“Three Yuuna’s Is a Crowd”

「ユウナ3人いると紛らわしい」 (Yuuna 3 Nin Iru to Magirawashii)

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.



  1. I’m done with this show. Couldn’t make it through the episode, cause why the hell is everyone still listening to the Love-pon?!! All her character does is yell hysterically to execute everyone, cause that’s rational and sane.

    But even worse is the little secret council with the two survivalist nuts, annoying guy with glasses who trusts no one, AND FREAKING Love-Pon!! Cause that’s someone you can trust for rational and sane conclusions! Ugh, so done.

    This actually reminds me of the movie the Mist where everyone for some damn reason listened to that obnoxiously loony character played by Marcia Gay Harden.

    And if there was any anime to justifiably start criticizing OKADA THIS AND OKADA THAT, it’d be this one Enzo!!!!!!

    Bamboo Blade Cat
    1. lol I know perfectly well why you’re annoyed, but pardon me your annoyance is amusing enough I’m giggling troughout your post xD And ironically enough I read your post in hysterical and shouting way similar to Lovepon xDD

      1. haha, no worries, the level of irritation is on par with Love-pon’s hysterical behavior, that’s for sure, lol

        I liked the atmosphere of the show and the mystery plot, but I just have to check out once they start using Lovepon’s behavior as a plot driver of character actions. It’s just better for the blood pressure!

        If anyone can watch this without irritation and get genuine entertainment out of it, hey, more power to them. I may check in now and then just to see where the story goes.

        Bamboo Blade Cat
      2. On second thought, maybe I’ll watch it the same way I watched BBK, just have it on in the background and pay attention when something significant happens. That’ll work too.

        Bamboo Blade Cat
    2. Yeah, Lovepon’s insanity was silly at first, but unless we get some kind of background info on her to actually explain WHY she is like this and what the whole deal is with “protecting her identity” as her reason for coming to the village, then at this point, it’s just annoying and serves no purpose than to keep reminding us that she’s like this and that she should be the one locked up rather than Jack. At least Jack was given a basic background and so the way he reacted to being belittled by “Judgment” was at least understandable even if not right. On the other hand, Lovepon is not only constantly talking about executing someone else for the smallest of reasons but has already made a couple torture/murder attempts and yet nobody seems to bat an eye at her.

      1. Def. No matter how silly or crazy everyone is, they should all be ignoring Queen Crazy herself. I mean, c’mon, who would even listen to someone as cray cray as that?!

        Bamboo Blade Cat
    3. I’m not being patronising when I say this, but I really think if you’re taking Mayoiga and its characters 100% seriously then you’re watching it wrong. Clearly, it’s not the show for everyone, but once you turn off that critical part of your brain and view it for what it is, it’s possible to not rage over all the ridiculous details!

      1. How could you take something as ridiculous as this seriously? Everyone’s behavior is absurdly extreme and an overreaction. That’s fine, but when an outrageously crazy character like Lovepon drives the plot and other character actions, that’s when it becomes infuriating to watch (and pretty lazy). Other shows (like Lost) have done this without going that route, or at least can rein itself it. This is just some of the worst character tropes and plot beats all crammed into one show allowed to run wild.

        Bamboo Blade Cat
      2. Also, I’m totally not even viewing this critically, it’s not that type of show. Figured it be an interesting and fun mystery anime. Sadly, all the fun is sucked out of it from all the over the top characters. Over the top can be really fun, but this is not it.

        Bamboo Blade Cat
    4. You really shouldn’t give up on a show simply because it makes you feel. Quite the opposite, if you feel nothing throughout an episode, that’s when you should think about dropping it. But if it still has the ability to annoy/anger, don’t give up on it!

      1. But arguably, if you’re not enjoying expressing anger or annoyance and its hard to get through episodes without a legitimate reason, you shouldn’t force yourself to continue watching.

    5. My beef with mayoiga is that it tries to make every character chime in on an issue. I get the feeling some characters are given lines just for the sake of having lines rather than advancing the story.

    6. I understand what you meant, this show, it’s characters, their dialogues are not consistent at all, everything feels just flat and at this point (episode 5 !) I totally don’t care if they finish in the stomach of a wild monster of killed by some crazy psychopath. Damn, i know that in Higurashi i prayed for Keiichi’s (mental) safety !

