Posted by psgels on 11 September 2012 with categories: Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita

So in the first half of Jinrui, the order of episodes is all jumbled up, but in the second half, there is a clear order, and all of the episodes are airing in reverse. So indeed: the series ends with the period at which Watashi attended school.

This episode was quite a bit different from the usual episodes. For once, there was hardly any focus on the fairies: only one of them appeared at all in this episode, and its role was pretty minor. Instead this episode finally brings a bit of depth to Watashi herself by showing how she turned into that cynical future version of her, explaining that she was both bullied, and refusing to befriend others. I think that that’s also why she took a liking to Assistant so much: he did not try to invade her personal space. At all.

So yeah, in terms of characters, this is going to be a great ending. But in terms of the show’s themes, I’m not so sure. Again, there were very little fairies.

Unless the title of this episode can be interpreted literally. I only realized that this episode had a very weird title just now: “The Fairies’ Secret Tea Party”. I mean, that has absolutely nothing to do with this episode, unless you assume that the group of girls that Watashi ran into at the end of this episode were actually fairies in some sort of disguise.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

15 Responses

  1. wicked says:

    Seeing how the youngest of them all, blonde curls ,is already certifiable, I can only assume the rest of the girls are way more advanced in the way of just being batsh*t crazy

  2. bladeblur says:

    Is that an episode review?:|

  3. Iamgay says:

    Hi, I just noticed that the blonde-haired girl has the same eye colour (blue) as the blonde-haired assistant-kun.

    Hm…

  4. Vance says:

    Uhhh … no. The episodes are not airing in reverse order.

    It goes like this: 10-7-8-5-6-(9?)1-2-(9?)-3-4

    Episode 11 is not chronologically first. Now as a mediator, she is awaiting somebody she met at school, and then you get a flashback to her school days. Episode 11 could literally take place before many points in the series until further information is revealed in episode 12.

    • Cytl says:

      Good numbering. At first I thought all episodes but 9th were coupled in reverse order but your order makes perfect sense. I think ep9 after ep2 is the right answer, because between ep6 and ep1 Watashi had short-hair. Let’s see were ep11 and ep12 fall into the order.

  5. Mark says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if nothing more was explained about the setting of the show.

    My favourite visual novel, Cross Channel, was written by the author of Jinrui’s novels and that had an excellent mysterious setting but was ultimately about the characters. Not much of the setting was really explained however there were hints sprinkled here and there sometimes. The whole time it felt like a mystery that would be revealed but never was, however the ending was so good that you aren’t really bothered. And the setting’s lack of explanation leaves a lot to the imagination.

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  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 11:52 AM)
    @ratsgnoF: just look at Yukinon. She has major problems to get over before she can consider a relationship with anyone. In the end Haruno was right: she relies on Hachiman too heavily and it isn’t good. If anything they need space to let her disentangle her emotions and find solid ground to her life.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 10:42 AM)
    Now time to watch Fate/Zero and see what the fuss was all about.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 10:41 AM)
    I think that’s a great and fair review of UBW. I would’ve gave it 8/10, but hey, close nuff’.
  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 03:48 AM)
    How would that be toxic?
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 02:31 AM)
    From a critical perspective it was rock solid. Directing, writing, soundtrack – all were excellent. A great cliffhanger for this arc of the teenage condition.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 02:27 AM)
    ratsgnoF: thanks, may skim through those later.
    Personal reaction to the finale: welp. Things are a complete mess, Yukino x 8man would be a toxic relationship and Yui x 8man would be far healthier, potentially even good.
  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 01:43 AM)
  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 01:41 AM)
  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 01:40 AM)
    Here are some of the monologues that weren’t really shown in the anime. They’re very well written. https://kyakka.wordpress.com/yahari-light-novel/volume-10/first-memorandum/ https://kyakka.wordpress.com/yahari-light-novel/volume-10/second-memorandum/
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 01:11 AM)
    Ah, then yes, almost certainly. I’d go as far as to expect the author also spends significant time with teenagers to capture their mentality so well.
    I imagine it’d be easier for teens to get emotionally invested, but I’d also say there’s a deeper level they wouldn’t really ‘get’ until older. We can evaluate what we see with a hindsight teens cannot have, so we aren’t worse off for being older.

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