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.
"This world is filled with connections. Connections of blood, connections of the city, connections of desires...everyone is connected in this world. But, those connections can be easily lost. I know that better than anyone."
Firstly, this anime can be very unexpected to anyone who starts watching it thinking it'll just be some standard cute-boys-doing-plain-things series. It has a very wild, exaggerated, off-the-wall type of vibe filled with weirdness. The director of this series is Ikuhara Kunihiko, who has a legacy of creating anime that can strike some as very bizarre, and it's a style that you either enjoy because of the great energy and entertaining confusion
of decoding all the imagery you see, or hate because it can seem a bit overwhelming and nonsensical.
So far I'm having a really positive impression of this series and enjoy it greatly. I didn't really know much about kappa so I was very caught off guard by all the butt action (that's faithful to kappa lore), but after that's established to be "the norm", the incredible animation, visuals, and constant questions that arise as one unexpected event occurs after another really made it hard to stop watching. Since it's still early in the series do keep in mind it's still challenging to judge the entire quality of the story and characters since the direction this show is going in is very unpredictable, but if you're looking to start an odd anime that leaves you with a "what just happened" feeling, this one's for you.
The story follows 3 middle school boys Kazuki, Enta, and Toi who suddenly get turned into kappa and must fight kappa zombies in order to turn back human. At first it seems straightforward, but after each fight, each character has a secret of theirs revealed to the other which inevitably leads to a lot of complications as their understanding of each other is forcibly deepened.
"Connection" is a keyword to this story and so each episode focuses on how the main characters struggle with connecting to the ones they care about most. While the secrets are really interesting and reveal more bits and pieces about how these characters try to connect, the flow of the plot is repetitive, though I find the repetitiveness charming. It's really hard to predict where the story is headed, so this repetitiveness may be done away with as we get closer to the halfway point of the series, and for me this uncertainty makes the show more interesting to watch.
The animation in this series is superb and I find the art style to be very detailed and pretty, though background characters are humorously drawn super simply. On a side note almost all the scenes in the show are based on real world spots within Asakusa, so it's neat such detail was included in the art!
Honestly I'm not sure what would constitute "bad" sound--the voice acting is fantastic, and they actually sing several times in this series when engaging with the enemy and it's performed very well. The OP and ED songs are great!
The characters seem pretty straightforward at first in terms of personality, but quickly it's shown that they have many layers and turmoil that contrasts their cute and lighthearted appearance. Each character has their own unique personality and story, but parallels are frequently drawn between their internal struggles that helps establish they aren't so alone in their issues after all. They have solid chemistry with each other and I look forward to seeing how the connections between them develops.
So far the enemies (kappa zombies) don't have super complex personalities--the weird and usually perverse logic behind their misdeeds is explained plainly, and the ones who are actually creating the zombies (two very dramatic policemen) still remain pretty mysterious but since it's still early in the show,a lot more will be added to their characters probably.
Personally I've been really enjoying this show and all its weirdness overall!
To be honest, I'm not very great with reading between the lines so I can't claim to understand all the odd happenings that pop up--there's already many great analyses by fans of subtle imagery that reveal a lot more about the characters and story than first meet the eye, but on first watch it's stuff easy to miss and sometimes having to put in that extra effort to breaking down the meanings of each scene can be off-putting. However even without all the extra deep meanings I'm really enjoying the show and its take on connections, love and desire.
So far I've found this anime to be a great watch. The animation's great, the art's great, the sound's great, the story's really neat and the characters have solid personalities and a chemistry with each other that's budding now and continuing to develop, and with the unpredictable nature of what's going to happen next, it's a series that has me excited for more.
Sorry for my bad English in advance!
I don't like writing reviews, but I will have to write one about this show, because I am absolutely fascinated by it!
Sarazanmai is an anime that deserves more popularity, because it is awesome.
The anime tells a simple story about human desires, which is something we can all relate to. But instead of being some weird fetish harem, Sarazanmai mixes japanese mythology with the weird ideas of Ikuhara Kunihiko (the director of the series). On the surface you have three very simple characters: the edgy type, that gives zero fucks (Toi) , the carrying guy who does everything for his
little brother (Kazuki), and the best friend who will do everything to see his bestie smile (Enta). But this characters get developed each episode and we get to follow why they do certain questionable things, and learn their reasons for doing them. Sarazanmai is not only a weird story about desire and anal penetration, as many people described it. It is a story about friendship, love, hatred, greed, envy and everything you can think about basically. The weird ideas and writing of the series allows the viewer to interpret it however he likes.