      I’m also wondering sometimes if dialogues are not random, like the long scene with love-pon shouting nonsense around the fireplace, this is a scene meant to show that distrust, panic and suspicion were gaining momentum among this group, yet it was so badly done, it truly felt like a B movie…

      Mayoiga clearly struggles at handling so many people at the same time and the way the staging is set doesn’t help either.

  2. Then we found out that, mitsumune was schizophrenic and all of this was only his imagination after he survive bus accident from episode 1….yup let’s go with that and move on to other anime

    1. Schizophrenia huh… Perhaps, though so far from what I’ve studied, it primarily affects one’s sense of self, and the hallucinations tend to be auditory, as the self isn’t coherent. It’s a very hard condition to understand, many professionals don’t really get it either.

      Nishizawa Mihashi
    1. I can only speak for myself, but I don’t find Lovepon annoying in the slightest. She’s ridiculous, silly, and over the top, but she’s definitely entertaining.

      1. We should do a poll about the most annoying character. They’re all annoying in a way or another. Even the MC and the way he acts around girls is annoying.

        Still, I’m watching. Waiting for the shit to his the fan..

  3. So much setup, not enough deaths. Looks like the next episode will go into Lovepon’s past, which I guess is okay. It’s still pretty interesting how absurd this all is, but questions keep piling up and no answers are to be found. Obviously this is supernatural, but how are they going to be killed off? By ghosts, by each other? I feel like Mitsumine and Speedstar need to start showing why they’re the focal characters since both have been pretty unspectacular and dull for the last 5 episodes. I’d like to think of mitsumine as the wolf in sheep’s clothing, so I’m expecting him to do some crazy shit in a few episodes, hopefully the show doesn’t disappoint.

    1. We’re nearly half way through, but I’m still holding out hope for things to get batshit before too long. Lovepon and Neko Girl’s pasts should be interesting next week, but I agree that Mitsumune (and Masaki) have to actually do things soon.

  4. Still can’t believe these guys don’t bat a eye at Lovepon every time she goes on about torture and executing people. Did they forget she almost drowned Mitsumune

    1. To be fair, they arrived AFTER that whole thing happened, so…
      I think they just didn’t saw the act themselves and are taking her in the least serious way possible.

      Still kinda stupid, since they straight put Jack in prison while she seems to be completely insane even compared to him.

  5. I hate to be that guy, and I’m sorry in advance….but in all honesty, you would have to be a masochist in order to watch this show on a weekly basis.

    Seriously, week after week, I’m just waiting for something huge to happen. I’m not anxious for that thing to get explained right away because then what’s the point of a mystery, but faced with the other lame happenings in the episode, from people just talking nonsensical shit for some time, a thinks-he-knows-it-all paranoid pointing fingers at everyone, and a manic sociopath slowly infecting everyone around her with her craziness, this show barely has anything going for it that makes me enjoy it. Especially Love-pon, who makes me really wanna drop this show unless she dies, ugh. The one and only happening that I genuinely enjoyed came at the very end with giant creature, and then that thing is not gonna be explained right away as well. All that warrants that I just put this on hold until it finishes and then just marathon all of it.

    Mitsumune couldn’t be anymore one-dimensional and there is no sign of a development in his character anytime soon. The couple is as enjoyable as always -_-. And the 2 soldiers didn’t particularly have any reason to join paranoid’s side. Surprisingly, there are characters that make me wanna stay around despite everything else being very deterring. Despite his anger issues and because of his past, Valkana is actually more sane and sincere than people would like to give him credit for, and by extension, Koharun, because of her interactions with him and also because I kinda suspect her of hiding a secret. Lion, calm and collected, is like a fortuneteller of sorts, so I’d like to get to know her better. Maimai, because she feels down to earth in a good way IMO, and that’s kind of a miracle in this show, though it also makes for an undeniable death flag as well, so that sucks. And finally, Masaki. I don’t know why, but she’s slowly starting to feel like the Jacob of Mayoiga, what with her unusually calm behavior at the end of the episode, including not being surprised by that creature, and her hiding some possibly vital secrets to the village.

