Sankarea – 01
OP: 「絵空事」 (Esoragoto) by nano.RIPE
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「私が…ゾンビに…なったら」 (Watashi ga… Zonbi ni… Nattara)
“If I… Became… a Zombie”
Apparently having fetishes for the supernatural is the norm now. People better jump on the zombie band wagon because ghosts, vampires and werewolves are so overrated! At least… that’s the impression I’m getting from this season and shows lately.
This first episode opens up with the introduction of Furuya Chihiro (Kimura Ryohei) who openly admits that he has a thing for zombies — to the point that he plans to date (and marry) a zombie girl. As weird as it sounds, I find his character very refreshing to watch, minus the scary zombie obsession. He has a strong connection to his family which I admire, especially when he even went to the point of wanting to resurrect his dead stray cat. This was a pretty tragic scene to watch in the first 10 minutes; even I felt a little heartbroken. Speaking of cats, Chihiro’s hair constantly reminds me of Tsukiyomi Ikuto from Shugo Chara!… don’t they look like cat ears?
The focus on the anime though is on Sanka Rea (Uchida Maaya), who appears mainly at the latter end of the episode. Her back-story came as a bit of a surprise and I wondered how deep they’ll drive into that next episode; it’s definitely a darker feel that I was anticipating (and I guess that’s where the mystery comes into play). I wasn’t expecting such a connection between Rea and Chihiro to form so quickly, however this seems to work for me. Conversations weren’t awkward because they talked a bit about their past and they really gave the audience a good feel for their relationship and personalities.
There are a ton of side characters that I’m loving too: Saouji Ranko (Yahagi Sayuri) who is Chihiro’s cousin and shares his interest in zombies; Furuya Mero (Iguchi Yuka) who seems to have a strong relationship with her brother; and Furuya Jogorou (Saitou Shirou) who is this adorably hilarious grandfather with his facial expressions. Chihiro’s other schoolmates don’t seem to interest me that much, however I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for now. Hopefully they’ll branch out from being stereotypical peers. Considering that the cast of characters is relatively small right now, I anticipate a lot of character development in the coming episodes.
There’s also a ton of fanservice in this episode. I wish I could screencap them all for you guys, but I’ll save that for future episodes. I read a few complaints about Studio Deen’s role as animators but if this episode is any indication of future production values, I don’t think I’ll be very disappointed. Although I want to hold judgment on that one; this episode was lacking in movement and focuses mainly on the conversations between characters. Not that I mind, because I doubt there will be much action for this anime in general.
With that said, I’m thoroughly impressed by Sankarea’s premiere. The last few seconds show a glimpse of what’s to come (I was fully anticipating it to happen within this episode) and builds up momentum for next week; this will hopefully explain Rea’s possessive father. What else? The opening theme is decent, but I love the ending theme a lot! I won’t lie, it’s probably the type of ballad that I can listen to on repeat for hours. I think it’s just what the show needs to dial down the hype from the last 30 seconds of the episode – which consists of a zombie coming after you.
ED: 「above your hand」 by Annabel
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