“Three Yuuna’s Is a Crowd”
The Blame Game:
Mayoiga certainly isn’t playing by conventional rules – at least not the rules you’d expect from a thriller/murder mystery/horror like this. There may be an abundance of tropes (mainly the good, fun kind), but it’s spending way longer basking in its own absurdity to actually get to the point. I expected shit to get crazy about two weeks ago, but we’re still at the set-up stage, and characters are going missing at a very slow rate. Yottsun is dead, Jack has escaped/was let out from his cell, and his good friend Mr. Judgement – who was last seen panicking in the woods – has also vanished. I’m sure Jack will return and play a part in the story to come, but I suspect Judgement may be a goner. And if he is, then good. He was one of the genuinely annoying characters in a cast of purposefully unlikeable weirdos. Some I wouldn’t mind going next week, but there are others who I think add an extra weirdness to the group dynamics that if they were suddenly removed the episodes would be less enjoyable. I think you all know who I’m talking about: Lovepon!
Lovepon is the most identifiable of the entire cast, and so far her obsession with executions has been nothing but hilarious, especially now that she’s joined a group of other unhappy campers who fool Mitsumune and lock him away. But Lovepon wants to go all out and murder the boy; she did try to drown him not too long ago, after all. And how does Mitsumune react to all this drama? He’s more focused on that fact that he’s talking to girls! He’s not even dense in the harem sort of way, he’s just… so unlike what you’d expect from a main character of this sort of show. He has a personality, but he always seems to me like a side character getting more of the spotlight. At least there is a massive cast and plenty of characters to enjoy; whether you love or hate them, I don’t think you’d going to be bored with them. At least not the ones that matter – there are dead weights still floating around, but hopefully once things start rolling, we won’t have to concern ourselves with their normalcy.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Apologies for the lateness of this post. Real life is ridiculous right now; this past week I’ve only watched the two anime I’m covering even though I’m watching 30 overall. But still, Mayoiga is never dull, even though it’s taking its time. There’s so much nonsense happening that I usually find myself laughing or smiling throughout the episodes. You can question whether that’s intentional or not, but I can’t imagine a world where this is all meant to be taken seriously. The characters are ridiculous, the developments bizarre, and we’re all waiting for things to go horribly wrong. Each week I think it’s just around the corner, but Mayoiga’s pacing has been a bit of a surprise. Still, it always manages to end on the weirdest note with every episode – last week with a giant Mitsumune and the revelation of the driver’s dead daughter, and this week with a giant smoke monster looming over the forest. I… I don’t even know what to think right now. Perhaps it’s better to just experience Mayoiga rather than actually think about it.