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Humanity Has Declined
Jinrui wa Suitaishimashita light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of the first edition of Jinrui wa Suitaishimashita volume 1.
人類は衰退しました
(Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita)
Genre Absurdist, Fantasy, Satire
Light novel
Written by Romeo Tanaka
Illustrated by Tōru Yamasaki (2007-2011)
Sunaho Tobe
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Male
Imprint Gagaga Bunko
Original run May 24, 2007June 18, 2014
Volumes 9
Manga
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita: Nonbirishita Hōkoku
Written by Romeo Tanaka
Illustrated by Takuya Mitomi
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Ikki
Original run January 2012July 2012
Volumes 1
Manga
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita: Yōsei, Shimasu ka?
Written by Romeo Tanaka
Illustrated by Terae Kichijō
Published by Media Factory
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Comic Alive
Original run March 2012 – ongoing
Volumes 3
Anime television series
Directed by Seiji Kishi
Studio AIC A.S.T.A.
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, Chiba TV, TV Saitama, AT-X
Original run July 2, 2012September 17, 2012
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Manga
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita: Nonbirishita Hōkoku 4-koma
Written by Romeo Tanaka
Illustrated by Takuya Mitomi
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Ikki
Original run August 2012 – ongoing
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Humanity Has Declined (人類は衰退しました Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita?), or Jintai (人退?) for short, is a Japanese light novel series written by Romeo Tanaka. The novels originally featured illustrations by Tōru Yamasaki for the first six volumes, but Yamasaki was replaced by Sunaho Tobe in 2011. Shogakukan has published eight volumes since May 2007. Three manga adaptations have been produced. An anime adaptation produced by AIC A.S.T.A. and directed by Seiji Kishi aired in Japan between July and September 2012. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series in North America.

Plot[edit]

Humanity Has Declined is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the human civilization has regressed and humanity keeps decreasing in numbers. The story follows an unnamed girl who acts as a mediator between humanity and the "fairies" who are small elf-like creatures attracted by sweets and happy things, but also have the habit to cause trouble to her with their powers in their endless search for amusement.

Characters[edit]

The heroine (主人公 Shujinkō?)
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara
Generally referred to as either "I" (わたし Watashi?) or "Ms. Sweets" (お菓子ちゃん Okashi-chan?), the heroine is a sensible mediator between humankind and the fairies. She is one of the few humans left capable of creating sweets, which causes the fairies to naturally flock to her. Having observed the slow decline of humanity, her outlook on life is grim.
Grandfather (祖父 Sofu?)
Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka
The heroine's grandfather, a researcher and firearm fanatic. Thanks to the fairies, he met with his granddaughter when he was 13 years old and a time paradox was created.
Assistant (助手さん Joshu-san?)
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama
A young boy in a Hawaiian shirt who almost never speaks and serves as the heroine's assistant. He is rarely seen without a video camera.
The Fairies (妖精さん Yōsei-san?)
Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi, Sayaka Aoki, Satomi Akesaka, Nozomi Sasaki, Hisako Kanemoto, Satomi Arai
They are mysterious beings with advanced technology that could be called magic. The fairies have permanent smiles on their faces and very literal, honest viewpoints on everything. Despite their cute appearance, they seem to have a total disregard for human safety. The presence of many fairies is supposed to increase one's fortunes, but they cause potentially fatal situations. They often request sweets from the heroine in exchange for their assistance.
Y
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
An old classmate of the heroine's whose job is to identify human artifacts. She discovers a yaoi doujinishi from our era, however, and then spends her time self-publishing yaoi doujinshi.
Pion/P-ko (ぴおん/P子?)
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki
A humanoid robot with cat ears. She makes sound effects whenever she acknowledges something of interest. Her original name is "Pioneer".
Oyage/O-taro (おやげ/O太郎?)
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama
Pion's partner, who she is searching for. His original name is "Voyager".
Curly (巻き毛 Makige?)
Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto
The heroine's classmate from her school days, who is disturbingly affectionate.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita began as a light novel series written by Romeo Tanaka. The first volume was published on May 24, 2007 under Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko imprint;[1] this was the first novel on the imprint. As of February 19, 2013, eight volumes have been released.[2] For the first six volumes, the novels featured illustrations by Tōru Yamasaki, but he was replaced by Sunaho Tobe in 2011. Shogakukan republished the novels with Tobe's illustrations between November 18, 2011 and March 16, 2012.[3][4] The novels are published in Taiwan by Sharp Point Press.[5]

