「偽りの…自由…」 (Itsuwari no… Jiyuu…)
After an entire episode devoted to Ranko, I was really beginning to miss Rea. Not that I don’t like Ranko (I understand her a lot better now), but even as another female, I simply love Rea’s character more. I think it has something to do with the innocent and carefree vibe that she gives off – even with all the issues around her undead body. Random thought: So how come nobody at the dining table noticed that she was only eating poisonous leaves? Not to mention… the same leaves that Baabu was eating…
This entire episode was pretty much devoted to Rea’s craving to visit a mall (and shop!). Where else do you go on a first date right? Even I pity Chihiro for following Rea around all day. Fun for the girl, but definitely not fun for the guy (when he’s just watching you go through piles of clothes). It would feel even worse if Rea came out of it buying nothing; but luckily she ends up getting a cute sundress! All in all, it was adorable watching them spend the day together. Chihiro is a pretty thoughtful guy after all. He even purchased a coat for her just to prevent her body from deteriorating under the sun. Compared to his insensitive 6-year-old self, I would say that he’s really taking his promise seriously when he said that he would take full responsibility of her. Rea better not be taking him for granted!
Rea’s father makes his reappearance this episode as well! For some reason, after his whole naked-bathroom scene, I can never take him seriously anymore. I realize that this is meant to be a semi-serious setup (by abducting your own daughter), but I found it more amusing how the execution never went according to plan. This goes from Yasutaka’s obnoxious appearance to Rea’s surprising ability to defend herself. Of course, no one would imagine that she can lift a bench by herself. I was just as shocked as Chihiro when Rea took out 3 grown men on her own and still panicked and cried (as if anyone could still stand up after that…). I guess she’s just used to being the damsel in distress. Unfortunately Chihiro has taken that role from her at the end of the episode. Instead of your typical kidnapped girl, we have the guy who needs saving. What a unique turn of events – this is something I was definitely not expecting.
I’m glad that Sankarea can keep me on my toes. I generally don’t like watching predictable romantic comedies (even though I still do since it’s my favorite genre), but even though this show follows the same guidelines of a typical rom-com, it still manages to stand out amongst the few that I’ve seen recently. I originally thought that the whole zombie aspect was just a ploy to bring a girl and guy together. Now, I can see that the show really does revolve around Rea and how she adjusts to being a zombie. More importantly, how Chihiro helps her (and in the meantime, probably falls in love with her).
Seriously, I am not disappointed thus far and better yet, next week is all about Mero! She gets her own episode (even in a one cour show?), and I can’t explain why, but I’m excited to see her background story. I’ve always been interested in the quiet side characters.