Sankarea [First Impressions]
Hello minna-san! Here’s my first impression on Sankarea titled “Once I Have the…Zombie…”. Hope you enjoy!
Genre(s): Comedy, Ecchi, Horror, Romance, Shounen, Supernatural
Notable Seiyuu: Kimura Ryohei, Uchida Maaya, Yahagi Sayuri, Fukuen Misato, Iguchi Yuka, Ogino Seiro, Saitou Shirou, Hayashi Saori
OP: Esoragoto by nano.RIPE
ED: Above Your Hand by Annabe
Summary: The male protagonist Furuya is obsessed with zombies and prefers zombie girls over normal girls. One day his cat Babu died from a car accident so he decides to try and revive him. Furuya meets a rich, innocent girl named Rea who wishes to become a zombie.
Within the first few short cuts, Sankarea’s already got my interest levels up with how gorgeous that background art which helped add tension to the dark atmosphere… until nano.RIPE begins to sing in the opening. Even so, I’m a fan of her music ever since she sang in Hanasaku Iroha’s OP and ED. What can I say? Someone’s trash is another’s treasure. I’ve realized from Another that anime can pull of thriller but not entirely horror. Also to mention, Sankarea is also a horror but I’ve yet to see anything that would get me scared. In other words, if you can’t scare me, it’s not worth being called a horror (I get scared easily… trust me…).
Furuya’s room is definitely not one I’d love to have but it really shows his level of ‘love’ for zombies. It’s great to hear Kimura Ryohei’s voice again after a successful role as Kodaka in Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai. It definitely suits Furuya’s character and those who oppose, speak now or forever hold your peace! Looking into the rest of the cast, you’ve got the cliché ‘best friend who is desperate for love’ and a ‘perverted female cousin’. Even so, it’s a nice contrast between Furuya’s more normal school life compared to his night activities trying to revive Babu. Not that anyone knows he is. What I love about Furuya is his realistic approach to everything, which is why I believe Kimura Ryohei was a great choice as he pulls off such characters really well while at the same time, keeping them from going plain.
Although we only got to see his family for a very short period of time, Studio DEEN has done a good job in giving a brief understanding of each member within that time frame. This is also applied well to his perverted cousin Ranko and Furuya’s two friends. OST wise, nothing really stood out but there were heaps and heaps of text. I’m surprised I didn’t find it boring with how much narrative was involved. In fact, I believe the heavy use of text in the episode was Sankarea’s strong point in bringing out each characters personality. To make things better, the story itself screams curiosity with what we know so far. I’m interested to see how Rea will deal with her dad’s perverted tendencies and the whole resurrection thing can lead to so many outcomes!
Should you watch it? For those who are worried about being scared, trust me it’s not scary one bit (yet?). Even so, I’ll definitely recommend Sankarea as it’s a promising series with a great introduction into the story and pacing. Being a shounen anime, I wonder if there will be fighting involved. Something like Kore wa Zombie desu ka? Maybe so. Favourite character so far would be Rea because I’m naturally attracted to dark, long haired females. It’s not an original anime as it is adapted from the manga but it’s definitely something new to enjoy. A comedy, romance with zombies, how is that NOT interesting? Even so, what do you guys think I should blog alongside Kore wa Zombie desu ka – of the Dead? Sankarea or Accel World?
Till next time minna-san!