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"I ONLY LIKE ZOMBIE GIRLS." Since he was little, Chihiro has felt an unusual emotional connection to zombie movies. It's not that he feels bad for the survivors instead he fantasizes about comforting the poor undead girls they slaughter! When his beloved pet passes away, he decides to brew up a resurrection potion in secret. But he's discovered by popular girl and local heiress Sanka Rea, whose life isn't as perfect as it seems... and Furuya suggests that she could serve as a test subject!
Apr 9, 2012
26 of 59 chapters read
Overall Rating: 10
226 people found this review helpfulPreliminary
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
Aug 10, 2010
8 of 59 chapters read
61 people found this review helpfulPreliminary
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: 9 read more