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「奇妙な来訪者」 (Kimiyouna Raihou-sha)
“A Strange Visitor”

Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin is definitely a show which has some of the more original cast of characters I’ve seen in a while. No matter how many times I’ve seen Juugo, I still can’t quite figure him out. It annoys me how he seems to think that he’s a selfish individual, but deep down, he still wants to help Nanana move on. He’s also not the typical passive male lead that just gets dragged around by those around him, instead he’s the one that initiates. He puts effort into sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong and that’s what I can’t figure out – do I like this guy or not? Does he have ulterior motives? Regardless, I give him points for being different (and some more for being a bada**). Other people like Tensai and Daruku are a little easier to read and one of the few characters who appear more innocent and outsiders in this story. The reason I like them is because they’re not directly involved with the Adventure Club or Matsuri, and every time they do get stuck in the middle, they’re just as lost as the audience… until Tensai cracks the case. I won’t claim that they’re not tied to everything else that’s happening, but for the time being, it seems like they’ve taken a backseat in the story. That’s a shame because Tensai’s relationship with Ikkaku (who still remains anonymous) could be an interesting one to explore.

Isshin feels much less two-dimensional after this episode. I thought he was going to be written off after that stunt he pulled (twice!) but he’s still around and kicking. In fact, it’s his history with the Adventure Club that drives the rest of this anime (given that this is the last arc). Ikusaba Hiiyo (Sugita Tomokazu) being the antagonist for the remaining few episodes, he’s not exactly subtle about it huh? We know that he used to live in the room before Juugo, we know that he’s a dangerous person that scares people and we know that he’s hunting down pieces of the treasure even after leaving the Adventure Club. That leaves me to wonder what happened to everyone else, and what does he want from Nanana’s Collection? If it’s for world domination I will cry – not everyone wants to take over the world. Hiiyo has this vibe that tells me he’s a misunderstood person and perhaps he’s not as creepy as everyone else assumes he is. Sure he makes a few people cry, but I think he actually will have a great back story that might lead to Nanana’s real killer.

A few people have mentioned the possibility that Nanana might not be truly dead in the past few episodes. That doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s ALIVE either though; she could be stuck in limbo, cursed or something in between. I don’t know how likely it is that she can be brought back… in no way am I convinced that she can be a living person in this anime or the next. However I do believe that she’s here in Juugo’s room for more reasons other than closure. She hasn’t said much about the actual enjoyment that she receives from people finding her treasures, but I’m beginning to think that she’s still around because of her collection. When she talked about people finding resolve by utilizing these treasures, it really made me feel like that was her intention. When Hiiyo appeared and called her bell junk, I could feel how hurt Nanana was – not frightened, but upset at the misjudgment of something that she thought could bring someone joy someday. I still think Nanana is a weak character in comparison to the rest of the cast, but I can finally sympathize with her situation. Not being locked in a room, because she doesn’t seem to mind, but more so how misunderstood she is. She must be deeper than that and I feel like that anime could’ve gotten to this point sooner.

This week also brings together a few characters that were previously mentioned but probably glossed over. Konjou Kasumi (Kawasumi Ayako) who was the owner of the diary that Juugo finds in the first episode, turns out to be the original President of the Adventure Club. Not much else is known about her besides a brief look at her face (and her voice) and her residency with Nanana. She’ll likely play a pivotal role in the remaining 3 episodes – probably involving Hiiyo’s plan at the school. Could there be another ruin on the school’s premises? I would think so consider Tsujimi and Yun’s return to the story as well. Honestly, I totally forgot about their involvement in the hunt for Nanana’s Collection until they showed up again. For such a short run, this story seriously packs it full of characters who all seem to play equally important roles.

Oh dear, I thought I never made these anymore =P – 01, 30.

May 30, 2014 at 6:07 pm
21 comments »
  • May 30, 2014 at 6:59 pmleatherhead333

    Depressed by the lack of Tensai this episode :(

    And I actually find myself liking Hiiyo to some degree.
    Anyone who wears a trench coat in anime is automatically cool! xP.
    What i like about him though is that he isn’t necessarily a villain. He’s just a man with a goal like everyone else. The President showed his darker side too when he got a hold of that staff so it’s not like he’s blameless in that regard. Juugo is also guilty of playing dirty and using others regarding the last treasure hunt where he switched out the treasures.

