The second part of Nanbaka. The prisoners and their guards continue their comfortable lives at Nanba Prison. However, from the shadows emerges a new threat: Enki Gokuu, a person from Samon's past, who has mysterious goals of his own.
Nanbaka's second season starts off with an episode that restates a certain quote and reinforces the meaning of this quote multiple times during the episode - "Nanbaka is a gag anime", Nanbaka has always been at its best when it's portraying the daily lives of our eccentric innmates and guards of Building 13 in all their fun, frolic, heavily contrasted colors, sparkles and comedic glory. The occasional appearance of characters from other buildings adds some nice diversity to the regular formula delivering an overall fun and enjoyable experience. After a first episode that seemed to draw focus to the show's best element, it felt as
though the show was signifying a return to it's roots as gag anime and this most certainly felt like good news to me. After the serious action oriented episodes of the middle half of the first season, this focus on comedy was exactly what I felt the series needed. Unfortunately, as it turns out, the second season of Nanbaka is far more serious and action-oriented than the first season ever was.
Of course I'm not saying that the action is Nanbaka is bad, in fact the action scenes are actually really cool at times and are pretty enjoyable to watch. Though sometimes, this seriousness and over the top superpowers that do not in the least seem anywhere near believable given the setting and nature of the show can require some immense suspension of disbelief. The weird thing is, the shift to a serious tone is in a sense what allows the comedic episodes that follow post the seriousness to be so effective, this is especially true when you take note of the last 3 episodes of the first season which were both really funny and even heartwarming. Ultimately, this comedy-serious-comedy structure of Nanbaka works and is what makes the show what it is.
Going into the second season, I expected the same thing from it, I hoped they'd keep the action and seriousness to a minimum with focus on the comedic side of the series, but boy I didn't think I'd be this wrong. In all honesty, the first two episodes of this season are the only ones which can even be remotely considered comedic and fun episodes, from the 3rd episode all the way to the very end the show becomes more action-oriented and all serious again. Once again, this doesn't mean that these episodes are bad. There are some really good stories wrapped within this serious arc that deals with the escape of a former guard captain who was imprisoned for murder. Samon's (Monkey Guard Captain) backstory, Upa/Liang's backstory and some of the past history of the prison are pretty cool. There is a decent amount of character development for Jyugo as he learns to grow out of his insecurity and confidence issues but his constant musings and the fact that he gets antagonized by certain characters during this phase can get a little annoying. At points, it also feels like the show is trying too hard to showcase this arc as something special when in reality, it's really nothing ground breaking. The battles themselves as I stated above are still cool to watch and while all these superpowers seem unbelievable, you can't deny that they're quite entertaining to watch. With all that said, the main issue during this whole action/serious oriented phase is the fact that this phase is dragged on endlessly to span over the rest of the season. This ends up as a complete contradiction to the expectations set up by the first episode - "Nanbaka is a gag anime" seems to have been completely ignored. This is not to say that there is no comedy during the main arc, there is some comic relief at points but this feels like the kind of comedy you'd find in a Battle Shonen not a 'gag' anime like Nanbaka and often this comedic relief just falls flat. As you witness this over and over again, the show starts to feel tedious and at points it feels like the series just discarded it's original identity to try and become something else.
Summing up, I honestly felt the first season was much better. It had a better structure and the episodes played to the strengths of the series, the action had an element of fun to it in the form of games and competitions. Nanbaka's second season has none of this and is in a sense nothing more than what you can call an arc of an action anime which ultimately downplays the comedic strength of the series. If you liked the action oriented episodes of the first season you will probably like this season as well. However, if like me, you like Nanbaka for the comedy then you will most probably be disappointed.
With all that said and done, you know what the worst part of this entire season is? The arc is still not over. So if we do indeed get a third season, it's just gonna be more of the same action Nanbaka. All I can do now is to hope and eagerly await the day Nanbaka truly returns to it's roots as
'Nanbaka is a gag anime'. (Both me and Mitsuru cannot stress this enough XD)
Story is not a story we usually see and it grows like you would expect , overall it might have been boring for most people but like this kind of shows .
To be honest for characters they really look cool ok but way too coloful and some of them are kinda gayish bro . While other people complain about harem and ecchi genre animes i think this one lacks screentime of female creatures in general :D but gotta give credits to head manager/warden and Hajime's meetings , it was fun
Art like i said was colorful
characters and pretty good enviroment , well basically a prison , but still was good .
Sounds were unexpectedly nice especially opening and some fight musics .
Overall glad to see this shows in 2 cours of this 2016-2017 year
Nanbaka is an absolute joke of a series. What I saw in the first half of the first season was absolutely discarded for a more serious but ludicrous second part. It is non-cohesive and fails to focus on backstory and explanation. Not to mention, the comedy is pretty much nonexistent They throw in Gokuu's older brother for the sake of having an enemy. They could have made anybody the bad guy, hell, even Hajime's brother could have turned bad and it would have had the same impact. Gokuu and his brother have no chemistry when they collide, and even
the main character's themselves seem to fall under this same category.
