There are a plethora of new shows this spring season, and a distinct change in themes. It was not but a few seasons ago that vampires ruled on high as the “bakemono” of choice. It seems that the Japanese have caught on, albeit a bit late, and the torch has been reluctantly passed on to zombies. Sankarea is one of several undead offerings this Spring season.
Sankarea is is produced by Studio DEEN who have brought us shows such as Patlabor and Bleach, as well as a large variety of other shows that give us no inkling of the quality of this new offering. Created by Mitsuru Hattori, creator of Umisho and Inu Neko Jump!, also says nothing for this show. It is directed by Mamoru Hatakeyama, aka Shinichi Omata, who has mostly worked on porn. There we go. So this show is toned down porn, right? Well, not so far.
Sankarea follows Chihiro Furuya, a guy who loves zombies above anything else. Even going as far as being attracted to the undead, and wanting to only marry a zombie woman. I see why a porn director is involved in this… The whole story really kicks off when Furuya’s cat gets run over and he decides to attempt a resurrection. In the process he meets a girl from the all girls school across the river named Sanka Rea. Clever name Hattori, you lazy bastard. The first episode ends in such a way that if the premise has gripped you at all, you’ll want to see at least one more episode.
The animation is well done, I didn’t really notice key-framing, although I don’t usually look for that. The character designs are not really typical for Kyuuta Sakai, who has done shows like Strawberry Marshmallow and Higarashi. The voice acting was, well, Japanese. All in all I’d say this show is nondescript and seems not too bad so far, coming from a bunch of nearly nobody’s.