    So yeah, because of all this and since there is barely anything to think about once the episode is over, weekly viewing is probably the least enjoyable method of watching Mayoiga, especially since it seems the writer/s wants to keep the revelations to the end.

    1. Hopefully you can enjoy it more when marathoning. Shows like this tend to be best viewed that way, but I think there’s an argument to be made for watching it weekly as well.

  6. At this point I’m just watching the show to see just what the fuck Okada was smoking when writing this show. Seriously. Some people think this is a comedy but I’ve only cringed at the stupidity of these characters. Even the sensible guy is stupid for letting that batshit crazy Lovepon into his little group.

  7. Indeed, this is not a murder mystery or detective series. It is about a group of people arrived in forgotten village and bizarre things happens to them. It’s all about experiencing their situation and for us to see how that group of people react and interact with each other in that situation. This series is more on psychological kind of series and less on logical mystery murder solving 101.

  8. the series has offically jumped the shark penguin…
    but, thankfully to it’s zany cast, from survivalist crazies to resident death pernalty advocate (Lovepon!), we will have fun with all this madness…

    1. I suspect that before the genius loci of the place kill the new residents, the residents will kill each other first. The whole lot of them have glaring personality issues, which is why they left normal society. But of course, those same personality issues are going to stop them from actually forming a community.

  9. Sooo… I don’t know if anyone watching this show professes psychology, but so far from what I’ve been able to observe, these people make for the most challenging patients. One thing I know for a fact is that, especially if you’re specializing in clinical work, you have to be prepared for all kinds of incredibly strange, unique and bizarre conditions. Mitsumune. Yeah, people like him exist and the they test our patience. People like Jack definitely exist as well, but Lovepon? People like her are somewhat uncommon. That paranoid dude in the glasses, types like him almost ubiquitously exist.

    Whatever people’s reactions to this show, let’s just say they’re normal, even for those who have some kind of condition. Irritation, anger, hate, revulsion, amusement, sympathy, empathy- normal, definitely normal. Just because the shrink meets these people from time to time, that doesn’t mean he’s gonna like ’em.

    So yeah, what I’m saying is, whatever you feel about this show, rest assured they’re normal.

    Lastly, I wish these people are dead, even though they need the shrink in their lives.

    Nishizawa Mihashi
  10. Man I tell ya, if Filthy Frank was the writer of this show, it’d be fuckin’ glorious. I’d probably die laughing my ass off watching what he’d wrote.

    Nishizawa Mihashi
  11. https://randomc.net/image/Mayoiga/Mayoiga%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2010.jpg – This dude I’m starting to suspect. I don’t know why but I feel he might be involved

    https://randomc.net/image/Mayoiga/Mayoiga%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2013.jpg – Why are all these people so stupid? They’re so stupid. I feel like a joke should be made with that line in that movie with the phrase “I see dead people”

    https://randomc.net/image/Mayoiga/Mayoiga%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2012.jpg – Love to see more Lion-tan

    https://randomc.net/image/Mayoiga/Mayoiga%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2031.jpg – Hope this crazy bitch dies

    https://randomc.net/image/Mayoiga/Mayoiga%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2035.jpg – I AM THE ALMIGHTY PENGUIN GOD OF AZERWRATH!!! WORSHIP ME!!!

    https://randomc.net/image/Mayoiga/Mayoiga%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2036.jpg – WTF!?!?!?

  12. Oh yeah, one thing I forgot to mention was that line by Lion saying “I see dead people”. I laughed like a maniac the moment I heard that! XD

    Nishizawa Mihashi
  13. How come calm, collected Jack is locked up for attempted murder, but when Bat-shit crazy Lovepon does it, she’s allowed to walk free???

    Also had to laugh when the paranoid at everybody & everything guy distrusts everyone apart from the 3 most dangerous idiots in the group, 2 gun wielding teenagers (one who thinks she’s a cat) & lovepon who’s pretty much promised that she’s going to torture & kill the lot of them when she gets the chance lmao

    this show makes my head hurt!

