Sankarea – 02
「成功…してた」 (Seikou… Shiteta)
We are two episodes in and still no zombies… but I honestly do not care because this show has so much substance that Chihiro’s necrophilia obsession has taken a back seat. I always thought that the real “quirk” to this show was the fact that Chihiro had an unhealthy fixation with zombies; however, this episode was completely focused on Rea and I loved it more than the premiere.
I already had a good idea of what Rea was suffering through behind the scenes after last week’s episode. Although, I was still surprised it was all revealed in the second episode. To put it bluntly, her father loves her a little too much for my taste. I’m only glad that the extent of his harassment has gone as far as photos (or have they? I have no idea…), although that does not justify anything that she has suffered through. The poor girl seriously does not deserve it and her mother clearly is not of any help either. What kind of mother is that? Sounds like she suffers from bystander apathy, or perhaps she’s just as scared of confrontations as Rea is. Either way, I feel sorry that Rea cannot even make “real” friends, fearing they will just be taken away later.
So far I only see her interactions with Chihiro, and I love each scene they have. They’re adorable together and what I find most attractive about Chihiro’s personality is how outspoken and fun he is (even when interacting with girls). Especially when he does not even bother hiding his love for the undead. His relationships don’t progress forcefully (or for the sake of story); although Ranko seems a little out of place. I wonder how her story will be intertwined, and at the same time, hope that she’s not another tool to be used as a third wheel. She’s a great source for comedic relief at least, (and Jogorou of course!) and even though this episode was dim and serious, I found myself smiling at some of the most random moments. If an anime can make me smile, disgusted, sympathetic and anxious all at once, the producers must be doing something right.
That brings me to the conclusion of Rea’s supposed suicide. We all know what she’s going to come back as… but I thought the potion only worked with corpses? I hope I’m not missing anything here. Next week’s preview seem to indicate that she’s likely to die from other causes, so perhaps it’s a potion that brings back the dead before and after death. Anyhow, the point I wanted to make is that this series is moving along faster than I imagined, which is great since that probably means they have a ton of story to carry the season with. My expectations are starting to increase with every episode and I only hope that it won’t let me down. That’s a dangerous statement to make since I fear that every time I say it, I have to knock on wood.