「悪党のお悩み相談」 (Akutou no o Nayami Soudan)
“Counseling for Bad Guys”
Your first love is always going to be that special individual that holds a special place in your heart. It sounds cheesy, and it probably is, but I truly believe that the first person that you devote your time and feelings to, can never be replaced. Whether it’s a long term relationship or someone that you had a crush on for the longest time, or that summer fling, they impact your life and shape your future relationships in ways you wouldn’t believe. This might be a little too deep for Nanana but I can understand the complicated implications of Juugo’s feelings towards Yukihime. It may not be as strong as love per say, but it’s enough to cause conflicts among the two of them because their values don’t match their feelings. To some extents, I’d like to think that they share more than a sibling bond but I know that’s probably beyond the scope of this anime and the OTP of this show is clearly Nanana x Juugo.
The issue of trust between people is always a sensitive one and the dynamics between Juugo and Yukihime couldn’t be more complicated. While I know why Juugo feels betrayed, I also understand why he has a hard time confronting Yukihime about it. It’s hard to describe the amount of disappointment I would feel if someone I trusted my entire life simply threw all that out the window. What’s also sad though, is that Yukihime felt that her loyalties to Matsuri were stronger than anything she felt towards Juugo. This is what causes the two to clash and lash out on one another when in reality, they probably would get along if they weren’t working for opposing forces. This hits close to home for me because there are always going to be people whom you respect and care for, that don’t have the same goals that you do. In fact, they might be doing things that make your life harder. I think it’s how you go about handling those differences that make you a better person and in this case, Juugo and Yukihime have a mutual understanding of why each of them are going after Nanana’s Collection. Although they don’t work for each other or together, they’re not enemies either. It also surprises me that there are “rules” for thieves, but I guess that makes sense since the underground market also has its own set of rules.
As slow as this episode was, I think it reveals a lot about each character and where they’re headed from here on. Juugo has turned out not to be the typical main character that you’d cheer for, but yet, he’s definitely different and I want to keep watching to see how he finds Nanana’s Collection pieces. Matsuri is made up of multiple individuals that all work for the same leader, but they don’t necessary agree with each other’s actions. Shuu is truly a man of different disguises and I always thought of him as a sidekick to Yukihime until this week. I wouldn’t be surprised if he turned against Yukihime to get to more treasure pieces for Juugo’s father. Tensai and Daruku got even less screen time than normal this week which was super saddening. Yes, they’re side characters – but come on! If they’re who the audience wants to see, the show should deliver more of that. Unfortunately I don’t think that’s where the plot is headed as Nanana and Juugo get more relationship build-up. I won’t lie, I’m disappointed, but as long as it doesn’t feel forced or unnatural, I can accept it. Last week, I asked for more character development and I think I got it so I’m more than satisfied with the show so far.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Relationships are always a complicated matter and first loves always have a soft spot in my heart. #Nanana_TV explains it well enough =)