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  • Base-Breaking Character: Pretty much any of the main characters have their share of fans and critics. Lovepon especially. There isn't a single scene where she isn't screaming for someone to be tortured or executed based on half-assed evidence, you either love her for her Ax Craziness, or hate her because of it.
  • The Chris Carter Effect: The series lost quite a bit of fans for its slow beginning and not really going anywhere with the mystery aside from giving us details that could be seen a mile away. But see Growing the Beard below; the story picks up steam and finally works on developing the mystery and giving the viewer information.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • While various characters such as Pink Goddess are getting love for their design and the few characteristics they showed so far, Nanko, the robust bodied detective girl is loved by all fans. It helps that Nanko isn't a screaming, irrational dumbass like the rest of the cast.
    • Narna/Naana, the woman with the beanie and who offers candies to the rest of the group, surprisingly has her share amounts of fans, especially in /a/, thanks to her cute design. Some people even joked that she was the mastermind behind the events of the series, and that she was a drugdealer whose candies were actually drugs.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Lovepon. She's batshit insane, but is also a very cute psychopath. The series plays with this too, as Mitsumune at the end of the third episode blushes while seeing her wet shirt... while she's trying to strangle him in the river that cross the village...
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  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: In the finale. Not everyone's personal issues can be fixed so easily, and everyone has different versions of coping with their issues. Sometimes people will choose to run away from their problems, and that might be the best thing for them. Not exactly a happy or uplifting message, but not invalid either.
  • Growing the Beard: Around episode 7, when the show starts to explore the characters' pasts and motivation, adding a lot more depth and explanation to the behaviors of some of the weirder characters. More effort is put into moving the plot forward and exploring what's happening and why, and the bickering between characters adds more towards the plot, instead of grinding the story to a halt and running around in circles.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Everything about Hayato and Mitsumune's friendship gets fucked up when you see Hayato confessing that he just wanted someone weaker than him to control, like his parents control him.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: During the early episodes, a popular theory was that Hayato was not actually real, but an Imaginary Friend of Mitsumune. Turns out, that theory was correct... for Masaki and Reiji.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: For a given value of "Holy Shit!" but after several episodes of increasingly tense and eerie events, including disappearances and near deaths, episode 4 ends with a sizable portion of the group following train tracks into a tunnel, before running out after seeing something horrifying. You might expect it to be dead body or evidence of the strange creature that's been stalking the group. Instead, Maimai screams that it's a giant version of the main character. Unfortunately, the episode ends before the viewer gets a chance to make sense of it.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • A number of fans initially picked up the series since it was directed by Tsutomu Mizushima, who also directed Another, expecting a thrilling and gruesome supernatural murder mystery... which they didn't get.
    • There was also another camp of viewers (who appeared after the series reached its middle point), who started the show due the infamy it gained after its first episodes aired.
  • Love to Hate:
    • Lovepon is a complete psycho who cannot said anything without saying the word "execute" at some point, and her actions through the series nearly cause the deaths of some characters (sometimes even trying to kill them herself), but many viewers found her derranged behaviour very amusing, often citing her as one of the most entertaining aspects of the show.
    • It can also be applied to the rest of the characters, really. While they are apathetic, uncaring, take very dumb decissions, and, in some instances, take the whole supernatural stuff of Nanaki as a trivial matter, some fans claim that it's the sheer stupidity of the cast what makes the series enjoyable.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Lovepon's gotten the fans on board the "Execute!" ideology. Also, this image is often used as a reaction image during episode discussions.
    • "Man, who cares at this point?" a statement made by Toriyasu. Fans often use it to handwave issues or concerns, feeling that nothing really matters.
    • Photoshopping Narna's beanie and Lion's hoodie into other characters were also popular memes back when the series was airing.
  • Narm/Narm Charm: The anime is filled to the brim with this, though some suspects that it's done on purpose. Others think that the Narm is the best part of the show.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Mitsumune gained many sympathizers after his backstory was revealed on episode 7, and gained even more when his best friend Hayato revealed that he only ever saw him as a puppet to control. Ironically after this very same episode this has led Hayato, who used to be one of the more well-liked characters for being one of the few level-headed ones, to become a Base-Breaking Character at best for his possessive Yandere tendencies.
  • So Bad, It's Good:
    • Most watchers commenting on the internet concur that the series is badly written and the characters are awful, but they cannot stop watching every week.
    • Nick Creamer argues in his review Is The Lost Village Actually A Comedy? that the show creates humor by subverting all of the audience's expectations about how a psychological horror show should be structured and presented, speculating that the whole thing might have even been a subtle and deadpan parody.
  • Squick: Masaki getting carsick and throwing up all over the bus driver in the first episode.
  • The Woobie: Everybody whose backstory is shown grows into this. Even Axe-Crazy Lovepon gets some pity.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Most will agree that the concept of the story is not a bad one, but that the execution of it is rather lacking.
    • The general consensus is that the exploration of characters' backstories was one of the more compelling parts of the series, but it happened far too late to save the series.
  • What an Idiot!: The series has so many of these moments, thanks especially to the incompetence of the cast, that listing them all would take a lot of time. One of the most obvious ones however, is their attitude towards Lovepon. After showing herself to be the more unstable and insane member of the group, always trying to get someone executed and later trying to strangle Mitsumune in the river, one would expect them to lock or at least keep an eye on her in case things may get worse (especially since they did the same with Jack after he tried to kill Hyouketsu no Judgness), but they either treat her as a nuisance, or react with indifference to her antics, like if she was just an annoying kid, instead of a potentially dangerous psychopath.
    • Mikage also deserves an special mention. After leaving clear to the rest of the group that he doesn't trusts in them and that he's not going to sleep in a place with people who may kill him in his sleep, what he does after that? Allying himself with Lovepon, of all people.

Alternative Title(s): Mayoiga


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