Furuya's obsessed with zombies. He collects any figurines, watches any movie, and plays any game with the living dead, and is even only interested in zombie girls. When his cat dies, Furuya begins trying to raise it from the dead using an ancient book of the occult he bought from a shop. But what will happen when he sees the idol of a nearby all girl's school walking close to where he conducts his experiment, wishing to die and be reborn as a different person?
Sankarea was published in English by Kodansha Comics USA from June 11, 2013 to March 24, 2015. It was also published in Italian by Edizioni BD under the GP Manga imprint from July 31, 2014 to February 6, 2016.
It's just not fair of you to keep coming up with fetishes to hook us poor unsuspecting fans over and over again with your adorable characters. You know it will work every time, so just stop abusing this power. Some of us still need to go outside and interact with normal people in a fashion that doesn't get us sent to the insane asylum.
Now you try to turn us into necrophiliacs? What did we ever do to you? Oh right the piracy, nevermind.
Anyway Sankarea is in a word, mindblowinglyawesome. See, I didn't use spaces so that still counts as word one.
From the very first panel it throws you right into the story with an image of the lead female with her guts hanging out. Oh S***, how did she end up like that? Where does the story go from here? Is it wrong that I'm really turned on right now? By the time you stop reading you're five chapters in and ready to down to the cemetery to try to bring back your own cute zombie girl. For many I assume this will be an entirely original premise. But I think what I like best is that this is one series that doesn't beat around the bush with the romance stuff. Oh does MC-kun like me? I could never tell him that... Hattori says FUCK THAT SHIT you want romantic development in your manga? I got your romantic development right here, people (and zombies) are actually going to talk about their feelings and confront each other in a timely fashion.
I didn't like Umisho, but I couldn''t argue with Hattori's ability to draw good characters then and I won't now. Sure the MC has hair that looks like cat ears for some unexplained reason, but no one's looking at him anyway. It's all about dem girls, girls, dead girls. He even finds a way to make Rea's emergency surgery marks look cute. If you can draw a character in such a way that I want to hug a walking corpse, you deserve at least a 10 and legally that's all I'm allowed to give you.
Well to be honest there's nothing original here. There's a rich girl who just wants a normal life, a creepy overprotective father, the semi-incest childhood friend option, the quirky little sister. We've seem these before, but Hattori makes them work well together. Plus Rea is so cute. After all the stuff she's put through in the first couple chapters (you know the whole zombification thing) it's a joy to watch her marvel at how fun it is to just do normal things like shop or go to the beach or try to eat her lover to sate her incurable hunger for brains (hey we've all been there).
Have I mentioned I love this series? I started the anime on Friday, and I've caught up to the manga by Monday. For someone who normally drags his feet when it comes to reading manga, even at 26 chapters that's quite a motivational feat for Sankarea to pull off. I couldn't put this thing down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next to the characters, how adorable a zombie could be, how in the name of all that is undead could they ever make a zombie love story that's not wholly depressing and creepy.
And that's why this series this is JustRad. Now if you excuse me, I have to go down to the graveyard to pick up chicks.read more
How many of you grew up with a hobby? With something you just in general, love/loved? Living in Hawai'i, I've grown up on a mix of Asian and American culture. A long time ago, I was introduced to anime by my brothers best friend. He taught us about the late, great, Toonami; with Rurouni Kenshin, Tenchi Muyo, Gundam Wing, and the ever popular Dragon Ball Z. As we grew older, he introduced us to Saturday night Adult Swim, and with it the gore and sex every puberty ridden boy needed; Inuyasha, Yuu Yuu Hakusho, Case Closed, Fullmetal Alchemist, Outlaw Star, and the life changer, FLCL. Needless to say, i've grown up on anime; i've had my hating phase, loving phase, and the one most people go through, the "wait, no one thinks anime is cool, I should hate on it" phase. The fact that i have a MAL account and am writing a review for a manga should tell you that I went through the "wait, I don't give a fuck about anybody else" phase. Now, the big question. Do I find anime/manga girls attractive? Why yes, i do. Would i date one? Probably not, while attractive on paper, anime girls would just look ridiculous in person.
