The Slow Burn Continues:
As with the previous two episodes, this one took its time before getting to the juicy parts – and juicy they were. In a series as outlandish as this, it’s rather brave for Mayoiga to take its time, but I’m not as fussed by it as others seem to be. I’ve read that some are bored or just want things to go crazy, and I want that too, but I’m glad we’re getting to know all these characters before it goes horribly wrong. Which leads onto the other critique I’m seeing – that the characters are unlikeable. Well, duh! Almost everyone in this cast is insufferable, but that just makes the prospect of them getting tortured and killed one-by-one even more entertaining. Perhaps that’s a little sadistic, but it’s exactly what you can expect from this sort of show. In a way, Mayoiga shares similarities with Koutetsujou no Kabaneri; both are made to be entertaining, not compelling or intelligently written. So far I’m having fun with both of them.
Thankfully, the killings have now begun, and things are getting crazier by the minute. There were so many hilarious scenes littered throughout this episode, whether intentional or not (I’m willing to bet Okada and the staff involved know exactly how ridiculous this all is, and they’re just rolling with it). Whether it’s characters talking about legs being their best features, Lovepon’s obsession with executions, or the group turning on Masaki for no good reason, it’s hard to take any of these characters seriously. I’m sure there are some decent people here, but the assholes are certainly the loudest at this stage. Until they start dropping like flies, we probably won’t know who is genuine within the group, if any.
As I predicted last week, Yottsun is the first to die (thank god for that), with his drowned body drifting by the river at the end of the episode. So who killed him? Clearly he noticed something in the woods, and Mitsumine saw a mysterious (and not so friendly) eye amidst the panic. My prediction is that there is a survivor from the previous inhabitants who perhaps has some animalistic/supernatural qualities. If the theory that the bus driver’s body was taken over last episode is true, then maybe some of the group are already out to destroy what peace remains.
I’d say Hyouketsu and Jack’s drama was probably the most interesting part of the episode. Jack’s brevity has made him a distinctive character and early favourite among viewers, so I’m glad we’re getting more of him this early. I have to admit, I thought all hell was going to be let loose when he picked up the hoe and attacked Hyouketsu, who, for the record, is one of the most insufferable characters. That leads to the group rightfully turning on Jack and locking him underground, but it appears there may be more to his backstory. Still, bullying and actually stabbing or attacking someone is a different story. My diagnosis is the boy is a bit of a psycho.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Speaking of those who aren’t quite right in the head – Lovepon! I think she might be one of my early favourite, if only because of how utterly ridiculous she is. Her obsession with executions is morbid, but I’ve laughed every time she’s forced her way into someone else’s conversation. And to top it all off, she turns on Mitsumine in the final minutes and straight up goes in for the kill. Will she be the next to be ostracized from the group? Her and Jack are perhaps the most interesting characters so far, if only because of how dangerous they appear. Yet it’s clear they’re not the true danger that awaits the group. We’re now down to 29… so who will be the next to be taken out? The couple (whose names I can’t remember nor do I care to) are a good bet. They’re not the worst, but they’re still pretty irritating. Truthfully, we’re spoiled for choice – there’s so many shitty people here whose deaths would be anything but boring. Until next week!