Sanka Rea #01 — 2/3rds Deen, 1/3rd Shaft

April 5th, 2012


Oh crap, Deen’s starting to learn.

Belated edit:
Technically, Eureka Seven AO took over its timeslot today and began broadcasting. What it broadcast though was a recap/digest of Eureka Seven (or maybe the movie, I don’t really know). It did end with a new preview for AO though.


Sigh. Thanks, Deen. That makes two zombie shows for you in as many days that began with the main character introducing himself to the mysterious inner voices inside his head and then info dumping his life, interests, etc. Now that’s awesome storytelling. Who needs presentation when you can just info dump! Thankfully, it did trail off a bit as the episode went on, leading into a very very Shaft-like ending scene. Everything about the visual composition of the whole bit between Chihiro and Rea screamed Shinbo, from the close ups of eyes, to necks bent at impossible angles, to the quick cuts of nonsensical things, to the framed shots of characters and their dangling breasts. Don’t get me wrong, that was probably the best part of the episode and it wasn’t as spastic, unrelated to the conversation, or poorly budgeted as an ACTUAL Shinbo show, but it was still a very sudden shift and the first part of the episode that made me feel like the director had bothered to check in. And was really really trying to emulate Bakemonogatari.

There’s not a whole lot to say about the rest. Most of the first half is an eminently forgettable introduction to the characters by having Chihiro… introduce them all in turn. Again, hooray for infodumps. Learn to characterize through actions, not words, you damn hobos. The art/animation sure as hell isn’t going to win any awards. The art’s rough, but it’s not bad either, just a little washed out and dull. Especially when the director’s asleep at the wheel and the show’s just expecting you to sit there and listen to an endless drone of information about the usual cliched family, strange little sister, crazy grandfather, childhood friend -slash-cousin who totally doesn’t secretly have a crush on him and is just rubbing her breasts on his face platonically, etc etc etc. It took me about 3 seconds to figure out that relationship after she appeared, which is exponentially less time than they spent explaining it.

So in my usual broken record fashion, it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t horrible either. The subdued Shaftness was easily the most well-done part of what was to that point a very very dull expositiontastic episode filled with the protagonist morosely narrating his life. Let’s stop doing that already, eh, Japan?



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12 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Any says:

    The director Mamoru Hatakeyama is a pseudonym for Shinichi Omata he is from Shaft apparently, so i think you realy nailed it with the title of the episode XD

    Also Shinichi Komata and Shinichi Omata is the same person listed on ANN. Probably when listing, someone read it’s name incorrectly (Komata = Omata) so its kind confusing.

    I wonder why he is working under a pseudonym? Because different studios…?

  • Chen says:

    I have a sneaking suspicion this is going to be the overrated show of the season. Undead and she’s your girlfriend? WINNAH

    • Nanaya says:

      I read through this in curiosity. Parts of it get eerie, creepy and frankly kinda disturbing. So, yeah, you hit the nail on the head there.

    • tom says:

      what do you call Fate/zero then?

  • Nazarielle says:

    Oh crap, Deen’s starting to learn.

    Oh god, put it down now before it becomes fully sentient.

  • Terra says:

    I read the manga version and to me it kinda became boring and had a somewhat cliche storyline later on.


    oh my indeed yea so um cat ears hair boy want a zombie girlfriend?

    yet met a sankarea ok then let see how this series for this whole cat ears hair boy & zombie love?

  • Jack says:

    To be honest…I felt a little sad watching this. Maybe I’m just burned out on the whole “being a zombie is cool” vibe Japan and America are into at the moment.

    There’s nothing interesting about being undead.

    Not from any angle…and this idiot want to get his rocks off by having an undead girlfriend. Why? Because he’s a sick fuck? Because it’s a cartoon therefore make believe?

    Something about this whole show strikes me as profoundly sad.

  • ark noir says:

    The childhood friend-slash-cousin needs moar facets.
    Maybe add an age system and some tenacles and a johnson.

  • Totali says:

    Necros go to jail where I come from!

  • The Phantom says:

    Would have been interesting if the girl didn’t become a zombie.

    And if they add a magical spell to return the girl to normal I will hate this show period