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Y was assigned to work on the Human Monument project, but instead kicks off the BL Manga revolution.
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For this episode of Humanity Has Declined, we skip forward to the winter. A colleague of the Mediator named Y arrives in the village driving a ridiculous steam-powered automobile (since Y is also a Mediator, I will start referring to the pink-haired heroine as Watashi or “I” as she is listed in the credits). Watashi was at the academy with Y, and doesn’t seem to be too enthused to see her. It’s apparent that Y’s passionate, carefree nature clashes with Watashi’s more cynical, methodical outlook on things.
Y reveals she’s been assigned to the Human Monument project that Watashi was once a part of. You’ll remember that it was Watashi’s failure at this yet-unseen project that caused her to cut her hair before the events of episode one. Watashi doesn’t feel particularly challenged or jealous, though, by Y’s new assignment. She knows Y’s personality, and she’s certain Y will waste time fooling around before eventually admitting defeat and asking for reassignment. This seems all the more certain when Y admits outright that she has no interest in humanity’s history or culture.
Y’s interest changes with a visit to a nearby mansion that’s still connected to the power grid. Inside are ancient photocopier machines, and compact diskettes that contain data of an unknown origin. Y decides to print out the data, and what does she find but a huge cache of yaoi manga? Her newfound wealth in yaoi awakens the fujoshi inside of Y, and she decides to print and share this material with others.
Soon, yaoi fanzines have sprung up in direct competition with Y’s own. (Where everyone is getting all of this paper in a post-apocalyptic wasteland is unexplained, but you have to accept it.) The competition of BL magazines heats up until Y eventually hosts what is essentially a Comiket in Camphorwood village. It’s all a cute look at how media markets work, but this isn’t why we watch Humanity Has Declined.
No, what we watch it for is what Watashi is worried about, which is that the fairies will see how much fun people are having with BL manga, and want to get involved. Involved in their screwed-up way that has birthed suicidal bread robots and evil sentient chickens. We keep waiting for the twist, but it only arrives at the episode’s end, when it appears Watashi and Y have been captured within the pages of a manga volume of fairy creation.
All in all, episode 3 is a disappointing one, but it’s still entertaining. It also lowers the scope of its social critique to otaku culture, or perhaps more broadly, popular culture. Is it hypocritical for a piece of otaku culture to make fun of otaku culture? Or is its attempt to make fun of BL culture an attempt to immunize itself against this charge?
It was inevitable that there would be an episode of Humanity Has Declined that didn’t have a single, electric moment of bizarre humor that perfectly encapsulated the appeal of the series. I’m just disappointed it had to be so early. That said, the episode constantly teases the viewer with hints that the fairies will storm in and bring their nonsense, and the feeling of suspense is wonderful. It just appears that the punchline isn’t going to be delivered until next week.
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Utakoi has certainly charmed in its first two episodes with what it presented with different characters and situations, yet all still connected. The show brings us to an interesting time period where the focus on the elites of the day and their issues definitely has its appeal since its so strict in social structure and what can be allowed. Tying it all to the poem side of things may seem a bit forced at first, but that’s mostly just a trapping that allows us to view it in a particular context. With its very well done designs and look, there’s a lot to like about the show as it introduces us to these varied characters, their hearts and their dreams. But also the things that bind them in a particular place and position due to their standing by birth.
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With each episode essentially standing on its own, there’s some appeal to it in that you can get various connections to it with previous ones but it can also tell its own tale. This one does a good job of dealing with two that were raised very close and find that there’s more to their relationship than they thought. But they also have to deal with the challenges that come with it, especially as it has a woman with a strong, stubborn personality that complicates things even more for him. While I enjoyed the episode, it felt like it was a bit weaker and not quite so well thought out as the previous two. Or that the characters just didn’t have really compelling character to them to make it work. It’s not bad, but it feels like it’s fallen short of what we’ve had already.
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