Sarazanmai 8th episode PV thoughts and observations

 Well this week we have a lot going on!

Kazuki’s upset over Enta’s betrayal. I wonder if he gets why Enta did it, or rather if he’ll actually address and process why Enta did it and how he has feelings towards him. It’s about time he did.

Tooi is wearing that SuperGroupies backpack, how cute!

Enta’s wandering around Asakusa sulking. He’s eating a lollipop just like Chikai. They’re about to meet this episode.

Enta’s grandma is with him as he’s playing Smart Ball at Mimatsu-kan, another real life location in Asakusa.

Chikai shows up. I wonder if Enta’s resentment towards Tooi becoming friends with Kazuki will drive him to turn him to the police? A happier scenario would be Chikai revealing something about Tooi that makes Enta soften up to him instead.  

Reo and Mabu are looking to arrest Chikai. It says here it’s for shikotama fraud. Shikotama can mean a lot of things (literally), but it’s written in katakana here to draw attention to how similar it is to shirikodama.

It seems like Chikai will be our zombie of the week and that the lollipop will be the lucky item. I’m worried, doesn’t that mean he’ll die? 

Mabu offers Reo some of the Ningyou-yaki, the ones he made last time.

I think he might’ve aced them. I’m hoping for them to taste the same as they did in the manga, that would be great thank you!

Sara and Keppi are on a date? Either they’re watching a movie and having fun or scheming something. 

A precious Tooi. I wanted to add this here for many reasons, one of them being to comment on how much I love how Sarazanmai draws eyes up close. Reo’s looks really nice as well.

Anyway, Tooi seems to be on the phone with Kazuki who’s freaking out about something. I’m guessing Enta rather than anything that has to do with Chikai, since Tooi is alarmed, but not panicking. 

He simply walks away. This scene takes place at the harbour, where he and his brother has been seen hanging out before. Maybe he’s waiting for him?

Both Enta and his brother are busy sneaking around. 

They seem to get along?

Then they run into someone from Yurikamome. The teeth are interesting! I suppose this expression is supposed to mimic the gulls their group is named after, but birds don’t have teeth. I’m guessing they’re spiky because he’s a bad guy and they make him look more intimidating, rather than it’s because he’s an otter, but who knows. Maybe there’s an overlap and he’s both of those things. He’s also more tan like Reo, so maybe there could be something here…?

Is he also a stabber?

I’m loving that we no longer have any novel spoilers to worry about, but people have been almost worse when it comes to chatting about the leaks from the pre screenings. I don’t want to hear any details from those. I’ve heard that this episode feels like a filler and I’ve heard that it made people cry. I can easily see how both of those statements hold true.

Sarazanmai PV – eight dish

Sara: Sarazanmai, the eight dish
Keppi: This is a cucumber spot kero
Enta: Yahoo so many! Oh? What’s that over there?
Keppi: That’s the cucumber of happiness that only those with beautiful hearts can see
Enta: I knew it! I wasn’t in the wrong after all! It’s good~ I can have countless
Sara: The sound of eating, crunch crunch crunch
Keppi: Oh? Something’s coming out kero

Sarazanmai – Eight Dish

STORY: Kazuki and Enta break up their friendship. Enta is sulking around the neighborhood and happens to run into Tooi’s brother Chikai. Can Chikai get away from Reo and Mabu who want him in for questioning? What are the important memories that’ll be revealed when their feelings mix?

STAFF
Script: Kunihiko Ikuhara, Teruko Utsumi
Storyboard: Kaneko Shingo, Masayuki Kurosawa
Episode director: Kaneko Shingo

Sarazanmai 7th episode PV thoughts and observations

Episode seven will be about Kazuki, Tooi and Enta starting their summer vacation, being friends and cleaning up Enta’s beloved practice spot that got vandalized. We’ll also get Reo and Mabu’s backstory!!

