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.
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
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
I hate Sankarea. I HATE it with the fiery passion of a thousand Elvis impersonators! It’s an awful manga that turned me into a rage filled maniac. I wanted to kill a puppy it is that bad! Why do I hate it so much you may be asking? Because it could have been a contender. It could have potentially been a great series. Let me explain my rage! NO Spoilers! Spoiler FREE! Let’s get moving!
Overall, I LOVE THE STORY! It’s unique and it’s well paced and I just love it. Problems? After the first two chapters the story just DRAAAAAAAGS and it doesn’t have
the tension or the mature themes like before. It also reintroduces some pointless characters from the very beginning of the first chapter. I’ll get to them later. But I love the first two chapters but after that it just loses all the things that made it good. After the first chapters the manga just adheres to the same tropes of other manga we have seen a million times. The awkward date, the pointless fanservice, the misunderstandings. Oh god is it just so boring! If you are going to read it be aware of some gore and mature themes. Okay I have said all I can say so let me explain the characters.
I do love the two main protagonists. Both feel natural and work off each other very well. Furuya is funny and his passion is infectious. He is funny when talking about his love of Moe Zombies but he also has a lot of depth when you see what his true intentions are. He’s a character you can root for and like once you get to know him.
Rea is a tragic character that makes you worry about her and care for her well-being. I don’t want to spoil anything but she is a great female lead. In a world full of shitty damsels in distress, Rea feels like a real girl and not just a sex object (though that doesn't stop the occasional panty shot). She is a character I grew emotionally attached to and her plights and troubles affected me emotionally. She is may not be the most “liberated” female, but she just feels natural and yet also feels like a complex and unique character.
The villain, Rea’s father, in the beginning was very cold and dark. There was always an air of malice in him and he felt like a real prick. He was a great villain for the story, being a true monster and always seeming to have dark intentions. However, after the first chapters they change him into a whining douche that parades around with stars around his face. He is played towards comedy rather than as a villain which is where he shined the most.
The supporting cast is incredibly weak in this story. First you have the perverted best friend. Then you have the childhood friend that secretly has feeling for Furuya. Then you have the cold gothic Lolita sister. And finally, the crazy grandfather who may be smarter than he seems. None of these characters are interesting in the least and luckily don’t play any part in the story during the first chapters. After that they become main characters. I feel like my soul is dying.
Overall, I LOVE THE CHARACTERS! Well, the main characters and villain at least. Every other character has no purpose other than to fill a role. But the main characters are awesome and I can live with that.
Overall, art is good and I have no complains. MOVING ON!
Overall, Sankarea could have been great but it instead just tried to conform to standard manga formulas for popularity. If you want a short but good read, just read the first two chapters. However, Sankarea continues and will always be my most hated manga of all time. Be aware, I hate it because it made me love it. The adult themes and the limited cast of characters and the excellent pacing and stroytelling were what made it so painful to see it go through the same formulas I had seen so many times before. Thanks for looking at this review and tell me if you found this helpful. Good luck!
Zombie Moe? WTF! And yet, it doesn't feel creepy at all if you read the manga.
The Post Script:
Be aware if you look at my list it will show I haven't read a lot of Sankarea and that is because I don't update it often and I find it tedious to change the chapter listing every time. "Note: This area is only to be used for posting a review of the series after you have seen it. This is not a discussion area. " That made me decide to put this little PS into the review. Just ignore this part if you don't care. Also, nice grammer MAL, u r gud.
In comparison to other animes I had watched at the time, I felt that Sankrea was left too open ended for acceptance. In response to my unsatisfied conscience, I started to read the manga. I expected the main plot to have many events scattered all over the manga in a jumbled order to give humor. In contrast, the manga was extraordinarily intriguing for the plot was well planned out as well as hit my emotions in both positive and negative standpoints. I reread the manga in random chapters, as well as retelling the story to intrigue other friends and family of mine. A master piece
of a manga, for the story was enough for me to love the characters and art.
