Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin – 03
「地上1000mの《遺跡》」 (Chijyou 1000m no Iseki)
“The Ruins 1,000 Meters Above Ground”
You win some, you lose some. And in this case, Juugo and Tensai were smart enough to get to the pie, but not smart enough to eat it first. They were bested by Isshin who pretty much grabbed for the scepter first and left them stranded on a floating treasure chest. Well, I hate to say I told you so but even I’ll admit that that change of heart happened a lot faster than I anticipated. However, it keeps the show interesting and now Juugo should realize that no one on this island can be trusted… except Tensai, because she’s awesome.
Even Isshin knows that Tensai’s too clever for her own good; except when it comes to emotional intelligence. She’s not as savvy when it comes to reading people’s intentions and even interpreting her own feelings. She’s probably one of the more stereotypical characters out there, but somehow she still draws me in with her innocence and ignorance. I love her genuine interest to solve mysteries and how she actually believes that she is a master detective because everything so far, points to the fact that she is bright. However, she also comes across as a damsel in distress and I think it suits her because no one is perfect. While she excels at solving room puzzles, she lacks understanding in motives and social contact with people other than
Watson Daruku. She’s also not scared to admit that she also has challenges and she does reach for help. To me – she’s the ideal strong but flawed female character and I know that this series is supposed to be about Nanana, but Tensai is just full of more development potential than a girl trapped in a room eating pudding.
Speaking of Nanana, it’s not that I don’t like her – it’s simply that I don’t really know who she is yet. Ultimately, it sounds like she’s the one that’s hidden all the treasures… but to what end? What does her collection signify to her or anyone else? Asides from the obvious (that they possess magical powers), as the audience, we don’t know why there are thieves trying to steal it and why Nanana’s hidden them in the first place. I fail to believe that it is “for fun“. And that makes me question her character as well because all we see is this pudding-fanatic that plays games all day, but doesn’t seem to care what happens with her discovered treasures. Isshin is clearly up to no good, but no one else seems to be taking this serious (except Tensai and Juugo). If Nanana is nonchalant about it as well, it really sets the tone for the show and it makes me feel like I shouldn’t care too much either. In this case, it makes Nanana into a much weaker character in my mind since she has no real impact on what happens and that’s alright with her.
As for the treasure room itself, it reminds me of a less extravagant Indiana Jones mystery because of the structure of the room that’s designed to stop intruders from getting to the treasure chest. I don’t know if this spider contraption was meant to kill you, but it definitely encourages one to want to solve it faster. Like last week, it’s not so much about the mystery itself, but more so about the fun in watching Tensai reveal her conclusions; and then testing them. I think the puzzles are intriguing to watch even though it lacks involvement from the audience because in the end, I just want to know what the collection pieces are for and what their significance is. Also, what do these thieves want from Juugo? What I love about Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin so far is that nothing remains a mystery for long and I’ve been getting the answers that I seek. The pace is excellent as far as I’m concerned because it doesn’t linger on unnecessary scenes too long and it always gets back to the point. It’s definitely more like an adventure than a mystery right now, but I think that’s what keeps this series rolling.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: I knew he was evil…. -____-’ and I’m finding Tensai more and more adorable =3 #nanana_tv