As Sankarea proceeds onward to the ending, a conclusion still obscure and uncertain, one shouldn’t overlook the girl in the middle – the busty cousin of our protagonist with a name based after furry animals.
It’s worthwhile to question the role of this character who sits in a position seemingly sorrowful.
She can do little but watch as her love passes by her, as regardless of what action she takes, it’s doubtful he’d fall for her – and it’s not simply this, yet she also hasn’t much importance to the life of the protagonist any more. As is stated by the fellow’s father in the imouto episode, our leading male has recently gained more independence and responsibility – and with his interests fixed on Sanka Rea, she’s essentially getting slowly erased from significance.
Furuya is sure to care about Wanko – although to what degree, that is a mystery.
Like all of us are more than likely to already know, while Wanko may have a crush on her cousin, he likes Rea more – the zombie girl who forced herself upon this otherwise average yet odd highschooler with a perverse fetish for rotted corpses and all relevant horror material.
Chasing a childish dream, the protagonist claims to place his eyes only on girls of the undead. Yet even though Chihiro’s vehemently set on that concept – Wanko is still a competitor in this affair of love. Now versus Sanka Rea, she won’t stand much a chance even if she explicitly shared her feelings with her interest of romance – yet assume that something happens to Sanka Rea, or rather, eliminate her from the hypothetical equation entirely. If one thinks of it then, Wanko certainly seems to have potential in her favor.
Yet as it stands, the zombie bishoujo is as lively as ever – and thus, as Chihiro begins to take care of Rea, Wanko merely follows the expected path of jealousy. Though even with this, she’s simply too kind and modest, despite how energetic and highly reactive and she may seem at times, to be able to make any further assertive progression than that which we’ve seen her employ in her background episode.
She’s aware that she loses out to Sanka Rea – even if confidently assuring herself otherwise.
However, it’s the very manner in which she’s driven out of the limelight that makes her a character quite intriguing. The series introduced her early on, she’s outgoing and certainly brightens up many a scene, and the anime continues to center focus around her – thus, while she’s being shoved from Furuya’s circle of attention, she’s still holding a solid spot in the series. And as she becomes cognizant of her losing position, knowing that she hasn’t hope of victory against Sanka Rea, her personality hasn’t twisted at all – she’s not turned vile or crazy.
Wanko isn’t becoming spiteful or angry, she’s jealous, yet she’s holding herself together quite commendably – she’s simply turned to face the other cheek after being met with a personal worst case scenario, and she’s somehow sustaining a relevance on the sidelines.
In a more elaborate story, this would imply that Wanko still has a greater role which remains unfulfilled – as for what Sankarea will deliver, that is something which is still to be seen. Failure would mean that the cousin ultimately subsides from the story, losing all substance – and this would be a downfall for the reason that she’s already so deeply integrated as is, not to mention, her fire is still kindling as aforementioned.
And so turning to consider what the finale can hold for this ample chested bishoujo with a heart as fragile as a puppy, Sankarea’s likely possibilities include an open route ending in which nothing is finalized – something which wouldn’t see us in a situation any different than we are now. Yet there’s also two definite choices which could be achieved, or rather, three – the first being that Furuya could settle on Sanka Rea, admitting his love for her, and that would probably result in a calamity for the cousin.
Secondly, Furuya has gotten himself too involved with promises to ever dare set aside Sanka Rea – thus, so long as she’s alive, the cousin would not receive her way. Yet going back to a subject earlier mentioned, assume that Sanka Rea finally turns to dust, or some other unfortunate incident occurs – if such a thing did happen, there’d be plenty going on, however the cousin would have an opening, and this should be recognized as a possibility of the many.
Lastly however, assume that Furuya makes no choice, or denies them all – dull as that would be, certainly no reason one should be surprised to see it if such did happen.
Whatever the outcome, the cousin has a distinctive position in it all – she will either be a character superbly utilized as per a drastic point in the story, or she won’t amount to much. And if the cousin doesn’t achieve anything, the series is similarly less likely to succeed as well – as once again, she’s sitting in the center of it all.