Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ~ Review
“A mind-blowing, crazy, strange, fantastical story of WTF”
The one thing that I have found out about why anime is so popular and loved is that there are many, many stories which are just so unique and different to anything outside of the anime world. But have you watched an anime that almost seems too unique, different and seriously strange for anime? Well, you’re about to see a series that will make you go “What the f**k did I just watch?” after every episode.
Sasami-san@Ganbaranai (apparently you don’t say the @ in the title, so it’s just Sasami-san Ganbaranai) revolves around a hikikomori (a shut-in) called Tsukuyomi Sasami who unknowingly holds the power of the gods while being looked after by her brother (who always hides his face). Thus, Tsukuyomi is able to change the world around her without her knowing, which throws the world into certain chaos. It is then that the three Yagami sisters, who also hold the power of the gods, try and put an end to the chaos that Sasami has caused. However, there are other gods who have heard about Sasami’s powers, and will go through anything to get it off her.
The series is best known for it’s unique and complicated story, artwork and animation most common to works made by Shaft Studios
The series ran for 12 episodes and aired during the Winter 2013 Anime Season (January 2013 – March 2013). The series is based off a light novel series written by Akira and illustrated by Hidari. The anime is animated by well-acclaimed Shaft Studios who are famous for their avant-garde animation style, artworks and execution, and have gone to animate some well-acclaimed series such as Bakemonogatari, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and Maria Holic.
The series features only a few characters and thus only a hand-full of voice actors including Asumi Kana who voices Sasami (and is also known as the voices of Nyaruko from Haiyore! Nyaruko-san and Kondou Mikoto from Kämpfer), Saitou Chiwa who voices Tsurugi (and is also known as the voices of Senjougahara Hitagi from the Monogatari series and Chief Maid from Maoyuu Maou Yuusha) and Hanazawa Kana who voices Kagami (and is also known as the voices of Hasegawa Kobato from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai series and Maria from Shinsekai Yori).
Now, the plot of the story is actually a lot more than what I have explained above. The only reason why I didn’t write the actual plot was because the plot is constantly changing after every episode and to be honest, it is very difficult to keep up with what is actually going on (the strange animation sequences and execution by Shaft probably doesn’t help), but that doesn’t mean that the series is bad and un-watchable. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Although the plot is confusing, Shaft has this strange power of making this strangeness and what-the-f**kness enjoyable and fun to watch. That’s probably the reason why Shaft was asked to animate this series; it would have been a very different series if any other animation studio did this series. So, if you’re a fan of Shaft’s works, or you like something strange and mind-blowing, then series is definitely for you.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 8/10