Sankarea: Undying Love , literally undying love because it is a love between a human and a zombie. I first watch the anime and due to my interest on what will happen next i thoroughly read the manga only to be in love with this again.This anime is unique because you can feel the heartwarming love between our two protagonist even though the theme or scene is somewhat dark.
The story is told in an interesting way. You could literally feel the love every chapter. Also the darkness theme that is slowly oozing out little by little .Killing and making Rea a
zombie on the first part of the manga. I am pretty much shock because Rea is an adorable girl and it is unforgivable... clearly unforgivable. But later i found out that it's a part of the big picture , making me completely hook up in their world.
I could easily give an 11 rating for Rea alone , but other characters is a bit bland. Even the art of drawing Furuya is a bit bland , considering that he is a main character. But the drawing of the setting/background is nice. It easily add to the pent up suspense on my heart whenever i read it.
You can easily relate yourself with the character. They don't have a weird or complex behavior that can make yo say "Why have you done that?" The decision and the personality of the character is what you can see on a typical people with the same attitude.
i personally enjoy the show. It's like I'm reading a first class romance story with a bonus of gore/horror. Rest assusred that it complement each other giving you a nice story.
So that's it. Hoping you like my review. For violent reaction or suggestion just message me. I won't bite people.
Sankarea is a mysterious zombie romance that sounds kind of diffrent and funny, i first watched the anime back there in 2012, and i remember that i really loved it, so why not read the manga and know the end of the story?
My frist reaction was that it was going to be a light love story just like the anime... but the anime just covered 2 volumes of the manga, so thats almost nothing of the story, later on the volume 4 it got a bit more darkness than the expected, and in fact that the anime had a focus on the romance of the
protagonists and not on the horror love story i got a little bit surprised with the progress of it, but after the volume 7 the story got into a diffrent way and a little bit confusing, unnecessary situations that affected the hole story and in the end it was corny, the character development was somewhat interesting but after all... cliche, and also poorly explained
The background horror zombie story was interesting and good, but since the volume 1 the fanservice and ecchi scenes was killing slowly the magic of it, and even the own autor said on the specials that what was keeping the manga alive was the ecchi/fanservice, that in case was 13 years old girls naked, but the back story was good at all... but i have to confess that i got disappointed but not surprised.
Sanka Rea is your everyday ojyou-sama who complains of being "caged" in her house. Her disastrous father and ignorant mother are two things she wants to get away from, but cannot, until when..poof! She turns into a zombie!
Thanks to Mr. I-have-a-zombie-fetish-Chihiro Furuya..she's now freeloading at his place in order to experience a normal girl's life, what she had always desired..
Honestly, i have no idea why i am reading this manga..maybe because of Furuya's chibi-neko form which is reaaaally moe~! :3
Its a typical romance manga, two girls "sincerely" fighting over one guy, the diffrence being, Rea's body is rotting away..and Furuya needs to find a way
to preserve it or he'll lose his zombie love!
Lets see what happens when Chihiro and Rea do "ahem ahem" things together (tee-hee
I have failed.
So many people have departed from this story with results that they love.
I have not.
I have randomly found this manga, while having had aimed to find something completely random and new to indulge myself with!
Something I'll have no idea about so that it can be a totally genuine experience.
And Sankarea was just that.
I love the way the manga's covers look(that's what ai based my choice on.
I've started reading this, and almost every single thing, every page, I had known what would come in the next.
Everything was so predictable to me.
While reading, I have stopped numerous times simply to laugh a
bit at how what I was looking at was something I had expected to happen.
It wasn't laugh really, it was just averting my attention from the pages to the wall of my room with a big grin.
The story is cute, Rea is beautiful in every possible way, but I'm unfortunately blind to truly enjoying the beauty of her and everything else in this story.
I think nothing bad of this story, I have simply failed at enjoying it, and the proof for that is the simple fact that so many others have fully enjoyed the experience of going through this story.
To me it was just a cliche after a cliche.
When I think about it, I think that the reason that this is the outcome I'm left with after the story, is the way that characters are.
Overuse of blushing.
Blushes are nice and all, but in this story, everyone are blushing all the time, not my cup of tea.
