Sankarea: Undying Love

Alt title: Sankarea

Vol: 11; Ch: 56
2009 - 2014
4.049 out of 5 from 1,866 votes
Rank #3,693
Sankarea: Undying Love

Chihiro is a macabre-loving high school student who collects horror films and thinks shacking up with a zombie chick would be hot. But though the idea of death is alluring, when faced with the actual death of his beloved pet cat, the teen buckles under the grief, and becomes determined to bring his deceased companion back to life. Every night, he sneaks off to an abandoned building and attempts to brew a resurrection potion, and it's here that he meets Rea, the beautiful daughter of the well-to-do Sanka family. However, the girl is having some troubles of her own, and after a mix-up ends up zombified herself! Now the horror fanatic is living the dream with his very own zombie girlfriend, but how will the pair deal with Rea's new diet and the onset of rigor mortis?

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Synopsis Chihiro is a normal young boy, except that he only thinks about zombies. So when his pet cat Babu suddenly dies he tries everything to revive him as a zombie. While he is secretly trying to create a zombie potion at night he meets Rea, a girl from a famous rich family who is displeased about her almost captive like live. Each night while trying to complete the zombie potion they meet up, talk about zombies and watch zombie movies. But one day when they have just completed the zombie potion Rea is killed in an unfortunate accident. Now Rea is revived as a zombie and Chihiro wants her to be able to live an ordinary free live. Will they be able to live their happy lives, Chihiro with his dream zombie girl and Rea finally being free or will the decaying body of Rea disrupt this dream? Story The story starts out comedic and slightly ecchi, but halfway the story it takes a turn and progressively becomes darker and more violent. This will not appeal to all readers but I personally found this very enjoyable. It lifted up the story from another ordinary comedic story to become dramatic and action filled. The only thing I didn’t like was its ending, not everybody will agree with me on this one and I will try and avoid saying to much. But the manga was taking a certain direction up until the last chapter where a very big cliché appeared to change the direction of the manga to become more ‘likeable’. Not only did I found this a cliché but they also threw away some logic in order to do so. Note: As I understood this was ending was pressed through by the publishers and not the original intent of the writer. Artwork It was good but nothing special except for a couple of things. The artwork of the eyes was very nicely done and the zombie-horror scenes are just great. You can feel the blood thirst of the characters in these dark, violent scenes. One of my favourites for example is a certain full page drawing of a fire scene in chapter 20. Characters Im never that good in character reviews so I’ll keep this short once again. There isn’t much to add anyways about the characters in this manga. I do like how they spend a little time on the secondary characters, such as the relationship between Darin and her ‘mother’. The grandfather of Chihiro and his ex-wives. And Rea`s father and mother, especially the father is nicely made, he wasn’t some cliché villain like character. All of these characters kept on developing throughout the story. Overall It started out as a slightly above normal manga but the turn for the worse in the middle lifted up my rating for the manga a lot. Unfortunately the second turn at the end knocked off some points for me personally. If they continued the path they were taking it would have been an unique comedy, horror, drama romance story. I would have applauded them if they went for the worst case scenario. Despite that I personally still found it more than worth the read. But my rating is stuck between 4 and 4,5 star, while leaning more towards the 4,5 star. So in short. If you like an unique mix of comedy, horror and a bit of gore then this manga is the right choice for you. If you don’t like explicit violence you might be better or sticking to the anime. If you like explicit violence and horror it is definitely worth the effort to stick through the beginning.


