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 4th episode PV thoughts and observations

This week the PV is far less mysterious than the previous ones.

It starts with a crossdressing Kazuki throwing himself on Tooi.

There’s not that much to say here other than it’s a super cute scene! I guess I kinda ship them, but I also I just love seeing Kazuki have fun and smile for a change. He’s either simply teasing Tooi, or there might be some reason he needs to pretend to be more familiar with him. I’m still waiting for someone to come up to him thinking he’s Sara. Maybe he meets some crazy fan and Tooi is his excuse to get away from them? Sara’s supposed to hold a handshake event this episode and Kazuki seems to be planning something for it.

Then we see Enta politely ask Tooi to give the Plates of Hope to Kazuki. However there’s no way Tooi’s going to do that, he has his own wish to fulfill. 

Now that it’s been revealed Haruka can’t walk we get to see his wheelchair in the frame!

Then we see Chikai grab Tooi’s face in a kind of weird way when they were younger. Did Tooi say something he shouldn’t have?

It’s a move that Tooi copies. He’s really looking up to his brother huh?

I’m guessing this guy is the boss?

He had some sort of encounter with Tooi when he was just a small boy. Tiny Tooi’s so cute, I hope it wasn’t anything too bad, but who am I kidding? 

Next up it’s my beloved Reo and Mabu! They’re posing, because they’re fabulous like that, never mind it shouldn’t be possible for them to float around like this. Ah, with the water this must be on top of that taiko drum! Reo seems kinda happy and crazy, Mabu’s stern as always. I’m really looking forward to this scene!!!

Then there’s another shot of Tooi when he was younger, as if I’m not loving this episode way too much already. Chikai seems to console him, whatever horribleness he just had to go through. That’s kinda nice, I want them to have a strong bond and a good relationship.

This episode seems to include lots of things I’m really into. Tooi’s my favourite of the boys so I’m thrilled to have an episode that’s focused on him. I also really love backstories and seeing characters when they were younger. In addition to this I’m especially weak to stories about siblings and that’s what Tooi’s storyline is all about. Also tragedy. Plus then there’s some new scene with ReoMabu that I can’t wait to see! Compared to their scene last week, I think this might be when it’s just the two of them talking, so I’m hoping for it to reveal more about them. There’s also a short chapter in the novel that I love and can’t wait to see, that should be coming up next. However it seems like the anime isn’t following the same order as in the novel, so it might be missing from this episode.

Then I have to mention how excited I am for Nobuyuki Takeuchi being responsible for this episode!!! Penguindrum’s 9th episode, which is my favourite episode from the series and possibly my favourite episode of anything ever, was created almost solely by him. He has also worked on several Shaft shows, most notably Bakemonogatari, which has amazing visuals. It’s my personal favourite studio and style. 

Sarazanmai – Fourth Dish

STORY: After being separated from his brother, the freeloader Tooi meets Enta. Enta asks him to hand over the Plates of Hope to Kazuki, however Tooi also has a wish he can’t give them away for. Meanwhile, what kind of plan will Kazuki present to Tooi, knowing about the handshake event Sara Azuma is about to hold?

STAFF
Script: Kunihiko Ikuhara, Teruko Utsumi
Storyboard: Nobuyuki Takeuchi
Episode director: Nobuyuki Takeuchi

The friendship bracelet

Anonymous asked me on tumblr:

so it’s interesting to note that the last shot in the ep 3 pv, kazuki’s leg that kicked the delinquents have a bracelet a bit different to the one that enta has on his box (it’s pink rather than green) so i kinda have to wonder if this is a flashback or not…

My reply:

There are different designs, but the one Kazuki is wearing when he kicks the bully is the same as the one in Enta’s box (green with red stripes). 

However the one we see Kazuki wear in the opening scene of the first episode looks different.

It’s also the one Enta’s holding on to in the episode 3 pv.

There’s also this shot in the episode 3 pv of what seems to be a third design (unless the colouring is playing tricks on us and it’s the second one). My guess is that it’s a flashback to their Golden Combo days and that was the first version of the bracelet. 

I wonder if any of these are Enta’s, since aren’t you supposed to get friendship bracelets in pairs? Like if that blue one is Enta’s maybe something happens to him and Kazuki starts wearing his bracelet? 

I think that the first scene is incredibly important and that it’ll turn out it’s a reference to the ending (similar to Penguindrum). Alternatively it’s a flashback. Maybe the blue bracelet was originally Kazuki’s but he threw it away or lost it and Enta retrieved it.

They actually highlight the bracelet while they show Kazuki running along Sumida, so it’s definitely important in the grand scheme of things and not just for Enta himself. 

I’m hoping that the bracelet situation in the next episode will help us make more sense of this. Right now my theory is that Enta dies or disappears. Or maybe they just start dating or rekindle their friendship or something and it’s Haruka who disappears since it’s his voice that Kazuki hears here?

Whatever it is, there’s something painful going on here!! Mark my words!