「運命って…奴は…」 (Unmeitte… Yatsu wa…)
“Fate… is Really…”
I present to you the long awaited post on Sankarea’s episode 00 – released back in the beginning of June. To make up for my tardiness, I’ve included all the NSFW full-lengths for my readers! Now onto the actual episode content…
For those who were wondering (and haven’t seen the OAD), this is not necessarily a must-watch episode, but it does provide a lot of context and background story to Sankarea. The episode takes place 7 months prior to episode 1 and that’s why it’s usually labeled as episode 00. The main focus is actually both the mothers’ of Rea and Chihiro and I thought that played in very nicely, considering how I just finished watching episode 10 (which showed Aria’s back story) prior to this OAD. It tied in well to fill the one-week gap that the anime was on break.
The OAD actually surprised me quite a bit with the sudden shots of (who I assume to be) Chihiro’s mother and her very unfortunate circumstances. I still don’t know the entire background story revolving her existence… there seem to be a lot of theories saying how she is also a zombie (I believe this can be seen in episode 9 with Mero). However her transformation (or demise?) seems to be a lot more gruesome and disturbing than I would’ve imagined, especially for a romantic comedy. What did I say about Sankarea being able to keep me on my toes? I love the mystery aspect, but unfortunately, I don’t think this will be explored until much later (if ever, since I can only see 12 episodes scheduled). That’s a shame since I would think that Chihiro’s obsession with zombies, as something that branched from his childhood and/or his mother.
Aria on the other hand, has no mystery behind her actions anymore. While I do feel bad for Rea, I almost pity Aria just as much, given her lack of attention from her own husband. She takes it out on Rea and with her high alcohol intake and Rea’s passiveness; she really does abuse her step-daughter a lot. I originally thought that Danichirou was the reason for Rea’s desire to run away, but I can see now that a lot of that stemmed from her step-mother. While Danichirou subjects Rea to nude photos, Aria is very emotionally draining as well and after years of hearing how her own step-mother loathes her, I’m sure that’s enough to make anyone want to disappear.
One of the things that I like about Sankarea is how “realistic” they try to make it for Rea to exist as a zombie in the normal human world. She has problems with her decaying body, her abnormal strength and her inability to feel warmth. Sometimes I forget how this show has “supernatural” elements as well. However, this OAD reminded me that many recent events came from Chihiro’s zombie book… a book that he discovered out of pure lucky from a gust of wind. Hmmmm… I never thought that there were that many coincidences in this anime, but I’d have to say that this is definitely a sign. Perhaps that’s why the title of this OAD is about fate – and after seeing the turn of events 7 months down the line, I would definitely say that this is a result of fate.