All great things must come to an end. All relentlessly weird things too, for that matter, and so we must at last bid The Lost Village adieu. I was surprised by this show plenty of times, but it ultimately developed its own strange kind of consistent rhythm. It was funny and ridiculous and regularly charming, an unexpected slice of the kind of comedy you almost never see in anime. I think this show’s creators had a lot of fun making it. I certainly had plenty of fun watching.
You can check out my final review over at ANN, or my notes below!
Speedstar has tamed his awful CG Nanaki grandmother!
“We’re going to be executed!” oh my god the dramatic irony
Mitsumune trying to argue about Masaki’s good qualities oh my god
THE PENGUIN IS IN A TINY CAGE
“It’s a-gore-able!” OH MY GOD
The penguin waving its stubby little arms as Mitsumune talks about his character development. Another great example of the show deflating its own tension
“I want to become your equal, Hayato!”
The fight for Hayato’s soul!
Koharun strikes back!
MITSUMUNE LITERALLY CARRIES HIM LAWL
“I have a birds-eye view of human psychology.” CUT TO A BIRDS-EYE SHOT
Koharun’s dad is god! She’s trying to revive his trauma to save him!
God is just super down with everything that’s happened
Reiji was Masaki’s imaginary friend DUN DUN DUN
As far as actual themes go, Reiji does work – he represents hiding away from your trauma, and pretending things are okay
“I feel like I’ve always been looking for you, ever since I got here” well that is just literally true
“If my Nanaki – the penguin that represents my memory with Tokimune…” so good
“Her dark past is a boy?” god I love this show
“Who cares about men? Well, who cares about anything?”
The Nanaki are scared of being left behind, which is pretty cute
“What’s all this mumbo-jumbo?” “Is he some shady therapist?”
“But if I think of it as myself, my trauma feels kind of cute”
“Now that I’ve come here, I’ve realized we’re all the same.” Yep, everyone’s a fuckup in their own way. A pretty inspiring point to arrive at
“It’s much easier to think everyone else is having a good time and giving you all the shit to deal with.” Plenty of good lines here
“I’m getting tired of living in purrvival mode”
“Koharun was the villain?” oh my god
“Okay, let’s go.” AND THEN JUST IMMEDIATE CUT TO CREDITS WHAT THE FUCK
WHAT A RIDICULOUS NON SEQUITUR
OH MY GOD