English: Sankarea: Undying Love
Published: Dec 9, 2009 to Nov 8, 2014
Authors: Hattori, Mitsuru (Story & Art)
Serialization: Bessatsu Shounen Magazine
Score: 7.921 (scored by 14124 users)
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2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
It's just not fair of you to keep coming up with fetishes to hook us poor unsuspecting fans over and over again with your adorable characters. You know it will work every time, so just stop abusing this power. Some of us still need to go outside and interact with normal people in a fashion that doesn't get us sent to the insane asylum.
Now you try to turn us into necrophiliacs? What did we ever do to you? Oh right the piracy, nevermind.
Anyway Sankarea is in a word, mindblowinglyawesome. See, I didn't use spaces so that still counts as word one.
From the very first panel it throws you right into the story with an image of the lead female with her guts hanging out. Oh S***, how did she end up like that? Where does the story go from here? Is it wrong that I'm really turned on right now? By the time you stop reading you're five chapters in and ready to down to the cemetery to try to bring back your own cute zombie girl. For many I assume this will be an entirely original premise. But I think what I like best is that this is one series that doesn't beat around the bush with the romance stuff. Oh does MC-kun like me? I could never tell him that... Hattori says FUCK THAT SHIT you want romantic development in your manga? I got your romantic development right here, people (and zombies) are actually going to talk about their feelings and confront each other in a timely fashion.
I didn't like Umisho, but I couldn''t argue with Hattori's ability to draw good characters then and I won't now. Sure the MC has hair that looks like cat ears for some unexplained reason, but no one's looking at him anyway. It's all about dem girls, girls, dead girls. He even finds a way to make Rea's emergency surgery marks look cute. If you can draw a character in such a way that I want to hug a walking corpse, you deserve at least a 10 and legally that's all I'm allowed to give you.
Well to be honest there's nothing original here. There's a rich girl who just wants a normal life, a creepy overprotective father, the semi-incest childhood friend option, the quirky little sister. We've seem these before, but Hattori makes them work well together. Plus Rea is so cute. After all the stuff she's put through in the first couple chapters (you know the whole zombification thing) it's a joy to watch her marvel at how fun it is to just do normal things like shop or go to the beach or try to eat her lover to sate her incurable hunger for brains (hey we've all been there).
Have I mentioned I love this series? I started the anime on Friday, and I've caught up to the manga by Monday. For someone who normally drags his feet when it comes to reading manga, even at 26 chapters that's quite a motivational feat for Sankarea to pull off. I couldn't put this thing down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next to the characters, how adorable a zombie could be, how in the name of all that is undead could they ever make a zombie love story that's not wholly depressing and creepy.
And that's why this series this is JustRad. Now if you excuse me, I have to go down to the graveyard to pick up chicks. read more
Now that my biography is done, Go back and read this entire paragraph again, except replace 'Hawai'i' with 'Japan', 'Asian and American' and every existence of 'anime' or 'manga' with 'Zombie(s)', and every anime show named replaced with the name of a George Romero zombie flick. Finally, change that last sentence to "Yes, i would in a heart beat". You're probably thinking WTFBBQ...no? Anyway, I've just described the main lead Furuya, the only hitch in this great zombie romance by Mitsuru Hattori.
I don't like to review something I haven't finished. There's so much uncertainty about any manga/anime series that a great story, could become terrible just because the author decided that the main character should wake up (fuck you smb 2, fuck you). Sankarea is only on chapter 8, and it's impossible to say where the story is going and be 100% right. The story so far is good, it's a good mix of comedy with romance, with a little seasoning of action and suspense. It wasn't until recently i realized that this romantic zombiexhuman was actually not unique (There are two recommendations down below), but i like the way Sankarea handles its story. The zombie element is presented scientifically in most cases (you know, aside from the reviving the dead part) and it's not overbearing, especially in comedy. I can imagine some people going "Zombie comedy? Why would i wanna see some stoopud zomby fall apart over and over again"? Well Sankarea doesn't do this fortunately, comedy stems from the science or perverted nature. It's pretty funny to see a 15 year old fragile looking girl place her soft hand down...where upon she picks up the bench she "gently" placed her hand upon and swings it like a 8 year old boy with a poostick. Essentially, the zombie element is there, but Sankarea is at it's core, a romance with a zombie theme, not vice versa.
