NEETs, Ghosts, and Boobs?
Winding down the First Impressions (this is the last one I’m doing, that’s for sure!) but there are still a few shows to go. So let’s find out what happens when a ghost gets a new roommate!
World of NEETs
The First Meeting is always important
NEETs (Not in Employment, Education, or Training for those who have heard the term but don’t know what it means) are big this season, it seems and Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizokin seems to take it up to another level, with a whole island made for young people who are ‘pursuing dreams’, aka not doing anything actually productive. But apparently some people do some productive things, since there are apparently some people who make scientific and product advances, which helps bankroll the island.
Yep, a ghost
It’s to this questionable paradise that Juugo Yama (Yuuki Ono) happily moves, after being disowned by his father, although the feeling seems mutual. But without any real support, he can’t afford much in the way of an apartment, so he moves into Shiawasesou (Happy House), which has one of those ‘too good to be true’ deals for rent: 5000 yen per month, prepaid for a year, no refunds. 600 dollars a year for a room with kitchen and bath, furnished with “extras” is one of those deals you should know better on. But when you don’t have a lot of choice, you take what you can get. The catch? Nanana.
A Chance of a Ghost
Perverted in Defeat!
Nanana is the ‘extra’ that landlady Maboro (who, by the way, is about the 4th most important person on the island) mentioned, a ghost who’s bound to the room. The dynamic from that point between Juugo and Nanana works pretty well, partly because Nanana is a friendly ghost who’s interested in eating pudding and playing video games, partly because Juugo can’t move out, but also partly because Juugo is an easygoing guy and realizes that she’s not bad to live with. Even though he loses their battle for supremacy (and how could he win when she has controllable presence?), he’s willing to give up his left shoulder for a boob grab. Interestingly, Nanana doesn’t do the usual ‘eek!’ kind of thing when he pulls it off. Of course, she has just dislocated his shoulder.
It can’t even be that comfortable
That gets to one of the surprising things about this show: it was a lot more ecchi than I thought it would be. No nudity, at least yet, but there’s a LOT of malegaze, like when Juugo first meets Maboro, the camera goes boobs > shorts > face > boobs. And she’s wearing a halter and daisy dukes. Later, she pulls out his key from her cleavage (I guess she was keeping it warm for him?). It’s not anything huge, and I didn’t find it tasteless, but I was kind of surprised, and it added a bit that I don’t mind to the show.
Maboro and Nanana in more alive times
Anyway, the big mystery of the show is ‘Who killed Nanana?’ And finding that out is likely to be the long running arc of the show, since the list of possible suspects is ‘everyone’, considering that she was the leader of the group that got Nanae Island built, and also had amassed a huge treasure that she ended up hiding in various spots on the island. The high school even has an Adventure Club that searches for them, including the ‘special’ items that have powers.
Cue some ‘adventurers’
An enjoyable show with some unobtrusive CG, adventure, and pretty colors. I think it’s a shoo-in that Juugo’s going to join the Adventure Club and go searching for Nanana’s Collection. But overall, I thought the show was a lot of fun, with an interesting setup and good chemistry between Juugo and Nanana. I like that they start off as friends, and there’s no pity or similar feelings keeping Juugo in the room. Sure it’s because he can’t afford to move, but even so, if he really hated Nanana, he’d find a way to not be there. I think it’d be more interesting if they were able to find a way for Juugo to take Nanana with him (maybe they will find something like this, but probably not), but there’s still a good chance for fun in the bedroom. Wait, that just sounds wrong. Or maybe it’s not…