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This weekend I was finally able to finish the Random Anime I got some weeks ago – The Lost Village and, although I’m trying to do fewer reviews here on the blog I just couldn’t pass this on.
The truth is, I had something really nice to talk about what The Lost Village made me think about. However, after seeing that its rating is so bad and people seem to hate it so much, I just had to postpone that post and write a review about it. So, without further ado, let’s start!
– Synopsis –
The Lost Village is about a group of people who entered in some kind of trip they had found online. The destination is Nanaki Village, a lost village where they would be able to put all of their lives behind them and start a new fresh one without having contact with the outside world.
However, not much time passed in the village and everyone can understand that something is wrong. The first indication is how the village, although completely empty, seemed to have people living there not so long ago who seemed to have disappeared in a hurry. The second one, it’s the screams they are able to hear which seems to be from a bear. However, they are wrong, the screams come from something way worse than a bear…
– Plot –
To be honest, I liked the story. The premise is good, intriguing, and they deliver what they seem to be promising you in the beginning. A story where you will have mystery and horror.
However, it’s true that the pace is not the best. I think in the beginning they were thinking about doing 2 seasons. But, since the Anime was not getting good ratings they had to cut it in half and finish it one season. This means that, while the setting at the beginning of the story takes a while, the explanation and the end are way too quick. Yeah, that’s true, but, there are many Animes with worst pace than this one which have good ratings out there.
It’s also true that when it comes to horror is not the best, and when it comes to mystery it is also not the best. Nevertheless, it’s way better than many out there. In fact, I liked The Lost Village way more than Gantz. To be honest, when you end up discovering what the hell is alive in the forest around the village, the horror part of the Anime ends. Nevertheless, until then, I just felt intrigued and curious to know what the hell happened.
Moreover, the story tackles 2 subjects which I also loved. What anarchy does to people. Meaning, everyone’s has a different opinion and since there is no official leader in the village and it’s supposed not having any rules, it’s just normal people will enter in conflict with each other. The other subject is how to fight/accept your worst fears. Let’s face it, if you are running from everything, that’s because it happened something really bad. This way, it’s nice to see each one of these characters struggling with their own problems, pasts, and fears.
– Characters –
Ok, from the bat, the main character is annoying. There is no way to put it. He’s one of those characters that are really frail, but always want to help, are way too naïve and goody for their own health. However, Mitsumune ends up developing quite a lot along in the story. You can see him become more courageous and assertive. In fact, by the end of the Anime, I really liked him as a character.
All the rest have strong (and really different) personalities. The Anime focus on 7-8 characters (maybe more, I didn’t count them) and do a good job with them. The truth is, all the characters will have to conquer their worst fears. This way, character evolution, and background are a given.
Nevertheless, I know that some of these evolutions were made way too quick and unexpectedly. But, as I said before, I think the problem was of having their number of episodes cut in half. Think about it, if you are thinking about developing a certain number of characters in 23 episodes and, from one moment to another you only have 12, things will get difficult.
Of course, this is my feeling about it and I don’t really know if it’s true. They could have just sucked in creating the pace. But, to be honest, this sense that I get of them to have to cut episodes are way too strong though xD
– Animation & Audio –
For the time it came out the animation is good. I mean, at least is polished and modern. It’s not the best I’ve ever seen, but it is also not the worst I’ve ever seen. There is just something that bothers me a little. They used 3D for some animations, the same thing you can watch with Berserker from Fate/Zero. I’m not really a fan of using this kind of 3D with 2D anime. However, I don’t think it’s something THAT important or bad.
Regarding audio, the only thing I have to say is, the main character voice is a little annoying in the beginning. Especially since he seems to be venting a lot of the times. But, as the character itself, I think it gets better. (Or I got used to it?).
The rest, well, it’s average. No, it didn’t make me in the edge of my seat as good horror audio would do. But, for what they want to pass and deliver to you I think the audio is more than enough 😛
– Conclusion –
Is it the best Anime I’ve ever watched? No! Is it interesting enough to give it a try? Hell yeah!
I don’t really get why people seem to bash this particular Anime so much and why its rating is so low. But, from a guy who is really picky about the horror and mystery genre, this one hit the stop to the point of watching the last half in a row. Yeah, I got pretty hooked on it and when it ended I felt I would like to watch some more episodes.
What about you? Have you watched The Lost Village? What did you think about it? Tell me all in the comments! 😀