    So in a sense everyone here is on the same level. They go about achieving their goals by deceiving and fooling others. Just because Ikusaba is less pleasant about using others doesn’t mean he’s any worse or better than anyone else in this show. As we can see when he talked with Juugo he isn’t really spewing with “I’M A BAD GUY!” more like he just doesn’t like to beat around the bush when dealing with people.

    • May 30, 2014 at 7:24 pmwhemleh

      I think the big issue with Hiiyo will is his attitude towards the treasure more so than his moral standing. He’s quite dismissive of the one’s he doesn’t think he needs (with reason, I’m sure) which probably means he’s misunderstanding some greater point the completed collection has.

      I quite like his attitude towards collecting it though, I think it’ll greatly shake up the dynamic. Between the competing groups it’s felt like there’s a sort of gentlemen’s agreement, where cleverness and trickery win the day and everyone respects when they’ve been outsmarted. I have a feeling he wouldn’t respect that sort of thing at all, which definitely raises the stakes a bit.

  • May 30, 2014 at 7:11 pmwhemleh

    Oh! On Nanana(na-na-na-HEY!) not being dead, did anyone find anything strange about her conversation with Juugo about the nature of her rules? Something about the way she talking about the “me being me” stuff came across as some heavy foreshadowing to me. What if this ghost isn’t Nananya(=3) at all, but a remnant of the final treasure in her collection? Or ya know, something big, I’m pretty awful at speculation :X

    Calling it now, the person who gave the money to Tensai was her maid, sent by her rich family to keep an eye on her.

    Also, I really kinda liked the banter between Tetsu and Juugo here. For some reason I can imagine them as the protagonist and goofy best friend in a harem anime. Juugo’s the goofy best friend XD

  • May 30, 2014 at 7:16 pmewok40k

    Finally a true villain (sorry Mr. Club President but you were only pale shadow of him…)
    His strictly utilitarian attitude towards the collection is something that – by contrast – helps Juugo ask himself about his own motives, with more and more indicating he wants to help Nanana for HER sake, despite own (non)ideals.
    One thing that caught my attention was Tensai and 1.her lack of presence during episode (the dog that did not bark…) 2.strange envelope with money someone was delivering to her… Was someone try to bribe her? and if yes, bribe to do exactly what?

  • May 30, 2014 at 7:57 pmCircles

    Nanana playing Terraria!

  • May 30, 2014 at 9:14 pmAiras

    Tomokazu Sugita is everywhere!

  • May 30, 2014 at 10:33 pmyuhsaku

    I never I’d see Yun-chan again soon. :-)

  • May 31, 2014 at 1:25 amretsurai

    is just me or most ppl in this anime knows how to fight?

    • May 31, 2014 at 4:21 amlol

      hey, they’re on a man made island of course they know how to fight, lol

  • May 31, 2014 at 1:58 amCrook

    That ‘Senpai’ part had me laughing for a good minute. Oh, Juugo.

  • May 31, 2014 at 5:17 amDomo-kun

    Can someone please remind me what episode did Tsujimi and Yun appear in this series? I really do not recall these two characters, but everyone is saying “I’m happy that they are back”…

    • May 31, 2014 at 5:35 amHater

      Episode 5: where Juugo worked as delivery boy.

      • May 31, 2014 at 3:41 pmDomo-kun

        Thanks :)

  • May 31, 2014 at 7:52 amClockwerk

    He puts effort into sticking his noise where it doesn’t belong

    I wish I could stick my noise wherever.

    • May 31, 2014 at 9:14 amCrook

      Dude, don’t stick your noise in that, that’s gross.

  • May 31, 2014 at 11:30 amP Ko

    I really don’t like Ikusaba.

    But on the plus side…

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  • May 31, 2014 at 3:50 pmDuzz

    I see, what an interesting development but I can’t blame Ikusba for not wanting to live with Nanana, it’s a frigging GHOST!

    On the other hand shit about to get real.

  • May 31, 2014 at 8:19 pmDvalinn

    Tensai sure is adorable in those cat pajama’s.

    As for Hiiyo, I doubt he wants to take over the world or something similarily grand like that. He seems more like a ruthless pragmatist, and thus probably has a more simple reason for doing what he does. As for what, however…

    If I expect anyone else to try to take over the world, it’s Yun. I could totally see her making the Zvezda salute.

  • June 1, 2014 at 10:21 pmZerix

    That scene where Hiiyo was about to pat Saki’s head, the way he was talking totally reminded me of Gintoki from Gintama.

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