WARNING: This thread contains spoilers for the Japanese Dream Suite "Aika Village". This thread is for discussing the Village and theories of what it's story is. The topic of Aika Village constitutes mature conversation and is not suitable for all members of the Forum. Please consider this before reading and participating.
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Alright, now that all the formalities are out of the way, let's get down to the topic at hand. Aika Village, for those who are living under a box and don't know, Aika is a creepy village designed by a girl/woman from Japan. It's really an amazing and artistic village that took a huge amount of effort and planning but wrapped inside of it is a story that the creator doesn't want to give away.
I've seen threads like this on other boards and since I'm a fan of Aika Village myself, I wanted to see if we could have a conversation about the Village and put together our collective ideas.
I'll put up some topic starters first and see if we can get some ideas flowing and then touch on my ideas.
What is the meaning of the "Doll Tea Party" Room? Does the number of dolls (12) have any significance? The idea that there was some sort of betrayal is in my mind because there is twelve dolls and there's an axe behind only one.
What does the back room in the second house represent? Turning the camera around you'll see there are two sets of eyes watching all the backwards facing toys. I haven't been able to figure this room out and getting ideas doesn't come easily...
What do the beehives in the Police Station mean? What is the symbolism of the hedge and library mazes? What about the Queen Nefitiri statues in the final home? There are so many things to dicuss...
What about the Ramshackle Piano Room off of the Book Maze? Aside from the idea of "walking on egg shells", which makes sense to me, I don't understand it completely.
Who thinks that the doll is the killer? Or what do you think happened to the family?
My initial concept upon my first of three visits was that the Doll became extremely jealous of Aika's love of her mother and in turn obsessed over keeping the girl to herself. She plotted a murder (the basement in the third house) and once killing off the family fenced Aika in with her. Upon walking the beach, I think Aika committed suicide (the red shoes on the beach) and that her grave is the one off the beach.
After thinking and visiting more, I found that the story is much, much deeper and that not everyone is the story was killed. While Aika undoubtedly did, there had to be someone else to leave the flowers, candy and time capsule at her site.
What puzzles me most of all is the idea of whether or not the doll was a literal threat or if she has more figurative meaning. I do think that part of the key (which feels just out of reach) is that we first see her with the axe at the Tea Party where it's "concealed".
There's so many concepts floating around but I'm excited to see what everyone else has to say about Aika Village.