Now that my biography is done, Go back and read this entire paragraph again, except replace 'Hawai'i' with 'Japan', 'Asian and American' and every existence of 'anime' or 'manga' with 'Zombie(s)', and every anime show named replaced with the name of a George Romero zombie flick. Finally, change that last sentence to "Yes, i would in a heart beat". You're probably thinking WTFBBQ...no? Anyway, I've just described the main lead Furuya, the only hitch in this great zombie romance by Mitsuru Hattori.
I don't like to review something I haven't finished. There's so much uncertainty about any manga/anime series that a great story, could become terrible just because the author decided that the main character should wake up (fuck you smb 2, fuck you). Sankarea is only on chapter 8, and it's impossible to say where the story is going and be 100% right. The story so far is good, it's a good mix of comedy with romance, with a little seasoning of action and suspense. It wasn't until recently i realized that this romantic zombiexhuman was actually not unique (There are two recommendations down below), but i like the way Sankarea handles its story. The zombie element is presented scientifically in most cases (you know, aside from the reviving the dead part) and it's not overbearing, especially in comedy. I can imagine some people going "Zombie comedy? Why would i wanna see some stoopud zomby fall apart over and over again"? Well Sankarea doesn't do this fortunately, comedy stems from the science or perverted nature. It's pretty funny to see a 15 year old fragile looking girl place her soft hand down...where upon she picks up the bench she "gently" placed her hand upon and swings it like a 8 year old boy with a poostick. Essentially, the zombie element is there, but Sankarea is at it's core, a romance with a zombie theme, not vice versa.
The story is the best so far of Mitsuru Hattori, which isn't saying much actually, but it's got some mature themes which makes the bad/good guys very black and white. You know who to hate and you boy do you hate them. I need to see where this goes though, I'm hoping the personality of her father (no spoiler) isn't a constant with other characters and i hope he doesn't around. If Mitsuru has to resort to such a disturbing way of making us hate the villain, he isn't a good writer and there won't be much depth to the story
Furuya: Furuya, ah what a great character. He's the kind of guy i can empathize and feel for. He's very determined to help his..."friend"... when she's in a time of great need, giving her a place to stay, and even researching a way to help her..."condition"... Probably my favorite about him, is that he's Furuya, he's not the MF'ing coolest kid in town. When he's confronted by a scary old man, he doesn't stand infront of a light, look up with one eye (his other covered by his hair) and say something cool that make the bad guy go "GAH, MY WAYS MUST BE CHANGED"; Furuya fucks with the guy; he jokes and he tells him why he's a bad guy, all in a playful manner. It's great, it's courageous, and i felt like this was so much cooler than acting cool and pretending to be on top of the world. Furuya does what Furuya wants, he's not Ichigo, he's not Luffy, he's F'in Furuya.
BUT, the only thing i hate about him is the centerpiece that makes this a unique manga, his zombie addiction. He dates exclusively zombie girls and barely even stares are human girls (cough keima cough). Fine, understandable, bitches be bitches. But the idea of a zombie girl being hot? Nothing says love like open bloody sores, puss, flies, skull broken open, limbs falling off, OH, and the fact that she wants to rip you open and eat your fucking guts. While you /b/tards are probably in need of a change of underwear, us normal people are grossed the hell out. Of course, in classic romantic comedy fashion, the zombie is hot, cute, sexy, innocent, etc etc. I didn't like this Mitsuru, i don't like the idea that our main character wants to get it on with a dead body. I don't know about laws in Japan, but that's 4-5 in America. It seems like Furuya, however, likes Rea for who she is, not a zombie (He actually doesn't think about it till much later). That move alone saved me from dropping this series. It's not that i hate zombies, but it's strange to think that a guy who's watched Zombie movies would want to stick a dick in them.
