Sankarea 4

I thought I had good memory, but how many of you can actually remember Rea’s eye color before they turned red? The correct answer is:


Once again I flipped through the manga to check which chapters were being covered and it turned out to cover chapter 4 and a little of chapter 5 with a little rearranging on the order of events, which felt smoother in my opinion.

In the opening minutes of the episode, Rea’s parents came into the picture once again. This time Rea’s dad is devastated at the “lost” of his daughter and Rea’s mom is still fooling around outside due to the obsession Rea’s dad has over Rea. Well I do know for one that they still have a minor role to play so don’t count them out just yet. What’s up with soaking in a bathtub filled with photographs though? Is that some kind of ritual or something?

Another thing I don’t really get is – does becoming a zombie really change the relationship between father and daughter that much? Personally from my view-point I don’t see a reason but I guess for the sake of plot convenience anything can happen. Perhaps Rea finally worked up that courage to break free from the grasp of her family after being reborn? Additionally, I don’t get why girls in anime simply refuse to wear any form of underwear. Oh wait, I do! Never underestimate the power that fan service has over sale figures.

The main bulk of this episode reflects on the life of Rea as a zombie and the interaction between her and Furuya. Surprisingly (or not) she wants to lead the life of a normal girl instead, the irony! Was anyone really expecting something else?

Like in all shows with a certain amount of romance in it, things are bound to happen when a boy and a girl (or zombie in this case) are alone together (especially in a room). Like in most shows with a certain amount of romance in it, the things that are about to happen always get interrupted by – Oh hi there Wanko! Nice timing save. If anyone was wondering, nope that wasn’t intended as a kiss, it’s something more sinister.

Being a zombie sure is tough, not feeling pain is something nice, but not being able to enjoy a shower (especially hot showers on a cold day), that is sad. Then there is the possibility of being caught showering in secret, hmm wait what? Scrap that, rigor mortis is something that is very real though. Let’s learn some science shall we?

From Wikipedia:
Rigor mortis (Latin meaning “stiffness of death”) is one of the recognizable signs of death that is caused by a chemical change in the muscles after death, causing the limbs of the corpse to become stiff and difficult to move or manipulate.In humans, it commences after about three to four hours, reaches maximum stiffness after 12 hours, and gradually dissipates until approximately 48 to 60 hours (two and a half days) after death. Warm conditions and physically strenuous activity can speed up the process of rigor mortis.

Even after rigor mortis, the main problem is that obviously a dead body decays, while I believe the problem can be alleviated with good preservation techniques, it would be interesting to see an amateur like Furuya try to prevent Rea’s corpse from rotting, which is still an ongoing issue in the manga.

While I did not mention it explicitly, the pacing of the series and manga as a whole is very slow. Therefore I’m not surprised to see anime original scenes to extend the run of an episode. I’m not going to complain as long as I get more Wanko though.

Things are starting to get intriguing here on, is Furuya attracted to Rea as a girl or as a zombie? As stupid as that might sound it is a genuine question to ask although I do already know the answer.

Random thoughts:

  • That’s some waterproof photographs.
  • Oddest pairing symbolism ever?
  • That is a luffa sponge and no I don’t know its exact use but definitely not used for “stimulating growth“.
  • Animal guts in stew, do want!
  • Glad they are having Mero doing the preview since she hardly gets any lines at all. “Minna, miro mero!”

About LordLightnDark

Professional troll by day. Enigmatic soul by night. A silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Light. やりたい事とやるべき事が一致する時、世界の声が聞こえる
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