The story is the best so far of Mitsuru Hattori, which isn't saying much actually, but it's got some mature themes which makes the bad/good guys very black and white. You know who to hate and you boy do you hate them. I need to see where this goes though, I'm hoping the personality of her father (no spoiler) isn't a constant with other characters and i hope he doesn't around. If Mitsuru has to resort to such a disturbing way of making us hate the villain, he isn't a good writer and there won't be much depth to the story
Furuya: Furuya, ah what a great character. He's the kind of guy i can empathize and feel for. He's very determined to help his..."friend"... when she's in a time of great need, giving her a place to stay, and even researching a way to help her..."condition"... Probably my favorite about him, is that he's Furuya, he's not the MF'ing coolest kid in town. When he's confronted by a scary old man, he doesn't stand infront of a light, look up with one eye (his other covered by his hair) and say something cool that make the bad guy go "GAH, MY WAYS MUST BE CHANGED"; Furuya fucks with the guy; he jokes and he tells him why he's a bad guy, all in a playful manner. It's great, it's courageous, and i felt like this was so much cooler than acting cool and pretending to be on top of the world. Furuya does what Furuya wants, he's not Ichigo, he's not Luffy, he's F'in Furuya.
BUT, the only thing i hate about him is the centerpiece that makes this a unique manga, his zombie addiction. He dates exclusively zombie girls and barely even stares are human girls (cough keima cough). Fine, understandable, bitches be bitches. But the idea of a zombie girl being hot? Nothing says love like open bloody sores, puss, flies, skull broken open, limbs falling off, OH, and the fact that she wants to rip you open and eat your fucking guts. While you /b/tards are probably in need of a change of underwear, us normal people are grossed the hell out. Of course, in classic romantic comedy fashion, the zombie is hot, cute, sexy, innocent, etc etc. I didn't like this Mitsuru, i don't like the idea that our main character wants to get it on with a dead body. I don't know about laws in Japan, but that's 4-5 in America. It seems like Furuya, however, likes Rea for who she is, not a zombie (He actually doesn't think about it till much later). That move alone saved me from dropping this series. It's not that i hate zombies, but it's strange to think that a guy who's watched Zombie movies would want to stick a dick in them.
The art is smooth stylish with that Mitsuru style written all over it. Character blush permanently, it can take a little getting use to, but when you see color pages you'll see that Mitsuru has a great sense of colors. Don't read Sankarea thinking about other manga's, or at least don't think that everybody is drunk. He does this to bring a sense of life and color to these characters and when/if a anime comes out, you'll see how well it translates. However, Mitsuru isn't one for details, backgrounds are about as average as the main characters, which are still nicely drawn and beautiful. He's great with shadow, especially in the recent chapter; Mitsuru may not be the best artist, but he definitely understands what he's doing. I'm probably a little bias by the way, I've read Inu Neko Jump and Umisho, two of Mitsuru's more famous works. I'm not bias in that i'd like anything he writes, but bias in that I've seen how much he's improved over the past 10 years. In Inu Neko Jump, the college and high school students look midgetized and strange. Umisho was better, but it still kinda looked like a sketch book half the time. Sankarea is such an improvement that is just unbelievable in everyway.
+ Zombies, nuff sed
+ Relatable Main character
- ...besides the fetish
+ Great female lead
- Not really haremy nor too ecchi
Character: 9 (generous here)
Enjoyment: 10 (I'm a sap for a good RomCom
Overall: 9 read more
This manga has all ingredients of a typical Shonen. Ecchi, comedy, action and the drama. The setting is quite awesome though. It's spread out nice in the first two chapters, but like others said: it drags a little afterwards. Up to chapter 8 that is. The setting changes afterward and a new character appears, which spices things up. The background of Rea's (the zombie girl) family uncovers too and explains her dad's behavior. I would give it a 9 if there wasn't that 6 chapter long slow part.
The Art is great. I can't anything from an artist perspective, but I like the style and the characters are all easily recognizable. The action scenes aren't confusing either. Not like those mangas where you are like: "This looks awesome but I have no clue what's actually happening." Not that there aren't battles in this manga, but still. I like the art and I can't really give arguments due the lack of knowledge. The grade I gave it is just pure from likability.
The characters are a bit plain. We have the lead male who is an zombie-freak, a naive lead girl (the newborn zombie) who was raised by an overprotective dad, and another lead girl who is a childhood friend of the lead male and has crush. The lead male is green, but likes the naive girl, and the two girls are rivals, because they both like the male and both have the feeling they're losing. In other words. The characters are a bit.. Cliche. Also, the whole who likes who thing is a bit draggy. There is character development though. Therefor, I won't give it a plain 6.