The art is smooth stylish with that Mitsuru style written all over it. Character blush permanently, it can take a little getting use to, but when you see color pages you'll see that Mitsuru has a great sense of colors. Don't read Sankarea thinking about other manga's, or at least don't think that everybody is drunk. He does this to bring a sense of life and color to these characters and when/if a anime comes out, you'll see how well it translates. However, Mitsuru isn't one for details, backgrounds are about as average as the main characters, which are still nicely drawn and beautiful. He's great with shadow, especially in the recent chapter; Mitsuru may not be the best artist, but he definitely understands what he's doing. I'm probably a little bias by the way, I've read Inu Neko Jump and Umisho, two of Mitsuru's more famous works. I'm not bias in that i'd like anything he writes, but bias in that I've seen how much he's improved over the past 10 years. In Inu Neko Jump, the college and high school students look midgetized and strange. Umisho was better, but it still kinda looked like a sketch book half the time. Sankarea is such an improvement that is just unbelievable in everyway.
+ Zombies, nuff sed
+ Relatable Main character
- ...besides the fetish
+ Great female lead
- Not really haremy nor too ecchi
Character: 9 (generous here)
Enjoyment: 10 (I'm a sap for a good RomCom
Overall: 9read more
Note: This is my first review and I have no writing experience, but I'm writing this due the lack of recent reviews. All reviews are up to chapter 8 instead and this one is up to 20. Anyway, please review my review by giving me advice.
This manga has all ingredients of a typical Shonen. Ecchi, comedy, action and the drama. The setting is quite awesome though. It's spread out nice in the first two chapters, but like others said: it drags a little afterwards. Up to chapter 8 that is. The setting changes afterward and a new character appears, which spices things up. The background of Rea's (the zombie girl) family uncovers too and explains her dad's behavior. I would give it a 9 if there wasn't that 6 chapter long slow part.
The Art is great. I can't anything from an artist perspective, but I like the style and the characters are all easily recognizable. The action scenes aren't confusing either. Not like those mangas where you are like: "This looks awesome but I have no clue what's actually happening." Not that there aren't battles in this manga, but still. I like the art and I can't really give arguments due the lack of knowledge. The grade I gave it is just pure from likability.
The characters are a bit plain. We have the lead male who is an zombie-freak, a naive lead girl (the newborn zombie) who was raised by an overprotective dad, and another lead girl who is a childhood friend of the lead male and has crush. The lead male is green, but likes the naive girl, and the two girls are rivals, because they both like the male and both have the feeling they're losing. In other words. The characters are a bit.. Cliche. Also, the whole who likes who thing is a bit draggy. There is character development though. Therefor, I won't give it a plain 6.
My enjoyment about this manga is high. There are nice plot twists and it just has that magical thing that keeps you interested. Yes, you get a bit annoyed by some draggy bits and behavior of characters, but I really like the series.
The overall grade is quite high. It's well-drawn, the setting and story are interesting and it overall really entertained me.
Sometimes, reading a bit of horror is just what you need to spice up your life . There are quite a lot of scary scenes. but to me they are not scary anymore cause I watch way too much horror animes and manga.
I know that a ton of you guys out there are fans of romance manga and let me tell you, I am too:). So if you are one of us, then this manga is for you. I know, I know, I just said that this is a horror manga, but their love is so damm. sweet!!!!
Come on, after you read this, how could you not give it 10? I you may think that y
the ending sucks cause its not the typical shoujo manga ending when the couple kiss and happy ending. But put yourself in the girl's shoe! If you think about it, it might be the most logical ending. The plot is really well thought out and things happen for a reason, not like the barbie movies where everything happens because of magic( though I like it cause I like beautiful girls.)
I thought about this for a long time, ( please don't get offended ) and I thought that if you view at it separately, the eyes, the nose, the face shape... they are actually not that beautiful and was really simple. Somehow the artist still manage to make the characters beautiful!! I am definite giving it a ten.
I fell like the characters does not have anything special about them. I did mention about everything happens for a reason, and that is right. The characters are like their characteristics exist because someone change them, not because they are born that way so they are pretty much normal people