Anime Corner: Talentless Nana Review

Serial Killer’s Got Talent!

What’s the Story?

Earth is under threat from mysterious creatures known only as the Enemies of Humanity, but plans are already in place to fight against them. Situated on a secret island is a special school tasked with training the next generation of super-powered teens! Known as the ‘Talented’, can this ragtag group learn to control their powers and save the world? They’d better learn fast because something on the island is killing students at an alarming rate! Could the Enemies of Humanity have already infiltrated the island? But who are they and what exactly is it that they’re after?

The Review

Okay, I’m just going to keep this short and sweet. I like this show, it’s a lot of fun and I’m desperately hoping there’s a second season somewhere in the future. I don’t really feel comfortable saying much more than that. The first episode of this series is heavily reliant on you making certain assumptions and then turning those assumptions on their head at the end. Honestly that’s where my enjoyment of this show comes from and I think going in blind into this show is really important to get the full impact of everything. I’ll do my best to keep the rest of this review as spoiler-free as I possibly can, but even by telling you that there’s a twist I feel like I’ve spoiled things just a little bit already. So, if you’re after my recommendation, then you have it. The show isn’t perfect and I’ll try to talk about some of the flaws of this series in the paragraphs that follow, but there are just certain elements that really appeal to me.

Let’s talk about that first episode that I mentioned, honestly I wasn’t all that impressed until we got to the twist. At first glance the series is fairly generic, you’ve got teens with superpowers and a high school setting, but nothing really stands out. There aren’t even really any clues to what’s actually going on, not until we reach that last twist when we see events from a different perspective and suddenly the whole show is cast in a new light. I’ll admit my jaw dropped when we got to it because the show had lulled me into such a false sense of security, that’s why you should really go into this show blind (and this is really my last warning on that subject. Go watch the show guys!)

After the first episode we’re suddenly into a completely different genre. No longer is this a show about super-powered teens, well, okay it is, but we’ve less of a school drama and more of a peculiar murder mystery. Each story arc is now a series of cat and mouse games between a series of different players, trying to work out people’s abilities and how they’re being put to use. Almost every episode ends with a ‘Oh crap, how are they going to get out of this one moment?!’ before we hit the end of an arc and get all the answers explained to us. That is one area I think people might take issue with this series, I’ve called it a mystery but I really doubt you’ll be able to figure it all out before the answers are given. I suppose it is possible, the show doesn’t exactly hide things from you, but it doesn’t really give you any clues either. You really just have to be in it for the ride, which I more than am and the stories always make sense when we look back and slot all the pieces into place.

Having said all that, I do feel the series is pretty clear about where it’s going. I mean it hasn’t come out and said it yet, which is why I’m hoping so much for a season 2, but I have a good idea what’s it’s got planned for the next stage of the story. There’s some really interesting character work in the last couple of episodes, peeling back the layers yet again to show us that there was even more going on that we already thought. I’m excited for where this series is headed and episode thirteen ends in such a heartbreaking spot (please tell me season 2’s been confirmed!).

Now, here’s the part of the review where I wonder just how much of a free pass I’m giving this show because I enjoy its the central gimmick as much as I do. I take such joy out of all those cat and mouse games it makes me wonder just how many flaws I’m overlooking, because there are some flaws that I’ve noticed. I mean the whole supposed premise of the show makes me scratch my head. So there are these ‘Enemies of Humanity’ running around causing trouble and the government, or whoever, decides to send all its powered people off to this remote island. Doesn’t that seem really overly complicated? Also you’d think they’d have better security, or better classes because most of these people just seem to do whatever the heck they want. I mean once you know what’s actually going on it makes a little more sense, but you have to wonder why more members of the cast aren’t poking holes in this plot. It paints a lot of them as idiots and there’s nothing they do that really dissuades that opinion across the series. All the smart characters are the really important characters, which I guess is all that matters. Still, I’m more than happy to suspend my disbelief as long as I need to to enjoy these cat and mouse games!

The Verdict

In the end, Talentless Nana, is a show that is best gone into as blind as possible. The first episode may feel a little lacklustre, but stick with it to the end and it’ll surprise you. It’s not a perfect series, there are a fair few holes that can be poked in the set up and the mysteries of each arc can’t really be fully solved until the end, but I don’t really care. I love the ride of this show, hurtling from one cliffhanger ending to the next. It’s continually engaging and with an interesting, if telegraphed, path forward. I’m really hoping for that second season!

Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday or you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisGJoynson.

4 comments

  1. ospreyshire · April 8

    Very good review. Sometimes shows can be better when going into it blind. I’ve had similar experiences and some of them ended up being very positive in hindsight.

    Also, thanks for checking out my last Top 7 list even though I got rant-y multiple times and I’m sure you could’ve guessed two of my picks.

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    • neverarguewithafish · April 9

      Thanks. And feel free to rant away, I know it’s a topic you have very strong feelings about. I’ve had my rants over the years, in fact I’ve just finished writing my review of Promised Neverland season 2 and that gets very rant-y. I might try and calm it down before I publish it, or I might just leave it as it is. I don’t have very many good things to say about that season at all.

      Oh, I checked out the Green Serpent, it’s an interesting fairy tale. There’s enough incidents to make up an entire series of stories. I like the call back to the Psyche Greek myth as well. It kinda feels like a combination of that and Sleeping Beauty at the beginning.

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