My enjoyment about this manga is high. There are nice plot twists and it just has that magical thing that keeps you interested. Yes, you get a bit annoyed by some draggy bits and behavior of characters, but I really like the series.
The overall grade is quite high. It's well-drawn, the setting and story are interesting and it overall really entertained me.
OVERALL: 9 read more
Overall, I LOVE THE STORY! It’s unique and it’s well paced and I just love it. Problems? After the first two chapters the story just DRAAAAAAAGS and it doesn’t have the tension or the mature themes like before. It also reintroduces some pointless characters from the very beginning of the first chapter. I’ll get to them later. But I love the first two chapters but after that it just loses all the things that made it good. After the first chapters the manga just adheres to the same tropes of other manga we have seen a million times. The awkward date, the pointless fanservice, the misunderstandings. Oh god is it just so boring! If you are going to read it be aware of some gore and mature themes. Okay I have said all I can say so let me explain the characters.
I do love the two main protagonists. Both feel natural and work off each other very well. Furuya is funny and his passion is infectious. He is funny when talking about his love of Moe Zombies but he also has a lot of depth when you see what his true intentions are. He’s a character you can root for and like once you get to know him.
Rea is a tragic character that makes you worry about her and care for her well-being. I don’t want to spoil anything but she is a great female lead. In a world full of shitty damsels in distress, Rea feels like a real girl and not just a sex object (though that doesn't stop the occasional panty shot). She is a character I grew emotionally attached to and her plights and troubles affected me emotionally. She is may not be the most “liberated” female, but she just feels natural and yet also feels like a complex and unique character.
The villain, Rea’s father, in the beginning was very cold and dark. There was always an air of malice in him and he felt like a real prick. He was a great villain for the story, being a true monster and always seeming to have dark intentions. However, after the first chapters they change him into a whining douche that parades around with stars around his face. He is played towards comedy rather than as a villain which is where he shined the most.
The supporting cast is incredibly weak in this story. First you have the perverted best friend. Then you have the childhood friend that secretly has feeling for Furuya. Then you have the cold gothic Lolita sister. And finally, the crazy grandfather who may be smarter than he seems. None of these characters are interesting in the least and luckily don’t play any part in the story during the first chapters. After that they become main characters. I feel like my soul is dying.
Overall, I LOVE THE CHARACTERS! Well, the main characters and villain at least. Every other character has no purpose other than to fill a role. But the main characters are awesome and I can live with that.
Overall, art is good and I have no complains. MOVING ON!
Overall, Sankarea could have been great but it instead just tried to conform to standard manga formulas for popularity. If you want a short but good read, just read the first two chapters. However, Sankarea continues and will always be my most hated manga of all time. Be aware, I hate it because it made me love it. The adult themes and the limited cast of characters and the excellent pacing and stroytelling were what made it so painful to see it go through the same formulas I had seen so many times before. Thanks for looking at this review and tell me if you found this helpful. Good luck!
Zombie Moe? WTF! And yet, it doesn't feel creepy at all if you read the manga.
The Post Script:
Be aware if you look at my list it will show I haven't read a lot of Sankarea and that is because I don't update it often and I find it tedious to change the chapter listing every time. "Note: This area is only to be used for posting a review of the series after you have seen it. This is not a discussion area. " That made me decide to put this little PS into the review. Just ignore this part if you don't care. Also, nice grammer MAL, u r gud. read more
I know that a ton of you guys out there are fans of romance manga and let me tell you, I am too:). So if you are one of us, then this manga is for you. I know, I know, I just said that this is a horror manga, but their love is so damm. sweet!!!!
Come on, after you read this, how could you not give it 10? I you may think that y
the ending sucks cause its not the typical shoujo manga ending when the couple kiss and happy ending. But put yourself in the girl's shoe! If you think about it, it might be the most logical ending. The plot is really well thought out and things happen for a reason, not like the barbie movies where everything happens because of magic( though I like it cause I like beautiful girls.)
I thought about this for a long time, ( please don't get offended ) and I thought that if you view at it separately, the eyes, the nose, the face shape... they are actually not that beautiful and was really simple. Somehow the artist still manage to make the characters beautiful!! I am definite giving it a ten.
