I honestly didn’t expect that much from Studio DEEN when I saw a small synopsis of this show. The small image I saw at the time wasn’t a very good indicator of the style either. Boy was I wrong. The show boasts a strong and solid first episode that is done well enough to let you know if you’re going to like the rest of it. Unfortunately, it was a very low key episode, reminiscent of a talking heads episode from either Steins;Gate or the monogatari series (Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari). It is not as heady and rapid fire as Nisemonogatari, and not sci-fi like Steins;Gate. Instead it treads lightly with a dead atmosphere. It’s reinforced by it’s OP/ED, which I think manage to capture the mood well enough that they don’t sound completely unrelated to the series.
It’s three episodes in, and with that standard metric of three episodes per impression, this one left a quiet, but strong one. The third episode alone leaves with a cliffhanger for all those who love unresolved conflicts. However, all I see happening is character drama and maybe some undead drama. Should you watch it? Well, it’s hard to say. If anything, it’s not a moe blob anime, and nor is it a big-boobed, ecchi anime. (I say this with a screencap of a well endowed character cradling her breasts.) It’s the other zombie anime to watch this season aside from Kore wa zombie desu ka? of the Dead. Sankarea the manga is somehow described as a humor series as well from various places, but I’m not sure what to expect. It’s definitely not going to be wacky humor, which will kill any mood and atmosphere it’s already got going for it. If you’ve read the manga beforehand… well, all of your kind always complain about adaptation issues anyways.
And it’s Studio DEEN. Come on, I’ve got the right to be a little skeptical.
I really do hate it when the intro and outro music don’t fit the anime. Obviously subjective, but dammit, being immersed is the only way I can get through an episode without laughing at points where I shouldn’t. Sankarea very much avoids this pitfall.