Cast: Kitty Chicha Amatayakul, Chanya McClory
Language: Thai with various subtitles
Release details: Streaming on Netflix from 7 May
3 out of 5 stars
This review covers the first four episodes of Girl From Nowhere Season 2.
The second season of Thai series Girl From Nowhere sees Kitty Chicha Amatayakul reprising her role as Nanno, a mysterious, immortal girl who transfers to different schools, exposing the lies and misdeeds of the students and faculty at every turn.
Similar to the first season, the second season is also an anthology series that features different stories and characters in each episode. With each episode like a short film, it makes the series easy to watch. You can jump into any episode without knowing what happened before that.
But what makes the second season different is the addition of a new main character Yuri (Chanya McClory), a schoolgirl who becomes immortal after meeting Nanno, as seen in episode four titled Yuri. However, whether Yuri is a friend or a foe, it is still unknown. From the clues embedded in the first four episodes, we can only assume Yuri has the same, if not better, level of intellect as Nanno. In a way, it feels like watching Kira and L in a battle of wits in Death Note.
For those who have watched the British dystopian sci-fi series Black Mirror, you may find that Girl From Nowhere has a similar level of creepiness. Instead of focusing on technological advancement topics like Black Mirror, Girl From Nowhere is heavier on societal issues like abortion (episode one), love (episode two), and how money can get one out of trouble (episode three).
With a total of eight episodes in the second season, each episode is based on a real news story where justice was not served. Using her mysterious powers, Nanno flips the outcome of these stories, where the perpetrators get a taste of their own medicine. However, this is not to say that Girl From Nowhere is a feel-good series. In fact, these karmic retributions are ruthless and often depicted through horrifying and impossible scenes. If you cannot take horror, you may not be able to take the series. Or, don’t watch it at night, alone.
Kitty’s portrayal of Nanno is also creepily great. On the surface, she is an attractive, ordinary schoolgirl. Behind this facade, when she stares coldly into the camera with a wry smile, it will send chills down your spine, for you know it spells trouble. Her indifference towards gruesome acts and hysterical laughs may even make you think Nanno is out of her mind.
As Girl From Nowhere is fundamentally rooted in Nanno’s supernatural abilities, the stories may be a little confusing at times and less impactful than they could have been. This is exacerbated when the abilities and origin of Nanno are not made clear, and you have to slowly deduce them as you watch the series. It is difficult to tell whether Nanno is a hero or a villain too, as she seems to be on nobody’s side, and does things as she pleases. That said, fans of horror mystery should find the second season of Girl From Nowhere satisfying.
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