「見えざる刃」 (Miezaru Yaiba)
“The Invisible Blade”
While I may retain fears about the staying power of Munou na Nana, there’s no denying I’m loving what I’m seeing thus far. After going through the rounds of a wheel-a-murder, we’re now actually getting some legitimate competition for Nana as senpais prove their worth and fellow killers come out the woodwork. We might know how the future is likely to play out, but that doesn’t mean the process cannot be fun to witness.
I think the biggest surprise for me this week (outside of the usual cliffhanger) was Nana’s past being revealed. And not just any past—her actual past. This was coming at some point regardless, but I’m honestly quite pleasantly surprised we both got it in full and with enough detail to start piecing together other critical aspects. It’s not hard guessing that burglar for example is not a burglar, as few people out for monetary reward are going to spend the time dismembering household residents and arranging their body parts on the kitchen table. Not impossible mind you, but highly improbable. Top it off with the indication that Nana’s family was intimately involved with the Talented and yeah, we’re looking at something else other than pure coincidence regarding Nana’s situation. I don’t know if we’ll find out the truth this season, however I guarantee the voice on the other side of Nana’s phone holds all the answers and then some.
The real fun though naturally comes from Nana’s immediate problems, and oh boy is this starting to spiral out of control. Jin of course is front and centre given his ridiculous ability to coopt any and all powers (albeit with a weakness he’s keen enough to keep hidden) that nullifies whatever Nana could try, but top it off with third parties now making a play to ameliorate specific grievances (because that’s the primary reason for these kids to lash out) and I expect things to get chaotic in a rush. The interesting bit will be what happens between Nana and Michiru though, as it’s fairly obvious Nana has started humanizing the girl and seeing her as a person contrary to everyone else; Michiru’s personality and actions guaranteed are going to catch Nana out at some point and force her to make a choice she subconsciously doesn’t want to make—e.g. let Michiru die, take a blow for her, choose not to kill her. And that is the stage where the real fun begins. One way or another we’re building up to a major showdown and airing of backstories and hidden motivations, with the question being just who is left standing once the dust settles.
Whether or not it involves blatant hints and teaserss, well, we’ve all got a week to properly mull it over.
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