Could be worse, buddy. You could be dead.
The Adventure Club tackles the next Ruins, but when they reach a piece of Nanana’s Collection, Isshin betrays Juugo and Tensai. With the treasure in his hands, Isshin looks to be striking a deal with the head of the Great 7, whoever the hell that is.
• So our heroes had to go through a physically strenuous first challenge to get themselves a fancy teapot. Woo. Isshin then goes, “I’m so happy to have three new, highly-capable members joining us.” I’m pretty sure Tensai did everything, Juugo simply didn’t give up, aaaaand the trap was completely useless.
• It turns out Nanana died four years before the construction of the high school itself. As a result, no one knows who did the work of hiding all of her treasures. They simply refer to this mysterious entity as the “Leprechaun.” But as soon as the story starts to become remotely intriguing, we go right back to Nanana physically abusing Juugo because this is somehow necessary. Y’see, they have to play “pretend lovers” before she can reveal the location of the next “Ruins,” a location where a treasure is hidden.
• After Nanana reveals the location of her next treasure, she tells our hero, “Let’s do it again sometime. Next time, we’ll act out something else.” Afterwards, Juugo asks Isshin why Nanana just can’t reveal those locations without forcing him to undergo some trials. Isshin pretty much gives us a cop-out answer, i.e. Nanana works in mysterious ways. So what’s up with that? Is it Juugo’s job to help the girl “live” out experiences that she has unfortunately missed out on because she died so young? And in return, he gets her treasures? That might be touching if, y’know, one of those real life experiences didn’t involve her flipping her shit over cheap pudding.
• Anyway, the first treasure is in some tower with 150+plus floors. When the Adventure Club members arrive at the top, it just looks like some sort of mall though — a mall 150-plus floors up in the sky for some reason. If this doesn’t already resemble video game logic in a modern setting, I don’t know what else it would take to convince people.
• Tensai does all the work again in finding the actual Ruins within the tower.
• Like a lot of like-minded anime, none of the mysteries here seem to be anything the audience can join in and help solve. We’re just here to watch, unfortunately. Oh well, at least this series isn’t about an incestuous pair of siblings… yet.
• Well, obviously, why would you send in the trap? What talent does he honestly have?
• Animation-wise, the sudden shift to CGI is still jarring.
• When the trio of Juugo, Tensai, and Isshin enters the ruins, they find themselves in a series of translucent, pink tubes. Oh yeah, mechanical spider thing can cause entire sections of the tubes to collapse. Basically, the kid’s gloves are off. If you fuck up, you may actually die… then again, it’s video game logic so who really knows. I sure hope the treasure will be worth it though. Another fancy teapot will be really lame.
• In fact, the way this current room is set-up makes me think I’m watching a less sinister, cartoon version of Cube. Basically, just a bunch of characters attempting to solve a series of puzzles full of traps.
• I guess at the moment, what Juugo’s useful for is his brawn. Even if Tensai looks to weigh about 90 lbs. at best, pulling her up by a single arm is still pretty damn tough.
• Watching Tensai sincerely thank Juugo for saving her life, I can’t help but think that in a shittier anime — you know which one — the girl would’ve been wearing a low-cut shirt. As a result, when our hero goes to save her, she would yell at him for trying to sneak a peak at her tits. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I think this is a brilliant anime. It’s alright so far. Kinda fun even. But just sayin’, it could be a whole lot worse.
• I’m amazed the guy can even hear what directions Tensai is shouting amidst all the commotion.
• Huh, I guess backstabbing was bound to happen. Inside the chest, the trio finds a magical wand of some sort. Not only can it paralyze nearby people, it can also teleport its wielder a decent distance. Oh yeah, it can put people to sleep too. This is much better than a teapot! Surely, we’ll find a sword and shield later on? Or maybe a magical bow? Anyway, Isshin betrays the other two and leaves them behind in the Ruins. Well, the Adventure Club was short-lived. Still, it goes to show you probably shouldn’t hunt for treasure with people you don’t know all that well.
• I guess Isshin isn’t completely evil? I mean, he deliberately allows Juugo and Tensai a chance to survive. Does he really think he’s not going to get some sort of payback for what he did, though? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
• Aaaaaand this is where Tensai acts all girly because she’s scared. Ah well, still beats her complaining about the guy copping a feel.
• Eat less salt. That’ll solve the the high blood pressure problem.
• I like how Isshin was all, “They’ll be fine. They’re both much sharper and more skilled than I am,” but in the end, Juugo simply calls the police to rescue him and Tensai.
• Aaaaand it turns out the police officers are really just people after Nanana’s Collection as well.
• The cane is stronger than I initially thought. It can “bring about anything its bearer wishes to happen.” Yet despite this, Nanana claims that the thing doesn’t make you invincible. Then the episode ends on that note so we have no clue what she means by it.
Like I’ve said, the show is kind of fun, but personally, I don’t think Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin lends itself to much or any analysis at the moment. I mean, the whole thing basically resembles a video game come to life, but… so what, y’know? I don’t think this is the sort of anime to pontificate too heavily on any particular subject. As such, the video game thing might just end up being nothing more than a reflection of the hikikomori ghost’s love for adventure. Well, it’s early so anything can still happen from here on out, but I’m not holding my breath that this anime will suddenly become thought-provoking. In the end, it’ll probably just be a decent time-waster.