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Sankarea is a romantic comedy of an anime adapted from a manga of the same name. Chihiro Furuya is a big fan of anything pertaining or related to zombies. One day, Chihiro's cat, Babu, is sadly killed by a car. Possessed by his zombie mania, Chihiro frantically studies texts and performs experiments within an abandoned building in order to brew a potion of resurrection. Should the potion succeed, Babu will be brought back as a zombie cat.

The potion proves successful, but while Chihiro has been experimenting in the building, he encounters the woman Rea Sanka. Rea is depressed about her strictly-controlled life and soon warms up to the idea of being turned into a zombie; as a zombie, Chihiro would look after her. After Rea assists by finding a hydrangea plant for the potion, Babu revives as a zombie. However, Chihiro isn't initially aware of Babu's revival, gives up on his experimentations, and Rea consumes the potion to take her own life. With Chihiro aware that his potion works, it comes as no surprise that Rea also rises as a zombie, much to her own shock.

Rea is now dealing with her existence as a living corpse, with Chihiro's first discovery that her body will suffer from the stiffening effects of rigor mortis as well as Rea's mental state slipping into dazes. After some experimentation, the hydrangea plant is revealed as a preventative medicine to the dazing and stiffness, but it only ameliorates the problem and is not a cure.

Just as life seems to be working out for Chihiro and his zombie pet and girlfriend, things take a turn for the worse as Rea's controlling father, Dan'ichiro, kidnaps Chihiro. Chihiro meets Aria, the wife of Dan'ichiro as well as maid to Rea. Aria explains that Dan'ichiro cared more for Rea because she resembles his young wife, who died while delivering Rea. Chihiro and Dan'ichiro have a fencing match for Rea's honor. The series ends with a rivalry for Chihiro's affections between the zombie girl Rea and Chihiro's cousin Ranko.

Friday 1:55 AM et/pt on FUNimation
1 Season, 20 Episodes - Currently Airing
April 6, 2012
Animation & Cartoons, Anime, Comedy, Romance
7.2/10
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  • Chihiro begins to have second thoughts about his duty in looking after Rea's welfare, and how little he can do for her. When plans to watch a fireworks show that Rea has her heart set on seeing fall through, the group comes up with an alternative.

  • Chihiro begins to have second thoughts about his duty in looking after Rea's welfare, and how little he can do for her. When plans to watch a fireworks show that Rea has her heart set on seeing fall through, the group comes up with an alternative.

  • Rea arrives home just as Dan'ichiro shows Chihiro into the fencing hall, where he is determined to settle things between them. Though detained by the maid staff, Rea is able to elude them, and rushes to save Chihiro, but is startled by what she finds.

  • Rea arrives home just as Dan'ichiro shows Chihiro into the fencing hall, where he is determined to settle things between them. Though detained by the maid staff, Rea is able to elude them, and rushes to save Chihiro, but is startled by what she finds.

  • While being held hostage inside the Sanka mansion, Chihiro meets Aria. She discloses that she is Rea's stepmother, and relates how she came to be married to Dan'ichiro. In the course of her tale, more about Dan'ichiro's past is also revealed to Chihiro.

  • While being held hostage inside the Sanka mansion, Chihiro meets Aria. She discloses that she is Rea's stepmother, and relates how she came to be married to Dan'ichiro. In the course of her tale, more about Dan'ichiro's past is also revealed to Chihiro.

  • Mero and her two friends tell tales of their own brushes with zombies. Ichie tells of the creature that the art teacher keeps; Miko relates the story of an awful smell that led her to a house of horror. Mero's story, however, trumps them both.

  • Mero and her two friends tell tales of their own brushes with zombies. Ichie tells of the creature that the art teacher keeps; Miko relates the story of an awful smell that led her to a house of horror. Mero's story, however, trumps them both.

  • After Rea agrees to join the Furuya family in a meal, Chihiro becomes more interested in her dietary habits. At Rea's insistence, he takes her to the mall to shop for clothes. Once there, however, Chihiro isn't the only one who pays attention to Rea.

  • After Rea agrees to join the Furuya family in a meal, Chihiro becomes more interested in her dietary habits. At Rea's insistence, he takes her to the mall to shop for clothes. Once there, however, Chihiro isn't the only one who pays attention to Rea.

  • Chihiro spends his Sunday helping out with the Saoji family's restaurant. Ranko tells the tale of the first time she met Chihiro. The two young children develop an unusual friendship between themselves as more about Ranko's family is revealed.

  • Chihiro spends his Sunday helping out with the Saoji family's restaurant. Ranko tells the tale of the first time she met Chihiro. The two young children develop an unusual friendship between themselves as more about Ranko's family is revealed.

  • Rea's strange behavior leads her to kiss Chihiro in front of Ranko. After Rea slips away, Chihiro learns some valuable information about the undead from his grandpa. Chihiro decides to start keeping a diary of his observations of Rea.

  • With Rea going through rigor mortis, Chihiro does his best to keep her hidden while attending to household chores. While trying to figure out how to preserve Rea's body, Chihiro makes a startling discovery about his grandpa. Ranko learns more about Rea.

  • With Rea going through rigor mortis, Chihiro does his best to keep her hidden while attending to household chores. While trying to figure out how to preserve Rea's body, Chihiro makes a startling discovery about his grandpa. Ranko learns more about Rea.

  • Aria learns that Rea has run away, and Dan'ichiro vows to get her back. In Chihiro's room, Rea sews up her wound, and the two of them each come to terms with her rebirth as a zombie. Free of her father, Rea reveals to Chihiro what she now wants from him.

  • Rea is grounded indefinitely for sneaking out at night, and her father decides to keep her home from school, for good measure. She sneaks out again anyway, and goes looking for Chihiro. Elsewhere, when Babu runs away, Chihiro and Ranko chase after him.

  • Rea continues to assist Chihiro's attempt to reanimate Babu. She reveals her home life, including an unhealthy relationship with her father. The two of them decide to make one last attempt to bring Babu back to life, using a hydrangea blossom.

  • When the family cat is accidentally killed, zombie buff Chihiro Furuya secretly tries to bring it back to life. After he overhears Rea Sanka shouting her frustrations down a well, Rea offers to help Chihiro, as they both keep each others' secrets.

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