“Sankarea” is like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” where there is a good and bad side, both side who wants to unite in one another. In short, just read the manga and stop waiting for the season two. The first season with only 12 episodes with three extra episodes doesn’t really guarantee that “Sankarea” is a walking dead. No, the first season only covers the first two volumes while the rest is more than that. I’ve watched the anime a few months ago – roughly if I count it like that may be – and the best part is why I like the show even though it’s not my favorite one because it tries to combine romance, horror, with a little bit of ecchi in it. “Warm Bodies” also one of them that uses the same material. The horror element is a bit scary if you want to say “horror” if you say so but it’s more disgusting because of the gore. Well, Mitsuru Hattori doesn’t seem to be playing with this. “Sankarea” isn’t equal to “Shaun of the Dead” but is different from such a rom-zom-com. In short, “Sankarea” is a weird story about love. For some people, we all know what a summary of this manga is like. We had the exact same story thousands of times about love between a vampire, artificial intelligence, mermaid, or whatever. Yet, we got another zombie love story about Chihiro Furuya with Rea Sanka or you could just say, she is the zombie. It’s a story about Chihiro who wants to revive his cat died in an accident. He brought it to life using a few potions from where they came from and at the same time met Rea. Now, I don’t really want to explain the main points or brief synopsis of this manga because I think I’ve said this a lot. So, I will focus more on the story with the anime aired until the second volume. After her introduction was still vaguely adapted in the anime, Darin Arnschent Kurumiya came to Japan to meet Jogorou Furuya again or his nickname twist, Professor Boil. Darin once worked as an assistant for Professor Boil and once again wanted to do a research which was ordered directly by her father. It’s sad that the anime is so hanging from here especially for this introduction of one important character after the anime. Darin’s role is actually very important in this manga how she tried to find a way to cure Rea, help Chihiro, and others. She has a good character development from her background a bit of anti-social and why she also becomes so obsessed with zombies – even though it’s not as fanatic as Chihiro – has a reason behind it all. Until now, there have been so many long stories from zero to the major problem. One brief thing, we know that Rea will eventually die. Various stories, plot holes, and background that are still vaguely like Jogorou’s real intention why he created a medicine that can revive the dead, Chihiro’s mother’s background, vague memories, why did Chihiro and Mero lose their mother’s memory and all. There are many plots contained in it. Not only focusing on Rea, the manga still has such a complex relationship. In fact, we’re more familiar with Danichirou and Aria at the same time but this is just a minor problem. Danichirou wasn’t really told until the anime was finished after he traveled around the world to find medicine for his son. His role is so small at the end of the story that this character is forgotten without losing track. In fact, I almost forgot that there was still one character missing again. There is also Darin’s relationship with her father, Salva Arnschent Kurumiya, which is only to be part of the character depth for Darin. Ranko’s relationship with Chihiro and Rea is a bit more complex than the anime adaptation. In addition to being friendly and rivals, Ranko and Rea have good relationships in order to reach one thing they want. Ranko was told in a deeper way and more complex relationship with Chihiro when it comes to romance or something like which. Even Baabu is also told in-depth way. Another minor sub-plot such as Mero Furuya with her school friends, Ichie Shinoda, and Miko Yasaka, is part of a fanservice just to make the tone so caring. Enough for the plot, the ending makes you like someone who feels a dilemma. I warned, just don’t be serious about carrying out the author who seems to be a prank because the twist is so deceptive. Just, don’t go down very seriously or you will get into such a trap. In addition, it’s quite ambiguous after the story, especially the last sentence said by Rea Sanka refers to the interpretation of the reader. Yeah, that’s what Mitsuru Hattori said, where the ending after the story relies more on the interpretation of each reader. So, enough for spoilers as well. On the other hand, this manga is so different from the adaptation of the anime. The introduction of the characters are quite slow and some of the thing not too memorable as well. This is not your everyday manga. There are some fillers that aren’t very important and are repeated. Some of them seem to be forced to be too encouraged to push the characters. The artwork is great, a redeeming quality for a manga horror. Just love the Chihiro’s design that is made like a cat. Some parts of the chibi moments, especially in scenes that are more seriously impressed is just to reduce the tone. As I said, don’t be serious. Rea also has much attention from this aspect. Some of the character designs, some are impressed bland. The ecchi is well illustrated if you could say. There is not some non-sense thing like light to cover all the mature content and less mature even though it is hard to say hentai too. Only to fill the fanservice parts. There is no other reason. Bottom line, just love for this aspect. “Sankarea” is a weird rom-zom-com than others. The problem is, the anime adaptation is more open-minded and interpretation. In fact, there is more if you read the manga after the anime or even read it from the beginning. The plot goes more complicated and complex. The manga is a dilemma which is so special than others. It was mixed with the good and bad sides who tried to be put together. Various depths of character and thousands of questions that you think still feel ambiguous have been answered in their entirety in this manga. The art is great, some of the characters just impressed like a quirky. “Sankarea” is indeed not the right recommendation for all people regardless of the genre is horror. But, it’s that weird impression that makes it unique.

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