Alright so it hasn’t been that long since I last followed up on Mayoiga right? Wrong. Anyways, I am here now to analyze episodes 4 and 5 of Mayoiga. I am going to pair up episodes 6 and 7, since 3 episodes is far too much per blog.
Anyways! These episodes basically confirmed for me that Mayoiga is actually trying to be a comedy series. I can no longer believe that all these perfectly set up gags are just coincidence. Without further ado, let’s start right up!
Episode 4 starts out with a futile search for Yottsun’s body, which we saw floating down the river last episode. Valkana, who continues to be one of my favorite characters, makes a stand and resists abandoning the search for Yottsun. After a large sound echoes in the woods, the group appears to break into two groups: the cowards and the reckless.
The split offers an interesting outlook on the social dynamic of the group. For one, both sides are presented with a fair amount on reason. Despite this, the outcomes of the split was not nearly the same as it was when the group initially. So what happened? I would place this event into the theme of group thought. As soon as one loud, influential person in the group left, the mass of them followed. What is left is a mix of people who have enough of either passion or fear, which allows them to remain in the house
Observation: Lion has remained with the smaller group who decided to stay behind. Usually she does not seem to care much about things, and should be more inclined to follow the largest group. All of the other people in the room argued that the group should stay in the village, so what is she doing there?
Interesting tactic the organizer uses to collect group thought, although it was not as inspiring. Most of the people left are either physically incapable of leaving the village, and/or (let’s face it) using concernment about Yottsun to hide their fear.
I want to take a moment now to talk about Mikage and leadership. From the beginning, Mikage has been very aware and correctly suspicious of events that have occurred within the group. He is also very organized, well spoken, and comes off as a well put together person. All of these attributes have led others to believe that he should be the leader. When Mikage talks to Valkana, something interesting occurred to me. Mikage is only able to take a leadership role by manipulating other people. Despite a lack of any definite proof of his leadership skills or experience, he is able to control large groups of people using just his affect. His personality clashed nicely with Valkana, who we know has been used and thrown out by people in the past.
The way Mikage structures his conversation with Valkana proves Mikage’s manipulative personality, but also tells us a lot about how Mikage views the world. He approaches Valkana by immediately complimenting him. Moments after Valkana’s earnest response, Mikage takes a sample of Valkana’s resolve to stay by asking him if “he really intends to stay here?” Mikage gives his argument about Koharun being the killer. Since she was the person who Valkana was most likely closest to, he writes off Mikage’s statement. Mikage then implants the idea into Valkana’s head that he is simply entranced with her image, and she is actually just trying to win him over. After that, Mikage goes even farther to play the “good guy” role and tells Valkana to stay on guard.
If that isn’t manipulation I don’t know what is. He approached Valkana with a clear goal in mind: to bring him onto the leaving side, and then gave a reasonable argument, planted reasonable doubt, and then played the good concerned friend. The mere fact that Mikage approached Valkana tells me at least one thing about Mikage, which is that he respects or appreciated Valkana and can recognize his worth. That is, assuming that Mikage is not the killer. If Mikage is the killer, then he played his act in order to win Valkana over mentally, so that Valkana would see Mikage as more of an ally.
Intersting development at the end there! Apparently this village has some mystical powers! For one, the forest is one of those never ending puzzle arenas where you constantly go in circles.,”dead people” are appearing in the forest, and a giant Mitsumune has appeared!
OKAY there is no way in hell that the name sequence was not meant to be comedy. It is way too good. The execution, contributions from group members, and seamless flow of the scene was far too perfect to be mere coincidence. The only person who is upset/going against the flow (aka the “straight man”) is Mikage, who is frustrated his plan has failed.
In fact the conversation, or rather banter, between the group members is a little too well done. It flows so nicely and the characters play off each other in a way that rivals the greatness of Kiznaiver. The conversation flows on until an interesting (and reoccurring) topic comes up; what is the wild beast? Mikage says “Don’t you find it strange that we are all hearing completely different things?” With this I have a new theory about what the beast is/represents.
The beast represents the fear, or true weakness for each person. Part of the reason people hear different things is because the group members only hear something that represents what they fear the most. Mikage hears the most interesting and telling sound of the group: laughter. Since we have already established that Mikage is manipulative, and that he was angry when the group gave up on his plan, I would be willing to guess that his true fear is something along the lines of social fear/ostracization. The reason Mikage joined the tour is because he failed terribly in real life, and lost all of his social power. The laughing he hears is derived from his belief that people are laughing at him behind his back/without his knowledge. Given that Mikage has a very controlling personality, this is not a stretch of the mind. I plan to check/edit this formula later.
If you can’t tell from the screenshot above, Mikage’s attempt to win over Valkana was a failure. Valkana and Mikage are (more or less) opposite sides of the same coin. Valkana needs to feel like he has helped other people in order to feel fulfilled, while Mikage needs other people look up to him in order to achieve the same feeling. In this scene, Mikage plays to the mass hysteria of the group, and tried to point fingers as to who the murderer could be. Valkana counters Mikage by questioning his proof, and in doing so he acts to help Koharun.
In my opinion, both men make decent leaders. Valkana’s leadership lends itself to more group thought, but his kind nature and genuine care for every individual can impair his decision making skills when it comes to a large group. On the other hand, Mikage’s leadership is good at keeping order and everyone on the same page, but if something goes wrong then the group is easily divided. Neither of their leadership tactics are very successful in a life or death scenario, such as the setting of Mayoiga.
The following is a fast-paced series of events, in which Mitsumune has a talk with Lion, is then captured by Mikage’s faction, and is then saved my Masaki.
Lion is a very interesting character, despite knowing very little about her. She claims to have the ability to see people who are going to die (soon?), but then why is she entranced with Mitsumune? Lion has made comments in her short monologues about how Mitsumune is different and/or strange. She also constantly defines Mitsumune as a person who has very little courage to go against the flow, and says that he is the kind of person that should be avoided. There is an interesting moment where Mikage realizes that he is not the supreme leader of his faction and freaks out, which all aligns with his leadership style, but I would be redundant to mention much more about Mikage.
The final things I want to address this episode are Masaki breaking out Mitsumune and the massive blob creature/ghost/phantom that appeared at the end of the episode. Masaki has been called suspicious by a multitude of the cast, but she never struck me as someone who was intentionally argumentative or sketchy. This episode proved that something really is up/not right with her. As far as the giant blob goes, I assume this is the mystery beast that every character interprets differently.
Thank you so much for tuning in to my analysis of Mayoiga episodes 4 and 5! As my school work dwindles down, my content should become more and more frequent. 🙂 Happy anime hunting!