Humanity Has Declined 5-6: Here I Am Sitting in a Tin Can
In this batch of Humanity Has Declined, this one flashes back to a few days before Watashi had her hair cut short. However, what act of humility in a lifeless universe took away those locks of hair for a temporary amount of time? And how did she feel about the birth of the Human Monument project? I think I’ve got these down to a T. I think.
The arc starts off in an era where the CLT Director was still a successful guy (and not the nutbar who took over FairyCo. from the chickens) as he is planning a dedication to electricity known as the Human Monument project. However, the microwave energy in such a prospect wards away fairies who could die from microwave poisoning. This becomes extremely problematic knowing that the less fairies by your side, the more likely your luck will run out and you won’t survive to see the end of the day.
Earlier on, a monolith shows up in a crater in the ground, notifying that it may or may not have crashed down from space. Through this light show, Watashi meets an acquaintance known at this time as Pion who fancies herself a human but is much more of a machine than a human. Her catgirl appearance doesn’t help her out any as her ears twitch alongside her mood as well, as well as her “memory shortage” in her pursuit of her partner Oyage.
The next day, Watashi and Assistant are assigned to investigate an abandoned hikkikomori town that blocks microwaves. After days on end with water, electricity, and rations slowly running low, a fairy pops up from Watashi’s tea mug to point her to a water source. This water source, however, turns out to be technicolor blobs with acid stomachs.
During this chase, another adversary comes in the form of Friender who is getting ready to devour himself some Casshew. However, Pion pops up at the last minute to save her from the same fate as the Sun named Moon.
Pion continues to differentiate herself from humans by claiming she’s just a “human who runs on electricity” (just like me ……. ), but the start of the 7th ep. begins with the introduction of Oyage, the man Pion is waiting for. Unfortunately, he also has memory loss too and has since been replaced with a personality out of a shounen antagonist.
After another chase, Oyage shows off his ultimate form, a giant killer cat, as Watashi already calls off their duel & instructs an eager Assistant to do the same.
However, Oyage gets to have his fight as he tackles the embodiment of fairies through a giant squid. However, after losing to the microwaves that caused him to unwillingly gain back his memories, Oyage is knocked out by Pion who takes him back to the surface.
In a small hut, the two open up to Watashi about being satellites named Voyager and Pioneer who were tasked to discover new life in space. However, they are fully functioning beings so they were fully aware that they are floating around in space and fully broken from being away from their home in Earth for this long.
Watashi takes pity on them and decides to cut off the electricity needed for them to head back into space, but in return, she has to get her hair cut short as payment for letting them go as the episode ends with her keeping both of their monoliths on hand.
I’ve gotta say it took several viewings to get down everything to a T, but now that I have, I can say that these have been a rather peculiar batch of episodes. While they don’t have much of the social commentary present in the other episodes, there is a lot of emotional weight in its stead with Oyage and Pion’s plight adding some insight on how everything has it’s own life in a way. Whilst anthropomorphic satellites might be a stretch, it has the Shinto sensibility that there is enough depth into everything that rather than being sent away and ignored, it should be embraced. The rest of the two episodes has a blend of the surreal happenings within their universe and some insight on Watashi’s tasks before the events of the 1st episode but nonetheless these two have been an interesting change of pace when it comes to the content.