    1. Jack was hardly calm and collected though, was he? When Judgement insulted him he picked up a hoe and went straight for the kill. The boy may be quiet, but that makes him seem even more dangerous. With Lovepon, it seems nobody takes her that seriously, though I suspect now they will/should.

      1. Wasn’t Judgment threatening him in some manner for having the same name? I don’t think it was just insults.

        As for Lovepon, if no one was taking her seriously, why did/didn’t the group believe/question any of her accusations? Every accusation was followed up by a serious line of questioning, rather than ignoring her. She’s totally unhinged and the group distrusts the sane people. Makes totes sense, lol

        Bamboo Blade Cat
      2. Everything Judgement has done has been wayyyyy worse than what Jack has tried to do. Being a pain in the ass and complaining about someone having a similar name to you doesn’t warrant Jack’s attack on him. The boy is fucked up, probably more than anyone else in the cast. Lovepon is just a whole other mystery (which may get explored next week).

      3. But didn’t Judgment threaten Jack? Cause that would sort of justify Jack attacking him.

        I went back to check, and while Judgment didn’t make any outright threats to Jack (he threatened someone else with physical assault, I probably conflated that with Jack), he was highly aggressive and antagonistic towards him, he was pretty much bullying him, so I would say that Judgment sort of had it coming in way, obviously not getting possibly killed, but you can’t bully someone and then be surprised when someone stands up for themselves, regardless of how extreme it became. And of course, like all bullies, he acted very cowardly after being such an asshole.

        When it comes to Lovepon, i guess we’re watching two different shows, cause it doesn’t make sense for the group to believe her accusations so easily, especially since she comes off as so unhinged.

        Bamboo Blade Cat
      4. I went back as well and there’s still nothing to make me think Judgement ‘deserved’ Jack to attack him. We know Jack got bullied in the past and reacted badly to it. It sucks that that happened, but it’s clearly affected him in a way that makes him unstable. Being a dick is not comparable to being unstable, no matter who the bully or the victim is.

        As for Lovepon, I think we are watching two different shows. You just have to accept that she almost doesn’t follow the same rules as anyone else. The show knows it. The characters know. And a chunk of the audience knows it, and because of that reason she’s become a favourite for many.

      5. I’m not saying Jack didn’t deserve to be locked up, though & maybe I’m remembering wrong, Did Jack really go for the kill? I thought he was more trying to scare the bully. Which since we know he was badly bullied as a kid, he’s probably learned thats a good way to deal with them- shock & awe.

        Lovepon actually tried to drown the MC. I can’t understand why nobody is taking her serious! She’s a serious threat!

      6. The Lovepon stuff is silly, for sure. I believe the only two who know she tried to drown Mitsumune was Mitsumune himself and the other girl who knew Jack from before. I don’t think either of them actually said anything about what she did so perhaps they just don’t know? It seems appear the group doesn’t take Lovepon that seriously.

      7. I’m not even talking about Jack’s past being bullied, I’m only referring to Judgment’s recent actions of being a bully. He threatened to shut that other guy up, and while that wasn’t towards Jack and likely hot air, people shouldn’t be bullies and not expect to eventually have it come back and bite them in some way.

        Lovepon while silly because she’s over the top, is being taken seriously by the other characters, so I’m not sure why you’re insisting they’re not when there are examples of them doing so. When she accused Mitsumune in front of the group repeatedly, no one said anything to dispel those accusations, in fact, distrusting guy with glasses began repeatedly interrogating Mitsumune because of that. Or the fact that she was even consulted in that secret group shows that they take her seriously. I’m assuming without that pretext, Mitsumune wouldn’t even be on their radar to kidnap and lock up. It’s pretty clear Lovepon’s actions drove the plot this past episode, which is pretty significant.

