「あなたに…出会えたから」 (Anata ni… Deaeta kara)
“Because I… Met You”
That has got to be the most unromantic kissing scene I’ve seen in a while. I understand that it is Chihiro’s “dream” to be making out with a zombie, but I definitely didn’t expect it to turn out this way. Way too forceful and Rea’s not even consciously aware of what she’s doing! It doesn’t make for a very emotional scene for me. It seemed to be for more shock and awe…
Anyways, it turns out that Baabu is the one that introduces Rea to the field of hydrangea leaves (which she’ll be dependent on for the next while) instead of Jorogou. Jorogou shows up shortly afterwards though (harassing Ranko in the process) to explain the importance of keeping an eye on Rea’s behaviors. Although he admits to creating the formula for zombies, he doesn’t necessarily state that he IS a zombie himself. He also doesn’t answer who Sada is… which makes me even more curious what her relation is to Rea. Perhaps they looked alike and/or Jorogou actually fell in love with Rea’s grandmother? That would be interesting…
Oh Ranko… even though I know next week’s episode is completed devoted to the “childhood friend“, I still can’t help but sympathize with her situation this episode. I finally got a real sense of how much she likes Chihiro and regardless of whether or not this is simply affection as a cousin or because she “loves” him, I understand that she feels threatened by Rea. She’s uncomfortable with the idea of this new woman entering his life which has overshadowed her existence so quickly. Just because Rea’s a zombie? That seems like an unfair advantage that Ranko can’t exactly overcome. I thought this was especially evident when Ranko came over to give Rea a change of clothes. Chihiro felt a need to explain things even though it’s obvious there is nothing to explain. If I was Ranko, I would leave too. Nobody wants to be where they’re not wanted, even if Chihiro is in denial; Ranko’s a smart one, and she knows there is something going on even when “there is nothing going on“. At least we’ll see more of her story next week and I know I pointed out previously that I like Rea more (I still do!), but I feel like I really misjudged Ranko. She deserves an episode to herself.
Sankarea never ends the episode on a cliffhanger necessarily, but it always leaves me in the most uncomfortable mindset. When Rea tossed Chihiro and voluntarily licked his wounds, the music and buildup made me shudder and cringe. I was half-expecting her to suck on his arm too… but then the scene ended and I was reminded that she’s not a vampire – she’s a zombie. I’m not exactly sure if the scene was supposed to be sensual, but I’m guessing that it’s similar to how girls feel about vampires feeding. Except the genders are reversed in this case and… Rea’s a zombie! So we get kissing, licking and almost-nudity all in one episode… that’s nice =) I can’t say that I’m surprised by the turn of events, but this show definitely doesn’t follow any pre-written formula for romantic comedies. This is a good thing though; I never get bored.
Note: Thank you Divine for doing my full-lengths this week (again!). This post would have been more untimely than it already is without him.