Even Rea didn’t know this is the last episode
|Whoa, this is the last episode already? I thought it was going to be thirteen episodes… Man, it’s actually ending. I can’t believe it. I’m just starting to have fun with Hawth boo boo. I hope there’s going to be a second season. No, OVAs don’t count as a second season.|
|So here we are, the conclusion to Sankarea! Last week wrapped up the issue with Dan’ichiro, and now we get a fireworks festival. I had fun too anaaga, we should tag again soon! So on to the show~ (Also, there’s an OVA released and another coming, so it’s not completely over just yet.)|
Rea shares a meal with the family, but their obliged kindness towards her leaves Chihiro slightly annoyed. He wants to take her to new places and experience new things by her side, but his responsibility for her body and life outweigh her own desire for a “normal” life. For Rea, just being able to walk around at night is fun compared to her past captivity. Their priorities soon diverge as Rea begins to look forward to the upcoming fireworks festival and Chihiro focuses on preserving her body. Mero, reserved as always, mentions to her brother that the girl upstairs, bound to his own worries, would like to go to school.
This is a serious episode. No weird caption
The fireworks, cancelled due to rain, are revived by Wanko’s desire to spend time with her cousin. Wanko helps to put Rea’s yukata on and soon after the cousin declares the zombie her rival. (
wincest or necrowin are his options, basically) Rather then putting her enemy down, Wanko attempts to boost Rea’s confidence, because love should take precedence over her other problems … according to Wanko at least.
Manly sisfist is manly. Oh wait, no weird caption. Right.
The next day the duo end up back where they started, at the bowling alley where the potion was originally made. Rea opens up to Chihiro, revealing to him that she wants to live without regrets. He walks forward and Rea begins to fall to her zombie instincts. The anime closes with Chihiro pointing out that they both have contradicting outlooks, and one’s happiness could mean the unhappiness of the other (like Rea being “normal” by attending school, but also putting her body at risk). In the end he realizes that they can share in those feelings together, as she bites him on the mouth.
Sealed with blood
The last episode was… Actually pretty good. Inb4 people start hating me for liking the ending. Yes, the ending was pretty abrupt, and there was no conclusion for the anime (I have to give it to DEEN for ending it like that even though the fans’ reaction to that “ending” will be obvious). But let’s think about it for a moment. Rea’s problem is not something that can be solved in a snap. Isn’t that the reason why Dan’ichiro went to America in the first place? Even the richest man in the city can’t solve Rea’s problem. It will take months and probably years for someone to come up with the solution. Well, ok, that’s probably not the reason why the anime ended like this. The manga is still ongoing, and the material to make this into a twenty-four episodes is not enough unless the anime has its own ending. Obviously they want to stick with the manga. I’m thankful though. It’s kind of hard to believe in original anime endings these days, and the abrupt ending gives room for a second season.
With the exception of the ending some might not like, the last episode was great for me. Episode twelve was able to bring the dark aura first few episodes Sankarea had, the Sankarea I liked. The characters have evolved into something better, and this can be said the most to Chihiro. It’s funny seeing how he was in deep in thought and serious when he wasn’t even like this at the first episode. His development can be clearly seen in this episode, and I like it. Rea has the same personality until now, but now that she’s experiencing different kinds of emotions (especially this episode), I believe her character will develop a lot, just like Chihiro’s. I can’t say the same with Wanko since she’s like a wave, can’t be read and all, but I guess her mood swing is her charm? IDK man, I’m not into Wanko and all even though she was nice. Still can’t get over her remark from episode eleven. Her conversation with Rea was great and all, but won’t it apply to herself as well? Telling Rea to go ahead and do what she want right now, doesn’t that mean that Wanko will do the same too? Does that mean that there will be more bitter remark about Rea’s abnormal existence? So yeah, the conversation was a great way to lift up Rea’s spirit, but it kind of backfires. Well, let’s see how the “rivalry” between the two will go. That’s not really the priority anyway since right now Chihiro needs to find a way to stop Rea’s deterioration. And to give Chihiro more headaches, Rea wants to do things Chihiro doesn’t want her to do. This man, this. Just when Chihiro finally wants to keep a girl, he has to face the fact that the girl is slowly rotting. Can he keep Rea “alive” while making her happy at the same time? And that can be known from the ongoing manga. Or future possibility of a second season. Hehe.
