“Danger Past, Forgotten Past”
Nanaki Explained – God’s Will!:
Kudos to Mayoiga for going against everyone’s exceptions and just being utterly ridiculous until the bitter end. I’m not going to get too deep into another discussion as to whether the creators of Mayoiga know exactly what they’re doing here (and I think they absolutely do). Instead, I’ll just focus on how absurd this episode was. I’ve probably labeled every episode as ridiculous or crazy or bizarre, but this was a whole other level of madness. And, surprise, surprise, I loved it. Where to begin? So… Mitsumune wakes up in a hospital and is met by his dad, who is all emotional over him leaving – even the mother is grief-stricken that she’s “killed” another son. Any sane father would insist that his fifteen year old son come home straight away, but of course this is Mayoiga, so he instead sheds manly tears and lets his child make more terrible decisions because… because! But what’s most amusing about all this is the person who saved Mitsumune last week. It’s someone I don’t know any of us would have guessed: Yottsun! Remember him? The guy who went missing after sneaking off with Masaki before floating face down in the river. Yeah, he’s alive… which means that not a single character has died. Truly, we are not getting the show we expected from Mayoiga, but I love being constantly surprised, even with only two episodes left and far too many characters to properly keep up with.
This episode also marks the point where things start to make sense – not a logical way, but making sense by way of silly attempts at exposition. As it turns out, there is a definitely a big smoke monster surrounding Nanaki village, and we’re introduced to God, who has experience with the supernatural spirit. From what I understand, the monster shows the traumas of one past and if they are “removed” from the person then they become less of who they are, which in the case of “God” resulted in him aging rapidly over three years. There’s very little attempt in making this sound reasonable, but that’s just how I wanted it. We also got to meet Reiji, who seems to be living by himself not too far away, and his cold attitude sends Maimai into a rage that I couldn’t help but smirk over. We also get a glimpse of Lion’s past, but it remains unclear whether she can actually see ghosts or not as her mother gave the impression the whole thing was a hoax to make money, but there’s a chance Lion actually can see dead people. And then there’s the ever sensible Nanko who is still squeezing her belly fat and trying to figure out this madness. Good luck to her.
The final minutes of this episode were just as entertaining as the rest, as we see that Jack and Judgeness are actually working together under their “Boss”. I never called this sort of alliance, especially when it appeared those two genuinely hated each other – though that still looks to be the case here. We end with the big reveal that Koharun is actually the boss in question, which raises several questions. Does that mean she’s evil? Is she going to go on a murderous rampage? Or will the show end without a single character death? Whatever happens, I’m confident I’ll have a blast. Not only that, Lovepon was uncharacteristically silent this week, but I’m sure we can take a guess what she’s thinking about.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Rapid aging. Smoke monster. Stupid parents. Tragically silly backstories. It’s all God’s will! This episode was one absurd revelation after another, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Because of Mayoiga’s sheer unpredictability I have no idea what’s going to happen in the two remaining episodes, and that excites me. That likely scares or irritates many of you, as it appears I’m one of the few who genuinely enjoys what Mayoiga is doing and can’t wait to find out what lies ahead.