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Sankarea returns with a busty cousin and helplessly sexy heroine once more – going in-depth on the background of the latter by showing how her problems developed to the point of initiating her zombie life.

One will realize the ending of last episode was no more than an introductive foreshadow to the events of this installment – a spectacle which unveils the issue pestering the heroine from its inception, to its relevance in current time. Beginning first in the present, it seems that Sanka Rea has been assisting our hero with his attempts to resurrect his neko – she’s also apparently been watching some horror films and learning of the way of the zombie.

Our hero has tried every poisonous herb in the area, feeling there’s nothing more he can try – yet Sanka Rea insists otherwise, telling Furuya to wait whilst she runs off, presumably in search of some poisonous plant she has in mind, tripping and providing Furuya with the sight of her pantsu in the process. From there, the episode simply fades into a new focus – an overview of everything we would want to know about our heroine’s personal woes.

Sanka Rea’s father appears to be the main contributor of worry to her life – he claims to love her, however he treats her as if an object, and one which he acts as if he greedily can control at that. Previously, we heard that her father takes photos of her bare body on a yearly basis for whatever creepy fetish he has – however, now we learn it goes far deeper a distress than simply that, and his actions aren’t simply of a father overly loving, rather, someone who is simply not sane.

Starting from her childhood, it looks that her father eradicates anything which becomes fond of Sanka Rea – the maids of the household were kind to her, and thus they’d frequently be disposed of, exiled to who knows where simply out of some disgusting obsession Rea’s father has for keeping her to himself. Even when interacting with a neko, that neko would never be seen again by Sanka Rea – her father would keep a constant watch on her and prevent anything from formulating a bond with her.

Something clearly was not normal with this, and Sanka Rea gradually came to realize that – yet there wasn’t much she could do, still succumbing to her father’s perverse treatment of her, nude photos and all, for many a year till she made a friend who she told of her troubles. That friend recommended she speak to her father against his senile ways – and Sanka Rea gathers the courage to do just that, yet the outcome was but a negative one.

Her father ignored her request, simply pushing it off with some deranged words in response, and subsequently somehow evicting the family of Sanka Rea’s friend from all which they had. The friend of hers now forsakes her – and essentially, it holds true that any who Rea gets close to are taken away from her by her father. That day forward, she simply decided to keep to herself – accepting the abuse so no one else will experience it.

However, a day of course came which led her to where she is now, helping our hero with his peculiar aspiration of making his neko one of the living dead.

Returning to real-time, our hero spots Sanka Rea hanging off a cliff as he went to check where she went – he goes and rescues her just as she was about to fall. With all well once more, the zombie creation crew both still of the living, Furuya tries his luck with the poisonous shrubs Sanka Rea so confidently gathered. He mixes up an elixir and asks Sanka Rea to hold the container whilst he prepares his neko – as Furuya does this however, Sanka Rea stealthily fills a tiny vial with some of the questionable liquid he’s made.

It’s apparent she’s intent on either becoming a zombie, or committing suicide – both being due to her inability to handle her current life any longer.

Furuya has the neko readied and pours some of the purple potion into its cute little mouth – yet unfortunately, it seems to be unsuccessful. With Furuya not keen on treating his neko like a test subject any longer – he proclaims the end of his experiments, telling Rea he plans to bury the neko. As for now however, the two prepare to head home – Rea’s clearly upset to some extent that the potion did nothing, although she feels much better when Furuya takes the initiative with a romantic gesture.

Noticing that she’s limping, as any upstanding gentleman, he refuses to allow her to walk home in such a condition.

He picks her up, resulting in some exquisite scenes of moe, and places the adorable creature known as Sanka Rea on the back of his bike – proceeding to pedal her home afterwards. It seemed this would be a bright turning point, yet it’s not – Sanka Rea sneaks back to her room only to find that her father had spotted her with Furuya, now locking her up for good, and not even letting her leave for school. With nothing left to live for, Rea decides to drink the small amount of elixir she stole – believing at this point, she might as well die.

