Sankarea 11 – Misunderstandings and Reinterpretations


One of the central premises of Sankarea has been the ever-controlling presence of Danichirou, a person who cannot, and will not let Rea live a normal life. At first there is the implication, albeit a small one of incestuous feelings for his daughter, however, over the course of this series we have gradually learnt that this is not the case. To Danichirou, his love for Rea is not incestuous, and yet it is not entirely natural, as if he is mixing up his feelings and desires. Many may consider him to be a sick and twisted individual, and in some respects he is, but at the same time, Danichirou is a tragic character, a product of a deeply damaging family. His love for Rea is a product of his deep love for her mother, the first, and perhaps only person who ever showed real emotions around him, ignoring his family background and treating him like a human. Read more of this post

Sankarea 10 and the demons of the past


There is a central tragedy to the story of Sankarea; it is not about Rea’s death, but about her family and the tragic and emotionally destructive elements that helped to create her current way of life. While the majority of the series is about the relationship between Rea and Chihiro, there is a lot more surrounding their meeting and of course Rea’s death. In this episode we see the tragic, and emotional nature of her family life, along with the elements that are central to the destructive nature of Danichirou’s love and Rea’s emotionally starved character. Read more of this post

Sankarea 08 – Living the life of a normal girl?


One of the desires that Rea has made abundantly clear over the course of this series is her wish to be capable of living life as a normal girl, being able to go shopping with friends and enjoying those little things in life that her father had denied her. Her first meeting with Chihiro happened when she was trying escape from her father, her screaming down the abandoned well can be viewed as a way of releasing stress, getting her feelings, her fears and her anxieties out in the open. It is in a sense a way with which she can push her feelings into something else, an empty void that will swallow up all the problems in her life. But at the same time, there was an empty quality in this since she returned night after night; there was no end to her torment, her fears and her anxieties. Read more of this post

Sankarea 04 – That which does not kill us makes us stronger


This week further demonstrated how fractured the Sanka house truly is, one that, while large, is bereft of life or warmth. We further saw the complicated relationship that Rea and Chihiro have, along with the curious notion that Rea had to die in order to live the life of a ’normal’ girl. This further demonstrates the irony of Rea’s life, that she comes from a wealthy family, and yet has to die and move into a temple house in order to experience love, friendship, and a family life that has until now, been missing from her everyday life. Her freedom from the Sanka house came at a high cost, and while she may have come back to life as a zombie, Rea now has to contend with new problems. Read more of this post

Sankarea 03 – Death becomes her


There is a surreal irony in Sanka Rea’s life; that she comes from a wealthy family, has had a privileged childhood in many ways, and due to her looks, status and abilities is viewed as a true ‘ojou-sama’. And yet, she is miserable, cursing her life, cursing her family and viewing death as her only escape; it is this juxtaposition between the realities of her life and what her social status is mean to portray that make her such a fascinating character. Especially with regards to Chihiro, and to a lesser extent Ranko, neither of whom are from privileged backgrounds, and yet, both of them to enjoy themselves while living life to its fullest. Read more of this post

Sankarea 02 – nowhere to run, nowhere to hide


Usually stories involving zombies focuses on what would happen if a plague of them were set loose on the earth, with films looking at how a small group of survivors tries to deal with such a situation, while their world is turned upside down. Zombie films, and the few series that have involved them are generally dull, relying on large gunfights, and lots of general eating of humans. Sankrea however does not do this, and instead takes quite an interesting approach towards the whole zombies set loose on the earth concept.   Read more of this post