the next one. The new character introduced, Pion is also a bit plain, but I can’t really judge since we haven’t see her for long. “Y” was so lively and cool, in comparison Pion seems really boring! However, don’t get me wrong: maybe it was less interesting, but it was still pleasant to watch and I look forward the next episode.
And a little Pixiv picture to end it this week review: