The Lost Village Series Review

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The Lost Village or Mayoiga was a weird anime to watch. Right from its first episode it got some fairly heavy criticism (not all entirely unwarranted) and not for the usual things horror anime get criticised for – though I’m still not sure if The Lost Village is actually a horror, a suspenseful thriller, a complete mess, or an attempt at satire that just kind of missed its mark.

What I do know is that it certainly got people talking at the time and then almost immediately was forgotten. While I did give this one an honourable mention for horror anime released during the last 5 years that is more a reflection on the infrequency of horror anime and the general poor quality of most of the offerings.

For those who don’t know what The Lost Village is about, here’s the quick overview:

30 people try to escape their lives by taking a tour on a bus to Nanaki village. However, the village is not what it seems and they soon find themselves trapped and unable to leave. Then lots of weird things happen. And I do mean LOTS of WEIRD things happen.

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That statement, “You’re Seriously Stupid!”, could apply to the majority of characters here.

I’m probably going to get some criticism for this but I kind of liked The Lost Village. I know I’ve been really critical of it as a series during my episodic coverage (and rightfully so, there’s a lot wrong with it) and I even had it on the close to dropped part of my list for almost the whole season, but on watching it a second time straight through, there is actually something about this series.


I’m really not sure what it is. The first few episodes I found quite amusing even as the mystery kind of fizzled and I quickly lost hope for any real tension or drama to be found. And watching the introductions a second time, they are even more poorly written than the first time. throughout the entire series listening to the character conversation is like reading someone’s twitter feed without putting any of the comments into context. And while that can be amusing, it doesn’t make for a great story or compelling viewing.

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Don’t cross the bridge.

That’s the real problem.

There are moments of genuine amusement in this series and they are surrounded by inept character developments, plot twists that feel like they are drawn out of a hat, and ultimately a mystery  that feels like even the writers gave up and just said ‘solved’.


Cheesy psycho-babble abounds in the final few episodes as the characters come to the totally amazing revelation that they are not the only people in the world who have gone through hard times. Amazing! Even other people have problems. Wow! Who would have thought? I know that given the nature of the tour, it was inevitable that a lot of self-involved characters with little perception of reality would gather, but could all of the characters on the bus really be that clueless?

Actually, I take it back. These characters are all entirely clueless.

And even the characters in the show can’t stand the other characters. They are irritating human beings. At no point does it look like the tour could have succeeded even if the village wasn’t some mythical whatsit with Nanaki running around (and who named them Nanaki in the first place).

Part of me really would like to see this concept done over with a group of more nuanced characters choosing to cross into the unknown for a chance at a new life. I think there’s a lot of potential in the concept and even the basic idea that these characters are essentially haunted by their own traumas could be better explored if someone took the time to do so.

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The bus driver has had enough of this rubbish.

I’m not going to recommend this anime. Reading my week to week thoughts would clearly tell you why. It isn’t a good story and it is full of flaws. I probably won’t ever watch it again either. But, I did get some enjoyment out of it and while it was close to dropped and I wondered why I was watching it, I never did drop this show.

Though, we really could have done with the hippopotamus song coming back at the end. If this was the writer’s idea of adding some sort of closure then I am very concerned.

Two further points:

  1. Why didn’t Love-pon get executed? That scene alone would have made this whole anime worth watching.
  2. Do we assume all the characters who left the village remain excessively cheerful forever or are they just on the road to more psychological scars?

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Karandi James

Reflections on Anime in 2016 – The Best and The Worst of the Year (in my opinion)


It’s the first day of the year so let’s look back at the year that was. I know that at the end of Summer I did my first reflection post looking back at the anime I’d watched and  I purposefully left D Gray Man and Sailor Moon Crystal 3 off the lists because nostalgia was strong with those two. But now we are at the end of the year and I’m not playing nice anymore. I’m giving my lists of top 10 best and worst for 2016 and finally the results from the reader’s poll.

My rules:

  • I need to have watched the whole series (or as much as has aired in 2016 – I know some of these are continuing on).
  • My judgement is entirely based on the entertainment I got out of watching the anime.
  • Feel free to suggest your own top 10 best or worst in the comments.

Starting from the best.

  1. Yuri on Ice
  2. D Gray Man Hallow
  3. Natsume Yuujinchou
  4. Assassination Classroom 2nd Season
  5. Snow White with the Red Hair Season 2
  6. March Comes in Like a Lion
  7. My Hero Academia
  8. Alderamin on the Sky
  9. Erased
  10. Sailor Moon Crystal 3

Yeah, I can’t believe it either but Yuri on Ice actually edged out D Gray Man Hallow on anime I enjoyed watching. Neither anime is perfect (and I’ll happily admit to the flaws in both) but when it came to pure enjoyment I couldn’t beat either of these and in terms of the anime I’ll rewatch the most from this year, these 2 are the top picks. So why Yuri over D Gray Man? D Gray Man Hallow always had the advantage of nostalgia, but if I take that away, while I would have still enjoyed Hallow (assuming it made sense) it wouldn’t have been as enjoyable as the viewing experience for Yuri. In terms of the anime I sat waiting to the minute for the episode release, Yuri on Ice definitely won out.

However, for everything you enjoy there is a show that you watch and wonder why. Once again, I know there are worse anime out there, but these are the anime I watched all the way through and really wonder why.

Starting from the worst.

  1. Taboo Tattoo
  2. Big Order
  3. Lost Village
  4. Hitorinoshita
  5. Divine Gate
  6. Dimension W
  7. Nazotokine
  8. Norn 9
  9. Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle
  10. Bloodivores

What was pleasantly surprising was how few of the Autumn season found their way onto this list. Mostly the shows I watched in Autumn were more boring than terrible (though I did avoid a few shows that I knew were going to end up in this category so they didn’t count on the having watched them criteria).


The Reader’s Poll

I was surprised by some of the results and not surprised by others. Probably the biggest issue is there were only 54 votes total so from a data point of view this probably isn’t the most valid survey. Anyway…

  1. Yuri on Ice (7 votes)
  2. Assassination Classroom 2 (6 votes)
  3. Mob Psycho 100 (6 votes)
  4. Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (5 votes)
  5. Bungo Stray Dogs (3 votes)
  6. Erased (3 votes)
  7. March Comes in Like a Lion (3 votes)
  8. Kiss Him Not Me (3 votes)
  9. Flip Flappers (3 votes)
  10. Grimgar of Fantasy of Ash (3 votes)

With that I say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in 2017 for a whole new year of watching anime.

By the way, over the next 4 weeks my Tuesday’s Top 5 post is going to do a recap of 2016. Top 5 Female Characters of 2016 is up first, followed by Top 5 Male Characters of 2016, Top 5 Visually Interesting Anime of 2016 and finally Top 5 Opening Themes of 2016. Then I will move on to something different but I felt January was a great time to recap the previous year.

Over to you: Which anime was your favourite or most hated from 2016?