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「ゾンビって…コトは…」 (Zonbi-tte… Koto wa…)
“About… Zombies…”

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)

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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!

 

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May 6, 2012 at 1:52 am
46 comments »
  • May 6, 2012 at 1:56 amThe Moondoggie

    Not surprised this episode, which is awesome as usual, but I got to say it:

    Oh my! Dat zombie raep….

  • May 6, 2012 at 2:02 amD-LaN

    ZB rape….

    JP does it again.

  • May 6, 2012 at 2:10 amHömppä

    Wanko is the best girl.

    • May 6, 2012 at 4:50 amThe Moondoggie

      Yes, even zombies want her, for reasons other than brain-eating….

  • May 6, 2012 at 2:13 amHakumeiJin

    I checked the manga to see if this was just added here but it seems that it did happen kinda like this too but they really played up the licking rape here whereas in the manga it’s not this explicit so I guess I had forgotten about it.

    • May 6, 2012 at 2:29 amArntor

      Yeah, that why it worked better in the manga. Just a short period of time as the zombie instincts of Rea took over and she starts preying on Wanko somewhat like a wild animal. Prolong that moment for fan service and it just feels… odd.

      • May 7, 2012 at 10:17 pmAizen

        You don’t like boob-lickin’, man?!

  • May 6, 2012 at 2:21 amMixed Milkshake

    Friend: ‘Red eyes, pale skin, big bust, long black hair… Rea reminds me of someone from another zombie anime…’

    Me: ‘Yep, just she’s just a Vampire Ninja who somehow went to the wrong anime.’

    Friend: ‘What anime is that from?’

    Me: ‘Bro… That anime is in the same season as Sankarea… And you follow it…’

    • May 6, 2012 at 4:52 amThe Moondoggie

      It’s OtherDimension!Rea, and she’s snarkier than this Rea.

  • May 6, 2012 at 2:30 amvirox

    Ohh, don’t worry, the zombies in this series really zombielike, just not yet.
    I figured a lot of people would start thinking after this episode that instead of brain-eating, zombies in Sankarea get horny.
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    • May 6, 2012 at 12:36 pmShadow74

      I also hope that part of history, this will be scary.
      But come this far?, This anime is 12 to 13 episodes right?
      How far will come this season?, How do they do this?. By the way are the episodes that’s what I asked.
      Rays, leave me wanting more. So far I can only say it’s great anime.

  • May 6, 2012 at 2:31 amDeath2411

  • May 6, 2012 at 2:35 amVali

    I guess it’s the time to start watching this. For the plot of course!

  • May 6, 2012 at 2:47 amanonymous

    Normally the first thing you would smell is the blood.
    But noooo she spots the near invisible strand of hair.

    Zombierotism. Part Zombie, part ero, 120% Awesome.

    • May 6, 2012 at 3:00 amThe Moondoggie

      Zombierotism. Nice. All better than “Necrophilia”…

      • May 6, 2012 at 8:07 amBIO-KLAC-MAN

        give unless compare to cannan’s part of hakko “doing” on santana’s corpse?!

        compare from that to sankarea if pull that “doing” zombie version yea cue whole GOD MY OH!!!

  • May 6, 2012 at 3:41 amKevz

    If zombies were like this, I’d invite a zombie apocalypse.

  • May 6, 2012 at 3:47 amWerpi

    I’m having this feeling their grampa is a zombie, he eats those leaves, he didn’t notice she was cold in the shower, and he talks about resurrection pill

  • May 6, 2012 at 4:12 amKLAC-vengers

    well look yep indeed could be the cat is out of the bag?

    yea give cat hair boy best tried to hid & also ideas keep rea safe, moving, etc.

    oops look like bag was open by wanko she got lick by zombi-rea.

    oh cat hair boy get zombie kiss & hug.

    what next?

  • May 6, 2012 at 4:35 amItachizame

    Kore wa Zombie Reipu desu ka? OF SANKAREA!!!!!!!! :p

  • May 6, 2012 at 4:44 amc2710

    I was watching this late at night and let out a girly shriek when i saw hanging zombie-rea

  • May 6, 2012 at 4:46 amewok40k

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  • May 6, 2012 at 4:59 amewok40k

    Channelling Barbossa: “You better start believe in the zombie stories, miss Ranko… Your in a middle of one!”
    Hmmm… what next, Zombie Pirates vs Vampire Ninjas? :P
    Omake-preview made me lol Ro-Mero :P

  • May 6, 2012 at 5:14 amThundershock81

    Rea is way to cute though to hate. Seriously who would have thought the dead could be that sexy?

    I feel strange……

  • May 6, 2012 at 5:19 amCybersteel

    Look forward to more stuff like this in the future!
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  • May 6, 2012 at 5:43 amPuffyPrincess

    I’m not a fan of Wanko to be honest (actually I really hate her for some reason). Nothing personal, I guess I just naturally dislike the ‘rival’ in a love triangle.

