Sarazanmai 10th episode PV thoughts and observations

The second to last episode and episode preview. It’ll be an intense episode, according to the synopsis Kazuki infiltrates the Otter Empire hideout, Reo catches Keppi and the secret Reo, Mabu and Keppi share will be revealed.

This is the final stretch of this Ikuhara wild ride, hopefully we won’t crash and burn too badly.

The PV begins with Kazuki hugging Enta, which would be really sweet if not for the fact that Enta is dead and might be gone for good if the timer runs out before Kazuki is able to save him. This image radiates stress. At least I’m happy Kazuki’s showing that he cares for Enta!

Both of these shots seem to be from the Kappa statue square.

That means there’ll be multiple Reo and Kazuki interactions throughout the episode, because next up they meet at the hideout. Reo’s pointing a gun at Mabu, Kazuki’s holding on to something, I’m not sure what.

Reo’s pretty far gone. I get that he’s hurt and upset with Mabu, but I wonder how they got into this situation, especially with Kazuki and Enta there, standing next to him not that seemingly worried for their safety. I don’t see Keppi and I wonder if he’s in that package Kazuki’s holding on to (captured by Reo). This is the same place where Keppi talked about saving Haruka through a shirikodama transfer in episode 6, but I don’t see these characters be cooperative enough to go through with it.

Reo’s probably taunting Mabu again, and then he gets emotional.

Mabu’s showing some emotion as well! Aaahhh!!

Enta goes flying and Reo’s holding on to four silver plates. His gun says “fire” so it’s in the same mode as when he shot Enta. There’s smoke coming out of it so it’s been used. Did he (try to) shoot Enta again?

Whatever happened Kazuki catches Enta. There’s been another scene change, they’re running around in the hideout.  

Both Dark-Keppi (Black-Keppi?) and the otter shows up. 

The signs here say “Judgement: Desire”, so unlike with Haruka Mabu(?) will be accepted and won’t return?

I DON’T LIKE WHERE THIS IS GOING

I MEAN I LOVE IT, LOOK AT THAT DELICIOUSLY EVIL SMILE

BUT PLEASE DON’T LET ANYTHING BAD HAPPEN TO MY BELOVED KAZUKI, HE’S BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH ALREADY

Kazuki has a red sheen to him, same as this football. I’m thinking this could be an illusion where he’s playing with it, or maybe he snaps or gets turned somehow and they’re glowing red because of the fire that’ll show up in a sec. They’ve also changed location again, this from the river and Azuma Bridge area.

This performing otter showed up last episode when Reo was having his delusion (at least that’s my interpretation of the scene), so this could indicate another similar situation. The otter could also be joining the fight since it want to protect Dark-Keppi.

Tooi’s upset in the rain. I don’t think we’ll see that much of him in this episode, but I’m assuming he’ll return to Asakusa. I hope that he’ll make it in time…

There’s an explosion on the bridge. I wonder if anyone(/Mabu?) got turned into a zombie since they’re here and the judgement fell on desire? I don’t think it’ll be a typical fight though.

Reo cries some more, Mabu’s serving us this look. Is this from before or after the explosion? I have a lot of questions regarding Mabu’s fate.

Reo kicks Kazuki. With each episode he strays further and further away from being the loveable goof he was in Reo to Mabu: Futari wa Sarazanmai. I’m both interested and scared to see how fans are taking this. I still like him. I tend to like villains and my top list of favourite Ikuhara characters is filled with them. It’s not that surprising considering how many Ikuhara characters are villainous…

A good thing to note here is that Kazuki’s still holding on to the last silver plate. RIP Keppi. We don’t see Mabu in any of the shots from this scene and that’s worrisome. Did Reo actually shoot him? 

Now Reo’s gun is set on “Blood”. That’s new. 

You could interpret it as in he’s out for blood, but why did the setting change from “fire”? Will it gather blood for a transfusion? Does it have something to do with blood connections that get mentioned in the show? As a neat little detail I also want to mention that the kanji for blood 血 looks very similar to the kanji for plate 皿 so this better be good. They must’ve been saving it for the pun/meaning.

Enta’s incredibly close to dying. The red indicates his lifespan and it’s almost run out.

The second set of Kuro Keppi System signs say “Despair: Release”. I’m definitely looking forward to see what that’ll be about. 

Looking at the synopsis again, there’s one image of Mabu in the hospital, which I think relates to the reveal of their secret. The rest of the images are from the Azuma Bridge area and I want to mention buff Keppi, because, well, that’s a sight. I wonder if Keppi’s the one to cause the explosion? Maybe that’s him expanding and blowing up? It doesn’t look like it helps much though, I think that might bring in some slight comic relief into the otherwise very dark episode. 

