A guest post by @redball of shinda akachan, reprinted on O-New with his permission.
Sankarea has two recurring themes. The first, on the surface, is the theme of zombie obsession, and thus an obsession with death. The second is easily overlooked, but the theme of hypocrisy is pervasive.
Now I have to give credit to twitter. I think it was Captain L.B.C. who first pointed out the hypocrisy in Sankarea, noting that the main villain in the series is guilty of the same crime as the series itself. Both Rea’s father and the viewer ogle and objectify Rea via his risque photographs of her. He goes to the utmost extremes, with a shrine to his daughter’s nude form and later bath scenes with the photos strewn about. Yet, the viewer is presented with many of these same images. What, if not fanservice is the purpose of this?
At first I did not notice this hypocrisy. I figured the series was trying, without much tact, to show the depths of the father’s depravity. I won’t claim to be above fanservice, but I didn’t take that as a presentation thereof. However, once this alternative view was presented I watched with a more critical eye and realized that it is correct. The series is quite hypocritical in this regard and it does objectify and sexualize Rea much the same as her father.
2012/06/05 | Categories: Animanga | Tags: Animanga, Animanga Editorial, Anime, Anime 2012 Spring, Essays, Links, redball, Sankarea | 6 Comments
You know how our season previews go. There’s a basic formula to all of them. First, a summary, then a picture, then a disclaimer talking about how I stole all this information from other blogs, and then the actual post, written by me, Mushyrulez, all by myself.
WELL GUESS WHAT?! WE’RE SWITCHING THINGS UP A BIT THIS YEAR. How?
Firstly, there WON’T BE A PICTURE after a summary which is this summary which is this sentence and the sentences immediately before and after this.
Secondly, there WON’T BE A DISCLAIMER after a picture because, wow, we’ve actually done our own research (read: searching for trailers on YouTube) this time!! This also means no handy embedded chart here; just search for it yourself. And seriously, if you’re going to read the chart anyways, there’s hardly any point reading this post. At least after you read this post, you’ll still have an excuse to read the chart. This paragraph is not a disclaimer telling you that this post actually doesn’t talk about anime at all.
Thirdly, there WON’T BE BLUE TRAILER LINKS because I can’t modify the link style on this new theme I’m using!! I know, simply horrible, right? The Carnelian (dark-reddish-brown, for those less artistically inclined) texts are links. It gets pretty confusing when I put it after orange text, which is written by me.
Finally, there WON’T JUST BE ME writing this post (otherwise, why would I colour my text?), because it’s time for O-New to DIVERSIFY like Random Curiosity and METANORN have done, although of course, we’re much more HIGH TENSION SYNDROME. AbsoluteZero255 has so kindly accepted my offer to let him write 99% of this post (using this colour of blue text), unlike that other guy flare who is being such a flare not writing posts and flaring his flare and OK, LET US MOVE ON TO THE PREVIEW. Ready? GO!
Ready ready ready for the PREVIEW»
2012/04/11 | Categories: Animanga | Tags: Accel World, Acchi Kocchi, AKB0048, AniDB, Animanga, Anime, Anime 2012 Spring, Anime News Network, Anime Preview, Arashi no Yoru ni: Himitsu no Tomodachi, az, Baku Tech! Bakugan, Black Lagoon, Cardfight!! Vanguard: Asia Circuit Hen, Chou Robot Seimeitai Transformers Prime, Crunchyroll, Drawings, Eureka Seven AO, Excusez mon anglais., Fate/Zero 2nd Season, Flare, Furusato Saisei: Nihon no Mukashi Banashi, Gakkatsu, Ginga e Kickoff!, Gon, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, Hiiro no Kakera, Himitsukessha Taka no Tsume NEO, Hyouge Mono, Hyouka, Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone, Jewelpet Kira Deco!, Jormungand, Kikansha Thomas, Kimi to Boku. 2, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka of the Dead, Kuro Majo-san ga Tooru!!, Kuroko no Basket, Links, Little Charo: Touhoku-hen, Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna, MangaHelpers, Medaka Box, Metal Fight Beyblade Zero G, Minuscule: Chiisana Mushi no Monogatari, MUSHYHIJACK, Mushz, MyAnimeList.net, Nadia the Secret of Blue Water, Natsuiro Kiseki, Nazo no Kanojo X, Needlessly Serious, Opuscules of Numerous Explicit Writers, Ozuma, Pabu & Mojizu, Panda no Taputapu, Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle 2, Pretty Rhythm: Dear My Future, Queens Blade: Rebellion, Quotes, Recorder to Randoseru Re♪, Ribbon-chan, Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden, Saint Seiya Omega, Sakamichi no Apollon, Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A, Sankarea, School, Sengoku Collection, Shiba Inuko-san, Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan, Shirokuma Cafe, Skype, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, Train Hero, Tsuritama, Uchuu Kyoudai, Upotte!!, Yurumates 3D, Zetman, Zumomo to Nupepe | 16 Comments