Art and music wise the anime is both fantastic and repetitive. The animation of the final ritual is almost the same every time, and the songs repeat every episode, but when you have such interesting characters and plot, do you really care about the fact that you kinda see the same thing over and over. And that doesn't even make the art and the sound bad, both op and ed are fantastic, and the songs written only for the anime are great too, because of the great work of the seiyuus. The art is outstanding too, featuring dynamic shots and incredible bright colors.
Sarazanmai is not a show for everyone, but if you happen to like any of the things it offers, you will surely enjoy it!
I'm not sure what I should say about the show... I mean the animation is good and the sound fits also to the situation, but the negative aspects' preponderance.
However, the main issue of this show is that the story neither deep nor a message behind the story. I mean all the main characters have different problems in their live, and they're aiming for solving them. During the show you see how they work with their lives. But there is one Problem: the story of their life adds nothing really important to the progress of the show.
Speaking about deep. The attempt of this show for
being deep remembers of the pseudo-deep sayings fourteen year olds are posting on Facebook or Twitter.
Frankly speaking, the plot is in every episode nearly the same: You see the situation of the main characters, they all met, after that the two police officers are singing and dancing and in the end they all transform into Kappas and do their dancing and singing act. This is the main structure of every episode and by adding some "important" story parts they let this anime look decent. But it's not decent, it's abysmally. Every time a watch an episode I'm like why am I doing this.
Some situations in the show are funny, but nothing really made me lough out loud. The jokes were OK but nothing special. It seems like this series tries to entertain but does NOT.
Frankly, I do not feel such an enjoyment watching this show. I mean the show is OK but nothing more. I really don't know if it has something to do with age or just taste, but I'm sometimes bored watching this Anime.
In conclusion, I think that Sarazanmai is an Anime that you could but should not watch. It's alright to watch but I won't define it as a must see show. Therefore, I would recommend watching something else.
Since only 4 episodes have been released I can't say much about it yet other than the fact that this anime is ridiculous but may end up being really great.
The opening and ending are really beautiful and catchy too. The ending theme is performed by "the peggies" who also did the Bunny Girl Senpai opening theme.
By "art" I consider animation as well and this series had animation that reminds me of Kill la Kill (i.e hyperbolized, flashy and over the top) so it really fits the seemingly ridiculous stuff that happens in the show.
I said seemingly ridiculous because most of these things aren't
that weird because they were taken from ancient Japanese mythology of the creature called the "kappa" and once you learn aboout that it isn't that bad. I genuinely would recommend this anime to others and I hope it bacomes more popular and gets a higher score than what it has now. I also love that this anime is so non chalant with all the gay stuff they put in and they treat it like it's normal; how it's supposed to be treated.
BTW: After watching the second episode, wait till the ending theme finishes and watch what happens next...
Why Sarazanmai's the best show since One Punchman 1st season?
It has been a very undervalued anime, cause it's dazzling accelerated, never giving you time to think, the symbolism of the events start to mixing up and, because of that, it's logycal meaning is lost.
Even so, this is the best show for me, or, maybe, because of that.
It's strange how language and art operate. In Sarazanmai, the symbolism lost it's meaning in the viewer consciousness, but still has meaning, and even more impact, in the unconscious.
The "point" about the show is rhythm. All scenes works well and perfectly one with another, even the excessive repetition, with
music and no-senses, the
eschatologic humor (which brings up our childhood occult memories, when our desire and self-identity was taking form).
The fact that an anime about secret desires, as the freudian impulse of life, act directly in our unconscious is not amazing by itself?
Put it together with the excellent sound track, the fantastic art direction, the character design that atends very well the demand, and you start to see a masterpiece.
One thing that may wake up bad reactions out of people is the confusion of the script and the
eschatological humor. This anime requires a loosen posture of the viewer, because we have a culture of control: control of the script, control of the ideas, rationalizating everything, operating with logycal-thought instead of emotion or unconscious, reducting humans spectrum emotion in a shell. Getting out of that shell can be pretty emancipator, i mean, in real life.
Sarazanmai does not teach, but requires that posture to be really appreciated and valued, it is not for everyone, but, indeed, it's a master piece.