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation illustrated by Rei Neyuki published one chapter in the March 2010 issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Ikki magazine. It was announced in the May 2010 issue that the manga had gone on an indefinite hiatus and was ultimately cancelled. Another manga, illustrated by Takuya Mitomi and titled Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita: Nonbirishita Hōkoku (人類は衰退しました のんびりした報告?), was serialized between the January and July 2012 issues of Monthly Ikki.[6][7] A single tankōbon volume for Nonbirishita Hōkoku was released on July 30, 2012.[8] Mitomi also illustrates the four-panel comic strip manga Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita: Nonbirishita Hōkoku 4-koma (人類は衰退しました のんびりした4コマ?), which began serialized in the August 2012 issue of Monthly Ikki.[9] A manga illustrated by Terae Kichijō and titled Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita: Yōsei, Shimasu ka? (人類は衰退しました ようせい、しますか??) started serialization in the March 2012 issue of Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive. The first volume of Yōsei, Shimasu ka? was released on June 23, 2012;[10] three volumes have been released as of February 23, 2013.[11]

Anime[edit]

An anime TV series adaptation, produced by AIC A.S.T.A. and directed by Seiji Kishi,[12] aired in Japan between July 2 and September 17, 2012; it was also simulcast by Crunchyroll.[13] The screenplay was written by Makoto Uezu, and the chief animation director Kyūta Sakai based the character design used in the anime on Sunaho Tobe's original concepts.[12] Bonus episodes are included on the Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases. The opening theme is "Real World" (リアルワールド Riaru Wārudo?) by Nano Ripe and the ending theme is "Yume no Naka no Watashi no Yume" (ユメのなかノわたしのユメ My Dream Within a Dream?) by Masumi Itō. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series for subtitled BD/DVD release in North America in December 2013.[14][15]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
01 "The Fairy's Secret Factory (Part 1)"
(妖精さんの、ひみつのこうじょう Yōsei-san no, Himitsu no Kōjō
July 2, 2012
In a world where humanity is nearing extinction, the main character, a girl who acts as a mediator with fairies, is sent to turn butcher chickens, but the chickens escape. After some strange FairyCo products show up in the village, including a tonic that restores her hair, the heroine, her grandfather, and her assistant go to a fairy factory where mass-produced fairy products are made. 
02 "The Fairy's Secret Factory (Part 2)"
(妖精さんの、ひみつのこうじょう Yōsei-san no, Himitsu no Kōjō
July 9, 2012
The heroine and her assistant become lost after being separated from her grandfather and the receptionist. She soon gets separated from her assistant and comes across the factory's manager, who directs her to an off-limits area so she can try and find the upper management. She soon discovers the factory is run by a group of intelligent plucked chickens who plan to take over the world. They are soon stopped by the arrival of the assistant and his camcorder, which drives them to commit suicide. After freeing all the trapped fairies, the heroine finds that her hair has been brought to life due to the tonic. 
03 "The Fairies' Subculture (Part 1)"
(妖精さんたちの、さぶかる Yōsei-san-tachi no, Sabukaru
July 16, 2012
A woman named Y who supposedly works in researching the Human Monument manages to find a disc full of data inside an old mansion, which turns out to be a volume of a yaoi manga. She soon gets into the habit of publishing yaoi manga which she distributes across the country. When the fairies catch wind of the trend and start publishing their own yaoi manga, Y begins to work harder to compete, bringing about a manga renaissance. However, her manga becomes too heavy that the couriers do not want to deliver the boxes themselves, leading her to create a dōjin fair. Some time later, the heroine discovers a mysterious dōjin which traps her and Y inside a blank panel. 
04 "The Fairies' Subculture (Part 2)"
(妖精さんたちの、さぶかる Yōsei-san-tachi no, Sabukaru
July 23, 2012
Exploring the strange world they winded up in, the heroine and Y encounter her assistant, who had also gotten himself stuck. They deduce that in order to proceed through the panels, they must do something dramatic enough to make a printed sound effect materialize. They also realize they can draw things into existence, as well as understand that if their manga becomes too boring, they will descend into cancellation. As such, the trio start going through various genres to make it through the manga world. After encountering some fairies, they realise that in order to escape, they need to reach the ending, though a desire for ratings soon leads the stories into a complicated mess. The manga soon becomes unpopular and ends up getting cancelled, but thankfully they manage to end up back in the real world. 
05 "The Fairies' Homecoming (Part 1)"
(妖精さんたちの、おさとがえり Yōsei-san-tachi no, Osatogaeri
July 30, 2012
As the village prepares an electric-powered festival for the Human Monument Project, the heroine hears from the fairies that they are leaving to avoid the electromagnetic waves from the festival that are deadly to them. They leave behind a good luck charm and a curious manual explaining the dangers that come if no fairies are met during the day. During the festival, the heroine meets a curious girl named Pion, who is searching for her companion. The next day, the heroine and her assistant are sent to explore an underground structure, where they get trapped. As they search for the exit, the charm the heroine received turns into a fairy who tries to lead them towards water but instead comes across a group of acidic slimes. As they face more dangers upon reaching a computer room, they are rescued by Pion. 
