Talentless Nana Anime Review

Most fans are no stranger to the premise of having a special school for students with special abilities. One notable example would be My Hero Academia. However, Talentless Nana brings something new to the table as it creates a somehow unique twist to the said premise.

The series is set in a world where mankind is under the threat of destructive monsters called the enemies of humanity. Students with special abilities that defy the laws of nature, referred to as the “talented”, have been gathered by the government and sent to a special school on a separate island in order to train them there to fight this threat. Among those who were sent into this school, however, was a “talentless” student with the same goal of eliminating the enemies of humanity, but through “less special” methods. Without super powers, they accomplished their goal via manipulation and deceit instead.

Despite its vibrant and lively animation, Talentless Nana is a psychological-thriller anime based on Looseboy’s manga series of the same name. The anime currently has one season with thirteen episodes, while the manga is ongoing.

It is a unique take on the basic premise of special schools for special students. The talentless protagonist gets the spotlight without ever acquiring any sort of special power. Instead, they rely on manipulative methods and psychological tricks to enable them to eliminate the enemies of humanity. The series gives off the feeling one might get if shows like My Hero Academia were fused with shows like Death Note, or if Sherlock Holmes dealt with a case involving superheroes. Though most of its characters are what I would consider as average, how the main casts are presented and their personal ambitions is enough to carry the plot and tell a compelling story. With an unexpected plot twist that completely contrasts with the impression it gives off, it is no doubt a unique show full of mystery and themes involving good versus evil, friendship, and sacrifice.

If you’re into mysteries, high school adventure, superhero stuff, and some action, then you might just enjoy this anime. I gave it a score of 8/10 on MAL and I believe it deserves it. If you haven’t seen it yet, then I highly recommend it. Go check it out. Thanks for reading.

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