The PV starts off super cute with Otone celebrating the start of the summer vacation. She looks adorable! I want a swim ring like that and i don’t even use/care for them!

Most of the PV shows us the boys cleaning up the practice spot. I feel like it’ll be a fairly short scene and that the rest of the episode will focus on Reo and Mabu. 

The boys are in a really good place right now. It warms my heart to see them smile and have fun, even though it sucks that something important to Enta got destroyed. At least I’m pretty sure the fact that he gets to spend more time with Kazuki will make up for it!

Look at all this lighthearted fun they’re having together. Also, I like how Kazuki’s wearing a striped shirt again. That was their family thing!

This honestly feels like another one of Enta’s delusions, this is so unlike what we’ve seen of Tooi so far. 

Sarazanmai’s mostly given us heartbreak and pain, I don’t know what to do with these new emotions??

I just have to share these images, they make me so happy. I especially love seeing Tooi blushing like that! There are so many smiles in this PV, they give me life!!

Of course the episode won’t be all laughter and smiles, we have the ReoMabu backstory to give us our weekly dosage of pain and suffering.

Reo’s in an otter hospital of some sort, most likely to be treated after whatever wounds he got in the war since the next shot we get is of Mabu not looking very lively

The otters are kinda violating him? I’m guessing this is from when they give him a mechanical heart.

It’s a bit morbid to end the PV with this shot of Mabu and the text “look forward to this!”. Then again it does look like Mabu’s enjoying it… Sarazanmai’s so lewd lol

This will be a super exciting episode! For the first time we don’t have a corresponding chapter in the novel to compare it to or to avoid spoilers from. (There’s only a short intermission that I’m hoping to see since it’s amazing, we get inside a character’s head and it’s super angsty and emotional but also kinda sweet – just the way I like it). Reo and Mabu have always been my faves so I’m really looking forward to their time in the spotlight and to finally find out what exactly Mabu’s gone through and on what conditions he’s still alive. 

This will probably be more from Reo’s POV than Mabu’s, the anime has given him more focus, although I could also argue that the manga was more on his side as well. I would love to see a flashback to their days raising Sara (I’ll literally scream out of joy if that happens). I’m also hoping to find out if they’re actually otters, simply on their side or forced to work on their side. It’s not super clear to me yet because there are arguments and counterarguments for all of those possibilities. 

Sarazanmai PV – seventh dish

Sara: Sarazanmai, the seventh dish
Sara: The sound of the telephone, ring ring ring
Reo: Hello, this is the Asakusa Kawauso Police Station. Yes. Yes, yes, I see. We’ll head there immediately
Mabu: I’m home
Reo: It seems like suspicious objects are being dumped. We’re heading to the scene of the crime immediately
Mabu: I just ate some fresh vegetables outside. Ahh I’ve started to feel good
Reo: Hey something’s coming out!!

Sarazanmai – Seventh Dish

STORY: Just before the summer vacation Kazuki and Enta invite Tooi to join the soccer club. Summer was about to begin for the three of them. At that time, an incident occurs and someone destroys the practice spot filled with memories that Enta’s been protecting. Reo and Mabu are scheming something. Now their past will be revealed.

STAFF
Script: Kunihiko Ikuhara, Teruko Utsumi
Storyboard: Ryunosuke Yoshiyuki (kana?)
Episode director: Yoriko Hashimoto

Sarazanmai episode 4 thoughts

The episode starts with a flashback involving guns, blood, a young Tooi and Chikai as well as the the phrase “only the bad guys survive”. Should be a fun episode!

After the opening sequence we’re back at the Yasaka household, same as last episode. We’re shown even more accommodations for Haruka’s disability; ramps and his wheelchair. Sara’s on TV and she announces a fan meeting that Haruka’s excited to go. The meeting comes as a surprise for Kazuki who’s now in huge trouble, since it’s tomorrow and he has to come up with something to keep with his secret. Haruka can’t meet the actual Sara.

