Kazuki Yasaka, an 8th grader living in Asakusa, is turned into a Kappa along with his classmates Toi and Enta by a mysterious creature named Keppi, after they break inadvertently a statue of a Kappa, the guardian god of the city.
They are then ordered by Keppi, who claims to be the first heir to the throne of Kappa Kingdom, to fight against the Kapa-zombies, bioarms created by his enemies, if they want to return to their human form. In order to kill them, they have to make a specific sound called "Sarazanmai" which is produced only when the three of them are united, but the three boys cannot connect at first.
In addition, one of their secrets is revealed to each other every time they emit the sound!
They finally accept to take risks to collect the "Plates of Hope," given by Keppi when they defeat the Kapa-zombies, and which can make their wishes come true. However, some trouble occurs over the plates...! Along the course of the fights against the Kapa-zombies, their fierce past and inner conflicts keep getting revealed. This is the sarcastic fantasy of three boys who don't feel connected to their important ones, getting to realize the real meaning of bonds.
What the hell? How is the anime community not praising this anime as much as it deserves to be praised? This may literally be the single most well thought out, most original and visually impactful show of this entire year and it's getting no attention!
I'm not a biased Ikuhara fan boy; I rated Revolutionary Girl Utena a 7/10 and Mawaru Penguindrum has been sitting on my plan to watch for years, I honestly had no clue what I was going to get myself into with this anime but oh boy am I glad that I started watching this!
The story is indescribable. It's bizarre and hilarious
but at the same time intelligent and intriguing. The concept is both complex and challenging to understand but at the same time, it's straight forward and essentially persona 5 but with anal. (10/10 description right?)
The characters are unpredictable and their "embarrassing secrets" just add to their 4 dimensional personalities! They all start off simplistic but even after one episode, they are built into mentally complex and peculiar people that somehow strangely connects with the viewer.
Visually impeccable. The art and animation is phenomenal and peppered with deep metaphors within every frame underneath a layer of simplicity making it a pleasure to watch for both types of viewers: viewers who want to be challenged and viewers who only care for the surface level details and visuals. The fluidity of action sequences is insane and the heavily stylised worlds adds character to the anime which makes it tower over most shows this season.
What's the more insane than anally defeating monsters as a turtle gang? Anally defeating monsters as a turtle gang while singing. It's hilarious but honestly, the music is actually great: from the police duet to the opening to the kappa gang anal song; every piece of music is excellent and fits the scene it's in.
And on top of all this: you won't be able to predict anything in this anime because honestly, I don't know if even Ikuhara himself could! Which, if you have seen over 1000 anime like I have, makes a show 10x more enjoyable to watch!
Amazon’s working conditions continue to surprise me. Sure, wristbands that track your every move are alarming enough. But(t) naked men wearing boxes on their heads and shoving marbles up their asses — truly astonishing. Although, is it?
Dude cross-dresses in female clothing. Naked frog shenanigans. Anal juice spritzing everywhere. And two cops performing a striptease. But for once, it’s not because of a Lady Gaga music video. No. This absurdity is the handy work of MAPPA studios. The same people who brought you edge-lords galore in “Kakegurui” and THE LEGENDARY TAE YAMADA in “Zombieland Saga.”
So they’ve demonstrated their eagerness to castrate your expectations, once again, with the zaniest shit you could never imagine.
Analyzing the plot and characters of this revolutionary piece of art is a waste of time. Sarazanmai, simply put, transcends these conventions. Its primary aim is to generate hysteria. Because hysteria is quite hysterical. And by provoking this reaction, the viewer begins to think critically about the work in question. Additionally, they begin to contemplate the banal state of anime in general, and why other studios can’t be as daring as MAPPA. Originality involves risks, people. If we weren’t in an uproar, it wouldn’t be worth our time in the first place.
But Sarazanmai is worth your time. Precisely because it is an innovator in an age of copycats. It isn’t afraid to confront the unsightly aspects of modern society with its unabashed comedy. It refuses to adhere to structured plots with mundane character arcs. Over the course of the series, you may wonder what is happening. Yet you needn’t worry yourself with trivial details. Sarazanmai is not meant to be understood, but experienced. Experienced via laughter, joy, and wonder. It places you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Captivating all your senses (especially your taste buds) in a ballet of epic carnage.
