Let me go back to what I was saying about anime blogs a few days ago. The main point is just as applicable to anime itself. What does it take to make a good anime, at the bare minimum?
1. Have something to say.
2. Say it.
This show fails at step #1. What are they trying to say? I have no idea.
This episode sort of attempts to say something about the nature of life. I think. There are still the underlying themes of why the human race has declined, laziness, lack of responsibility, and so on. The creators throw a few ineffective cracks at political correctness. We have the fatalistic human monument project continuing its work. We take cracks at shounen battle anime (like *that* hasn’t been done before!). We have space probes that just don’t want to be alone.
There are even more mysteries from the previous episode that haven’t been solved. Who built the city? What happened to it? What are the slimes? What are the fairies? I assume we’ll get answers to some of these questions eventually, but the problem is the lack of focus. There’s so much going on that they don’t concentrate on what’s important. I don’t know what they point is.
Humanity has Declined tries to say everything, and hence ends up saying nothing at all.