Next up Chikai’s up to no good and Tooi’s chilling/ playing around/ reminiscing with his gun while talking to him on the phone. Okay it’s not as chill as I’m making it out to be, there are heavy memories attached to that gun and Chikai’s a pretty bad guy to be talking to. It also turns out that Tooi’s living in the upstairs space of a Soba restaurant – how appropriate!

“A friend” comes to meet him. It’s Enta. First Enta goes on about how he called himself Tooi’s friend just to be able to get a hold of him, then he starts praising his family’s soba place, and finally he gets to the point and asks Tooi to give the plates to Kazuki.

Since Kazuki was the one to save Enta (from being lonely), now Enta wants to help Kazuki. I like that Enta actually wants to give the plates to Kazuki out of gratitude and not plain obsessive love. That way it actually helps him too.

Tooi gives us his PV speech. It’s fun to hear them in the actual show, although really weird to know what the character’s next five sentences will be.

There are lots of interesting shots over Asakusa. When I was there I mostly spent my time around the temple and river so I’m curious to look them up later.

Tooi’s angsting and then he meets Kazuki who jumps on him. It’s one of my favourite little scenes in the series so far. Kazuki asks Tooi to kidnap Sara. I had to do a double take there, but yeah, that’s actually the great plan Kazuki came up with. Tooi also needs to take pictures of Kazuki eating soba for Haruka and Tooi seems to get a little flustered when he looks at Kazuki’s weirdly seductive eating. He actually blushes here!

Then we get a flashback. When Tooi was 10 his parents died. His room is filled with soccer stuff, that’s an interesting connection he might have to Kazuki and Enta (that I was supposed to talk about, but never got around to). His brother is a jerk, but I suppose he also has his reasons? And he does help out in the end to his own detriment.

This Yurikamome group seems kinda odd and interesting. Why black headed gulls though? I need to look into this later.

Back to the present, Kazuki reveals his plan of Tooi locking up Sara’s manager in a bathroom and then kidnapping Sara. I’m sure Tooi’s capable enough to be able to pull it off and Kazuki’s a pretty convincing Sara, but there’s got to be hundreds of people around, no way things will go smoothly. Couldn’t he just stop Haruka from going and then meet him privately to make up for it?

Then Kazuki’s soba flies away, they realize there’ll be another zombie and the scene shifts over to the police headquarters where Reo and Mabu are about to dance. This week our zombie guy was arrested for making soba broth out of women’s bathwater. Then he got murdered. Serves him right I would say.

The boys meet up with Keppi and he turns them into kappa. Since Tooi’s family’s place was shown on TV, he’s the one connected to the zombie and it’s his time to take the lead.

I really like his music for his leak. All the boys have gotten really good tracks, I’m going to be listening to them all once the OST is released. 

I love that Tooi’s reaction is pretty much just “oh I knew this would be it”. I don’t have that much to say about his secret. I saw it coming/had it partially spoiled for me. I like Chikai and I like their relationship. It’s very brotherly.

Then Reo and Mabu have a very short scene, but it’s the highlight of the episode!! It’s the first time they’re talking to each other privately so I’m treasuring this moment.

Kazuki eating a cucumber in the background is hilarious. He’s weirdly calm while Enta’s freaking out.

The episode ends with another shocking reveal. Kazuki offers his plate to Tooi, perhaps since he could relate to Tooi and his brother a little bit? He also says that he hates Haruka. Umm wow rude?

Enta’s incredibly creepy again, this time for doing “the bridge” and walking around like that on all fours. Seriously I do not need a shot of him approaching me like that.

I guess next episode will be about Kazuki and Tooi kidnaping Sara, and Enta freaking out about everything. The next secret will probably be Kazuki’s reason to hate Haruka, although it’s slightly unfair and unbalanced how he’s the one revealing the most. Then again it’s his own fault for having so many dumb secrets to being with!

Those are some good words to end this on.