Arriving at Nanakimura:
This episode of Mayoiga wasn’t packed with surprises, but one thing that has caught me off guard is how slow the build up is compared to what I imagine will be absolute mayhem in the weeks to come. I expected some less relevant characters to get offed in this episode, but that is not the case (or so it seems…). In fact, the first half of the episode still focused on the characters journeying to Nanakimura. But for as slow as it was, I must say that my favourite scene would have to be the opening one: when the bus slowly drove over the bridge and through mist, accompanied by the dramatic and invasive music. It felt like a scene from a horror movie, more specifically, It Follows.
There were a few noteworthy details scattered throughout this episode, and as you’d expect this early in the game, we’re not getting any answers just yet. That may annoy some people, but considering this is a mystery that’s likely going to be dragged out till the end, I have no qualms in waiting. Scenes like the bus driver looking shocked as someone approached his window after everyone else had left him, for example. Who could that have been? Is it perhaps the same thing that left those marks in the ground? I’m not an expert in animal prints, so if anyone could identify what could have caused them, that would be very helpful. But even that may not be easy to answer if things are going to get supernatural. We also see something darting through the forest, and a purposeful shot that makes it seem like something was watching everyone arrive at the village.
And what a village it is. Something is watching them from the shadows, but it appears nobody has lived in Nanakimura for over a year (according to the dust expert). I liked seeing the characters wandering through the broken buildings and overgrown streets – it sets up the uncertain mood before things go awry. One detail that stands out to me is the e-mail sent out so the group would know how to reach the village. Since there’s no connection that far in the wilderness, who could have sent those directions? Is someone trying to lure them all there to murder them one-by-one? Have the previous inhabitants turned feral and need investigating? Is this a never-ending cycle where a new group arrives before they eventually vanish (with no sign of foul play) before another group comes along? So many questions, so many possibilities.
A Plethora of Unlikable Weirdos:
One reason I hope characters start dying soon (and I’m sure they will) is that there’s just far too many of them. It doesn’t detract from my enjoyment, but once we narrow down to a more manageable sized group, things should become easier to understand and we’ll see what roles everyone fits into. For now, there’s just a bunch of unlikable weirdoes doing and saying shifty things. We’ve got a possible detective in the group, a deranged girl who is obsessed with executions, and a rapper who appears to be taking advantage of Masaki. I sure hope we don’t have to witness him assaulting her next week; hopefully he never gets that far. By the end of the episode we find out that both of them have gone missing, which pretty much confirms that Yottsun will be the first character killed off, which pleases me. He’s the most unlikable of the bunch, but there appears to be plenty more detestable characters hanging around still.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Not as exciting as the premiere, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The high tension opening and slow build-up should pay off in later episodes once things get crazy. Mayoiga does seem like a show that would be fun to binge watch, but there’sto be plenty to get out of it from watching week-by-week. As the mystery builds and we get more hints to the truth of this abandoned village, things could get really interesting. Or ridiculous. Or both.