Yep, still damn good.
I pretty much said what I wanted to see about Sankarea and how sadly underappreciated it is in the Episode 14 post, but this was certainly a fine episode in its own right. It’s become something of a tradition for series to do OVA episodes about their cat characters, it seems – and as was the case with Ao no Exorcist, it’s yields excellent results. This one completely slipped under my radar when it was released, so thanks very much to Pearl, who notified me of its existence in the Episode 14 comments.
Babu’s approval when he got a look at the girl cat in the car that almost hit him, but here she’s given a chance to give Babu human speech. It’s an interesting tack, a way to give the audience a little more background in what’s really happening to the characters (such as the removal of the “limiter” on their muscles being the reason zombies are so strong). Of course it also allows director Omata Shinichi to explore the feelings attached to a zombie’s fate in a way he can’t with Sanka, because Babu is far more introspective in this OVA than Sanka ever was.
Darin Arnschent Kurumiya (Kusumi Aiko) a zombie researcher – though you’d never know that from the episode, and her connection to the rest of the cast is unexplained. It’s frustrating, of course, to see a series which so brazenly admits to being incomplete yet offers no promises of a return – but I sort of admire the way DEEN stubbornly refuses to sugarcoat the manga or rewrite it for the limitations of the format. An incomplete story the Sankarea anime may be, but it’s a very good one – full of genuine emotion, relatable characters and truly lovely visuals. It will certainly never be popular, but I hope it will ultimately be recognized for the hidden gem it is.