Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mayoiga: The Lost Village Episode #7 Review

At some point, I just sort of became Tokimune.

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)
Okay, so, this week's episode starts with Mitsumune and Masaki running away from a giant, stuffed penguin. No, wait, there's more. Just as expected, we receive confirmation that the "monsters" everyone keeps seeing are in fact manifestations of their biggest fears -- or just hurdles they are trying to cross over. With that being said, we obviously need to figure out why Mitsumune's fear is a giant penguin. Well, as it turns out, the penguin is actually just a symbol -- a reminder of his [twin] brother, Tokimune.

When Mitsumune and Tokimune were young, a tragic accident occurred and ultimately resulted in Tokimune plunging to his death. After witnessing the passing of her son, Mitsumune's mom went into denial and spiraled into an intense state of mental instability. Long story short, she goes completely insane and starts referring to Mitsumune as Tokimune in order to trick herself into believing her son never actually died. Mitsumune, however, just winds up accepting this at the behest of his father and doctor. Originally, they were only going to allow Mitsumune's renaming to be temporary, but as he grew older, it became harder and harder to tell his mother the truth. After putting up with being called by his brother's name for almost his entire life, Mitsumune became fed up and left home in order to start a new life as...well, himself. Queue his place in Nanakimura.

As Mitsumune and Masaki continue to run away from the rest of the group, they come across the tunnel where Maimai saw her biggest fear, a giant Mitsumune. Masaki winds up telling Mitsumune that in order to leave the village, he must conquer his fears. She then runs directly through the stuffed penguin and leaves Mitsu to fend for himself. Needless to say, Mitsumune has his ass kicked by a giant stuffed penguin and is left to venture back to the village on his own. Upon his return, everyone apologizes for trying to kill him and whatnot. (This would never work in real life). Once he goes to sleep, the rest of the group goes out and somehow captures Masaki. Their new goal - "Find out if she is really a ghost or not". The best way to do this? Stabbing her I guess. At least that's what Hayato thinks.

Of course, stabbing her seems a little too intense for some of the villagers. I mean, what if she isn't actually a ghost? Eventually, Mitsumune wakes up thanks to Lion and Nanko and they all rush to Masaki's aid. In a fit of rage brought on by his only friend turning against him, Hayato winds up slashing Masaki's arm. And, instead of using her ghostly powers to heal herself, she starts to bleed. Uh oh. Now Hayato looks like a big jerk. Mitsumune, totally pissed that his best friend just stabbed the girl he likes, punches Hayato right in the mouth. This, of course, prompts Valkana to restrain him by tackling him to the ground. Just before things get even more intense, Masaki screams and begs for everyone to leave Mitsumune alone because he's suffered enough. Awe, she's cute even when she's tied to a pole.

In Summary:
Mayoiga continues to pick up steam in terms of both excitement and development. We're getting to see more examples of mass hysteria which completely reinforce the thought that there is absolutely no turning back from this point on. At this point, there is basically no hope for everyone banding together as solving their monster-issue as a single unit. With tensions steadily rising between group members who were once close, I expect to see a boost to the overall intensity level of interpersonal feuding. As always, Mayoiga remains exceptionally interesting.

Grade: B

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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