Zombies can be pretty too
|Hooray! Another zombie themed anime but this time we trade in the pink chainsaw and magical outfits for possible romance? I was excited to see Sankarea listed as finally getting animated because I have kept up to date with the manga so I can’t wait to see what this series can do…so what about you anaaga and Hawt, excited or burned out of the whole Zombie theme?|
|Zombie romance? This might turn out incredibly creepy … but hopefully it’ll make good use of that comedy tag! I wasn’t planning on watching Sankarea, but the premise pulled me in and anything with zombies is worth giving a chance!|
|Seems like zombie is the new black for this spring, Fosh. There’s the kinda-new season of The Walking Dead, not to mention the walking “dead” shounen in Kore wa Zombie season two. Honestly, what’s up with people and zombies? More like, What’s up with DEEN and zombies? I don’t have that much expectation for Sankarea since it’s by DEEN, but I guess I’ll give it a try since it sounds pretty interesting.|
Furuya Chihiro, our protagonist who has cat ears, is extremely fond of zombies to the point where he spends his days watching a bunch of zombie movies instead of playing Mass Effect 3. He looovveess zombie so much he even wants a zombie romance. Chihiro’s friends think that he has a weird fetish, and that’s what he thinks too. But he just likes zombies. Surprisingly, he has good relations with his friends, family, and cat.
Until Chihiro’s neighbor accidentally hits Bubu the cat to death. Determined to revive Bubu into a zombie, Chihiro takes out the ancient ero-er, medical book he found somewhere in his house and tries to make the revival medicine written in it. Of course, he does this in some abandoned building. He’s not the only regular visitor of that building though since Sanka Rea, the daughter of Sanka High School’s principal, regularly visits the abandoned building’s well and shouts her frustration out into it. Chihiro has a bad habit of looking at Sanka Rea’s night activity, but he was caught when she shouted about her father’s sexual abuse.
Cute even when he’s dead. WHY CAN’T ALL ZOMBIES BE THIS CUTE?
After chatting for a while, Chihiro reveals his plan of reviving his cat to Sanka Rea and somehow this conversation leads to the usual boyfriend-girlfriend topic, where Chihiro of course tells his fondness of female zombies. Chihiro jokingly suggests the idea of using Sanka Rea as test subject for Babu’s revival medicine, but surprisingly Sanka Rea agrees, hinting that she wants to be a zombie because Chihiro likes zombies. Sanka Rea leaves after telling Chihiro to consider the idea, leaving him confused. Little does Chihiro know that later on, Sanka Rea will become a zombie.
“Please, let’s have zombie sex!”
Hi thar, “Senjougahara”
Does this scene reminds you of a certain pervert?
Not really SHATF-y, but it’s sure not DEEN-y
Ding ding ding! Player Chihiro finds an ancient magic book!
Why can’t my grandpa have a Christmass tree haircut too…
That certainly was an interesting first episode of Sankarea, but I think this might turn out to be a very slow series by the looks of things right now. That said I am curious to see how much of the actual story they are going to cover… for some reason I can picture it only getting through about half? However, I really enjoyed the manga so I will stick to this series anyway. I really love the character designs for Rea and yes she is your typical fan service character, but she is cute and she doesn’t wear the same outfit every time. Even the main guy Furuya has an interesting look, did you notice his hair? I swear it looks like he has cat ears or something like that, but it always cracked me up for some odd reason…
Anyone else loving the opening? I swear I was watching Hanasaku Iroha again thanks to Nano.RIPE vocals flooding my ears and the animation for the opening was great with lots of shots of Rea and all of the other main cast and random moments with Rea and Furuya flying through the sky? Amazing stuff right there. Ending was also great thanks to more Rea screen time of course and a bowling alley? Maybe that connects Sankarea to Kore wa zombie? Just kidding! So, yes great opening and ending songs to enjoy.
