Sankarea 11 – 12 [END]
The problem behind adapting ongoing manga serializations is that you’ll have a differed ending; having to fabricate a scene not meant as an ending into one. This greatly affects the enjoyment in the adaptation like how it did with Ao no Exorcist. Both Sankarea and Ao no Exorcist should’ve been adapted later or when their serializations nearly came to an end so not only does it do justice for fans of the manga but also delivers the real message and build up each individual story should’ve had (which is also why original pieces are more preferred over adaptations). Judging from what I’ve written so far, I think most of you can tell I wasn’t too happy with Sankarea’s ending.
Before I mislead you into thinking that I hate the series, let me clarify that I still enjoyed it very much but felt confused after I finished watching episode 12. It sure didn’t feel like an ending and it wasn’t supposed to be one in the first place. Best outcome is to give Sankarea another season but with how much they’ve gone off course with the manga, I doubt it. The effort is evident i the last few minutes because you can see the work done in creating a conclusion for the series; working off an ongoing story as it is. There’s also budget considerations and contracts to think about but I do have to thank the staff behind Sankarea for trying their best in giving the story a nice ending. Sure it wasn’t to my personal liking and I would’ve loved to see it continue (like all fans) but such thoughts are only wishful thinking and shouldn’t get in the way of reality.
As much as episode 11 screamed fan service, that was easily dismissible after being shown a beautiful resolution in regards to Rea’s father’s obsessive nature. As simple as it was, Furuya bestowed the justice we all wanted and changed Danichirou into a better man. His thoughts of protection and preservation for Rea are admirable but his actions in delivering such care was not. In the end, Danichirou was shrouded in despair at the lost of his wife so I’m really happy and satisfied with what played out in episode 11. Sure I got to see Rea in all kinds of costumes as an added bonus but no matter what, family is still family which is why I loved seeing that bond between Rea and Danichirou reform.
Rating: I’ve decided to give both episodes an overall 8 out of 10. Being able to see more romantic development between Rea and Furuya throughout the 2 episodes was a pure win for me and the declaration of rivalry and friendship between Wanko and Rea left a nice taste in regards to their relationship. Besides wanting more episodes (not knowing if it’s been green lit for season 2 or what not) overall Sankarea surprised the most of us – being produced by Studio Deen and satisfied our expectations. The animation behind Sankarea was beautiful and although not all characters had much meaning in the story, they can easily be dismissed for the romance we seen grow throughout the series. Rea has given zombies a new definition and this will definitely be sticking around.
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