NANA Episode 8
It is one of those few animes which have given us a taste of mystery from the very first episode and is continuing to amaze us. Fans are eagerly waiting to see how this anime turns out as it is full of surprises too. Check out the latest episode here.
NANA Episode 8
The series has been licensed for a North American release by Viz Media, which they first announced at San Diego Comic-Con International 2007. The series was first available in North America on the Funimation Channel. A dubbed version was later added to iTunes. The first eleven episodes were released subtitled on Hulu prior to a DVD release. The first English DVD box set was released on September 8, 2009; the second on November 24, 2009.
There's fun and schadenfreude aplenty in trying to follow two chess experts exhaustively assaulting each other's defenses, and this episode proves Talentless Nana to be most tense and most compelling in this mode. Unlike her last few encounters, Nana's no longer worried about survival; she's concerned with constructing an alibi airtight enough to throw Kyoya's bloodhound-caliber nose for crime off her scent (ironic, considering he can't actually smell anything). As soon as she declares this, the episode transforms into a puzzle: how much of Nana's plan can you identify, and how many of her blunders can you spot before Kyoya uses them in his climactic logic ballista? For what it's worth, the writing and storyboarding work in tandem to make these clues very hard to miss, but I think that's another ingredient in Talentless Nana's secret sauce. It's not concerned with tricking the audience as much as it's concerned about making the audience feel smart. I rather like this unpretentious side of the series.
Presentation-wise, Talentless Nana continues to be a solid effort, and I've even warmed up to its particular visual tics, i.e. the red filters, overlays of Nana's real/projected emotions, and silly beat panels. They're neither subtle nor inspired, but they do contribute to the anime's spot-on sense of camp. I'm even more pleased when the adaptation goes further over-the-top with these techniques, which happens a few times this episode. For instance, when Nana slips up about the window in front of Kyoya, the framing falls increasingly off-kilter until it flips entirely upside down. In the episode's climax, the chibi comic book recreation of the murder and the speedline-saturated debate between Nana and Kyoya both add a lot of character to the scenes, in addition to invoking and acknowledging the influence of games like Ace Attorney and Danganronpa. It's also worth noting that all this happens in a brightly-lit dorm room, in front of a captive audience of their peers, right next to a cadaver. Even when the stakes are life-or-death, Talentless Nana nevertheless lets itself indulge in a little absurdity, which is a treat.
The episode saw Beth trying to win back Rio's trust and get into his good books, and as her little sister Annie claimed, she has already boned him, what more does she need to do right? Well, fans can dream that Beth saying she was going to flirt her way back to gain Rio's trust meant some much needed and highly awaited sexy time between the two, but that didn't happen. 041b061a72