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Synonyms: Sasami-san at Ganbaranai, Sasami-san@Unmotivated
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
Premiered: Winter 2013
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:25 (JST)
Producers: Aniplex, TBS
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Shaft
Genres: ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.661 (scored by 2824928,249 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #58792
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2355
Members: 82,678
Favorites: 146

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The Japanese call them hikikomori—people who've become so withdrawn socially that they refuse to leave their homes for weeks and even months at a time.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)

Characters & Voice Actors



Opening Theme

Apple Music
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"Alteration" by ZAQ

Ending Theme

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


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 ...
Jan 3, 2014
Mixed Feelings
In a dull season plagued by the predictable, describing this newest series as "different" would be a severe understatement. Enter Sasami-san@Ganbaranai, the front-runner for absurdity—playing the seductress, the shrew, the madwoman fueled by crack cocaine. Be forewarned. This is a genuine concoction of the bizarre, lacking any sense of direction, and indeed, having no concern for it. Sheer bewilderment becomes Sasami-san's very forte. Yet, this eccentricity is a double-edged sword, and considering the shallowness of Sasami-san's loony design, we're unfortunately left with a show that is plain disappointing.

Both a strength and a weakness, the plot is all over the place. In the first episode for ...
Jan 4, 2014
Following the massive successes of the Madoka and Monogatari franchises, Shaft found itself a sizable new fanbase, awaiting with bated breath, eager to bear witness to their next big hit. This eagerness was answered with the adaption of the light novel Sasami-san@Ganbaranai. Were these new fans sated by their new weekly dosage of still frames and headtilts? Let’s just say that these fans are still holding their breaths. Unfortunately for Shaft, the reception was quite the contrary. To call Sasami-san merely a disappointment would be an unforgivable understatement.

Perhaps the main problem of Sasami-san, much like Hataraku Maou-sama, is that it ...

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