Sniffing it like a pro
|Hello, I’m back! Hawth is such a sweetheart for doing this all by himself last week. Cookies for you, hawt Hawth (geddit?). Let’s hope that Chihiro will cure Rea in this episode.|
|Welcome back anaaga!~ It was no problem really, just glad I could help and thanks for doing everything this week. ;D I want to put my faith in Chihiro to solve Rea’s rigor mortis problem, but something tells me this won’t go as easy as planned.|
Chihiro lays Rea’s stiff body on his bed then goes to the praying room to think for a solution. His visionary mind imagines Rea rotting away, and Chihiro is more determined to save Rea. Better than doing nothing at all, Chihiro starts by cooling his room and hiding Rea inside his closer (in case someone goes to his room). Imagine having a stiff dead body inside your closet as you eat breakfast; that was how Chihiro spent his day. However, Chihiro can’t help but think of what “normal” is now.
This is what happens when one watches too much horror
As Wanko delivers her food to the chaotic Sanka house, she accidentally meets Mero, Rea’s acquaintance. Listening to Mero babbling about Rea skipping school and remembering the hectic situation in the Sanka household, Wanko assumes that Rea has gone missing.
Chihiro is planning to use his holiday to take care of Rea, but a child’s code of honor gets in the way, so he ends up cleaning the temple with his family. Chihiro’s father mentions a Babu-look-alike (which is literally Babu), but he dismiss Chihiro’s explanation as a joke. As the family is having the time of their lives with resurrection joke, Chihiro’s grandfather mentions something about resurrection potion out of slip of tongue. Surprised Chihiro tries to dig in further, but of course grandfather forgets already… Or did he? The plot thickens.
That disappointment stare all of us went through
“No, I will not tell you what makes me a moe jiisan!”
The force calls upon Wanko and Wanko appears with lunch! Wanko tells Chihiro of Sanka Rea’s disappearance, something Chihiro already knows since Rea is literally inside his closet. After some teasing about Chihiro’s fabulous taste of women, Wanko leaves, only to come back to Chihiro’s room for some zombie DVDs. Wanko forgets about the DVDs as soon as she sees a long hair on the ground and goes straight to the closet. Nothing is there. Just like a horror scene, Rea is crawling on the ceiling, attacking Wanko like a true lesbian.
“Zombie dakimakura found!… Not.”
Chihiro runs to his room when he heard Wanko’s scream. Thankfully, all Rea did is licking Wanko’s breasts. Chihiro is a whole different matter though. As soon as Rea sees Chihiro, Rea jumps on Chihiro and… Kisses him. The kiss turns into something more aggressive though as Rea “hugs” Chihiro too tightly, endangering his life.
“My spidey sense is tingling!”
For the fanboys
The monk has found the true path of his life
What an unexpected development! DEEN is definitely not trying not to stretch the pace as they went straight to Rea’s zombie nature. Seeing Rea in her zombie state was frightening yet fascinating. Rea’s physically attractive, and her crawling on the ceiling like an oversized spider does not lessen her beauty. Somehow that act of hers just adds to Rea’s distinctiveness; everything Rea does seem so appropriate no matter what. I’m totally cool with her crawling like that. The zombie-like state is what makes Rea’s actions frightening too. She defies gravity and crawls on the ceiling like that just because she’s a zombie. Her strength multiplies as she was able to rip Wanko’s clothes and suffocate Chihiro just by a “hug”. This zombie trait of hers is new to me because the kinds of zombies I’ve seen are not that strong. Yeah, Rea was beautifully scary. Rea’s zombie nature just adds more questions into the line. It’s obvious that Rea was trying to eat Wanko, and Rea had the chance too. Yet Rea did not eat Wanko after she sniffed Wanko. I was surprised when Rea was trying to break Chihiro. Why is Chihiro an exception? What makes him different from the rest? My theory right now is that Rea’s attraction to Chihiro is too much to the point where it surpasses the sanity point, and that triggers Rea’s actions.
Chihiro’s attitude developed significantly in this episode. At the beginning of the series, he was just a boy who has an exceptional dream that seems to be impossible to be achieved. Even Chihiro himself dismissed his dream briefly knowing that it’s impossible to happen. Chihiro’s seriousness when he was thinking in the praying room impressed me. Chihiro is officially a character who knows when to get serious. Plus, he doesn’t whine about having such big responsibility and yada yada things like that. Chihiro is such a likeable character. Can’t wait for him to develop more. I also love how the animation shows hints of Chihiro’s attraction of Rea. During Chihiro’s seclusion in the praying room, the statue of Buddha was replaced by the image of shining Rea. I predict that scene as Chihiro subconsciously adore Rea and think of her as the light of his life. These little things sure are awesome.
Since I’m already talking about animation, I’ll just go on about my admiration for the animation of the river. It. Is. Absolutely. Stunning. I. Love. It. So. Much. I. Had. To. Rewind. The. River. Scenes. My god, I just love the river in Sankarea. It’s so beautiful! It looks too real to be an animation, and it’s too animated to be a real scene. Man, I don’t know what the animation crew did with the river. Mixing a photo with the animation? Whatever it is, the animation looks so fabulous. It was such a calming scene, with the water flowing in such a realistic way. The sunlight hitting the river gave it such a beautiful transparent color. Well, not really transparent, but that’s not the point. The river was beautiful… And yes, I just wrote one short paragraph about a river… Ehm, I like episode 5. That’s all.
If Sankarea was a real horror film and that last scene actually happened, I can’t help but feel like Wanko would have been an amazing example of the “curiosity killing the cast” trope. (Promiscuous blondes are always the first to go anyway, right?) Sadly, that did not happen, but I can see how the show is undoubtedly influenced by classic horror elements. (If the western references and persistent, ominous music weren’t enough already!) The closing scene was genuinely cringe-worthy, and although up until now the “horror” aspect of Sankarea seemed to be mostly represented in the atmosphere, we finally got some moments of actual terror. Maybe “terror” isn’t the best word, but it was more than just the usual gloomy, yet beautifully drawn, scenery and music.
anaaga, I couldn’t agree more with you about Chihiro! What an amazing brotag. (And yes, I’m completely bias because of his VA. ><) He might have cat-hair and feline characteristics, but for the most part he feels like a very believable main character. He’s managed to avoid all the traits of male leads that annoy me to no end, like extreme pervyness and exaggerated self-pity, and handles situations admirably, if not somewhat creepily. Easily one of my favorite protagonists of the season, which is saying a lot because there are so many amazing characters in this season’s shows that I enjoy watching. (He also loves zombies … which results in instant bonus points from me.)
Interestingly enough, Chihiro’s grandfather is now more suspicious than ever. He clearly knows more than anyone about bringing the dead back to life, but that old jerk won’t fill us in! (We feel your pain Chihiro!) The solution to Rea’s new problems most likely lay within his past, and until he can realize that it’s not fish paste in his soup, we might have to wait quite a bit longer. Each week leaves me more and more tempted to read the manga, but I’m holding back the urge and will be eagerly awaiting the next episode! Until next time, later~
Preview: Rea regains her consciousness and is oblivious about what happened. It seems that Rea finds her way to the hydrangea. With towel.
Death Note or Future Diary?