OP: 「バタフライエフェクト」 (Batafurai Efeto) by 私立恵比寿中学 (Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku)
「勘当されて島流し」 (Kandou Sarate Shimanagashi)
“Disinherited and Banished”
I’ve had a trail of bad luck picking up Noitamina shows airing on Thursday nights… but I give it another shot by taking my chances with Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin. This is a story about a boy who leaves his home for a man-made island in the middle of the ocean. This island is mainly ruled by students with an assortment of different schools occupying it. Yama Juugo (Ono Yuuki) rents out a place to attend school here and to his surprise, his room is already occupied… by a dead girl named Ryuugajou Nanana (Tanabe Rui). She’s bound to the room, but she has physical contact to everything (and everyone) within it. She’s been dead for 10 years and can’t seem to leave the Earth in peace – at least, not before finding her murderer. Juugo quickly learns that there’s a hidden notebook in the bathroom (which Nanana can’t access) and finds out that Nanana used to be part of a group called “Great 7” whom founded and created this island. His landlord, also belonged to the Great 7 and he questions her about the mysteries of the island and how it came to be. Apparently Nanana travelled the Earth to find treasures worth enough money to create this island in the first place and when she passed, they were all scattered throughout the island.
These treasures aren’t only meant to carry a lot of value on them, but I think they’re also supposed to lead Juugo to Nanana’s killer. The murder mystery has been left unsolved for the past 10 years and that’s the question we’re all dying to learn the answers to. Who killed her and why? I’ve been saying it for years, but I love a good mystery and especially one with a finite ending, I hope there’s a lot of good twists in the story. Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin does not give off the impressions of a deep, dark story, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it traveled down that road later on. So far, it’s very light and comedic, without being too overloaded with any sort of information. There’s definitely more characters that will be introduced and I’m hoping that they end up distinguishable in their own ways because if there’s anything I can’t stand, it is the stereotypical schoolmates.
There is no doubt that I’m impressed by the art for this premiere – A-1 Pictures never seizes to fail on that front and I think Nanana is actually drawn and animated very beautifully (girl crush!). The OP is kind of bland with simple splashes for characters, but the ED has so many different shots that are wallpaper-worthy. The OST is nice, but not outstanding so if there’s anything that should draw me to the show – it’s the plot and the animation. I just hope that given that there is 2 years’ worth of source material, the show doesn’t end on a sour note or anime-original ending. In a mystery series like this, the last thing you want is an anime original ending that wasn’t the intention of the author and ruins the chance of getting a second season.
Overall, I’d say that Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin is a light show to watch. It’s not 100% comedy or mystery, and I like that balance because the scenes translate very fluidly from one to the next while hitting an array of topics. The characters aren’t annoying, although they each have their quirks I’m sure – but the point is that our main duo isn’t frustrating to watch nor too over exaggerated. So far, the story has set itself up very well for its future episodes and there’s just something about a treasure hunt that excites me because it keeps me guessing with the cast. I don’t intend for the clues to be 100% accurate or even make sense, but I’m hoping that it doesn’t end up being a stupid quest for nothing and we get a troll ending. Down the road, I wouldn’t be surprised if they even trailed away from the hunt and their story starts revolving around school activities.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Liking #nanana_tv so far =) the mystery and the hint of moe is just what I need this spring. Potential blogging pick?
NOTE: I have no intentions of blogging this on a full-time basis yet. Please keep your eyes on the Spring Schedule for any shows that may be potentially picked up on an on-going basis.
ED: 「微かな密かな確かなミライ」 (Kasukana Hisokana Tashikana Mirai) by Sphere