Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin – 09

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Juugo is eager to collect as much of Nanana’s Collection as possible in hopes it will help him find her killer; a mission that he left Matsuri to pursue. But when Yun is confronted by Hiiyo after a day of shopping, Tetsuno relays to Juugo his big sister Sansa’s request that he make sure Hiiyo doesn’t bother Yun ever again, and suddenly he has another mission.

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As more and more comes to light about Hiiyo and his role in all but destroying the Adventure Club after founder Konjou Kasumi graduated—long story short, the guy is a dick—the more Juugo’s two present missions would seem to align. Hiiyo, one for manipulating and then discarding people to further his goals, sent Yun into the ruins hidden on the site of a mall.

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He confronted her to debrief her (no, not like that), only to find she didn’t seem to know what he’s talking about. Tetsuno is in time to save her (and she then saves him with a lie about cops coming to spook Hiiyo, because though Tetsuno has a katana and Hiiyo is unarmed, he puts up more than a fight. Hiiyo’s skills were also on display when chased down Kagetora and gave him an ugly off-camera beating requiring body-wide bandages.

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So yeah, don’t want to go after the guy half-cocked. Thing is, Tetsuno, Juugo, and Isshin all know a certain amount about him, so it isn’t until they unite in the club room to pool their intelligence. This is when Tensai reappears, and we learn what she’s been up to: she was hired to find Yun, but failed when Yun reappeared on her own. (Tensai is one proud detective). As Tetsuno says, kicking Hiiyo’s ass would be nice, but protecting Yun has to take priority.

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Isshin opines that the best way to do that is to clear the mall ruins before Hiiyo can, so he’ll have no further business with her. But to do that, they need a hint about the ruins, which Juugo manages to get out of Nanana without telling her why (worried Hiiyo could show up again and find about about their plan through her). In exchange, Juugo promises her he’ll never use the treasure they find.

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As Juugo lies in bed, in the glow of Nanana’s video games, he ponders why Nanana made him promise that, surmising that perhaps she doesn’t want him to find her killer; doesn’t want to “pass on”. When he rises to speak to her, she and the glow are suddenly, jarringly…gone. Whether this is just her sensing his concern and activating her Ghost Cloak, or something more permanent, is just something I’ll have to ponder until next week…with a little trepidation.

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Stray Observations:

  • nana91Nanana’s dating game synching up to the reality of Juugo being caught between Yurika and Yukihime…I LOL’d.
  • I’ll admit I missed Tensai, even though she wasn’t gone that long, the fact that her absence wasn’t explained until she returned made it that much more conspicuous.
  • I assumed when Hiiyo “sacrificed” a fellow club member to clear a ruin, that member died, but turns out she was only seriously injured. I kinda wish the details of that sacrifice were a little less vague.
  • I also assumed he killed Kagetora, but he too survived. I guess Hiiyo isn’t quite as evil as I thought he was?
  • When Juugo assumes Nanana’s “one condition” is to get her that brown sugar pudding, and she pauses, and then says “two conditions”…I LOL’d again.

 

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