Hey everyone! I’m here for another episodic review of Nanbaka. This week is episode 6, also known as “The Booster Episode”. A strange title for an episode, but who am I to judge. Anyway, if you haven’t seen the episode yet, please go do so, as I will probably be spoiling quite a few things, especially the end of this episode. With that out of the way, let’s get started.
The episode starts off with a gag between the Warden and Mitsuru, the announcer guy. Next is Gokuu and Inori explaining what their other inmates ability is, since he didn’t do anything during his fight. Then we finally get to the final event, where they have to get to a giant jar of sake and open it, of the tournament, which is between Building 4’s head guard, Kenshirou, also known as dog, and his inmate, Musashi, and Building 13’s Hajime and Jyugo. Once they meet, it is revealed that Jyugo and Musashi have a past, with Jyugo becoming angered by Musashi’s presence. The fight begins, with Kenshirou trying to best Hajime to gain the attention, and love, of the Warden, while Musashi beats Jyugo up very harshly. Musashi reveals that he wants Jyugo’s shackles, to which Jyugo replies that he would give them to him if he could. Jyugo hears Musashi say something about the person who put the shackles on him, causing him to go into a rage and fight back against Musashi. Musashi then uses his spontaneous combustion ability, which allows him to call out and control fire out of his body, and sends Jyugo straight into a wall. The episode ends with Jyugo, determined to get the information out of Musashi, transforming into a monstrous form, where his arms and legs turned into giant black blades, his eyes turn red, and he is filled with unbelievable amounts of rage.
So, you guys might have noticed that I talked a lot about Jyugo in the summary. It’s too bad the show didn’t do that. It is actually unbelievable how they had such an important plot element to the show, yet most of the episode focuses on other characters or the love triangle between the guards and the Warden. Every single time, it was obvious they were making the fight between Jyugo and Musashi the most interesting part of the episode, yet less than half the episode focuses on it, until the last couple of minutes. Even in the episode, Uno basically says that he is more focused on Jyugo’s match because he is worried about him. And for good reason. When they showed Jyugo, he was obviously getting whooped by Musashi, since he was bleeding from the head and was getting his head slammed into the wall. But no, we had to focus on the one-sided love between Hajime and the Warden and the other one-sided love between the Warden and Kenshirou. I would have rather them have that it for some of the episode, but at least 60% focuses on showing Jyugo and Musashi’s past and how they came to hate each other, instead of them just telling us why. Lastly, and I’m only bringing this up because of the preview, but if the next episode seriously switches focus back to the ninja, from episode 3, instead of going back to Jyugo’s fight, I am going to be beyond pissed.
So, the only way to describe this episode is the worst episode of the series, with an important plot element. I can’t even say not to watch, or skip, this episode since it really is necessary to see it before you can continue this episode. It somewhat feels like a recap episode that you can’t skip, because a huge secret is revealed at the last minute. With that said, please comment below on what you guys thought of the episode? Do you think this episode focused to much on the love triangle? Will Jyugo get his answers? We’ll just have to wait and see. If you would like to watch this series with me, please head over to Crunchyroll and check it out. Remember that what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, and I hope to see guys next time.