The art I do kind of like. It's got style and enough distinction to make it different from others of its kind. But that's as far as it goes. It's nothing special, the animation is sloppy at times, and they mix way to many damn colors. See, jojo can get away with that since it flashes to different palettes of colors at serious scenes, but when a show is like that all the time, it gives you a headache. Also removed sparkles soooooo
Sound is meh. The intro, I must say, is the one thing I'll always enjoy (if I go back to watch the show). It's catchy and poppy, but has that shrill guitar sound to make you reminiscence about the experimental early 2000s music scene. There are various guitar songs riddled throughout the show that are just pretty much space filler...and don't even get me started on the ending theme...it's atrocious
As I said earlier the characters are not different enough to make them unique. Everyone collides with someone else's personality at some point. Hajime was definitely my favorite of all the characters I saw, and the Warden too. But what was up with everyone getting these weird powers? Is that like the norm or something? Is there someone that gave them all these powers or are they born with them? Like at least give us some backstory so we're not left wondering why the only thing that sets them different from each other is what they can do.
So yeah, if you want to hear honestly, there were several moments that I wanted to drop this show, but I didn't cause I actually had some aspect of hope. I now realize that hope was ineptly placed because I do not like Nanbaka...I really don't. Please don't waste your time. Watch the first half of the first season if you must, but don't continue
Before you read this review, just know how I weigh each trait in anime:
Story: Weight 1.0
Art: Weight 2.0
Sound: Weight 1.0
Character: Weight 2.0
Enjoyment: Weight 4.0
Total weight 10.0
Oh, Nanbaka, Nanbaka, how I love you.
I love how this anime has so many colors, sparkles, funny moments, serious moments, and so much more all wrapped up in a cute little anime bow. Anyways, I know you guys don't want to hear me completely fangasm about Nanbaka and not really give it a review, so let's get serious! I'll only spoil episode 1 of the FIRST season, so don't worry. There won't be any spoilers... I hope.
Nanbaka, to be honest with you, doesn't really have MUCH of a story... Well at least without spoiling. Maybe after the season ends, I'll make a Spoiler Filled Review below this one that'll wrap up the story. The anime is set in the world's most colorful prison ever with the most sparkly walls ever. Oh, but wait, it's inescapable. Yeah, a pink prison in inescapable. Weird art choice, Manager. Weird art choice. Well, we find out right off the bat that this prison is ANYTHING BUT inescapable. Weird, right? The cute pink prison is inescapable. Who would've known?
Nanbaka uses MANY colors most other anime would NEVER want to use. It's so bright, colorful, and SO DAMN SPARKLY! No seriously, every picture you will see of Nanbaka will have at least one guaranteed sparkle. It's fantastic. The anime is a great amount of fun to look at. Especially the hairstyles. Those things are crazy. It doesn't have the BEST amount of detail, but it makes up for it with the colors. That's why I gave it a 9.
Why is this a 10? have you HEARD the OST? Rin! Rin! Hi! Hi! is still fantastic even after listening it over 100 times! Usually other OP's that are more popular like "Trip -innocent of D-" will get me hyped for a while, then kind of just dies off after a while. This song hasn't done it yet and it still gets me to sing along..... Well, more like look like a giant weeaboo in front of my friends and myself. The ending is super fun to listen to as well! The video of watching the chibi versions of the main characters run around and get yelled at by Hajime is hilarious! It's not as great to listen ot it outside of watching the anime, but it still gives me a pass and a ticket to give this one a 10.
This is in my opinion, the main selling point of the anime. They're just all so funny and fun to watch then have their stupid little shenanigans! We have Jyuugo, the main protagonist. He has no particular talents except for escaping prison. His laid back character makes it really fun to watch Hajime scream at him while he just gives a blank face in response. It's funny watching him just go crazy at Jyuugo just not caring! Next off, we have Uno, the secondary protagonist. He's a close friend to Jyuugo and always is there to help him up when he's down. He's a definite contender for "Best hairstlye of 2017" if I had to pick. Nico is just... Weird. He loves drugs, always watches anime, and laughs in his sleep. Yeah. He's definitely an enigma if I've seen one. Rock is the strong bruiser kind of guy who loves food. No seriously, LOVES food. He definately gets good karma from the chefs in Nanbaka Prison.
I could go farther into characters, but I'd prefer you'd actually, well, WATCH THE ANIME to find out the rest of them. Now, onto Enjoyment.
This anime is HILARIOUS. Seriously, sometimes my stomach hurt from laughing so much. Yeah, it's that funny. It'll quickly put you in a good mood, I'll guarantee you that. I extremely enjoyed it. Not much else can be said about this anime without me sounding TOO repetitive, so I'll just leave it at that.
What else can I say? It's Nanbaka! Of course I loved it!
I hope you enjoyed reading this tiny little review I made just because I just watched episode 4 and decided: "Hey, why not write a review?" I hope you'll enjoy Nanbaka if you watch it, and if you did, I hope you enjoyed it! I hope you'll have a great rest of the day... or night... I don't know what time it is for you. Anyways, bye!