The Lost Village (AKA Mayoiga) just wrapped up, and I for one couldn’t be happier that it’s over. This show was like watching a flaming pile of tires slowly burn.
The show has a decent premise: 30ish people come together on a bus tour to start a new life in Nanaki village. Everyone has some sort of baggage and their own reasons for wanting to leave everything behind. Things aren’t exactly what they seem, as some kind of monster inhabits the area around Nanaki village.
There’s so much that is wrong with this show, however. For example: All of the characters save for probably 3 people are absolutely unlikable. Everyone argues with each other all the time, but nothing ever comes of it; they just go off and do their own thing anyway. The protagonist is a cut and paste MC who is weak and pathetic, but also really wants to protect a girl he meets. You’ve seen this dude a thousand times already in better shows. His co-star, if you will, is a wooden plank of a girl who seems to have all the secrets and is too timid or weak or whatever to share them. She’s literally “Protect that smile” in character form, kind of like Manaka from Nagi no Asukara, only with nothing actually going for her.
This show feels like it was inspired by Lost, but instead of taking writing cues from it, they took a couple ideas from lost and threw it in a blender with an old raggedy teddy bear and called it a day. “Lost” didn’t end well, but at least the characters were fantastic. The Lost Village decided to just cut to the chase and leave behind the part where you have interesting characters bouncing off each other.
Now, there are people out there that think of this as some kind of comedy, that it was intentionally bad because it would be hilarious. I don’t subscribe to that myself, if only because I can’t find any real evidence to that outside of laughing at how bad the show is. I’m not convinced that this show got funding based on that idea. If you look at my first few posts on this blog, they’re not great, but I didn’t write them badly because I was trying to make you laugh, I wrote them badly because I wasn’t as good at writing as I am now (at least I think I got better >_>;;).
If you’re still not convinced that this shit was a trainwreck, just try watching the first few episodes. Watch as everyone introduces themselves in this chaotic mass of dialog, with weird ass names like Lovepon and Soy Latte and Valkana. Watch as a bunch of entitled shit heads ignore the warnings of the bus driver (and yell at him!) when he says that maybe driving on a bad road while it’s foggy is unsafe and they should either turn back or wait out the fog (I don’t remember which).
There are parts of this show that are decent, like character backstories (some of them, anyway). The MC’s back story is the highlight of this tire fire, and the idea behind the monster isn’t too bad either, it’s just that the cast is so fucking awful it’s hard to care about. When the cast goes Lord of the Flies on Masaki (wooden plank girl), I couldn’t give a hot shit because I wasn’t invested one way or the other. Watching a bunch of one note characters arguing about whether or not to cut/kill/burn a fellow one note character didn’t interest me in the slightest. It was like listening to a bunch of feral cats killing each other in the back of an ally, you just want to get out of there as fast as possible.
And you know what the bitch of it all is? I watched this show start to finish. I could have pulled back and left, or watched better shows (or even slightly better, like Big Order), but I instead chose to leave good shit like Space Patrol Luluco and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4 behind in order to watch this flaming bag of shit. I have no one else to blame but myself…and maybe Mari Okada for writing this show. What happened, Okada? I loved Selector Infected Wixoss and Hanasaku Iroha! You have so much under your belt and now put this on the table? I’m hurt, Okada. Okay? Wounded, even.
Final Score: Fuck This/10. 2/10 if I was being objective.