Older Mayoi is cool damnit! She’s this backbacking, occult zombie hunting young adult with tank top and rough trousers. But she’s still got the sense of humour of regular Mayoi. She’s like a less provocatively dressed Lara Croft. Admittedly a lot of that comes from her surroundings. Anyone who has lived through the rough and tumble of the apocalypse is going to be shaped by that, albeit Mayoi came out with a sense of humour with the most serious injury apparently being that she feels a little lonely. So maybe this is less Mayoi’s character and just an extension of my almost sexual levels of fascination with the apocalypse. I find this Mayoi rather attractive because ladies who can take care of themselves are hot. Also it really, really, really helps if they’re not children.
I really liked this episode and how they concluded the arc. Turns out I’m not completely burned out on time travel stories providing you put your own stamp on it. I’ve still managed to come away from the episode oddly infuriated though because we got a glimpse of the story I’ve said I really wanted to see Nisioisin tell. No, not the story where Mayoi turns into intrepid explorer of a doomed society armed only with her massive backpack and pocketfulls of rice, although that certainly helps. What we saw a momentary glimpse of was the ghostbusting trio in their own adventures. The Hawaiian shirt, the slimeball, and platform shoes. Not sure what happened to Bro-Girl, maybe she got caught by the zombies when her trousers fell down as she was running away because she had her belt around her thighs because that’s what all the cool kids do yo bro innit like.
Picture their story though. A vampire manages to single-handedly destroy the world, turning almost everyone into zombies bar a few lone survivors. The three of them meet up and fight a ceaseless battle against the zombies while trying to come up with a solution that realistically only they can. What I would love about seeing the three of them together is I simply can’t imagine their personalities working seamlessly together. They all seem to have too high opinions of themselves, with good reason, so I’d love to see them being all snide as they sarcastically compliment each other’s rice throwing abilities.
Their solution is really fascinating when you break down the consequences. They get Arararagi and Shinobu to meet up with Mayoi at tell them to meet HEART UNDA BLADE ACCEL DREAM BLOOD LIGHTNING POTATO knowing that by presenting her with the simple proof that things could have been different, she would crack and lose her drive because the futility of it all was what drove her in the first place. How Meme knew where and when Arararagi would show up is a little beyond me, probably because he has access to the script as usual. They then use the power from HEART UNDA BLADE ACCEL DARKNIGHT NARUTOXHINATA XOXOXOXO to travel back to the correct timeline so they can live in a non-apocalyptic wasteland.
Which solves Arararagi’s problem, but it doesn’t save this timeline. It doesn’t save Meme and company in their attempts to restore the planet to a habitable state by altering the world’s atmosphere so there are paddy-fields in the sky and it rains rice all year round. It doesn’t save Mayoi. They did kill HEART UNDA BLADE ACCEL NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP NEVER GONNA which certainly helps, but it still means the world is doomed. That’s why I absolutely loved that scene where, upon finishing the note, Arararagi walks away from Mayoi and refuses to look back. He had to reject that this world even exists because he knows that in leaving it, he leaves it doomed. This Mayoi in front of him can’t exist in his mind because he knows he’s just leaving her alone again.
As we go back to Arararagi’s normal world that is just as empty as the post-apocalyptic-hit version but at least it has his harem there, my mind is back with alternate universe Mayoi. The one alone in a wasteland with her bag and a single letter she’s been told to deliver. Left with weeks to come up with what she will say to Arararagi once she meets him so she comes off as nonchalant enough about her offer so she doesn’t sound creepy, and now is left alone again as her single attempt ended in failure, wondering what it is she should even do from here. I want her story.