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Japanese: さらざんまい


Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 12, 2019 to Jun 21, 2019
Premiered: Spring 2019
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:55 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: MAPPA, Lapin Track
Source: Original
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.701 (scored by 20,504 users)
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Ranked: #11682
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1565
Members: 63,370
Favorites: 722
Ranked #1168Popularity #1565Members 63,370
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After the noble Kappa Kingdom falls to the Otter Empire, the Kappa prince Keppi loses much of his power and becomes helpless against the unseen Kapa-zombies. These zombies plague the world, and are the creations of the Otters and manifestations of people's deepest desires. With no other choice, Keppi must rely on three young boys: Kazuki Yasaka, who must carry a box with him wherever he goes; Enta Jinnai, Kazuki's childhood friend; and Tooi Kuji, a delinquent and a school truant.

By having the mythical organ called a shirikodama removed from them, the boys are able to become Kappa themselves and fight the Kapa-zombies. However, to defeat them, the boys must connect with each other via their minds, bodies, and—most importantly—secrets. As the Kappa Kingdom relies on these boys, they must reveal themselves as they have never done before, all the while learning that connections are fragile and truly precious things.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Suwabe, Junichi
Azuma, Sara
Kuji, Chikai
Tsuda, Kenjirou
Kuroda, Takaya


Ikuhara, Kunihiko
Director, Sound Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition
Takeuchi, Nobuyuki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Animation Director
Kaneko, Shingo
Episode Director, Storyboard
Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Lyrics

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"Massara (まっさら)" by KANA-BOON (eps 1-10)

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#1: "Stand by me (スタンドバイミー)" by the peggies (eps 1-10)
#2: "Massara (まっさら)" by KANA-BOON (ep 11)

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Jun 20, 2019
Stark700 (All reviews)
Sarazanmai is Kunihiko Ikuhara’s first director project since 2015. It’s been four years since we were graced by his body of creativity. This man is no doubt a legend. Whether you enjoy his style of creative content or not, he has been involved with outstanding anime that people still talk about today. These include the iconic Sailor Moon, the infamous Revolutionary Girl Utena, and one of the most bizarre shows of the past decade, Mawaru Penguindrum. Yuri Kuma Arashi may have been one of his lesser known projects but to make a comeback with this show called Sarazanmai is a feat of itself. Be prepared read more
Jun 20, 2019
Karhu (All reviews)
Sarazanmai is a prime example of a show that falls under style-over-substance, and those who are aware of the industry's state should already know that this field of anime hasn't exactly been very praise-worthy in the recent years. This is.... an addition to the overall selection we have. Not much more since its substance is so lacking that it lessens the impact of its style + those who know the director won't see anything new. Moreover, it recycles animation and entire scenes to such extent that it becomes partially skip-worthy. The repetition level is extreme, especially during the first half of the show.

If we look read more
Jun 20, 2019
AndoCommando (All reviews)
“I want to connect, but I want to lie.”

Sarazanmai presents two sides of the same coin. On one side, we have desires; the sense of longing and hoping for a certain outcome. Often considered an innate part of our humanity, they can also be attributed with the darker aspects of one’s personality. They’re the deep secrets we hold to ourselves, not wanting the world around us to know about, and dreading the thought of if they were found out. But as much as the show focuses on desires, it’s just as focused on connection. The world is comprised of all kinds of connections, whether by read more
Jun 20, 2019
CodeBlazeFate (All reviews)
“Jesus Butt-fucking Christ, what the hell is this?!”

Art… kero.

It’s no secret that Kunihiko Ikuhara is one of the most out-there anime directors, conjuring up several queer-focused, high-concept mystery box anime on whatever themes he feels like exploring. This fact has only become more apparent over time as Sarazanmai becomes his third anime in a row this decade to focus on this type of narrative. In 2011, Mawaru Penguindrum focused on themes of changing one’s fate, with a compelling cast of characters and marvelous setpieces across a tight, binge-worthy 24-episode plot. Yuri Kuma Arashi came 4 years later, focused on love, lesbian relationships, and desire over read more


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