Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin – 11 (END)
「八真重護が決める覚悟」 (Yama Juugo ga Kimeru Kakugo)
“The Resolve of Yama Juugo”
So that ending was a little… lackluster to say the least.
I was expecting some more action and some more Tensai wit and puzzle-solving but we got none of that! What was that?! In the end, I think I’m left with more questions than answers, especially with Hiiyo’s powers left hidden. I’m quite disappointed with how they resolved that issue so quickly. It was like Hiiyo had a change of heart and he rather save his own skin (and keep his secrets) than destroy his rivals. The scene had little to no effect on me because it was all just a bluff! And there wasn’t much resolution for that ruin at all. The scene cuts and the next thing we know, Tensai is back in Juugo’s apartment. Very much lacking in terms of a proper season finale in my opinion.
The good news is that the focus of this episode is really tying back to what everyone’s’ motives are. There’s a lot more talking and self-reflection than I would’ve anticipated for a season finale, but I think it sends the clear message of what everyone is thinking. Most importantly – Juugo actually confronts Nanana about what she wants. This has been a question I’ve been asking since the beginning and I think a lot of readers also pointed it out. Does Nanana want to stick around and eat pudding all day? Or does she want to move on from limbo? The answer is to be expected, but it’s still good to hear it straight from her. This pretty much sums up why she’s been holding secrets from the Adventure Club and why she can help them but doesn’t. Truth is, Nanana probably wants to find her murderer, but it’s not the core reason that her spirit still lingers in that apartment. I think that even though she does get her revenge, she’ll still be around because she likes watching over the island and its inhabitants.
So what was in the treasure chest? Well who knows… because they don’t really show it; nor is it really showcased how it works. Tensai tries to get Juugo to break his promise to Nanana, but I take Juugo to be a more honorable and trustworthy person than that. I’m glad that he kept his promise, but it’s a shame that Tensai lost the bet at the same time. The only fan girl moment that I got out of this week was the fact that Hiiyo called Tensai, Juugo’s girlfriend. Neither of them denied it too! You can see how distracted I was during this scene because nothing was really happening. What I really wanted to know was, what’s in the bag? Why did Hiiyo fight so hard for it? Does he even know what it’s used for? The other piece of it was revealed at the end post credits because it brings back the image of the bloody schoolbag and confirms that it did belong to Yuu-chan. What’s more, it alludes to the fact that Yuu-chan isn’t who she appears to be and I think she’s either being controlled by someone or someone else lives inside her (MPD or schizophrenia perhaps?). Unfortunately we’ll never know for now…
Ultimately, I think this does lead to the possibility of a second season. Keeping in mind that the novel isn’t very long (only started early 2012), I don’t think there’s enough material yet to create more episodes without it being derailed. I would’ve liked it more if the finale was more conclusive or provided more details, but it’s best that they didn’t come up with an anime-original ending.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Hate to say #nanana_tv was anticlimactic… But it was =( damn, I’m disappointed. At least the epilogue was interesting though #postcredits
Coming into this season’s noitamina timeslot, I was pretty shot down after blogging Samurai Flamenco for a whole two seasons. I admit that I wasn’t expecting much and given that the initial premise of the show, I figured it’d be more light-hearted, comedic and probably focused more on girls doing cute things with an innocent guy as a bystander. Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin was none of that and to no extent was I ever bored or turned-off. Much of this probably had to do with my expectations of the show coming in, but in general, it still goes beyond what you read from a short synopsis. Each of the characters are much more than cardboard cutoffs of their stereotype. They all have personalities and motives which make you understand why they are all hunting for pieces of the treasure. The mystery aspect of this show is actually focused on who everyone is, rather than what’s inside the chest. You’ll find yourself wondering where everyone came from and who they know rather than how to get through this ruin.
The story is not without its faults though. The initial arc proves to be quite an info dump of revelations and Nanana as a whole requires quite a bit of your attention span. There are a lot of one-liners (especially from Tensai) which answer a lot of questions, but you have to be on the watch for it. There are also hints and subtle signs of what’s to come, but Nanana barely scratches the surface of the story which it can potentially deliver. It’s a shame that the run is so short because the characters are quite loveable and they’re not given the time to develop in front of the audience. The lack of episodes is definitely a miss for this type of series, however I’m glad that it had a run at all because it shows how the typical Indiana Jones adventure series can be transformed into something completely different.