        Bamboo Blade Cat
  14. Looks like next episode will be delving into a couple more backgrounds, which I am looking forward to. But anyway…though I think I agree with the general consensus that a lot of this just shouldn’t be taken seriously, I have actually been thinking a little about some of the things that have been happening, and have some theories:

    -First, Misato, the bus driver’s dead daughter. We caught a glimpse of what she may have looked like before she died in the previous episode, and I would say that she was between the ages of 3-5 when she died. And the bus driver said she died 10 years back. Though most of the cast appear to be seventeen or thereabouts, with a good few definitely in their early 20s, Lion for one is definitely a fourteen year old, and thus, if Misato was alive today, she would fall in the younger half of the group that is on this tour. I feel this is significant for some reason, possibly pointing to both the ulterior motives of the driver staying with them AND the attitude that he displayed towards them initially.
    Of course, there is very little to go on, in this regard (or generally), but if this did turn out to have some relevance, then I think HOW Misato died will be important as well(for some reason, the driver’s choice of words ‘if I get her back’ as though she had disappeared first before dying, are compelling to me), as well as if that story could potentially have a connection or crossover with that of any of the cast’s major players….either way, I think Misato’s story is a big part of this.

    -Second, regarding the weird bird creature. Well, what WE as the viewers saw as a smokey bird thing, but that Mitsumune referred to as ‘Tokimune’. Which sounds like a name, just like ‘Mitsumune’ does, as noted by Masaki before we were told that it’s his real name. And since it’s already been established that people are experiencing different things, particularly with the sounds, so it could be that though it’s a bird thing we see in the trees, he is seeing this ‘Tokimune’ person. As to who he is?? Well, obviously any theory is going to be completely unsubstantiated at this point, but my theory is that it’s Mitsumune’s twin brother. Not just because of similar names (as twins, especially if identical, do tend to be given similar names), but because of that flashback that we saw in episode 1, where Mitsumune is in a hospital bed but his parents run to embrace someone else behind him-who appeared to be another version of him. Most thought that this was some sort of dissociation thing, which I won’t discount (maybe I’m talking rubbish and ‘Tokimune’ will turn out to be his other personality), but it could just as easily be a twin, one who Mitsumune may have been overshadowed in back in his old life.

    -Thirdly. Not really a theory or anything, just random observations. I think that even if she doesn’t KNOW more than she is letting on, she is THINKING a lot more, and choosing not to voice her opinions for whatever reason. But I think there is definitely sympathy- I feel like the reason she wasn’t initially willing to share the thing about Misato with the rest of them was because of sympathy for him- after all, he lost a child, and then from the sounds of it, the rest of his world. Not to hide it from them as such. But still, even if she isn’t malign as such, she’s definitely someone to keep an eye on, because there’s a lot going on in her mind that will probably impact things.

    -Fourth, Lion was probably lying about lying about her abilities to Mitsumune. I think that she told at least part of the truth back when everyone was gathered and she had that reaction. And I think the reason she gave to Mitsumune for having ‘lied’ are pretty intriguing in themselves. Either way, she’s been in the periphery for most of the time, slippery and elusive and often not even being on the screen for long sketches and still sticks in the mind as well as some of the more…shall we say ‘flamboyant’ characters. So I think she is also one to keep an eye on- I bet she’ll end up bursting into centre stage much later on. Also, she probably won’t die.

  15. Everyone in the group should really consider taking Lovepon seriously at this point; the girl’s shown that she’s more willing than anyone else to act. But that aside, Valkana seems to have improved over the past couple of episodes; thought he acted like an asshole initially but he was actually rather collected and even understanding this episode.

    1. I figured Valkana is one of the sanest members of the cast since episode 1. Shouty antagonistic dude being the sanest and most reasonable of the group is somehow cliche in my mind.

  16. I don’t mind Lovepon, I get her character trope and all that. What I do mind is everyone’s reaction to her. Get suspicious of everyone else BUT the one character proclaiming (and actively) wanting to kill people. These people are just stupid for the sake of being stupid.

  17. I dislike the tour guide dude the most. His tour guide like actions are absurdly annoying when their situation is obviously gone off the rails.

    Lovepon is still the best character, and I think her craziest might just be an act. Everyone seems to now ignore her in general because of her outbursts, and they let her be just because they don’t want to deal with the crazy. I’m just waiting for her to turn serious and really screw over everyone.

  18. It looks like we need to call this girl… no wait bring this guy instead…

    OK Joking Aside, Man I wish the two (Mr.Mizushima and Ms.Okada) would make a Magical Girl Show, Rather than this…
    But hey I don’t blame or Criticized Ms. Okada…or Mr. Mizushima Really!

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