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Synonyms: Sasami-san at Ganbaranai
Japanese: ささみさん@がんばらない


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2013 to Mar 29, 2013
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.771 (scored by 14790 users)
Ranked: #39452
Popularity: #794
Members: 39,010
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The Japanese call them hikikomori—people who've become so withdrawn socially that they refuse to leave their homes for weeks and even months at a time. For Sasami Tsukuyomi, who's attempting to pass her first year of high school despite being a shut in, it's more than just a word. Fortunately though, she lives with her older brother Kamiomi, who just happens to be a teacher at the school Sasami is supposed to attend. Not to mention, her "Brother Surveillance Tool" which lets her view the outside world via her computer and will, theoretically, allow her to readjust to interfacing with people again. What it mainly does, however, is let her view her brother's interactions with the three very odd Yagami sisters, who inexplicably seem to have had their ages reversed and have various types of "interest" in Kamiomi. And then things start to get really weird... Magical powers? Everything turning into chocolate? Is life via the web warping Sasami's brain, or is it the universe that's going crazy?

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)

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Adaptation: Sasami-san@Ganbaranai

Characters & Voice Actors

Tsukuyomi, Sasami
Tsukuyomi, Sasami
Asumi, Kana
Asumi, Kana
Tsukuyomi, Kamiomi
Tsukuyomi, Kamiomi
Otsuka, Houchuu
Otsuka, Houchuu
Yagami, Tsurugi
Yagami, Tsurugi
Saito, Chiwa
Saito, Chiwa
Yagami, Kagami
Yagami, Kagami
Hanazawa, Kana
Hanazawa, Kana


Ooshima, Miku
Shinbou, Akiyuki
Tatsuwa, Naoyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director
Takayama, Katsuhiko
Script, Series Composition

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May 30, 2013
Anime auteur Akiyuki Shinbo has with Studio Shaft directed a number of highly interesting, willfully off-kilter and generally amusing series. His work is always bold, with visual flair beyond the norm and he usually chooses to direct works with morbid or bizarre sensibilities and humor. Sasami-san@Gabaranai does not break the Shaft mold in the slightest, but it does reaffirm how well it can work. It's a very strange but thoroughly fun ride.

Shaft's knack for good visuals keeps the series looking strong. Perhaps some of the tricks used are there to keep the costs down; it doesn't matter, the anime looks distinctive and often beautiful. The read more
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Feb 3, 2014
I recently had the pleasure of rewatching Sasami-san@Ganbaranai, and I think my view on this show is now more balanced than it used to be. I loved every episode save for the last three, and wanted to see if I would feel the same way again. Was Sasami-san@Ganbaranai as good as I thought it was? Read on to find out.

Now, I noticed this the first time I watched it, and it’s worth pointing out: the show isn’t deep. Though the story uses a lot of lore from Japanese mythos, it’s just a backdrop and reason for everything that happens in the show. Maybe it takes read more
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Both female characters pretty much have the ability of gods to manipulate the world to their liking and even unwilling-fully. However, in Sasami-san case, she is aware of her ability while Haruhi is not of hers.

Also, both have the Hare Hare Yukai dance. :)
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Denpa Onna and Sasami-san have a similar girl who does not attend school and is seen as an outcast or a NEET, Denpa Onna and Sasami-san share a whimsical young feeling to the series. Sasami-san being a bit more Sci-fi than Denpa Onna, both series have their fair share of very unique and unforgettable characters.

Opening Theme

"Alteration" by ZAQ

Ending Theme

"Shintouatsu Symphony (浸透圧シンフォニー)" by Sasami Tsukuyomi (Kana Asumi)

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