The characters are what was the most cliche thing, to me.
I am upset that I've not fully grown to love this story.
I do love it, it's beautiful, and as I say that, I know that that's just something I wish would be the full truth regarding it and me.
Spoiler about the conclusion of the story bellow:
I did however, after finishing the story, wake up during the night, and in the morning, without being able to proceed with my sleep, duo to what this story ends up as.
Rea, that angel of a person, ending up all alone.
It's scary, how this story ends. That suffocating feeling of loneliness that is not even yours (how I feel when I think about the end of the story).
If I had gone through this story long before, that ending would've kept me awake so many nights, I'd cry.
The ridiculous thing though, and further making apparent how the author is either immature or the manga is aimed at very young folk, is how that ending without a hint on grimness presented in the manga.
With that ending, in that manga all is still happy and everyone(Rea alone) are still smiling..
If this was "packaged" somehow differently, perhaps it would've been just my thing, but this way it was barely anything.
I know though, that if this was my first manga ever, if I had read this back when I was still a kid, I'd have probably fallen in love with everything about this story. Everything.
Perhaps the problem is that I'm "too-grown-up" and thus this story is just too perfect for me..
If you have come to this manga, chances are, you're not satisfied with the ending of the anime and want to see the source material for yourself, you may grow quite disillusioned with the motion picture. How great must the manga be to send this weeaboo elitist dashing on the keyboard so blindly?
I assume you have read the synopsis so I won't repeat it. The story has 2 "parts", rather "arcs" because they interconnect pretty well with each other but still has separate focus. While the first "part" /spoilers/ describe the "daily life" of main characters Rea and Furuya, the second part tells of
their adventure to learn more about zombies, especially Rea/spoilers/. What I find brilliant about the plot is that although the first part, as mentioned, tells of the "comedic nichijou"("normal life" in Japanese,"comedic" in brackets because the comedy is a bit clichéd, hence the 8) it did set an eerie atmosphere for the future events to push the climax. The second half, in my opinion, was perfect. It was like Berserk with high-school kids, zombies and a bit of romance. The execution is brilliant, the drama is just right and the climax of it all overflows with fulfillment (in my mother tongue, "cao trào tột độ").
The art was of decent quality, not that eyegasmic or too appalling. The scenes that required better artwork are done decently(/spoilers/the first time Rea eats hydrangea leaves/spoilers/) and the rest are on the same level as other mangas in the same genre. By the way, if you want to see some scenes in their "eyegasm" version, fulfill that fetish here: https://www.facebook.com/imanidiot96/posts/1201771509915634 (the facebook account is mine)
The thing with this story is that everyone seems to have a hidden past(except for Rea, she's pretty straightforward). The manga EXPLORES its characters, rather than DEVELOP them. Someone who acts stupid and goofy may turn out to be a major contributor to the backdrop or has a pretty dark past behind their stupid fetishes. Why I give this part an 8.5 is that beside the ones who play a key part in the story, the rest of the cast of characters are quite generic and over-recycled. If you ignore the clichéd bunch, it's pretty much mini-Cowboy Bebop.
As mentioned above, extremely satisfying in the end. In my case, the satisfaction is boosted even further by the fact that it's such a fresh take from the hell-bound anime.
A good blend of romance, action and mystery, Sankarea is best when you invest time into it, rather than just skim or binge between chapters.
First review here, feedback IMMENSELY appreciated.
Sankarea is a good manga. It makes us realize on how important life is. However it also has bad points since Furuya's addiction to zombies might cause several effect such as a zombie apocalypse but it still a manga worthy of an A+ :)))
This a manga to be proud of if you own it! Mix of zombies and romance is just an amazing mix that can never be bad. I believe that this is just amazing!
A story of a kid named Chihiro Furuya who loves zombies so much that he would even matty one and his cat Babu, but sadly his cat was killed when he was ran over. In his attempt to bring him back from the dead at an abandoned mall, he meets a girl named Rae Sanka screaming into a well(because she hates her life and over protecting father). When he is discovered by her,
he talks to her about his plan. This leads to a friendship and a little bit of romance.
