Sankarea – 05
「ゾンビって…コトは…」 (Zonbi-tte… Koto wa…)
Rigor mortis doesn’t last very long does it? In less than 24 hours, Rea is already up and licking people. I wonder how she overcame that, although it’s probably her survival instincts kicking in. I thought zombies wanted to devour brains and turn people into more zombies… but after this episode, I guess zombie-on-human action can be pretty hot too.
The first half of this episode was slow and focused mainly on the conversations between characters. Then the mood suddenly changed and I was actually really spooked by the dead look on Rea’s face. I realize this isn’t a horror anime, but the music and aura of the final five minutes was actually terribly hard for me to grasp. I would probably label it as an impactful and distributing final scene. For example, why is Rea licking cleavages?! How is this even a turn-on?! I suppose if necrophilia is really your thing, then it doesn’t hurt to see some action here. I’m usually immune to these types of scenes, however this is pretty much rape and molestation; why is it necessary?! I seriously did not know what to make of all the redundant removal of clothing… perhaps this isn’t my area of expertise, but I feel like this wouldn’t apply to the typical zombie image.
I wasn’t feeling the kiss much after that scene either. It felt more forced and irrelevant rather than romantic and emotional. I like seeing build up for “first-kisses“, but that last scene was definitely not arousing in any way for me! The blood didn’t help either…
In all honesty, I never thought of Ranko as much of a contender for Chihiro’s affections until this episode. I thought she was thrown in for fan service and probably some minor plot line twice, but this week, it seemed like she was genuinely jealous for Chihiro’s interactions with Rea. If not jealous, definitely intrigued enough to go snooping around for details. Shin Houkoi (Mikami Shiori), who is Ranko’s junior, also happens to be great friends with Rea so I’m interested to see what role she’ll play; other than the catalyst for information leaked to Ranko.
So it turns out that Jogorou is indeed somehow related to zombies and the creation formula. He made a slight slip up halfway through his conversation with Chihiro and it was too obvious to be missed. At the same time though, I feel like Jogorou is too absent minded (or he could be faking it…) to be taken seriously and I’m contemplating his actual involvement in future episode. Is he a zombie? Or did he merely create the formula to keep the dead, undead? And who is Sada? (I presume she was an old girlfriend of his whom is supposedly not Chihiro’s grandmother)
Note: The week’s been busy for me and I’ll probably continue to be busy for the next two weeks. I apologize in advance for any late posts. With that said though, huge thank you to Divine for doing my doing my screen caps and full-length images!