I really don’t see the point of going out of order with this show. But hey, it’s not like anyone’s ever done that before!
Less Awful than Usual
I’ve been complaining a lot about this show. I keep coming up with reasons only to have people convince me that all my reasons are wrong.
At one point I complained that the show was pointless. It throws in random thing after random thing with no central point. Then someone pointed out that the repeated decline of humanity is the central point. Which is true, I suppose. It just isn’t a particularly interesting point. And I would still maintain that a good portion of the show is only tangentially related to this point, if at all.
At another time, I complained that the show was purely cynical. Which is true for the most part. I’m no longer convinced that will necessarily make for a bad show though.
I’ve also complained that the show doesn’t have any characters that I care about. I think this episode proved that that may have been part of the answer. I liked this episode entirely due to the fact that it made me care about Watashi. Specifically, it made me hate her for being such a self-centered jerk, but liking or disliking isn’t really the point. It’s just the fact that I care. Up to this point, Humanity has Declined has lacked any human interest factor whatsoever. I can’t say that about this particularly episode.
But ultimately, I don’t need any excuses for why I don’t like the show. I just don’t.
This episode was different from the rest for another reason as well: it seems to counteract the rest of the show’s overwhelming cynicism. Watashi’s negativity turns to have just been plain wrong. The little girl wasn’t the mastermind, she genuinely did want to be friends. Now, she may be a bit crazy, but that’s a different matter. Watashi was never alone. She had no one but herself to blame.