06 "The Fairies' Homecoming (Part 2)"
(妖精さんたちの、おさとがえり Yōsei-san-tachi no, Osatogaeri
August 6, 2012
As Pion, revealed to be a robot who the heroine now calls P-ko, joins the party, they encounter her companion Oyage, a similar robot who calls himself O-taro, who wants to abandon his mission and live in the strange city. As he sends a killer digger truck after them, they all fall down a hole, winding up at an underground castle. The heroine and assistant are confronted by O-taro, who combines with the slimes to become a 'Killer Death Cat', though the fairies step in to help them. With help from the fairies, P-ko manages to defeat O-taro using a super powered microwave, which in turn restores their memories. After the gang manage to escape the city, it is revealed P-ko and O-taro, whose real names are Pioneer and Voyager, were deep space probes that gained humanoid form. O-taro makes P-ko realize that deep inside, like himself, she does not want to leave the warmth of the solar system. Hearing these thoughts, the heroine sabotages the electric generator, stopping P-ko and O-taro from being able to leave before reworking them to become wind-up powered. 
07 "The Fairies' Time Management (Part 1)"
(妖精さんたちの、じかんかつようじゅつ Yōsei-san-tachi no, Jikan Katsuyō Jutsu
August 13, 2012
As the heroine is sent by her grandfather to look for his assistant, she encounters someone who looks exactly like her. Things only get stranger as she starts to encounter a lot of deja vu and encounters more versions of herself, with no clear memory over what is happening. She soon learns it to be the work of the fairies, who are manipulating time in order to get several copies of the heroine to make sweets for them. After several loops resulting in hundreds of clones making sweets, the heroine soon encounters a village full of dogs where the assistant lies. 
08 "The Fairies' Time Management (Part 2)"
(妖精さんたちの、じかんかつようじゅつ Yōsei-san-tachi no, Jikan Katsuyō Jutsu
August 20, 2012
As the heroine reflects on her multiple timeloops, she focuses on the details about the assistant given to her by her grandfather and the doctor looking after him. During a certain timeloop between the fourth and fifth times, the fairies make a bug which takes the heroine "far away", where she encounters a boy whom she thinks is the assistant, finding him to be an excitable and lecherous young boy who calls himself the Ringo Kid. It turns out that Ringo Kid was the younger version of the heroine's grandfather from the distant past. After hearing more about him from her doubles during the fifth time, the heroine meets the assistant on the sixth, finding him to have a gentler and plain personality, believing he had finally found his own personality, using the doubles to get opinions from others about how he should be. 
09 "The Fairy's Survival Skills"
(妖精さんの、ひょうりゅうせいかつ Yōsei-san no, Hyōryū Seikatsu
August 27, 2012
After an increase in fairy population leads to bullying, the heroine is sent to accompany asylum seeking fairies to find a new home for them. Through various circumstances, the heroine ends up stranded on an island in the middle of the ocean, along with a group of pessimistic fairies who declare her the queen of their new nation. The fairies' motivation to work on building their new nation soon increases their population. The nation soon evolves into a bustling civilization dedicated to serving its queen, who begins living in luxury. Upon cultivating a plant that can produce candy, the fairies' research and development soon turn the nation into a literal candy island. However, after a lapse in judgement causes everyone to build monuments everywhere, the island is soon ruined and devoid of food and water, sending it into poverty. The heroine feels they should leave the island, but remains trapped by a rainstorm caused by the collective depression of the fairies. After the island ends up collapsing on itself, the heroine returns to dry land and her daily life. 
10 "The Fairy's Earth"
(妖精さんの、ちきゅう Yōsei-san no, Chikyū
September 3, 2012
The heroine begins her job as a mediator and finds it not to be what she expected. Whilst observing an abandoned site, she encounters a group of fairies and brings some of them home with her. After getting over the initial worries, the heroine finds the fairies to be quite talkative and curious and gives them some names, only to be tasked with naming all the other fairies as well. Finding the abandoned site she found them at turned into a metropolis overnight, she gives the fairy population a naming dictionary so they can decide on their own names. The next day, the heroine finds herself hailed as a god and ends up causing chaos when she tries to pass the responsibility onto someone else, leading the city to be destroyed. 
11 "The Fairy's Secret Tea Party (Part 1)"
(妖精さんの、ひみつのおちゃかい Yōsei-san no, Himitsu no Ochakai
September 10, 2012
The heroine thinks back to when she was ten and began attending school, having to start at the lowest grade. As she decides to remain inconspicuous and focus on skipping through the grades, she finds herself the target of bullying from some of the other students, including a young Y, leading her to alienate a girl referred to as 'Curly' who tries to become her friend, believing her to be the mastermind. One day, the heroine rescues a fairy from a group of bullies and has it tag along with her. As the stress of her school life leads the heroine to admit to herself that she feels lonely, the fairy does something before disappearing. The heroine finds Curly has joined her in skipping grades, also facing some bullying from jealous peers. As the heroine decides to repay some of her kindness, she finds Curly to be disturbingly affectionate with her. Curly then moves into the heroine's dorm and invites her to join a secret organisation called the Wildrose Society. 
