「いざ, 温泉街へ」 (Iza, Onsen Machi e)
“To the Hot Springs Town”
Of course, we need the token hot springs visit in any high school anime and Nanana was no exception. Everything you’d expect out of this episode was delivered – including some peeping, some ping pong and some treasure hunting. The only thing lacking was something new and although I still think Nanana is enjoyable, it’s starting to lose its spark. One of the things that drew me to the show in the first place was fast-paced plot and character interactions, but it seems like the past few weeks have been lacking in excitement. I still have high hopes that it’ll pick up again, but the different runes and treasures are no longer a prime focus of the story for me. What would rejuvenate the show again for me would be more time developing the character relationships and the motives behind everyone’s actions.
The episode was fairly predictable from beginning to end. It was obvious enough that Juugo was up to something in the middle of the night and I can (probably) confidently say that he was the one that stole the treasure first. I’m also certain that Tensai knows that he did as well but she can’t prove it yet. That leaves the question of where the treasure went – which is probably hidden away by Juugo. He’s not working for the Matsuri (since Shuu wasn’t aware of it) or his father, so where does that leave his loyalties? It puzzles me how someone like Tensai or Isshin could have so much drama with Juugo (and one another) but yet still go on vacations and trips together. Juugo (and Isshin) are just using one another to give off the pretense of an Adventure Club but secretly, they all have their own reasons for hunting down these treasures. The only issue I have with this though, is that the relationships don’t feel real at all anymore and I can’t decipher who to trust or what is real. The only thing that I’m certain of is that I would never trust Isshin again.
The rest of the episode felt like fluff and fun. The fanservice and jokes are repetitive of previous episodes but still haven’t gotten old to me. What has gotten less interesting to me are the ruins and the trials to get to the treasures. The setups are always fun to see and it takes a while for me to understand the task at hand, but then the scene starts to dull. Seeing Juugo and co. repeatedly fail is becoming less of a novelty and feels like something I have to get over with in order to continue on with the story. If there was any way to make these runes feel more intense and less of a filler, I think I’d feel more enticed to pay attention during these scenes. Moreover, the only character that I’m watching for these days is Tensai and that’s never a good thing when other characters are becoming less relevant. Anyway, the end of this episode marks another cliffhanger so we’ll see how Nanana becomes more incorporated into the show. After all, I’m beginning to forget that the show is named after her.
Note: Apologies for the late post! No excuses this time around but I met two awesome RC readers this past week and you guys are the best =) I don’t express my love for writing on this site enough.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #Nanana_TV was too predictable this week. I need less of the fanservice and more of plot advancements please.