On the night they try to revive Babu, Rae takes a sample of the medicine that would bring Babu back (which is also poisonous) in attempt to kill herself. When Babu does not come back, Chihiro took Rae home. Once she's alone, she drinks the medicine hoping it would kill her, but fails. The following morning, Chihiro wakes that the medicine did work (it just look a long while).During this time, Rae discovers that her dad found out who Chihiro is and cut his you-know-what off. In the shock of this, Rae runs to the mall to warn Chihiro.
When Babu was revived, Chihiro lost Babu and took his childhood friend Ranko to search for Babu, but Ranko gets stuck in a pipe in her attempt to catch Babu. Rae was on a cliff getting to the mall when her dad caught up to her. When he had a hold of her, Babu jumped out of nowhere and Rae's father tried to hit Babu with a stick and miss Babu and nearly hit Rae, but caused her to fall off the cliff and died while Chihiro came at the second to see her die. While everyone was crying, the medicine kicked that Rae had dranked last night and rised as a zombie (but not fully a zombie).
I'm not saying anything else what happens afterwards, but read the manga and watch the anime for more info on the amazing manga/anime called Sankarea
While I doubt that "Zombie Girls" will ever become a main stream fetish, I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the sweet and off-beat romance of "Sankarea".
At first blush this is a standard "boy meets girl" manga complete with obligatory secret past, childhood friend love rival, missed opportunities and bizarrely obtuse main protagonist - basically all the tropes that you've come to expect. What keeps it fresh however is the major plot hook of Rea's "zombification" and the hinted at "expiration date" of her human consciousness. It may seem like a subtle thing, but sometimes the difference between an average manga and
a good one is something as simple as having a plot or a goal to work towards other than just the boy and girl getting together and Sankarea demonstrates that in spades.
That being said, the plot is more silly than serious although there are some very dark parts to it (as expected due to the subject matter) including character deaths and zombie violence. In addition to this the characters themselves are well done and asides from some well-worn tropes, they are mostly enjoyable
Some people may like or dislike the finale for the series - personally, I didn't like it that much, but it does offer more of a conclusion than most serialized mangas seem to give these days
On a technical level, the art was clean and crisp and overall fairly well composed but sometimes it felt like there were issues with "impact shots" and over all panel pacing with dialogue. The characters themselves are mostly well designed, but nothing really special however some of the "visual gags" relating to the zombies do work rather well and had me chuckling in spots.
On the all, I'd say that if you're looking for a "boy meets girl" style manga with a twist that will keep you reading to the end, then Sankarea probably will fit that bill.
I found this manga pretty decent. The twist of zombie love is a bit weird but I'm open-minded and I guess it's alright (in a manga only!)
Story - 9: Pretty good story line. It's really good for the first 10 ish chapters. The following chapters were entertaining, but not as innovative. The story is pretty chiche when it comes to love stories.
Art - 8: Art is pretty nice. I really love Rea's art specifically. The other characters don't look as good as her. I feel like the artist really put emphasis on Rea's smile pictures. In any other panels, Rea looks like everyone else
art-wise. But when it's just her and her smile, it looks significantly different.
Characters - 9: The characters are very unique. Literally every single one has some weird or interesting past. Even though they are interesting, they're not extremely great ideas.
Enjoyment - 8: I really loved the story at the beginning. But in my opinion, it's starting to dull out. The story isn't repeating or anything, but I guess the love aspect is starting to drop.
Overall - 8: 8 but I think when the series is completed it'll go up to a 9. Right now the English translation isn't done.
When This Manga had Just 4 chapters , I loved it and I wished It was made into an anime .
And What do you know, my wish came true LOL XD
Sankarea is a monthy released shounen romance / harem/ ecchi manga .
So what makes it stand out from other harem ? I would say the plot which is very innovative, fun and different compared to plenty other romances . Also I would further add Sankarea is more of a romance than a Harem . Another interesting part about this manga is it's characters some of which are quite different from the common
stereotypical harems .
