You’ve got to wonder, sometimes, if importers and translators just get bored sometimes and see how much silliness they can get away with when they’re re-branding a show for America. I’m struggling to think of any other logical reason for why a pastel-colored shojo series about a cute girl and her kingdom of little elves would be tiled HUMANITY HAS DECLINED. That honestly sounds like one of those fake art house films Woody Allen took Diane Keaton out to in ANNIE HALL.
Most times, any review that questions “What drugs were these people on?” will alert me to the reviewer being a real boring person with a small mind. Lord knows, that was specific question posited a lot in write-ups about my comics (as if any sort of surrealism was beyond basic understanding of a fantasy fan.) However, this might be one of the first times where that question seems just and due - - because this pilot episode sends some seriously puzzling mixed messages.
My playful side wants to imagine some scenario where Keebler hired some Japanese animation studio to make an extended commercial about their elves and was stupefied to get a product back that veered far away from was commissioned. I can imagine the agreement being voided over breach of contract, or something, and the studio being left with a bunch of material they had to hastily re-purpose into what I just watched.
How else could one explain an otherwise cute and fluffy girl’s adventure periodically digressing into scenes of skinned-and-beheaded undead chickens running around and anthropomorphic toast robots who rip their own brains out in grisly-yet-manic acts of suicide?
Or maybe this is just some subversive pastiche of children’s programming which plays on Japan’s Adult Swim equivalent… and I’m just not in on the joke?
Watch this episode, “The Fairies’ Secret Factory, Part 1” below and decide for yourself.