Mayoiga brings about the mystery surrounding Nanaki Village, where it isn’t found on any map and certain conditions are needed in order to enter. The whole premise kicks off with a huge variety of different characters all with their own different reasons for going to the village, but the one thing that unites them together is to start a new life.
For a mystery anime, the amount of characters had its initial presumptions or kindling towards the whole season being about who survives each episode. Rather than this, Mayoiga doesn’t take that physical route but more of a psychological and emotional one, dealing with the reasons why the characters left their old lives and the psychological scars they left behind. With all this only a few characters are highlighted about their pasts, with passing remarks for others. The way in which this is portrayed may seem like it’s quite light on content, but it made it easier for the show to focus on the interaction between characters in the present rather than the past.
It does lead to different questions about how to deal with trauma that has happened in ones life, whether to face it or to “run away”, though those two concepts are subjective to each person, and the way they portrayed that in providing a view that it’s not always a decision between the two (e.g. One can be seen as running away, but from that person’s perspective they are accepting that trauma that has occurred). It’s thought provoking to an extent, and that’s what probably made the show a “thinker”.
Masaki Best Girl!
OP/ED: The OP and ED were quite the opposites of each other. With the Op focusing around Masaki, whilst basically introducing the other characters. The song was quite enjoyable to listen to with it’s vocals and rock base. The ED on the other hand was a more slow acoustic based song, which was good as it brought a end to each episode. The animations mainly focused on the characters specific to each episode which was nice too see.
Mayoiga Was it Good?
Mayoiga provides a mystery story revolving around a bunch of different characters. It’s portrayal on mystery being more psychological lead to thinking about concepts, rather than senseless violence. Overall it provided to be a solid show, for what its good for.
Recommendations: For mystery revolving around a huge cast of characters and a more psychological based story, I recommend the following:
- Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation
- Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni