Sankarea 09 – 10
Episode 9 strays away from the cliffhanger we were left with in episode 8 but it was still an enjoyable detour. Like how Wanko got her own episode, Mero get’s her own as well. I’ve always adored Mero as the cute imouto yet responsibly emotionless when she was first introduced. But because there wasn’t anything to really appreciate about her as a character, episode 9 really did Mero justice; bringing out a side of Mero we’ve never seen before and revealing Furuya’s mother to be a zombie!
I wasn’t surprised by the fact that Furuya’s mother was a zombie because I had already spoiled myself but more so what I felt to be the spotlight for episode 9 was near the end when Mero finally warmed up to Rea. Sankarea’s beautiful character designs and music captures the moment beautifully when Mero is reminded of her mother; showing us a lovely new bond between Mero and Rea. Both their levels of attractiveness and likability have shot up so high for me this season. I’d love to see more of this sisterly bonding but I doubt we will.
Moving onto episode 10, we continue from where we left off at episode 8 – Furuya being taken hostage by Satoshi (I wonder how many people will get that joke). Other than the unnecessary amount of boob service we got this episode, I wasn’t sure what to think when Rea’s step-mother accepted the fact that Rea was a zombie so easily (maybe she was being sarcastic since she’s drunk?). Though the confusion was easily dismissed as we dug into the Sanka households past.
Danichiro was such a great man in the past; going against the Sanka household so he can marry the person he truly loves. Really, it’s admirable but the outcome of Rea’s mothers death still does not justify his actions for treating Rea like a belonging. It’s as disturbing as it was first shown to us but it had allowed us to understand more about Aria and why she had developed jealousy towards Rea. Episode 10 only provided a background insight for the sake of story progression, leading up to episode 11 which looks to be promising.
Rating: I’ve decided to give an overall 7 out of 10. Episode 10 really brought down episode 9 with its mediocre back-story. Although important for story progression, it wasn’t anything outstanding. Even so, Sankarea’s appealing soundtrack and animation was welcoming after a 2 week break from anime. With exams finally over, I’m finally back minna-san!