「能力者ＶＳ無能力者」 (Nouryoku-sha VS Munouryoku-sha)
“Talented vs. Talentless”
As the rest of the season settles into cruising speed, it only makes sense for Munou na Nana to follow suit, or as is otherwise known, showing how one girl’s murder fest won’t be going that smoothly. For better or worse we’re now getting into the thriller version of ring around the Rosie, and you can bet the twists and turns are going to be plentiful.
Given how Kyouya was revealed to be Nana’s primary concern previously, it was just a matter of time before he started digging into her, but damn near revealing all less than a week in definitely proved surprising. It goes to show where Munou na Nana is aiming to derive strength from though, as rather than inherently stick to subterfuge and planning (the usual MO for most thrillers), it immediately goes for the throat with rapid action. Attempting to force Kyouya’s hand—or even off-hand kill him—isn’t something you’d normally see so quickly for example, let alone have the guy come within inches of pulling back the mask on Nana’s identity. It ensures this show’s progression is going to remain fun as hell and certainly deserves some kudos (incessant teasing gets old really quickly), but as always it remains to be seen how well Munou na Nana can keep this up. Noticeably slow down on Nana doing murder things or trip up once and it will be problematic.
The one thing likely to keep Munou na Nana on the rails, however, is arguably Kyouya himself. Considering the guy’s ridiculous (yet hilarious) personality there’s a lot of room for some timely pitfalls and narrative barricades to keep Nana just out of reach reveal-wise (e.g. Kyouya’s mental roundabouts), and couple it with his ability to seemingly shrug off all physical damage and it’s not unlikely to see a stalemate eventually result between both characters. Naturally we’re going to get some entertainment in seeing how quickly Nana can deduce Kyouya’s weakness (guarantee his sense of smell factors into it) before Kyouya finds out too much thanks to impulsive curiosity, but how long the game lasts—and what wrench will inevitably interfere with the process—definitely remains up in the air.
For all we know about Nana’s mission thus far there’s still quite a bit needing revealed, and with a new challenge in Kyouya on her plate, even more now to do—and less room to do it with. I think it’s time for the real game to begin.