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 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