So, they dropped that bombshell on us about Rea’s father really fast, huh? I guess things are going to be full on serious mode for a while, but I trust them to mix things up and give us some laughs. This isn’t really a hardcore fan service anime or will it try to be classy and avoid doing up skirt shots like Mouretsu Pirates? From what I can remember there were plenty of shower scenes so you can expect to see sunbeam-chan blinding you very soon. Besides Rea, I really want to see more of Wanko or Ranko whatever you like to call her… She was always my second favorite girl because I think she has a great personality and yeah she loves to tease Furuya a lot! DAMN YOU Main character…
I’m not sure which is creepier, a boy verging on necrophilia or a girl who cuts her stomach open to be “reborn” … for now I’m going to say it’s a tie! As far as romance premises go, Sankarea has one of the most distinctive from recent seasons. I’m not a big fan of Studio Deen, but they handled this insane story very well, since bringing together supernatural themes and romance themes can sometimes turn out pretty cruddy (from the shows I’ve seen at least). It’s easy to see there are elements of horror mixed in too, with the eerie setting and slightly disturbing developments between Rea and Chihiro, but so far this feels focused on being a romantic comedy more then anything else which is perfectly fine with me. (All the better for shipping. ´∀｀)
It’s been a while since I’ve said this about a “romantic” anime, but I’m pretty confident that we have an entertaining male lead! Chihiro can come off as a bit of a creep, what with the rituals and obsession with dead girls, but there seems to be a lot of interesting sides to him. (Maybe I’m a bit biased because of his VA …) So what if he has some weird tastes? I’d much rather be watching him than some personality-less protag who “wants to live an average life” or some boring story like that. Chihiro knows what he wants, he’s comical, and he’s by far one of the more bearable male leads to come around. (Overall I’d say this season has some nice protagonists.) I’m not sure what to think of Rea on the other hand though, she seems slightly desperate to escape her family and I’m still wondering whether “killing herself” at the end of the episode was for that reason (being “reborn”) or because she’s attracted to Chihiro and wanted to fulfill his wish of having a zombie girlfriend .. I’m leaning towards the former. (;-_-) To go to the lengths of killing yourself for either of those reasons is a bit extreme, so she must really have some troubles at home and I’m curious to see more of that in the coming weeks.
So, Sankarea has a lot of potential, the first episode did a nice job introducing all the various characters and aspects of the plot (unless there’s more to it then Rea being a zombie). It looks great, it sounds great, but what I’m hoping is that it doesn’t go down the same path as Yumekui Merry, which also looked and sounded great, but I felt was a disappointment story and entertainment wise. There’s another zombie show airing this season, right? I wonder which will turn out better! Oh, and RIP Babu~ Poor kitten taken before his time. (╥﹏╥)
Bwahahaha, I ended up enjoying it more than I thought. The summary gives the impression as if it’s going to be full of nasty scenes, but it sure was clean. Well, it’s still the first episode, so maybe that’s why. My video does have the SFW tag… Anyhow, Sankarea’s first episode looks promising. While it was a little bit tedious, the main character’s activities were entertaining enough to make me watch it until the end. Heck, I think the main characters have engaging personalities that make me want to see how they develop at the end of the series. The minor characters, especially, the childhood cousin, are tolerable which is surprising since most childhood friends have the tendency to be annoying bitches.
Like I said before, I did not expect it to be this harmless. I was all like “Ew HoTD zombies again,” and with the ecchi tag added the “Gosh are the boobs going to defy gravity?” complain. Maybe the gore part will come later after two weeks or so, but the ecchi was surprisingly tolerable… For now. Seeing the OP, it seems that Babu will be revived later on, and let’s not forget the last scene where Sanka Rea ends up being a zombie. It would be fun to see how Chihiro handles the “dead” Sanka Rea, especially when she’s exactly his type. I also expect to see some shocking revelations because everybody looks complicated here. The Sanka family would be a good documentary topic since it seems that the family is more than just a normal family. Maybe Chihiro is a zombie himself? He looks pretty dead to me since his eyes looks dead. His sister’s too. And what’s up with his ears? Is he a virgin or something (for those who don’t get it, google for Loveless). Haha, I sound curious about the characters more than the zombies. I guess the characters are the reason why this anime is different from other zombie anime.
What surprised me the most here is the animation. DEEN has been eye cancerous with Junjou Romantica and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. The animation for Hiiro no Kakera is pretty good for a DEEN anime, but the transition between the scenes were just horrible beyond saving. It was surprising to see Sankarea to be well done for DEEN standards. While the animation can’t be compared to some anime with great animation such as Nisemonogatari, Sankarea’s animation was satisfying. In fact, this anime doesn’t look like a DEEN anime at all. Some of the scenes ended up reminding me of SHAFT, especially when Sanka Rea’s hair flies everywhere or when it was an eye-only scene. Did some people move from SHAFT to DEEN?
So yeah, it seems spring is affecting everything, especially DEEN. Hiiro no Kakera was a bad start, but it seems that Kore wa Zombie and Sankarea can make it up for DEEN. All I can do right now is to pray so that Sankarea can be great until the last episode. If DEEN can do that, I might take their name off from my black list or insult DEEN less. Maybe 2012 is the year where DEEN actually gets better?
Preview: Being molested is not cool.
Yaoi has been lying to me.