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Sankarea Ep. 1

Initial impression – surprisingly interesting and well-thought

Spring 2012 (12 episodes) (more info)

I’m not sure what Sankarea is really about, but it has definitely caught my attention.  I really like the unconventional way Chihiro Furuya thinks of zombies as misunderstood and feels a weird kind of passion for the undead.  It’s an eccentric character trait and the fact that on some level he knows zombies can’t possibly exist gives him an interesting, internal conflict.  Rea Sanka’s family problems then add an element of desperation that ties the two protagonists together in a kind of loose comradeship despite their very different backgrounds.  The title animation would lead us to believe that this is some sort of zombie comedy-adventure, albeit more serious than the wacky Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?  But as the first episode begins, I started to suspect the opening theme is intentionally being playfully facetious and this is going to be more of a fun, awkward romance story than anything to do with actual zombies.  That assessment changes though, when Rea shuffles her way to Furuya’s side, dragging along her parts that aren’t supposed to be on the outside of your body.  It’s such a shock after Sankarea’s not-too-dark beginning that I’ve been hooked and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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3 responses to “Sankarea Ep. 1

  1. Cely_belly April 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Me too~ I have a feeling it will drive towards romance more often that not. I demand more zombies!!! >.<

  2. Confanity April 18, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I’ve read the manga to some extent. I honestly can’t tell whether the series is trying to be a bog-standard teenage-male fantasy-fulfillment (boy meets pretty girl, girl turns out to be (or in this case, turns into (parenthetical nesting!)) his personal fetish, boy and girl overcome obstacles through the power of love, meanwhile other busty young women throw themselves at him because harem that’s why) or whether it’s trying to be a darkly comedic subversion of the trope.

    Thematically, it’s kind of weird. Zombies have traditionally been an expression of our fears about vapid consumer culture, but Sankarea seems to be edging in on the traditional vampire metaphor of the undead as sex.

    To wit: boy meets sheltered girl and introduces her to his world. He imagines at first that this makes him her teacher/guardian/mentor, but then discovers that her appetites far exceed his. In fact, like most teenagers, she always seems to be teetering on the brink of enslavement to her own irrational, monstrous hungers. If she bites him too much, he’ll be lost forever. There’s even the extra touch that her hungers are kept in check by a special herb, albeit one less powerfully-scented than garlic.

    This is where it gets weird, though. The best counter to her attempts at sedu-… devouring him is heartfelt declarations of love? The carnal kept at bay by the platonic? I find myself worrying that under all the pretty faces and cousin-boobs, Rea is secretly a Twilight-esque Abstinence Vampire. 8^/

    • アレクザンダー April 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Interesting. I’ll be keeping an eye out for that. There’s only two episodes out so far, but what I’ve seen is looking pretty good. It’s doing an excellent job striking a balance between light and dark; love and hate while based around such an unconventional premise. It’s making me think and feel and that’s something I always look for in anime.

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