“Freezing in the Moonlight”
They’re Becoming Self-Aware!:
If you’re taking any of this seriously, you’re watching it wrong. The number of complaints flung at Mayoiga only seems to increase with every passing week, and it still baffles me that people think the show treats itself seriously, as if the creators made all this by accident. It seems so obvious to me that every idiotic one-liner, every absurd plot turn, every hateable side character – it’s all intentional. If you can accept that, then we can actually talk about the series properly (kind of…). I just think it’s fair to say we should expect the unexpected with Mayoiga, which has managed to twist our preconceptions with just about every episode.
One little moment that stuck out for me this time around has to be those two side characters deciding they don’t care anymore. It’s a short scene, in an episode packed with several strange developments, but the fact that these characters are almost becoming self-aware is sheer brilliance. It’s like they are reading the scripts a week ahead and are just now realising they’re not in on the joke – that everything about Mayoiga is a joke! But I say, if they’re not going to play their parts, they shouldn’t be surprised if they’re killed off before they have time to steer the plot in a meaningful or sensical direction. We wouldn’t that now, would we?
Let the Ridiculousness Continue:
Getting locked in the attic with your dead grandma, a giant toy penguin on the loose, and a wood monster fresh from the desks of smug businessmen – Mayoiga is truly one of a kind. Where do I even begin? What do I try to dissect, if anything? Is it even worth the time? If you think about it, almost none of this is actually happening; bar the (intentionally) dumb flashbacks, all the horror and action in the present time surrounding the traumatic visions aren’t actually real. It would be amusing to get a glimpse of what Masaki actually sees when everyone is freaking out over some personal disaster that’s brought them here in the first place. Is there a giant smoke monster taking different shapes? Or perhaps the characters are quite literally shouting at nothing, which would make them the weird ones, no matter how you look at it.
These were so many hilarious scenes this week, both for how ridiculous they are at face value, and how badly written these characters and their motives are. The fact that Speedstar didn’t second guess Masaki going off to the toilet is worthy of a palm to the face, but then once you hear about his traumatic past – which would be sad and horrible in just about any other show – I knew Masaki’s misadventure would hardly be the most outrageous event of the week. Right down to the framed photo of his grandmother sitting in the attic where the light could shine upon it, this whole sequence made for perhaps the most bizarre backstory yet – even more than Valkana and his giant squiggly wood monster. Not only that, but Mitsumune decided to chase after the penguin he is supposed to be terrified off before stepping into the mist and then waking up to a bright ceiling light. Yep. Just roll with it.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Also, Jack is back. Judgeness is practically pissing himself, Nanko is still squeezing her belly fat in order to deduce this debacle, and there’s a new face showing up – perhaps Masaki’s cousin? Hopefully once she’s done taking a leak out back we’ll find out more about her story, because she’s clearly hiding more than she’s giving away. It could be anything at this point. Wouldn’t it be funny if she was a ghost/witch/monster all along and all the stupid side characters were right to absolutely lose their minds? That’d certainly be a thing… but then again so is sharpening up bamboo branches to hunt down a runaway bus.