「特別…なんかじゃ…ない…」(Tokubetsu… Nanka ja… nai…)
“It’s… Nothing… Special…”
So that was… not what I was expecting at all. Last week’s preview made the fencing showdown seem a lot more dramatic and impactful. However, I can definitely say now that Sankarea is not your typical romantic comedy. There is romance and there is comedy… but the way they deliver their jokes and the moments that they choose to slot them in is very unpredictable (in a good way). Then to keep you on your toes, the show incorporates some form of suspense or mystery that leaves the audience wanting more – similar to how the kidnappers took Chihiro instead of Rea.
Chihiro’s confrontation with Danichirou turned out differently than I initially thought. I figured that since he never fenced before in his life – he would probably talk his way out of it. When Chihiro was stabbed through the chest instead, I couldn’t believe that Rea’s father could be so cruel and heartless. Rea not only witnesses the scene, but if I was her, I would’ve probably fainted or screamed. Fortunately, this is an anime and a comedy for that matter, so of course Chihiro is back up while Danichirou actually proceeds to slice his head off! What kind of crazy father does that?! I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised since he IS an overly obsessive father who uses his daughter to replace his dead wife…
Rea’s entire family is all sorts of messed up so I really don’t want to dive into each of their own psychological issues. It’s pretty obvious though that Danichirou got the message – Rea is leaving him and his much needed flight will probably give him to time to think about it. I think it would’ve ended on an even better note and have an “all is well” type of ending, if he took Aria with him. However, I think this leaves the story open for interpretation on what happens with her.
When the episode ended… I was actually surprised by how soon the issue was resolved. The main problem with Rea seemed to revolve around a) her family and b) her decaying body. With the former antagonist gone, I’m not sure what else there is to the story… Then Ranko appears and Rea can instantly get the vibe that Ranko is in love with him (it must be girl-instinct!). Does that mean Ranko has already forgiven Rea for severely molesting her? And will the remaining episodes be devoted to romance resolutions? I seriously hope so! I’m a sucker for romances but better yet, it would tie the ending very well if the anime wasn’t open-ended.
I understand that the manga is still on-going so I’m still unsure if they’re going to aim for an anime-original ending or leave it off at the end of an arc. I’m leaning towards the latter since it seems like next episode is focused on Mero (and her lack of job?)… In my opinion, the anime is approaching its end, so this might not be a great time to insert another filler.