Sankarea has been an OK ride. There are things I like from it, but there are also things that overshadow the good ones. Sankarea started out strong with its somehow unique and dark premise. The idea of necrophilia and cute zombie is not new but also not common, so it was welcomed with open arms. Chihiro came out as a likeable protagonist even though he was not outstanding at first, and thankfully, his character developed into something that’s much more mature than how he was at first. Rea did not start as strongly as how Chihiro was, but her story is the starting point of Sankarea. So yeah, excused. And it’s not like Rea’s story was dramatic either. While it is not the most tragic thing out there (can tragedy be compared anyway? They’re all still tragic in the end anyway), it was something that most of the audience can relate with. That with Omata’s fabulous way of animating it, Rea’s story touched the audience’s hearts. Let’s mention Omata’s great way of directing the show again, especially the animation, which brings more charm to Sankarea. But then things start to go wrong after Rea’s revival. It shifts from something dark into a light-hearted romantic anime. Then it shifts back into its dark mood, then back to its light feeling. What’s with the shifts? Too much shifting is going on. It was irritating and annoying. And why was the issue in the Sanka family was forgotten? I hate how it was shown as a serious matter, then the anime decided to forget the pedophilia issue until the end. Annoying. Wanko’s character is somehow annoying too. She gave a strong first impression then degrades as a typical childhood friend that has zero chance of being with the male protagonist. But what’s more annoying is the fact that the author decided to use Wanko as something that trigger emotional conflict. From a nice girl into a bitch then a nice girl again? Poor Wanko is going through personality change just because of convenience’s sake. The same goes for Dan’ichiro. Really, if he became so passive in the last few episodes, then what was the point of depicting him as Lord Palpatine before? My emotion is wasted over nothing now. The more I think about it, the more I realize that Sankarea is not that great. Well, it wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. It was pretty enjoyable though, and it made my weekends fun. If there ever be a second season, I hope it will better than the first season. I hope. With Omata as the director again, of course.
They’ll have to hate me too then, anaaga, because I enjoyed the ending as well! (This week was a bit surprising actually because I was convinced Sankarea would run longer then 12 episodes.) With the Dan’ichiro plotline resolved for the most part I realized there were really only two ways the finale could be handled, either taking the anime-original route and wrapping up the decay issue or leaving the character’s futures up in the air. The former would have been suck-y (when are anime-original endings ever good?), but the latter turned out to be a satisfying way to confront the interpersonal problems within the cast while also leaving some of the plotlines open for us to speculate about, or venture into the manga to read.
The first of those interpersonal problems, the “tension” between Wanko and Rea, resulted in one of my favorite scenes of the entire series. Despite being “rivals”, as Wanko put it, there weren’t many scenes shared between the two involving any kind of conflict for their shared romantic interest. The zombie scene from episode 5 comes to mind, but that turned out to be more of a way of injecting Wank0-service into the show and further revealing the problems that come with being a zombie rather than actually dealing with the fact that they love the same guy. For the most part their rivalry has been isolated, be it Wanko getting frustrated at the bath or Rea’s feelings of being at a lower level compared to the girl who’s spent her whole life with Chihiro. This was the first time they ever came face to face alone (unlike last time, with their sanity in tact) and talked about the shared interest between them. You can look at Wanko’s remarks in two ways, the positive is the confidence she instilled in Rea to approach her feelings honestly, and the more negative is the sense of urgency she placed on their relationship. I’m not saying Wanko expects Rea’s body to decay and die, but she seems to also know it’s a possibility. My opinions of Wanko have been back and forth, but thanks to this scene I can say with confidence that I like her.
The resolution (or settlement, rather) to the other problem with regard to Chihiro and Rea was also handled well. What I loved was that Rea didn’t fall to what Chihiro wanted and stood her ground. She escaped confinement from her father, but would she be any better off confined by Chihiro because of his constant concern? In the end their relationship grew because Chihiro learned to let Rea live her life more freely and Rea learned that she’s not as weak as other people might assume. She can go to school and live a normal life, albeit with more things to worry about, but it’s a step in the right direction!
Sankarea sure has been an up-and-down experience! From the surprising twists and turns of the first three episodes to the laid back pacing of mid-series. I wouldn’t say there were any episodes that were bad, just less exciting than others. (Mero’s episode comes to mind, which I honestly kind of loved …) The only disappointment I have is that it’s over already. There are a handful of things that were hinted at but never really developed, like the crazy grandpa’s weirdly vast knowledge of zombies or Chihiro’s mom. A second season would be great, but I trust in anaaga’s words that there wouldn’t be enough material for a second cour. If the manga ever gets back on its feet, then maybe! If you’re reading this and wondering if you should give Sankarea a shot, I say go for it. The show is entertaining, though maybe not entirely fulfilling, and then there are the stunning visuals and very creative camera angles/lighting that never disappoint. Rea might not be the most interesting or strong female lead to come around this year, but Chihiro’s amusing personality and the subtle touches of horror more than make up for it.
See you next time!