All in all , This is a good Romance but who is this romance between , Well a Zombie and a a boy who has "Zombie Fetish"
The Story :
Fetishes can be all types , I myself have a cosplay fetish , Our main character Chihiro Furuya is a high school student and has a zombie fetish and he loves "Zombie girls" and has no interest in normal girls . One day when his pet cat , he invents a "Zombie Resurrection" potion to cure his Pet cat . One day he meets this girl called Sanka and our story begins .
I won't give out any spoilers ....
The story also offers some good depth and also an interesting plot which can carry on for quite some time .
The art is quite good, I have myself most of the art till now and also the ecchi parts and nice , since I enjoy ecchi anime/manga quite a lot . The art generally offers good quality . The manga is also quite funny at times and does use a few cliches from general shounen Romance mangas .
The Character development is also quite well done . I like how Chihiro's character develops over time , as well as the general relationship between him and Sanka .
There are also other side character as well as the main love rivals etc which have an interesting role . I generally the plot twists in this manga .
Its a light hearted manga but sometimes it's dark and sometimes quite sad as well . I hope it does not end on a sad note .
I would say , give it a read once, it won't disappoint
Ah, Sankarea, how I so enjoyed spending time with you.
An ecchi with a storyline? Now that is a rare treat. A story of a boy who loves zombies so much that he makes two of his own. However, it's a bit more work than he was expecting.
Please note that this is a review of the MANGA, not the anime; my opinion on the anime is nowhere near as good as the manga. Well, let's get started.
The storyline is without a doubt very interesting and a page turner, however, I've seen better. Sometimes the story leaves you wondering what just happened an there are a few minor plot holes, so it is definitely not a masterpiece.
In my opinion, the art was perfect. However, by societies standards, it was not. There isn't as much attention to detail as in many other mangas, but if you are a fan of more simple mangas and care more about story than art, then this is definitely great!
Each character is unique in their own way, even the cat, Babu! A boy who takes his love of zombies to a different level than others, a grandfather with a mysterious past, a zombie girl who wanted to become a zombie simply becaause she wanted to be normal, and many more. The characters were a home run, in my opinion.
I truly enjoyed this manga from the moment I picked it up. I was simply looking for some ecchi so I could be a little perv ( and trust me, there is a good amount of that ), but I ended up finding what is in my opinion, quite a great manga that will definitely be one of my all time favorites.
If I were to base my opinion only on enjoyment , character, and story alone, this would definitely be a 10/10. However, as I mentioned before, the art is not perfect, and the story does leave you with one or two questions.
Would I recommend this?
That depends. If you're a sucker for romance and ecchi like I am, then I would recommend this. I'm not even the biggest fan of zombies and I was able to enjoy this quite a lot. If you care more about attention to detail and the artwork, and really don't want to see a titty every now and then, then I would not recommend this.
I mean, what the heck is happening to this world... It looks like they are doing it on purpose. PLEASE READ THIS REVIEW TO THE VERY END BEFORE ANYTHING.
I watched the anime like... 4 years ago and I just loved everything, the desing, the characters, the music, but it just covered 2 volumes of the mangas and there was no signs of a 2nd season so, a few days ago I found out that the manga was finished so I read it and wow...
Sankarea was a great manga, I fell in love with all the characters inmediatly, Babu, Rea, Darin, Chihiro, Professor Boil, it's imposible
not love them.
The story, the farewells, the interesting trama, it's was captivating, a misterious background, the romance, the horror, it is a great combination.
But... Why, why ended like that, it's so hard for me to be captivated by a manga like this and this is what I get? A closure so dissapointing that it makes me feel like it was not worth at all. I mean, what the ---- was that? I'm suposed to feel happy? sad? angry? If I had to choose it would be the last one.
I waited 4 long years for find out how this story ended, but now... with this... I feel nothing, emptyness... (I know that the manga was finished 3 years ago but I'm just entering to the world of "read mangas")
I cannot recomend this manga after this but please, if you are going to read it, be aware that you will experience a ending so unsatisfactory that you will not have words to describe it.