“Visit Nanaki Before Doubting Masaki”
Masaki and Her Bad Backstory:
That was certainly an episode of Mayoiga right there. Picking up where last week left off, we witness the backstory that Masaki is (poorly) explaining to the group. What’s most amusing about the whole thing is that it isn’t a very good backstory, which fits perfectly for a show like Mayoiga. By that I mean Masaki’s explanation of the events are vague, in the way that a badly written show that attempts to be serious would gloss over the details merely to get from plot points A to B – here, when she says something that doesn’t add up, clarify, or results in more questions than answers, she is held accountable. She’s basically being told: “Your backstory sucks!”. That could mean that she’s making it up on the spot, but it’s easier for us to give her the benefit of the doubt because we see the events unfold in the opening minutes of the episode, and there’s nothing that out of the ordinary going on. But I had to laugh whenever anyone assumed her vague knowledge of a certain event must mean that she’s still secretly a ghost/monster/witch/whatever else she’s being accused off. And of course, Lovepon is relentless in her quest for executions… or rather, exorcisms!
A Wild Bus Appears!:
A lot of this show is made up of characters simply shouting at each other – spouting out nonsense that is so ridiculous you can’t help but laugh. But the highlight of the week comes with the return of the bus driver, who swerves in with no fear of knocking down and potentially killing a few villagers. We haven’t seen him since the mystery of his dead daughter was brought up, and clearly he’s just as fucked in the head as everyone else here (except for Masaki – her backstory is fairly normal and sensible compared to everyone else’s, which sets her apart from the group). While this episode wasn’t as thrilling as last week’s witch trials, things got intense when Masaki and Mitsumune were dragged onto the bus and Speedstar tagged along. It feels like we’re setting up for something big, especially going by the hints in the preview.
But the most hilarious part has to be how the rest of the group dealt with the bus driver’s arrival. The fact that they were treating it like some wild animal that could be tracked down and hunted was so absurd I can’t even begin to explain… but it is totally believable that these idiots would be unable to think of any other approach to solving this problem. Thankfully, Nanko remains the voice of reason – and actually speaks out for the first time. When she’s not holding onto her belly fat (presumably to help her think), she’s providing logical and sensible options that the rest of the group has to consider. Her, Lion, and now Maimai make up their own little group, managing to seem levelheaded and genuinely likeable amongst the crowd of weirdos. And not only that, but Judgement returns in the final scene of the episode with a bow and arrow! I didn’t think he was dead, but I wasn’t missing him in the slightest. It’s funny when you think that only one of the thirty characters has died so far, and we’re already two thirds into the story.
Overview – What’s Next?:
While not as exciting or genius as last week, this episode was still pretty fun – the perfect balance of stupid and serious. The pace is still slow, but if rumours are true then next week should be a game changer. Apparently the cast members were shocked by the events of next week’s episode, and going by the preview we should be in for some tripping twists and turns. With only four episodes to go, I say the weirder things become, the better!