Sankarea 05 – Taking responsibility for ones actions

The first four episodes of Sankarea largely focussed on Rea, exploring how her family and the household that she grew up in have affected her life, and in part warped her senses. This episode, however, focussed more on Chihiro, looking at his family and the life that he lives – a caring family that is shown in stark contrast to the self destructive Sanka household. It is a strange household full of eccentric people with odd hobbies and one of two little quirks that makes the entire family fascinating and entertaining to watch. 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

Sankarea First Impressions – Cats, zombies and crazy grandparents

It appears that anime’s fetishization of zombies and all things supernatural has continued this season, with a significant number of series involving zombies and ghosts. Adapted from the manga of the same name, Sankarea tells the story of Furuya Chihiro, who openly admits to being in love with zombies, so in love that he can only see himself having a zombie girlfriend. Quite a unique take on life really, and does somewhat limit him in terms of potential girlfriends and possible wives for the future of course. Now, I have read the manga and thoroughly it – it is not exactly unique or a work of genius, however the characters are likeable and the story is quite an interesting one. Read more of this post