The Lost Village / Mayoiga
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Psychological, Intrigue, Missing Persons
First Aired: Spring 2016, 12 episodes
Summary: The story begins with a bus full of young people heading to a mysterious village called Nanakimura. The village is rumored to be a utopian destination where anybody can start their life over without question. Each individual on the bus has their unique reason for wanting to leave society, but they all share the belief that finding the lost village will allow them to start a new life.
The Lost Village uses an ensemble cast of characters to tell its story. While a few characters get more screen time than others, each character has their own identity and gets some sort of backstory. The series begins with the group already on route to the elusive village, which means there are a significant number of flashbacks to show each individual’s reason for escaping society to find the lost village.
The series kept me intrigued with the cliffhanger endings and puzzling nature of the village’s history. The plot was slow to progress at times but I didn’t mind since I enjoyed the story being told. It’s kind of difficult to describe much else in the show without giving away its secrets so I’ll just leave it at that.
You might enjoy this if: You like to be confused and guessing why things are the way they are.
You might not like it if: You want a traditional story with a protagonist and antagonist. The ensemble cast and mysterious nature of the village will make you change your mind about many of the characters.
Note to the Viewer: Remember you can always go back to the opening scene of the first episode to be re-introduced to the characters and find out what their deal is.
AMV – Begin Again by B.C. Cancela
The Hippopotamus Song from Episode 1 of The Lost Village
I love this so much I wanted to share it along with an AMV for the review.