Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin Ep. 5: Devoted to a ghost

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Ahhh, another nonsensical episode that is all over the place. I guess we’re only allowed to have one plot-advancing episode every five weeks, ’cause we’re right back to Juugo just doing random shit to fill the time. Basically, his utility bills are insane thanks to Nanana playing video games day after day, night after night. As such, Juugo finds that he has to take on part-time jobs in order to make ends meet. Otherwise, Shiki won’t hesitate to evict him. One part-time job ends up dragging our hero all the way out to the shady district of the island. Yes, apparently, there’s rundown location on the island, and it’s full of ne’er-do-wells and graffiti all over the walls. Juugo has to deliver a suitcase filled with powdery white stuff to someone who goes by the name of Sister, but ho ho ho, it’s turns out it was just high-quality flour all along. And that’s it. The episode immediately comes to an end after he makes his delivery. And no, he doesn’t get his money because police suddenly raids the place.

Really though, it’s just odd how Juugo’ll go to such lengths to provide for a ghost. After all, Juugo left Matsuri, his father’s troupe of phantom thieves or whatever, because he didn’t agree with the organization’s ideals. More specifically, he’s a bit of a selfish person. In a meeting with Yukihime this week, Juugo reaffirms those sentiments: “I have no interest whatsoever in just doing things to help people.” Then why is he helping Nanana? If this was nothing more than a silly show, I’d just pass his reasoning off as nothing more than nonsense. The tiff between our hero and Matsuri is real, though. And he doesn’t want to succeed his father because he doesn’t want to help people. Nevertheless, he’s being squeezed for every last dime in an attempt to buy games and pudding for Nanana. What gives? Is he in love with her already? The funny thing is that she’s barely even in this show despite it being all about her. She only shows up every now and then, and she never really has anything important to say. Nevertheless, our hero is seemingly devoted to her.

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Anyway, there are some other character developing tidbits to mull over. Even though Juugo has been disowned by his father, the members of Matsuri, namely Yukihime and Shuu, still refer to the kid as their young master. More importantly, Yukihime tries persuade the kid to return to Matsuri. Well, more like coerce. Even though his father has disowned him, he still gets a monthly allowance from his old man. Unfortunately, Yukihime refuses to hand over the latest allowance unless Juugo agrees to return to Matsuri. This is probably why he attempts to take on an odd job this week, and I thus wonder if he’ll end up agreeing to her demands in next week’s episode in order to provide for Nanana. In any case, Yukihime asks Juugo what he thinks of her, and he answers that she’s more like an older sister to him. Apparently, this was the wrong thing to say as she leaves in a huff. Oh, don’t tell me she’s in love with a high school kid.

In other news, I guess the Adventure Club is back in full swing again. In fact, it turns out that the next destination is some “hot springs town on the west side of the island.” Isshin even says, “I thought we might as well go there for an overnight trip next weekend.” Yeeeeeep, you can already guess where this is going, especially with a trap in the cast. What’s Nanana’s treasure this time though? A magical set of speedos? Oh well, what’s weird to me is how quickly our heroes have forgiven the rat bastard. To make up for his betrayal, Isshin gets everyone a delicious meal, but that seems pretty weak to me. But I guess our heroes are just a forgiving bunch. Even if you do forgive the guy, however, why would you agree to work with him again? It’s like if a girlfriend cheated on me. Sure, I’d forgive her eventually, but I’d still dump her.

That’s all I’ve got to say for this week’s episode. Like I’ve said last week, the story’s tone is all over the place. It’s not that I want every show to be grimdark or super serious, but it’s still weird when the story oscillates between a guy screaming at his dad to, well, this:

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Why is a girl and her pair of boobs silly? Because this is not Yukihime (she shows up later in the same scene). Rather, it’s Shuu, the master of disguises guy:

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It’s just hard to take Juugo’s conversation with his dad seriously when the rest of the show is pretty much a bunch of goofball nonsense. Why not just go for straight comedy instead? I just don’t think one serious episode out of five is doing the story any favors. Anyway, I’ll just end this post with this parting shot:

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