This episode brings back what I love so much about Nanana. The mystery, the adventures and most of all, Tensai. Her character is just so brilliant and amazing to watch without being too annoying or too much of a know-it-all. I don’t necessarily follow her train of thought all the time, but it’s just how she comes to her conclusion with just the power of observation that’s amusing. She’s a good contrast to Juugo who just jumps into everything without thinking. The pair of them work well together (if Juugo actually followed directions) because they balance out each other’s weaknesses and strengths. I love watching couples that have very polar personalities but still manage to get along because not only does it show that opposites attract, but it means that they see something in each other that they lack and they can respect those differences. Ultimately, I don’t think there’s going to be any “true” couple at the end of the season, but in my mind, it’s made up. Tensai x Juugo all the way!
Juugo and Hiiyo got into an argument this week about the involvement of Yuu-chan and who was right or wrong. I thought this was an interesting debate because the more I listened to both sides, the more I realized that this wasn’t much of a conversation as it was just screaming and taunting (did anyone else notice how all their angry faces look the same?). Juugo was clearly on the offensive because common sense would tell you, it’s wrong to send a young girl to her death (even if it is voluntary). However, you can’t negate the fact that Hiiyo is also not wrong if Yuu-chan did accept a job knowing the circumstances that it was dangerous. I don’t work in law, but I do work in business and without getting technical, I would think that Hiiyo has a point and he makes a convincing argument if Yuu-chan was to be treated like any other human being. You’re given the choice to accept whatever job you want, and you also have the freedom to stop or proceed at your expense. In which case, I could argue that Juugo was not seeing the situation clearly and being quick to judge. Of course, speaking technically, Yuu-chan IS a child and should be treated as such. She can’t be held accountable for her actions because of her young age and as an adult (if he had any care in the world), Hiiyo shouldn’t have sent her into the ruin.
When the confrontations began and the action finally started, I was actually excited to see how they would take Hiiyo down. He seems a little overpowered with his boots and combat abilities, but that’s what made me more anxious to hear what Tensai had to say. She survived a punch (no! not her face!) to prove her point to Hiiyo – she’s in a whole new league compared to him. The ability to swim in the shadow is cool and all… but that doesn’t compare to the powers that Isshin holds. Looks like he already had his hands on a treasure all this time so why doesn’t he have more? His powers can be so easily exploited. There’s two more unique treasures that we haven’t seen yet – one that’s inside the chest and the other is being held by Hiiyo. We saw this last episode too but I wasn’t sure what the extent of this power was. Sounds like the future is manipulated to be a reality based on what he says so it’s almost like he controls the future. No clue how Juugo will survive that one…
All in all, the episode was a great way to showcase what all the build-up and anticipation has led up. It’s not the last treasure, but it is going to be the last that we’ll see of Nanana for this season. As of last week, I thought that we’d see more of the Adventure Club’s original members, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. A second season is definitely a must at this rate – the characters are much more than they appear to be on the surface and if each arc is going to dive deeper into their history, I’d want to see that animated. Not only that, but it seems like we’ve barely scratched the surface of who Nanana is, not to mention getting any closer to her murder case. Let’s hope the finale doesn’t end with a cliff-hanger or a teaser… but I guess that’s still better than being anime original.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: This is why Tensai is so awesome. Love her attitude and how her mind works =3 she looks adorable being carried princess-style! #nanana_tv