12 "The Fairy's Secret Tea Party (Part 2)"
(妖精さんの、ひみつのおちゃかい Yōsei-san no, Himitsu no Ochakai
September 17, 2012
Whilst spending time having tea parties with the Wildrose Society, the heroine learns that Y was once part of the society. A year later, the heroine moves up to year 4 and becomes Y's classmate. She soon learns Y had been stealing books to build her own yaoi library. In exchange for her not revealing her secret, Y sneaks the heroine into the rooms of the other Wildrose members, revealing their hidden agendas, including how mentally unstable Curly is. After learning all of this, the heroine joins Y in searching for a true fairy tea party, and over the years they rekindle with the Wildrose Society. As the heroine, Y and Curly discover a room full of robots, the heroine remembers about the fairy she met years ago. After everyone graduates and the school is torn down, the heroine is visited by Y, who brings her the robot from the school dorms, which is soon revealed to contain the fairy she had met at school. 
Bonus episodes
No. Title Release date
EX01 "Mankind's Survival of the Fittest #1"
(人間さんの、じゃくにくきょうしょく #1 Ningen-san no, Jakuniku Kyōshoku #1
September 19, 2012
Whilst sorting through a box of curious items left behind by the fairies, the heroine finds a spoon that lets her scoop flour out of her head. However, she ends up overusing it and winds up small. 
EX02 "Mankind's Survival of the Fittest #2"
(人間さんの、じゃくにくきょうしょく #2 Ningen-san no, Jakuniku Kyōshoku #2
October 17, 2012
Unable to get help from the grandpa, due to the way her miniature form transforms her speech patterns, the heroine searches for the fairies but comes up against a hungry bird. 
EX03 "Mankind's Survival of the Fittest #3"
(人間さんの、じゃくにくきょうしょく #3 Ningen-san no, Jakuniku Kyōshoku #3
November 21, 2012
After narrowly escaping the bird, the heroine meets an intelligent hamster named Yameta whose civilization is under threat from weasels. 
EX04 "Mankind's Survival of the Fittest #4"
(人間さんの、じゃくにくきょうしょく #4 Ningen-san no, Jakuniku Kyōshoku #4
December 19, 2012
The weasels' attack sends the heroine flying into a pond, where she is rescued by a handsome looking fairy. 
EX05 "Mankind's Survival of the Fittest #5"
(人間さんの、じゃくにくきょうしょく #5 Ningen-san no, Jakuniku Kyōshoku #5
January 16, 2013
The heroine gives up on trying to find a way to change back and enjoys her luxurious new life. However, whilst doing some cooking, she ends up using the spoon on herself again, becoming even smaller. She soon learns that the spoon converts her intelligent thoughts into flour, shrinking her to match her intelligence. 
EX06 "Mankind's Survival of the Fittest #6"
(人間さんの、じゃくにくきょうしょく #6 Ningen-san no, Jakuniku Kyōshoku #6
February 20, 2013
The fairies' realizing that she is shrinking, take her to her own home without realizing that they are the same person thinking that they can get some help. There they find more of the flour (which used to be her brains) with which they proceed to make cookies. Accidentally eating one before dying, the heroine realizes that it restored some of her intelligence and height. By keeping the fairies from eating the freshly made cookies, she ends up eating all of them and going back to normal. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "人類は衰退しました 1" [Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita 1] (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "人類は衰退しました 8" [Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita 8] (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ "人類は衰退しました 1" [Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita 1] (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "人類は衰退しました 6" [Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita 6] (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "人類衰退之後(01)" [Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita 1] (in Chinese). Sharp Point Press. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ikki 最新号紹介" [Ikki New Issue Introduction] (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on December 16, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ "月刊IKKI 7月号" [Monthly Ikki July issue] (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ "人類は衰退しました のんびりした報告" [Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita: Nonbirishita Hōkoku] (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ "月刊IKKI 8月号" [Monthly Ikki August issue] (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ "人類は衰退しました ようせい、しますか? 1" [Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita: Yōsei, Shimasu ka? 1] (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ "人類は衰退しました ようせい、しますか? 3" [Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita: Yōsei, Shimasu ka? 3] (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Angel Beats/P4's Kishi Directs Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita". Anime News Network. December 15, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita Anime Slated for Next Summer". Anime News Network. November 17, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita Anime". Anime News Network. July 1, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Otakon 2013 - Sentai Filmworks". Anime News Network. August 9, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 

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