「ミッション・インポッシブル」 (Misshon Inposshiburu)
It’s a slow week for Nanana as we dive more into Juugo’s past and the Matsuri group. After last week’s information dump, I think it’s only right that we start to settle down and really understand who Juugo is and why he left home in the first place. Who are his accomplices and what does Matsuri hope to achieve? If you’re still confused, all we understand so far is that they’re a group of thieves that want to collect pieces of the Nanana Collection. Their head leader is Juugo’s father (Koyama Rikiya), and Fugi Yukihime (Noto Mamiko) & Todomatsu Shuu (Toriumi Kousuke) work for him on Nanae Island. Their motives are unknown so far but Yukihime and Shuu seem to believe in the cause of their existence so I’d like to see how far they go to oppose Juugo. They’re like his guardians, popping up everywhere just to check up on him. It’s obvious that Yukihime has a deeper relationship with Juugo – probably more than the sisterly bond that he’s implying. She’s a strong character on her own and I’d like to see how she deals with Juugo on their journeys into ruins. Please don’t add her to Juugo’s harem though; I don’t need those types of complications.
On the other hand, the dynamics within the Adventure Club are not what I was expecting after last week. We start the episode off with some friendly banter over dinner which leads to a discussion of another hidden ruin at a hot spring. I felt like this scene was so out of place because am I the only one that wouldn’t (ever) have dinner with a guy that just tried to kill me? I mean, even if I forgave the guy for trying to take over the world, that doesn’t mean he didn’t lock me on a floating treasure chest in the middle of an (semi)invisible room. Are you kidding me? Or perhaps I’m being crazy and holding grudges for murderous intents is a thing of the past – call me old-fashioned. Regardless, Tensai has not backed down from her promise of keeping a close eye on Juugo. This girl is everywhere and when she’s not solving mysteries in ruins, she’s on her own to find cases to solve. I’m impressed by her persistent to solve not only puzzles and the abnormally strange, but also everyday crimes (like missing people). It’s amazing to hear how she comes to her conclusions and beyond that, she seems to have connections to the infamous Shunjuu Ikkaku (who is still faceless for those of you confused). Perhaps her secret family affairs are more hidden than Juugo’s but only time will tell.
I thought it was very off-topic but the driving issue this week was how Juugo was unable to pay his utility bills despite being the son of a crime lord. I understand that he has been disowned and he shouldn’t receive any funds, but then… why is he buying Nanana pudding all the time (that cost can pile up!) and why doesn’t he stop feeding her obsession with games and TV? He’s rarely home anyway and he’s paying for a ghost to be entertained. Not his daughter or a girlfriend or even a distant relative (maybe? Ohhh… that’d be interesting!) but a ghost that just can’t help her sweet tooth. No offense, Nanana resembles a child to me that Juugo feels responsible for. At first, he felt indebted to find her killer to help her move on, but that doesn’t mean he needs to fuel her by throwing money left and right. If she were my kid and she’s not helping me solve this case, you can bet that she’s not getting no more pudding. Not to mention that Nanana still feels very undeveloped as a primary character. I can see where the director is going and I think it’s inferred that there is a connection between Juugo and Nanana but I’m not seeing it or feeling it much. And that honestly has nothing to do with Tensai being next door.
Luckily, the other characters in this story keep the ball rolling despite Nanana’s lack of performance and involvement. We’re introduced to a group (more like a gang) that resides in the ghetto district of the Nanae Island. Like most countries or cities, there’s always going to be a shady area that the police kind of ignore because there’s always going to be some form of corruption. This adds a new element to the story because even though Juugo is a thief, I would think of his group as more like organized crime and these gangs are more straight-up about their violence and chaos. Kurosu Sansa (Sakurai Harumi) adds a real sense of fright and intimidation to the series; whereas Isshin was definitely a mediocre opponent. It’s great to see how the story expands into other characters and groups rather than just simply focusing on the core Adventure Club vs. Matsuri. The Three Skulls will surely stir up some trouble as everyone tries to obtain more pieces of Nanana’s Collection – each for their own reasons. What interests me the most though is that, everyone seems to be treasure hunting but no one has mentioned collecting them all (except for Juugo’s father perhaps). Isshin wanted a specific piece of the treasure and Juugo only wants to solve the mystery of who killed Nanana, but what does this Collection do as a whole? How does hunting down each individual piece fit in to the bigger picture? Or is it truly all for Nanana’s own amusement?
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Slow paced #nanana_TV episode after last week’s reveal but that’s OK given all the complaints that it was an info dump