    • May 6, 2012 at 5:52 amKyral

      I’m pretty sure you mean ‘hate’ as a hyperbole, because feeling more then irritated for a fictional character you dislike is something I can’t really understand. ^^;

      But it’s fun, I personaly tend to like the ‘rivals’ more most at the time. That made my friends joke I should just start to cheer for the main heroines because the girls I cheer for tend to loose. xD

    • May 6, 2012 at 1:40 pmbingo

      Wanko is not really a love rival and there is not even a lovetriangle going on in the first place. Chihiro clearly knows who he wants and he is not wishy-washy about it.

    • May 6, 2012 at 7:04 pmAnonymous

      I think she has a likable personality and is a good character in general, but I do always hate love triangles. I wish authors would stop using them, they are dumb and annoying. Hate the triangle not the ones in them (unless they actually are evil and conniving).

      But!
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    • May 7, 2012 at 1:28 amAnanas

      I am on the opposite side, I usually dislike the main heroine because a lot of thing around her happen “as expected” (well Rea turning into a zombie is NOT one of those, in fact it’s the only thing…) leaving little to no room for surprise, she almost follow the same archetype, long hair and damsel-in-distress type needs (as if those girls are design to have that kind of appeal rather than taking risks, again no room for surprise).

      For sure when you have the heroine name in the title that is to be expected but then why do those authors throw a third wheel that is only here to writhe in a long agony? People will either hate her for her existence and wish to have solely main heroine screentime while those who happen to like her will simply feel bad for her.

  • May 6, 2012 at 6:12 amKurisu Vi Britannia

    Loving this series but just like Accel world. I’m saddened that there may be an anime original ending as the manga isn’t finished as far as I know.

  • May 6, 2012 at 7:52 amstarss

    Okay. I need to watch this anime.

  • May 6, 2012 at 8:47 amAnanas

    I wanna do “that” to Ranko too.

  • May 6, 2012 at 9:45 ambertman4

    Yes, who indeed is Sada that Gramps is referring to? Many more mysteries to solve.

  • May 6, 2012 at 10:39 amBijyu

    The last 5 minutes remind me of a zombie hentai I saw once where by being raped you were infected and went off to rape others. Made me laugh because I figured the male characters in the show would all instantly be turned by the hot female zombies running around. But they kept a decent male female survivor ratio.

  • May 6, 2012 at 6:36 pmEliteF22

    http://randomc.net/image/Sankarea/Sankarea%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2013.jpg
    With that shadow cast on him Jogorou’s skin actually looks like a normal person’s.

  • May 6, 2012 at 6:55 pmn0216332

    BABuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

  • May 7, 2012 at 8:34 amKagura

    wow the anime is much better than manga which I selsom said this in other anime. zombir Rea is so moe~

  • May 7, 2012 at 11:23 amjreding

    Not sure what I think about this ep. The last scene was quite suspenseful until Ranko discovered Rea. What followed was really… strange. It’s not stereotypical zombie behaviour and it doesn’t really work as fanservice either. So basically I agree, Cherrie. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, at least it’s inventive. This series continues to be interesting.

    As a sidenote, I liked Houkoi’s outfit! Looking forward to seeing more of her.

  • May 7, 2012 at 11:38 amZephyr

    So far I like the anime, it’s just a little slow for my taste. I’m curious as to where this series will end. At the rate the anime is going they will barely touch on where the manga gets pretty good.

  • May 7, 2012 at 2:10 pmAozora

    But wasnt Rea just licking Ranko because she is in desperate need of hydrangea? And we saw Ranko standing almost in den middle of these flowers in front of Reas house, so my guess was, that Ranko smelled of hydrangea, which drove Rea mad …
    So the “rape” and licking acutally makes a lot of sense to me.

    • May 7, 2012 at 6:26 pmhoiut

      Especially since it has been well established by this point that our wonky Wanko rubs that stuff briskly against her bosom.

      …Nah.

  • May 8, 2012 at 9:04 pmhaseo0408

    Pandora´s Box is opened! I can´to see a confrontation between Rea and Wanko.

  • May 10, 2012 at 2:14 amSinan Çevik

    After all that brilliant 4 episodes, this one was kind of a let down for me. Looking forward to the next episode. From the looks of it, they’ll find how to feed Rea next episode.

  • May 13, 2012 at 10:39 amKat

    I thought this episode was a complete letdown as well… It turned into Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (which is good … I think, but I didn’t expect so much cleavage!) The next episode was much better and I’m hoping that was only a quick fanservice experiment or something, I literally was like yes, yes, yes, yes! … no (back down to zero) … yes! (starting over again)