Sankarea ~ Review
“Zombies have never been cuter and more enjoyable to look after”
“Oh great… another zombie anime!” Yeah… well… shush. Actually, yes I may say that this is a zombie anime, but that s merely the outside cover of it. And you know what they say: never judge a (anime) by its cover!
Sankarea revolves around Chihiro Furuya; a high school kid with a strange fetish: zombie girls. He has loved watching zombie films since he was little and has always wanted a girlfriend who is a zombie. Following the death of his pet cat Babu, he attempts to revive him using a strange book that he found at the temple he live in. Working alone in an abandoned building one day, he meets Rea Sanka (pictured above), who has escaped from her house where she is constantly repressed by her overprotective father. She attempts to then commit suicide by drinking the “revival potion” that Chihiro has made, in the end failing to kill herself. Then one day, Chihiro witnesses Rea moping with his father at the top of a cliff; in a sudden turn of events, Rea falls to her death. But she is not dead, rather she comes back to life as zombie and it is Chihiro’s responsibility to look after her new “zombie girl”.
The anime can almost not be classified as a zombie series; rather, a romantic comedy involving a zombie heroine
Hearing that this series was another zombie series, I was turned onto it straight away (I’m a fan of zombie series for some reason), but I soon learnt that this series was quite different; almost not a zombie series as all. However, this was more or so a pleasant surprise as the series shifted into a ore romantic comedy series. The story is very unique compared to other romantic comedies as you don’t often see zombie in romantic comedies (if you know one other than Sankarea, comment below. I will be very interested if there is one), thus this series ranks highly on the originality scaling.
With the animated series spanning only 12 episodes (and 2 OVA’s to this current date), many fans speculate as to whether there is going to be a second season or whether we are left with an inconclusive ending. Many believe there will be a season two soon, but we can only sit and hope. Nevertheless, Studio Deen did a very good job on the overall execution of the series (in case you are wondering, Studio Deen has done such notable series as Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, Seitokai No Ichizon and Hell Girl).
All in all, Sankarea is a very unique, interesting and feel good zombie anime that will make you wish you had a zombie girlfriend like this.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4/5 – Strongly Recommended
Final Score: 8/10