Lastly, the animation is crisp and vibrant. Every component, OST included, is on point. I’m not sure what else you could ask for. Sarazanmai is hilarious, lewd, controversial, breathtaking, mind-blowing, beautiful, weird, asinine (ten, eleven, and twelve), psychedelic, and awe-inspiring. Can this be said for other, less ambitious anime?….Maybe. But will those other anime give you the most perplexing boner of your life? Only you can answer this question, by watching the beautiful folly of Sarazanmai.
Before you read the review you should know you do not have to watch other Ikuhara anime before this one. It is his shortest anime (11 episodes) and it is filled with good writing even though he mostly has made long shows (39 and 24 episodes) Sarazanmai is the most underrated show this season generating a low 7 MAL score when it should be a high 8. It is full of interesting symbolism, gorgeous animation, hilarious comedy, and the most intense anal action we have seen in an anime thats not weird fetish hentai.
Three kids turn into
gay frogs when a kappa eats them and extracts their kappa zombie through their asses. They have to dive head first into the anuses of dead perverts to extract their desires so that they can make a wish. I don’t know about you but that's creativity to me.
Well what did you expect from the studio that made Kakegurui and Yuri on Ice?? The sakuga is incredible. I love the dances and all of the animation. It is very similar to Monogatari at times and SHAFTs art.
Kazuki, Enta, and Toi are all great characters, they get more development in 4 episodes then 99% of the shows this season.
The frogs sing, the otter cops sing, the opening is hype, and the ending is from the band that made the Bunny Girl op. They could add a music tag with all of the insert songs and they are all 10/10. I would listen to the whole soundtrack on repeat.
A thrill ride that never stops. Half of the show is pure enjoyment and sex jokes, the other half is metaphors that take a lot of attention from us viewers to comprehend fully. It is definitely worth your attention like any good puzzle. If an anime that challenges you to read between the lines and understand its message is what you're looking for then you will surely enjoy a poignant adventure.
Step aside Attack on Titan, make way for Sarazanmai the real AOTY.
I need to start with a lengthy quote from Richard Feynman:
“In the South Seas there is a cargo cult of people. During the war they saw airplanes land with lots of good materials, and they want the same thing to happen now. So they've arranged to imitate things like runways, to put fires along the sides of the runways, to make a wooden hut for a man to sit in, with two wooden pieces on his head like headphones and bars of bamboo sticking out like antennas—he's the controller—and they wait for the airplanes to land. They're doing everything right. The form is perfect. It
looks exactly the way it looked before. But it doesn't work. No airplanes land. So I call these things cargo cult science, because they follow all the apparent precepts and forms of scientific investigation, but they're missing something essential, because the planes don't land.”
This here is a cargo cult anime. Specifically, a cargo cult imitation of “symbolic” and “deep” anime. You might believe this show actually means something - if you’re a character in The Emperor’s New Clothes, or maybe a literature teacher operating on a “blue curtains symbolize the protagonist’s inner turmoil” logic. But it doesn’t. It’s just a bunch of random flashy crap thrown in together to imitate other works that have real symbolism in them - 2deep4you bait. This show is personally insulting to me as someone who actually likes entertainment that can be broadly defined as Art House, because it validates the opinion that “Art House” is nothing but pretentious pseudo-deep wankery putting on airs to distract from its creative bankruptcy. Actually, only a third of the show is pretentious flashy crap. The other third is literal crap - as in, scatological “humor” cringy to anyone who’ve outgrown the phase where hearing the word “butthole” sends them into hysterical laughter. Wonder what the last third is? Stock footage. Yes, fucking stock footage. Welcome to 1970s, where anime are piss-poor children’s cartoon that have up to 25% of the episode taken up by the reused footage of some transformation sequence because they literally don't have money to draw more scenes. Except in this case, money is not the problem, lack of talent is. Again, “creative bankruptcy” is the only adequate description. How is this shit is not laughed at in this day and age is beyond me.
Well, so far everything I’ve said applies to any anime directed by Ikuhara, and this is supposed to be a Sarazanmai review, but that’s exactly the point - there is literally nothing in this show that isn’t a rehash of Utena/Penguindrum/The-third-one-Kuma-something-I-couldn’t-bother-to-look-it-up-it’s-the-same-shit-anyway. Its name should be Ikuhara Anime: The Animation (Part 4), because that fraud has a single bucket list of ideas that he just keeps reusing for the last 30 years. Let me do you a favor - search for “Ikuhara bingo” on google pictures and take a couple of seconds to study the results. Congratulations, you’ve seen all of the Ikuhara-directed anime and no longer need to risk getting cancer from actually watching them.
I would give this a negative score if I could. It’s not just bad, it is the opposite of art and the world is a worse place because it exists.