Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Mayoiga: The Lost Village Episode #3 Review

Why are you sticking up for a criminal?!

What They Say:
A shady bus tour of young men and women are headed to an elusive village called Nanakimura. A destination where people can partake in a utopian existence, free of the world's obstacles... or so goes the rumor. Heading deep into the mountains, the bus is carrying 30 different individuals, each harboring their own expectations and troubled hearts. What they had arrived to was an uninhabited village with lingering, faint scents of life. It was falling apart. Just what is the secret of Nanakimura?

The Review:
(Please note that the content portion of the review may contain spoilers)
At the end of last week's episode, we were left with the cliffhanger ending of Yottsun and Masaki being totally MIA. Luckily for us, though, Masaki is discovered huddled against a tree in the woods after a search party is formed. Completely terrified (Or at least acting that way...dun dun dun) Masaki goes on to retell the events of yesterday in a brief, possibly true yet possibly false story. According to her, Yottsun had just decided to wander off for no reason as the two were walking through Nanakimura -- disappearing into the woods and not being seen again. However, several members of the group are quick to denounce this tale of Masaki's and, instead, create some theories of their own. Regardless, Yottsun is still missing -- but who cares about that guy anyway?

Considering one of the more prominent Yottsun-theories is that he tried to rape Masaki and then ran way after feeling bad about it (Something not very commonly done by rapists), the group decides to split into four smaller groups to better flesh out sleeping arrangements. However, one of these arrangements puts eyepatch-ponytail-man and Jack in the same room. Ponytail then goes on a rant about how Jack is stealing his image and after one thing leads to another, Jack attacks ponytail man with a garden hoe and ruins his jacket. Devastated by the loss of his favorite jacket, ponytail man states that Jack must be killed or something like that. Needless to say, the group decides against killing Jack and instead locks him away in a nearby jail Valkana found while looking for Yottsun and Masaki. One thing we learn about Jack, though, is that Maimai actually used to go to school with him. Turns out that Jack once attacked another student in school as a result of constant bullying. Of course, this doesn't matter to Lovepon and she cries about how he needs to be executed either way.

As the day comes to an end, Mitsumune is left with an uneasy feeling about leaving Jack all alone in his jail cell. Filled with sympathy, he makes his way toward the cabin Jack is kept in and ultimately comes across Maimai on the way. As it turns out Maimai isn't actually a bitch -- she's just tsundere! Who knew? Mitsumune and Maimai talk for a bit before they are joined by Lovepon, also on her way to see Jack. Well, actually, she's on her way to ensure that Jack is executed...but it doesn't look like that is going to happen tonight. After Maimai and Mitsumune confront Lovepon about how you can't just kill everybody, she throws a temper tantrum and tackles Mitsumune literally off of a bridge and into the water. After fighting off being drowned by Lovepon (And seeing her bra. Woo.), Mitsumune starts running away -- only to find Yottsun's body floating down the river.


In Summary:
Mayoiga's third instalment has more of the same stuff we've been seeing since the series began. With things beginning to heat up a bit, I'd say it's only a matter of time until this show starts getting really Lord Of The Flies-ish. The tension growing amongst some of the characters is definitely going to keep this series interesting, even if the plot (For some reason) begins to slow down. With glimpses into the pasts of characters like Valkana and Jack, it's safe to say that we're finding out more information about the group each episode. I'm just curious to see why Lovepon is...the way she is.

Grade: B

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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