So this is an episode about Juugo reconciling with Yukihime. I guess they weren’t working together after all. Where did he get the money to pay the rent then? Oh well, it doesn’t matter. Anyway, Juugo apparently snuck the Nanana’s Collection from the hot springs out along with Nanana’s pudding, because he was afraid Yukihime would steal it first. Then this week, he meets up with her on some tower to hash out their differences. Juugo feels betrayed because she has turned her back on him. Plus, I guess he likes her now. And uh, she likes him too, but she also feels betrayed by him because he ditched Matsuri and thus her as well. So they fight, then there’s some slightly rapey bit where he ensnares Yukihime in a bunch of magical, golden chains and threatens to do whatever he wants to her. Then they make up, and it’s like whatever. Yeah, that’s the most I can say about this anime: whatever.
After seven episodes, my reaction to Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizokin is best summed up as just blah. There are shows I really like (e.g. Mushishi and Ping Pong), and there are shows I really hate (just take your pick of the litter). But with Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizokin, it’s just hard to muster up a damn. I mean, after seven episodes, there’s simply nothing to get emotionally attached to. There’s simply nobody to root for. Why should I care about Juugo? He’s not really a good guy, which he himself admits, but he doesn’t really make a compelling anti-hero or anything either. He’s just this dude who has promised to solve the mystery behind Nanana’s murder, but so what? With most protagonists, they’re fucking passionate about something, whether they are good or evil. With Juugo, I have no clue what he’s passionate about whatsoever. He just wants to help Nanana, which is pretty weak because Nanana herself is a weak character. Even No Game, No Life, a show which I hate, has a main character who’s passionate about something.
And why should I care about Nanana? All she does is sit around and play games all day. She contributes almost nothing to the story. She wasn’t like a saint or anything when she was alive. She was just this adventurer who had found a bunch of treasure. She then hid those treasures so others could go on fun adventures and find them. Then she died. And now she sits in her room all day, plays games, and eats pudding. Like okay? That’s not a compelling character, is it? I don’t really give a shit who killed her. Why should I? I mean, maybe I did back in week one. Maybe even all the way up to week three. But after seven whole weeks, she simply doesn’t do anything; she’s just there. And as such, my interest in the entire story is petering out. After all, lots of people die for all sorts of reasons. For me to care about Nanana, I should say, “Wow, this character stands for something.” I can’t say that for Nanana. She likes adventures, and she likes pudding. Great.
Tensai is more of a gimmick than a fleshed-out character. Don’t even get me started on the trap. As for the members of both the Adventure Club and Matsuri, they are honestly just extras. They barely have any characterization beyond the trite nonsense I’ve come to expect from anime. Seriously, I’m hard-pressed to find anything to grab onto in this story. People are doing stuff, and some of it even looks cool at times, but no one has any compelling motivation within this story. Not a single one of them.. Juugo should be driving this thing, but it’s a complete mystery to me why he cares so much about a ghost that he barely knows. But it’s not even a good mystery. It’s not the sort of mystery that keeps me coming back week after week. To be frank, I’m just watching this show to fill up a gap in the blog’s updating schedule. If I had anything better to watch, I would’ve dropped this shit a long time ago.
Someone out there enjoys this anime, I’m sure. So please, do me a favor and tell me why it’s compelling to you. What are you watching this show for? What are you getting out of it? Besides, y’know, “It’s fun,” because that doesn’t really tell me anything.