I’d rather watch this than Highschool of the Dead
|Whee I’m back! Thanks Hawth for filling in for me when I can do Sankarea! Yo mah hero. Now then, we finally can see whether Chihiro is going to lose his balls or not.|
|Welcome back anaaga! (And welcome back Sankarea as well!) It was no problem at all, I’m glad you’re back so we can tag team once again. Onward to Chihiro’s doom~|
To conclude the tension between Chihiro and Dan’ichiro, Dan’ichiro challenges Chihiro on a fencing duel that didn’t actually happen, really. Chihiro uses his taunting skill on Dan’ichiro, and he takes a stabbing on his chest because of that. Thankfully, because he was infected by Rea, Chihiro is numb to pain. Hydrangea poison, banzai!
Unlimited Shadow Works?
After some proper talk, Dan’ichiro officially entrusts Rea to Chihiro while he’s away to America to find a cure for Rea. Not long after Dan’ichiro exits the dojo, Chihiro regains his senses and faints because of that. Because he had a truce with Dan’ichiro though, his maids tend his wound. Wanko pays a visit to the injured Chihiro and makes a joke about her and Chihiro being engaged, making Rea realized that Wanko likes Chihiro. To make it even worse, Wanko made a “joke” about herself being human, and the abnormality of her own existence finally hits Rea.
I hope your plane crashed somewhere around Bermuda Triangle… Is he even going to pass Bermuda Triangle?
Can we like, take out Wanko?
Before I go further into my nonsense, I shall, once again, praise the playful animation of this episode. I was expecting something big that I didn’t notice the amounts of shadows in this episode. A lot, of course. Excessive at times too. From Rea’s cosplay imprisonment even to Chihiro sprouting the poison nonsense; full of shadows. It’s not hard to know when some extra shadows will be present. Just search for a scene where everything will be in full red/purple/any other color, and there will be shadows. And I have to admit, the shadow and the single color in the scene make a good combination. Speaking about shadow, is the second screenshot (where there are two Rea shadows) possible? I don’t know if it is, but I like that scene. Another thing I have to praise is how splendid Kimura Ryohei voiced Chihiro this week. Not that he’s not doing a good job every episode, but he was especially great this episode. Chihiro sounds like a reeealllyy mean bitch when he taunted Dan’ichiro. Not that I have any problem when Dan’ichiro is being treated like trash. Dude deserves it.
Now the story. Chihiro might be the one who did most of the talking, but Rea was the one in the spotlight. Seeing Rea stepping it up and decided to risk her life (not really) just to save Chihiro was so great. Imagine how she must have felt, stepping into that damned house of hers. What if she got caught? What if her father takes her back? So yeah, it was admirable of Rea for facing her “old life” just to save Chihiro. The only problem with her is how she did not effing complain at her father for the crappy treatments he gave her. I mean, c’mon sista! Chihiro shuts him up! Time for you to complain! But noooo she didn’t. I know it’s just her princess-like nature, but ugh! I shouldn’t be hard on her though, since Wanko just hit Rea HARD with that “I’m a human” statement. Rea finally fully realizes that there’s a big gap between her and Chihiro, no matter how much Chihiro likes her. Is she going to regret her zombie transformation? I bet she will. The question is, what will Rea do now? How will she react to Wanko’s indirect challenge? Damn you Wanko for being mean to her. Ugh.
That’s pretty much it. If one notice, this is pretty short for an end thoughts. That’s because I find this episode to be… Boring? The unexpected turn of events are actually great surprises, but I am somehow not impressed with it. It’s more like… I expected more than that? A Chihiro who does more than taunt? A Rea who finally speaks up her mind? Yup, that’s what I want. Too bad I didn’t get them. I hope next episode can make me like Sankarea again.
I have to agree with you anaaga, I also found this week’s episode less than exciting. Maybe my expectations were higher than usual because of the hiatus, or maybe my
seething hatred dislike of Dan’ichiro was blurring my perspective of his change-in-heart regarding Rea’s freedom. If that was what we’re expected to view as the “climax” of the plot then I’d feel a bit disappointed.
For me the biggest plot twist this week had to be Chihiro surviving the stab wound. I cringed watching that scene, slightly afraid that our cat-haired protag’s last sight would be Dan’ichiro ugly grin. Rea has quite the arsenal of unintended powers thanks to her zombification. Besides her super human strength and lack of hunger, now she can pass on her resistance to pain? (If this was an shonen-action show I’d be calling her OP.) But the fact remains that she’s still decaying, pointed out again by Dan’ichiro. Now, a somewhat odd alliance (maybe that’s the wrong choice of words) has been formed, and I’m skeptical about how it will play out. With Dan’ichiro getting the cure for Rea’s “zombification”, he must be expecting something in return.
One of my favorite aspects of Sankarea this week was the humor. Episode 10 was pretty hard on the suffering, sort of sandwiched between comedy bits, but this time the humor never let up. Somehow Chihiro was oblivious, or rather … uncaring, of the situation he was in. The entire time he seemed to take it as a joke and his mockery was only halted by a blade through his chest. Still, I found his playful demeanor throughout the episode very funny to watch. Beyond that, those
epic maids seemed to be having A LOT of fun with their job. The themes in Sankarea can be seen as depressing, but when conveyed with a lick of humor it’s much more bearable to watch without feeling disturbed afterwards. With that said, will Sankarea fall back to the lighthearted tone of mid-series (see: Wanko), or further touch on the serious matters afflicting Rea (see: decay)? Until next time!~
Preview: Rea is drawing herself away. Will the magic of yukata and fireworks save the day?
Quick, everybody, run under the roof! She’s wearing a skirt!