“Get In the Bus, And It’ll Get the Song In You”
Characters That Don’t Play by the Rules:
I don’t think I’ve watched a series where 90% through the story the characters decide they don’t care anymore and instead want to sleep while the climax approaches. It’s bizarre, and it should be terrible, but like everything Mayoiga has thrown at us, I’m loving it. It’s in moments like these when it seems obvious to me that these characters – and the writer/s – are totally self-aware. I think Mayoiga is more comedy than a mystery at this point, though it’s easy to dismiss such a claim if it’s not making you laugh. But I speak for those who are laughing – who enjoy the intentional “bad writing”, cheesy character tropes, ridiculous plot twists, unpredictable narrative, and absurd one-liners – this is a blast. It may not be one of the best anime ever made, but it’s been a while since I’ve been this thoroughly entertained. From Maimai saying that staying in Nanakimura is “apparently” a bad idea, to the abundant side characters not even batting and eyelash when assaulted by flaming arrows, it’s so stupidly good. Or how about the issue of whether Masaki is a ghost or a witch or a monster or whatever else she was labelled only a few episodes ago? Yeah, they don’t care anymore. That plot point has been dropped. It’s just Mayoiga being Mayoiga, and I hope it keeps on mayoigaing for one final episode.
Wrapping It Up:
One criticism I may understand is that we’re actually approaching what appears to be a dramatic climax that ties the narrative together in some sort of sensible conclusion. I recall early in its run viewers hoped that things would remain unhinged until the end, and I’d say it has largely remained that way, but the fact that Mayoiga is actually attempting to explain what’s happening and setting up for a conclusive finish could rub people the wrong way. I’m not sure how I’ll feel about that if we end up with a perfectly serious ending, but I’m also confident that won’t be the case. I’m willing to sacrifice some more gags and one-liners next week if it means wrapping up this nonsense story – I just hope it remains entertaining until the end.
I mean, between scenes like the bus driver reuniting with his daughter and accepting his past mistakes, or Mitsumune tearing up over Masaki’s trials, or Yottsun’s battle with classical music, there was actually some rather solid moments that would be considered well-written in any other show. But when sandwiched between dumb sleepyheads and crazy faces, it’s hardly going to get much acclaim. Though I don’t think Mayoiga is a show that deserves acclaim, just perhaps some more appreciation that it currently gets.
Overview – What’s Next?:
I must say that the final scene of this episode had me rolling on my bed howling with laughter. What is up with that character model? Actually, don’t try to answer that. All I know is things are both silly and serious at the same time, and I’m keen to see what awaits in the finale. It’ll be sad to see this mad little show end; I just pray it finishes in a fitting manner to what we’ve come to expect from it, and it doesn’t feel the need to become entirely logical in what would feel like a rushed attempt at an actual serious drama.