Some of Us Don’t Really Fit in Anywhere (The Lost Village)

This is Day 4 of the 12 Days of Aniblogging holiday rumpus. Today I am going to talk about an anime that aired in the spring. Pretty much nobody liked it. The lead girl barfs on a bus driver in the first episode though — so 10/10, would buy the Blu-ray. This anime was called The Lost Village (AKA Mayoiga).

art by Barcelona

art by Barcelona

Last time I talked about how I’m always on the lookout for anime (and really, stories in general) that are My Sort of Thing. As soon as a plot description for Lost Village came out, I was hooked. It looked exactly like the kind of story I would love. As the first few episodes rolled by, I found myself highly entertained — but nobody else seemed to “get it” the way I did. Lost Village was a little dark, a little mysterious, a little bizarre… and a little incredibly silly. Every episode, a new article along the lines of “Is Lost Village Actually a Comedy???” would show up, and I couldn’t help but feel people were missing the point.

Most everyone on the internet enjoyed making fun of the characters in this one, which to be honest made me a bit sad. The story of Lost Village is about 30 or so young people who have been going through some rough times in their lives. They are desperate to escape their current lives and begin anew in a secluded village purportedly cut off from the rest of the world. Some of them have made unfortunate mistakes (often as a result of a single personality flaw), and others have been mistreated by society in some manner. Some of them (such as the lead boy and girl) are really awkward. And yes, many of them are quite foolish. None of them are heroes.

In other words, they’re human beings.

In the end, The Lost Village unfortunately turned out not as good as I hoped it would be. I could easily relate to the characters, to all the pain they kept bottled up inside. But the overarching plot was kind of a mess. It felt like a rough draft for what could have been a very solid (but highly unusual) production. There were a few too many “major characters,” so most of the subplots felt rushed or unfinished. That said, I still love The Lost Village. I love what it’s about, at least, and I hope the anime medium will continue to experiment with these kinds of weird stories in the future.

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