Sasami-san@Ganbaranai – 04
「実家に寄生」 (Jikka ni Kisei)
“Parasite at home”
Well that was a strange experience. It’s rare that an episode of anime leaves me wondering just what exactly I watched. Sasami-san@Ganbaranai certainly doesn’t pull punches when it comes to being completely and utterly out there, linking together so many seemingly unrelated elements that we get an almost nonsensical mesh of all manner of things. The first episode was already pretty weird, but this one seems to completely blow past it in that department.
It’s rather an ironic role reversal to see Sasami as the one under surveillance instead of her brother, especially when taking into consideration what the main premise for the series was stated to be. There’s something funny about how unreliable the two younger Yagami sisters are in comparison to Sasami’s state of the art surveillance systems. They’re nowhere near as efficient – constantly being distracted by cute animals, massage chairs, and alien abductions… wait what? Well I guess not all the weird and wacky developments in the show can fall under ‘Shintoism did it’. It frequently seems that there’s neither rhyme nor reason to many of the things that happen. Perhaps that’s one of the things that can make it entertaining to watch.
I’m never entirely sure what to make of Tsurugi. Her outbursts are cute and her love of ecchi frequently makes for great comic relief. But there does seem to be an honest desire to ensure Sasami’s safety beneath her jovial and uncaring attitude. Whether it’s because she actually cares for her descendant, or if it’s because she considers Sasami the ideal vessel for her power, I have no idea! At the same time she’s capable of being merciless, perhaps even callous, as demonstrated in her treatment of the duplicate which escaped Sasami’s body. All humans tend to seek independence and freedom – the idea of being merged with another and losing your sense of self is rather a distressing one – but Tsurugi doesn’t seem to care. Yet there still appears to be a shred of kindness there – she seems to have made a compromise, granting the duplicate some sort of independence in the form of a rabbit. At least I think that’s what happened – with this show it can be hard to tell.
Just as in the second episode, Sasami-san@Ganbaranai goes out of its way to bring up so many of the supposed inconveniences faced by otaku (and others). Some of these are slightly less common than those previously presented, but I’m sure many will still have experienced at least one of them at some point. I know I’ve been questioned about my age in the past (goddamn video game stores), but I’ve fortunately never had to feel the awkwardness of requesting a nude figure from a case or being caught reading ero magazines! I feel sorry for Sasami! Getting yelled at for trying to film a performance is probably another fairly common one too!
I have some mixed feelings about the episode as a whole, but I thoroughly enjoyed the trap set out for Sasami and the reappearance of Futsuno Mika (Hazuki Erino). That’s totally a pun on ‘Futsu no Miko’ – Regular Shrine Maiden – right? I think what I enjoy most about this show is how unexpected some things can be, even if they are somewhat random and strange. There’s something really funny about that cute seiyuu morphing into Sasami’s father only for everything to collide as Tama appears in an alien saucer and the military starts coming out of the walls. If you’d asked me what I expected from the episode before I watched it, none of these would be anywhere within my guesses. Sasami-san@Ganbaranai really is that out there.
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – I’m not even sure what I just watched. #Sasamisan
- Chibis everywhere!
- That posing suit of armour was kind of entertaining to watch.
- It’s kind of funny how Kagami has functions even Tsurugi is unaware of!
- Well it’s nice to see that someone doesn’t bother with doors this season, even if it’s not Izayoi!