Ok, on tap today is a review of Sankarea.
I've put off the review of this anime for some time now. I've written other reviews, and kept pushing it back. Why? Because it is both good and it is dark.
|Does this bug you? Huh, does it? Huh?|
I'm going to lay it bare right here.
The version that was first released on blu-ray was a censored mess. It was the broadcast version. It was not labeled as the broadcast version at the time I ordered it.
|3.5 out of 5|
|Fireworks are pretty, even in anime.|
|I, too, feel like yelling down a well.|
There were blurs in places, extra steam all over the place, and I assume in some scenes, kimonos that were conveniently unrealistic. Yes, for some this might not be a problem, but I dislike having anything altered from its intended version. This is why directors cuts of movies are always better... they are the way the director had originally intended the movie to appear.
|You're living! Keep away!|
Just thinking about it pisses me off.
Well anyways, I really should get to the show itself.
Be Warned: There will be spoilers this time.
|Zombies have super strength, the reason is lame.|
|The Dead can dress.|
This series takes a long look at child abuse, and not the simple 'hit the child' variety of evil child abuse. This is the mind-breaking, exploitative, vile kind of abuse. (Not that hitting a child is not vile, but this is... the worse kind.) I was shocked that any series would create a character that had that in their past. It creates a very vivid character, because those scars etch themselves onto you as you watch.
I can also say this... you don't stop watching.
When the reveal happens so early on, all you can do it watch. You stare enraptured, disgusted, tormented... you finish the series. You have to see what is coming next. Thankfully not everything is dark and morose. There is comedy mixed in, in fact the center of the series is probably best described as a romantic comedy with a (deadly) twist.
|"Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday."|
Do not go into this blindly. Expect to be shocked, disturbed, and even laugh, all in close order. You will leave episodes feeling unsettled, you will leave episodes feeling bemused. This series is strong, it leaves an impression. And that is the mark of a good series... I only wish that Funimation had treated it with the level of respect it deserved, and treated their customers better... This series deserves a better rating, but until the TV-14 vs TV-MA issue is fixed, it remains one star down from where it should be.