This episode made the main character out to be quite the villain. Her conversation with Y… wow. Just wow. Blackmail? Espionage? Lying? Nothing is beyond her. And she is one of the least crazy people in the school.
But it was refreshing to see her revealed as an unrepentant asshole. I enjoyed this last arc the most, and that’s because this was a decidedly human story.
For a show purporting to show how humanity has declined, we’ve seen remarkably little of humanity. Mostly we see a cynic by herself along with a mute and a bunch of fairies and / or robots. It’s kind of weird when you think about it that this show has so little human involvement.
But now that I think about it, it makes perfect sense. To present their vision of the decline of humanity, this show needs to avoid showing humans. Why?
Because even a cursory inspection of humanity reveals the story’s vision of humanity to be flat out bullshit. In the envisioned world of the future, humanity has just plain given up. Humanity has declined, and they’re content with that. Ready to die out peacefully.
But if there’s one thing humanity never does, it’s give up. You can throw people in prison, enslave them, conquer them, do whatever the hell you want, but humanity never gives up.
And we see that in the students. As crazy as they are, all of the characters here are passionately and hopefully living their lives despite humanity’s “decline”. They haven’t given up. And why would they? Humans don’t give up.
This is the central conceit of Humanity has Declined: they show that humanity has declined by not showing any humans. Because when humans do show up, they make short work of the story’s own premise.