QUICK POST BEFORE I START DAY 5: I will be skipping Day 6 of the challenge for 2 reasons. The first is that I will be on a plane back home to Paris tomorrow, but also because ‘An anime you haven’t seen yet but want to’ is pretty…unexciting to talk about. My plan to watch list is almost 300 shows long, and really, there isn’t much to say other than…it looks cool? So, yeah. Sorry!
Onto the challenge…
DAY 5 – AN ANIME YOU’RE ASHAMED YOU ENJOYED.
Oh, boy. As someone who actively seeks out horrendous anime to watch (I’m a masochist, apparently), I have no shortage of shows to pick from for this question. Do I pick a trashy ecchi, or shall I pick an actual trainwreck?
I bring you, the most divisive show of 2016: Mayoiga (The Lost Village)
Expect some mild spoilers if, for whatever reason, you are completely clueless about Mayoiga.
Now, from the synopsis, Mayoiga isn’t even a terrible sounding show: “A bus full of eccentric individuals is headed towards the urban legend known as Nanaki Village, a place where one can supposedly start over and live a perfect life. While many have different ideas of why the village cannot be found on any map, or why even the police cannot pinpoint its location, they each look forward to their new lives and just what awaits them once they reach their destination.
After a few mishaps, they successfully arrive at Nanaki Village only to find it completely abandoned. Judging from the state of disrepair, it has been vacant for at least a year. However, secrets are soon revealed as some of the group begin to go missing while exploring the village and amidst the confusion, they find bloody claw marks in a forest. As mistrust and in-fighting break out, will they ever be able to figure out the truth behind this lost village?” (from MyAnimeList)
Tagged with ‘Mystery’ and ‘Horror’, I was actually – dare I say it, optimistic about Mayoiga. Though people were slamming it left, right and centre – how bad can it be, right?
To give credit to Mayoiga, it was fully aware it was a bad show after around Episode 3. I’m half convinced it wasn’t serious from the start, to be honest. There was a character named Hyouketsu no Judgness, for God’s sake. However, the entire ‘Hey we’ve given up on trying to be a serious horror anime and we’re just gonna do what we want’ writing of Mayoiga turned out to be its saving grace, and what led to me enjoying it so much. Watch it as a serious horror? Yeah, Mayoiga is horrible.
This penguin…thing is a legitimate, super serious threat, guys.
But if you watch Mayoiga as almost a satirical take on teen slasher horror movies? Then it is super-duper entertaining. I don’t even know where to begin. I thought I was grimacing when I was watching, but by the end of it, I genuinely believe it was a smile.
The best and worst part of Mayoiga was 100% the characters. The cast was huge, and you get introduced to every single one in episode one. “Oh cool, I can pick a favourite”. Big casts can be great, just look at shows like Durarara!!! or Baccano! But Mayoiga? Uh, nope. We’ll just flesh out a couple of these characters. But how fleshed out are characters in horror past a couple of tropes, anyway? Mayoiga stuck with this theme, with the most interesting characters in the show being made up of a one word shtick, or a chuuni that isn’t even in the show for more than 4 episodes.
I tried to find a better cap, but this is Love-Pon the entire show.
And the story? I…I can’t actually tell you where it went, actually. I thought about it really hard whilst writing this. There was a lost village with many secrets, and many monsters and there was definitely a conclusion but….? Perhaps for Mayoiga, the best phrase to describe it is that ‘The enjoyment is in the journey, not the destination’. And that’s certainly where my enjoyment was. Whilst I didn’t get a satisfying ending (like I was expecting one anyway), the rest of the show was so damn fun, I didn’t really care anyway. How much can you hate a show that manages to incorporate this, not once, but twice?!
Was it a trainwreck? Oh, yeah. Does it deserve the 5.68 rating it holds on MyAnimeList? Absolutely not.
Am I recommending it? I sure as hell am. Mayoiga was one of the most memorable shows I’ve watched, and the bad reviews don’t change that one bit.
Which bad show do you guys secretly (or not!) love? Can we get a little bit of love for Mayoiga?
Until next time! I’ll blog again back in Paris! A bientot.