Nanana’s Buried Treasure: Episode 05-07 Review

Streaming Allegiance: Crunchyroll
Reconnaissance Report by: David Taranto
Progress: Episode 07

Caption: Your protagonist, ladies and gentlemen.

A ghost playing video games in your room will have a side effect on your electric bill, as Juugo finds out the hard way. After turning down an allowance from his father, he visits a secret club dedicated to helping students find a little extra work on the side. His task sends him into a run-down district where the lowlifes of the island stay, and his delivery doesn’t go according to plan.

This means that when the Adventure Club follows up on a lead for a Treasure in the hot springs region, Juugo’s a little worse for wear. He still does his best, alongside the other club members, to obtain the Treasure, but again, all does not go according to plan.

Finally, in an effort to clarify his standing with his childhood friend, he meets her at an empty building, alone, and uses one of the Treasures on her; that’s when the screencap in this review occurs. There’s some more mumbo-jumbo about shifty allegiances and shadowy organizations, but at this point, I don’t care anymore.

Nanana’s Buried Treasure has finally figured out what it is: an aimless show with an unsympathetic male protagonist who says and does things that certainly couldn’t have been that bad after all, since they are always quickly forgiven. (Spoiler: THEY ARE THAT BAD.)

In the beginning, he groped Nanana. In this batch of episodes, he “jokingly” comes after a little girl, then ties up his childhood friend after losing a battle on terms he agreed to, and says he’s going to rape her when she verbally friendzones him.

After the real-life events of Memorial Day weekend near UC Santa Barbara, this show’s not getting away with this. Nope.

Episodic series are fine. Meandering series are fine, when the characters, atmosphere, comedy, or action make up for the lack of engaging plot (of which this series has absolutely zero). This show has a paper-thin cast in which the most interesting character is a boy who dresses up as a maidhe’s called a “trap” on more than one occasionbecause the “master detective” girl he serves wants him to…and it’s only interesting because of the confusion it causes others and what that says about those characters. The Ruin in this batch is once again arbitrary and unimportant, the Treasure is used to begin a sexual assault on another character, Juugo seems to be a chick magnet (aside from the girl who is head-over-heels for the Adventure Club president), and Juugo’s allegiance and true motivations are so obfuscated that it’s impossible to care what this arbitrary character is going to do with the Treasure with arbitrary abilities that are gained from arbitrary Ruins.

This series went from meh, to okay, to awful in a hurry. Looks like I’ve got a certified train wreck on my hands. I’m looking forward to how I can rip this show a new one at episode ten.

Score: 4.00/10.00