I fell like the characters does not have anything special about them. I did mention about everything happens for a reason, and that is right. The characters are like their characteristics exist because someone change them, not because they are born that way so they are pretty much normal people
Sankarea: Undying Love , literally undying love because it is a love between a human and a zombie. I first watch the anime and due to my interest on what will happen next i thoroughly read the manga only to be in love with this again.This anime is unique because you can feel the heartwarming love between our two protagonist even though the theme or scene is somewhat dark.
The story is told in an interesting way. You could literally feel the love every chapter. Also the darkness theme that is slowly oozing out little by little .Killing and making Rea a zombie on the first part of the manga. I am pretty much shock because Rea is an adorable girl and it is unforgivable... clearly unforgivable. But later i found out that it's a part of the big picture , making me completely hook up in their world.
I could easily give an 11 rating for Rea alone , but other characters is a bit bland. Even the art of drawing Furuya is a bit bland , considering that he is a main character. But the drawing of the setting/background is nice. It easily add to the pent up suspense on my heart whenever i read it.
You can easily relate yourself with the character. They don't have a weird or complex behavior that can make yo say "Why have you done that?" The decision and the personality of the character is what you can see on a typical people with the same attitude.
i personally enjoy the show. It's like I'm reading a first class romance story with a bonus of gore/horror. Rest assusred that it complement each other giving you a nice story.
So that's it. Hoping you like my review. For violent reaction or suggestion just message me. I won't bite people. read more
Thanks to Mr. I-have-a-zombie-fetish-Chihiro Furuya..she's now freeloading at his place in order to experience a normal girl's life, what she had always desired..
Honestly, i have no idea why i am reading this manga..maybe because of Furuya's chibi-neko form which is reaaaally moe~! :3
Its a typical romance manga, two girls "sincerely" fighting over one guy, the diffrence being, Rea's body is rotting away..and Furuya needs to find a way to preserve it or he'll lose his zombie love!
Lets see what happens when Chihiro and Rea do "ahem ahem" things together (tee-hee read more
A story of a kid named Chihiro Furuya who loves zombies so much that he would even matty one and his cat Babu, but sadly his cat was killed when he was ran over. In his attempt to bring him back from the dead at an abandoned mall, he meets a girl named Rae Sanka screaming into a well(because she hates her life and over protecting father). When he is discovered by her, he talks to her about his plan. This leads to a friendship and a little bit of romance.
On the night they try to revive Babu, Rae takes a sample of the medicine that would bring Babu back (which is also poisonous) in attempt to kill herself. When Babu does not come back, Chihiro took Rae home. Once she's alone, she drinks the medicine hoping it would kill her, but fails. The following morning, Chihiro wakes that the medicine did work (it just look a long while).During this time, Rae discovers that her dad found out who Chihiro is and cut his you-know-what off. In the shock of this, Rae runs to the mall to warn Chihiro.
When Babu was revived, Chihiro lost Babu and took his childhood friend Ranko to search for Babu, but Ranko gets stuck in a pipe in her attempt to catch Babu. Rae was on a cliff getting to the mall when her dad caught up to her. When he had a hold of her, Babu jumped out of nowhere and Rae's father tried to hit Babu with a stick and miss Babu and nearly hit Rae, but caused her to fall off the cliff and died while Chihiro came at the second to see her die. While everyone was crying, the medicine kicked that Rae had dranked last night and rised as a zombie (but not fully a zombie).
I'm not saying anything else what happens afterwards, but read the manga and watch the anime for more info on the amazing manga/anime called Sankarea read more
Story - 9: Pretty good story line. It's really good for the first 10 ish chapters. The following chapters were entertaining, but not as innovative. The story is pretty chiche when it comes to love stories.
Art - 8: Art is pretty nice. I really love Rea's art specifically. The other characters don't look as good as her. I feel like the artist really put emphasis on Rea's smile pictures. In any other panels, Rea looks like everyone else art-wise. But when it's just her and her smile, it looks significantly different.
Characters - 9: The characters are very unique. Literally every single one has some weird or interesting past. Even though they are interesting, they're not extremely great ideas.
Enjoyment - 8: I really loved the story at the beginning. But in my opinion, it's starting to dull out. The story isn't repeating or anything, but I guess the love aspect is starting to drop.
Overall - 8: 8 but I think when the series is completed it'll go up to a 9. Right now the English translation isn't done. read more