Thankfully however, elsewhere we’re shown Furuya arriving home to the sight of his buxom cousin’s raw physique – yet while attention worthy indeed, the interest actually comes as result of an action his cousin takes after stepping out the bath. She’s the playful type – and thus seeing our hero with a cooler, she begins messing around till finally opening it. Out from the cooler goes a neko flying to the moon. The potion has worked it appears – and as the episode ends on the note of a limp Sanka Rea, that can only mean that she’s going to become a zombie after all.

All around, this proved to be an episode rewarding in any given respect. The transcendence of the visuals are best exemplified by the body of the cousin, the story is deep much in thanks to Sanka Rea, and as for the sound, their quality is to be lofty level indisputable considering the skilled nano.RIPE is behind them.

This episode is a wonderful second showing of a series which captivated us from the very start. One can foresee the path to be followed from here for the most part, the general essence of what to come is understood – yet there remains so much which is a msytery and which drives the mind, leaving any who watch this surely to be so eagerly desiring to see it play out.

17 Comments

  • Seven says:

    That cousin is dangerous.

  • skylion says:

    I’m reminded of Francios Truffaut’s statement about making anti-war films. In that the very thing you are protesting, ends up romanticized or gloried…or just cool.

    With no context, the photos (well moving illustrations meant to depict photos…but that would be another Frenchman, Claude Monet; C’nes pas un pipe) of Rea would be considered charming.

    But in context….utterly damning. But if it were that and only that, perhaps we would have a less complex villain. I haven’t really been this sickened since Mawaru Penguindrum’s episode 15.

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DoNotDoThisCoolThing

    for some clarification about what Truffaut said.

  • Anonymous says:

    Wish she was my cousin, so many taboos recorded.

    • Seven says:

      Similarly I wish I had a cousin such as this.

      • skylion says:

        The neat thing about it is this: both of you have the same secret to keep, and you both had a lot of fun doing it. Had fate gone down the wrong rabbit hole, I’d be fubar’d.

        • Seven says:

          That’s pretty sadistic – I can see that causing some tragedy near the end. Or at least it would have till the daughter killed herself and became a zombie.

          Opps. Wrong comment.

          skylion has my views on this one – however, in some cultures, doing it with cousins is actually expected.

  • liamash3 says:

    ^
    mating with family is allowed in some cultures?!? I thought it was a worldwide no-no…

    Looking forward to next episode. From the preview, Rea still seems alive for most of it, until she falls off a cliff. Evidently, the potion only resurrects once you die. Think of it like a auto-revive from a video game :)

    • “mating with family is allowed in some cultures?!? I thought it was a worldwide no-no…”

      You might think that, but in Japan at least, being romantically involved with your cousins is actually pretty tolerated.

      Granted, being involved with your brother or sister is still generally frowned upon, though you might not know it from the recent trend of inter-sibling relationships sprouting up in anime and manga (here’s looking at you, Yosuga no Sora).

      …Who’s to say though? You might be able to go to Japan in a couple of years and marry your own sister if you wanted to.

    • Seven says:

      Cousins aren’t considered as close as direct relatives sisters/brothers/mothers/etc – in fact, I’m only really familiar that the US, and those nations that follow the US (Canada, EU, etc) make anything of cousins marrying or engaging in sexual activities. Elsewhere, or at least in a significant portion of the world, a cousin is just another person when it comes to romantic possibilities.

      As for the episode, sounds right – although the way I see it, the elixir is poisonous to begin with, thus I’d assume it’d kill her and subsequently revive her all in one as the chemicals traverse the body.

      • All of humanity is related to one another at some level, regardless of how infinitely small that relation is. And yet it’s only in exceedingly close blood relationships that we, as a society, frown upon romantic relations.

        As I believe I’ve mentioned, it’s in that children born between such people are much more prone to genetic defects, thus conflicting with our inherent instinct to procreate and survive, etc etc.

        Coming at it from this train of thought, it just goes to show that humans are ever so predictable in their selfish need to survive.

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