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April 15, 2012

The anime spring season brings us a double dose of zombie themed shows, next to the hilarious comedy “Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Of the Dead“ we also have “Sankarea”.

Adapted from the manga “さんかれあ“ by Hattori Mitsuru, the series is labelled as a romantic comedy which made me rather curious to discover how they would mesh a romantic angle with the fact the female lead becomes a zombie.


The first two episodes of the show were good, though overall they felt rather dark, with a dramatic undertone through most scenes where the family situation of Rea who suffers abuse from her father becomes oppressive.

Nonetheless these episodes somehow did not feel too gloomy or depressing, which enables me to hang on to the hope more romantic or comedy moments are on the way. Considering the show is still building up to the core story starting point of Rea becoming a zombie, will give it more time to develop.

Besides, the characterization of both Rea and Chihiro too holds promise, for her doted daughter of a rich family who’s actually abused image, Rea is a realistic mix of innocence, frustration and lingering hope. Chihiro isn’t the average clueless male lead, he is burdened but still driven enough, though not to the point of being oblivious.

Animation by Studio Deen is very good, plenty of attention seems to have gone into the scenery and background, the various dark locations each exhale a fitting atmosphere, including Rea’s house where the background and lighting of each scene accentuates the oppressive mood.


Rea is voiced by Uchida Maaya who performed a few other roles like Mari in “Yuru Yuri” and Izumi in “Mouretsu Pirates”.

Energetic Ranko is voiced by Yahagi Sayuri, she previously voiced Izumi in “Hayate no Gotoku!”, Camille in “Ikoku Meiro no Croisée”, Haruna in “To Love-RU” and Suzu in “Seitokai Yakuindomo”.

Chihiro’s sister Mero is voiced by Iguchi Yuka who also voiced Maria in “Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai”, Subaru in “Mayo Chiki!”, Tsukihi in “Nisemonogatari” and Norie in “Tamayura ~hitotose~”.

Will keep on watching “Sankarea” as the show is quite promising, though thus far it is still too early to determine how it will turn out.

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