Sarazanmai PV – tenth dish

Sara: Sarazanmai, the tenth dish.
Kazuki: It happened earlier, but we became kappa.
Tooi: In order to turn back into humans we need fresh veggies.
Kazuki: Please don’t say that. We won’t become kappa, but useless members of society.
Tooi: Why is there a hole here, oh there are some fresh veggies in it.
Sara: The sound of eating, crunch crunch crunch crunch
Kazuki: Aaah I’m feeling good. Oh, something came out?

Sarazanmai – Tenth Dish

STORY: Kazuki decides to infiltrate the Otter Empire’s hideout once more. Immediately after that Keppi is arrested by Reo. What unknown secret does Keppi, Reo and Mabu hold? Will Kazuki be able to get back the plates and save Enta?

STAFF
Script: Kunihiko Ikuhara, Teruko Utsumi
Storyboard: Masayuki Kurosawa, Katsunori Shibata, Kaneko Shingo
Episode director: Noriko Hashimoto, Kaneko Shingo

Sarazanmai 9th episode PV thoughts and observations

Only three episodes left, but so much that needs to happen and so much that will happen looking at this PV. 

The PV starts with a shot taken from the boat Tooi went on together with his brother. We’ll be getting another direct continuation from last episode’s events.

They’re watching Sara’s TV show. 

“A conflict in this peaceful city!?”
“Sara report – Sara will never again put pepper in ramen dish. Never again sneeze dish. Never again […] important day…”

Sara’s secret message is about her screw up last episode. The news are about a series of shooting incidents and it looks like Chikai is the prime suspect. 

Tooi is worried.

Chikai just gives him this look. Wow…

Kazuki meets up with actual police officers.

Never mind that they’re under mind control by the otters… Whatever they tell him it’s not good news… Hold on I need to post more shots of him crying.

I’m loving the crying in Sarazanmai, it looks incredible! 

This entire small snippet has such a good dark hopeless feeling to it! How am I excited about it? It’s my survival strategy. 

Don’t interpret this the wrong way, but I love tragedies (with happy endings!!) so whenever I come across something really painful, I get really happy about the different feelings I get to go through, and seeing how the characters deal with it etc etc.

Otone and her grandmother find out about what happened to Enta. The interior looks interesting, I want to know where this is from. 

Haruka and Kazuki comfort each other. It’s super heartwarming and I’m happy their relationship has improved!

Tooi and Chikai meet some random guy who I don’t think we’ve seen before? It seems like he could be an ally.

Then they meet more guys. I’m guessing this will be the culmination of the conflict the synopsis talked about. They’re pointing guns at each other and there’s another shooting. The results are unknown, obviously, it wouldn’t be a Sarazanmai PV otherwise. 

Are those slightly red eyes and tears? Is Tooi crying? Will it be about his brother or will he find out about Enta? I’d like to think that he’s be leaving his brother after all and this is their goodbye scene. 

THEN THERE’S THIS

REO’S BEING FABULOUS AND COPYING A DANCE FROM WEST SIDE STORY (thanks @lizvdaae​ for pointing that out!). Sarazanmai’s becoming even more of a musical and I’m living for it!!!

Worth noting is that he’s holding on to a bottle of wine and a box for dessert, which we’ve seen before on their twitter account! 

This was posted on March 2nd at 3:30PM JST and it says “Just now I remembered that it’s my birthday today -Mabu”. The box is from Tengoku which is the same café that appeared in chapter 1 of the manga, the place they went to to try their famous pancakes.

Maybe this is ReoMabu’s staple celebratory dish? They got the plates, but according to the synopsis the otters don’t seem to be that happy with them. Something will occur that determines their relationship… As mysterious as ever…

Lastly, we get another flashback with Kazuki and Enta. It’s very sweet, but will probably be extremely sad in a “why didn’t I appreciate you more before” way. 

The spotlight’s on Kazuki.

I’m amazed all this will fit into one episode. I also want to point out that this episode is storyboarded and directed by Nobuyuki Takeuchi, which you can tell from this short PV alone due to all the framing choices. I really love his style and I’m expecting something like Penguindrum episode 9 from this as well! I think the two episodes will share a lot of similarities since they’re both about loss and conflicts. 

I’m worried about Kazuki, I’m worried about Tooi and Chikai. I feel sorry for Otone and Enta’s grandmother. I’m excited to see Reo dance and curious what Mabu’s up to and how the otters will interact with them. It seems like Enta’s really dead, but I’m expecting him to show up again so I’m not too worried about that, except there’s a tiny voice in my head going “what if you’re wrong about that…”. I really hope I’m not because that’ll be painful. 

That’s about it for this week!

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