Spring 2016 Anime in Review: The Lost Village (….WHAT?) [Some heavy bias ahead]

This is going to be a quick one, I think, because I am trying to put some thoughts and words down about a show that is beyond all human understanding.  I went into this show thinking that it would be like some 1970’s horror movie series and I am not sure what I got out of it.  Is it a supposed to be a comedy?  Is it just horrible writing?  What is this show about?  What was is trying to do?  What was it trying to accomplish?  I kept watching this show because it itself was a mystery that probably requires all the super computers and all of human thought to fully comprehend.   Maybe even add some alien knowledge from the deeps realms of outer space.

So yeah, more to add to this.  Starting from a bus of people who quickly give their names traveling to an unknown village where social outcasts want to start a new life.  Very classic horror movie kind of set up.  Quickly enough, some characters go missing and some characters go insane.  The show goes off the rails from there.  Characters who were assumed dead after missing show up in a new way.   The rest of the cast starts going insane and throwing insults at each other, forming groups to insult each other in different ways, and sometimes even spending moments of screen time throwing out insane ideas.  There is not enough consistency to explain it all besides, the fears that each character come up with come alive as monsters and attack them when they try to leave.  Leaving the village means fighting your fears.  Not even that is found in any meaningful way and feels so forced.

To get out of the story aspect that doesn’t make any sense, let’s got to the characters.  The two main characters are Mitsumune and Masaki.  Mitsumune who is a socially awkward teenager who has never seen girls before and doesn’t know how to talk to them, along with having the secret backstory of being called his brother’s name due to his mother’s insanity about missing him.  Masaki is a mystery character through and through so there isn’t that much to say about it.  There isn’t a lot to say about any of these one note characters really.  There is a girl who wants to execute people, there is a couple that just loves each other, a couple of military otaku, a girl in a lion sweatshirt show can see the dead (best character btw), a detective, and some other people.  Honestly, they are all very one note because they have 12 episodes to get some screen time so they didn’t get much development.  There were some points in the end where they literally put characters to sleep some other characters can get screen time.

Art, animation, and sound, nothing to really write home about.  Everything seemed a bit average.  No stand outs except for cgi being used well for the monsters to give them an otherworldly feel and the bus.  That’s about it I think.

So maybe this sounds biased and I clearly have no understanding of the material was trying to do because I held the show to a preconceived idea.  That can also be true.  I fully subscribe to the idea that all art is subjective and anybody can get anything that they want out of any piece art.  This is no different of a case.  At the same time, I can personally guarantee that I can’t find anything of value in this series.  All I want to see next is see this series get a dub like Ghost Stories.  If there is any anime in recent history that deserves it, it’s this show.  If want something so bad that it’s good or something where you don’t know where it’s ever going to go, watch The Lost Village.  Otherwise, can’t recommend this one.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Karandi says:

    It’s hard to wrap up The Lost Village because it just seems so non-sensical. It started going one way and then kind of twisted and turned and didn’t really end up going anywhere. I was kind of hoping for a traditional horror or mystery at the start too but it never really appeared and maybe it was might fault for wanting the show to be something it isn’t, but I just never settled on this. I’m going to give it a bit before I do my final review on the series to try and put my thoughts in order. Thanks for sharing yours.

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    1. Elysium42 says:

      Thank you, I look forward to reading your thoughts.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. The Lost Village kind of feels like at first it was going for some quasi-Lovecraftian horror, with not revealing the monsters immediately and each monster being a product of the individual’s fears, but the overall rampant ridiculousness of EVERYONE in the series just made it the weirdest anime I’ve ever seen. And this is after I saw Durarara. I liked watching it, but I’m not entirely sure why. As much as that entertains me in and of itself, I’m still not sure how to feel about the series. Was it good? Nope. Was it bad? Not really…? If anything, it wins an award for being the anime I’m most emotionally and mentally confused on. XD

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    1. Elysium42 says:

      100℅ agreed with you on that note. It might take years for anyone to get a firm clue of what was going on.

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