12 of 12 episodes seen
Sankarea have an unusual story. I feel very, very sad as I learned more about Rea's life. At first it looked like it's another case of very strict parent-daughter relationship then it grew into something nasty and controversial. Some people like Dan'Ichiro (Rea's father) is unfortunate, how he's blessed with wealth and power but he never realize that he's an enemy of society. A huge chunk of this 12-episode TV series revolves around him unfortunately. His departure from the city and admitting defeat to Chihiro and Rea to grant Rea's freedom didn't do his evil deeds justice. Taking naked pictures of Rea on her birthdays every year, not allowing her to interact with the world to keep her "pureness", only married his wife Sanka Aria just for a placeholder, and much more.
It's such a good and controversial anime, funny in some episodes but have bitter taste to it. I feel like it's treated wrongly especially with the episodes length and that kind of ending. When I first watch it, it was easy to get absorbed into. Episode 3 was kind of hard to watch with the shock of Rea's death. From there on, it was interesting with how this anime is distinguishing itself as a zombie anime. Normally, all zombie anime involves action, violence, or killing, but this one took a "realistic" approach despite it being science fiction.
The show have very good opening sequence with my top favorite song yet by nano.RIPE, fresh animation that's easy on the eyes, fun presentation, good characters, but the bad direction is its shortcomings. In one episode we see Chihiro getting kidnapped, then 2 episodes following it spent on completely other things before moving on with the story. One episode where we didn't even see Rea, the main character, was disappointing. Wanko had a nice character development, I can even say she had more than Rea herself. Personally I think Rea didn't have enough exposure. Her sad stories didn't balance out with the fun things she has yet to experience as a normal girl albeit being a "zombie". read more