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 PV – fourth dish

Sara: Sarazanmai, the fourth dish
Tooi: If I don’t sell the fresh vegetables…
Sara: The sound of eating, munch munch munch 
Kazuki: Fresh vegetables are nice dish
Tooi: That’s what I’m saying, but you shouldn’t
Kazuki: Fresh vegetables are nice dish 
Tooi: Stop it, right now!
Kazuki: Fresh vegetables are the best dishshushushu
Tooi: Hey, something’s coming out!?

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!

Sarazanmai 3rd episode PV thoughts and observations

Kizu means kiss, but it’s also the Japanese name for sillago, a type of fish. Looks like Kazuki’s lucky item of the day is kizu and that’s why he’s standing outside a store that sells the fish kind.

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Unfortunately I don’t think a fish will work for this. Look at those background photos!

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I think Otone will tease Enta over Kazuki. This episode she’s gonna put on the friendship bracelet Enta got for Kazuki and get taken away by the zombies. She knows what’s up. 

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Also Enta, I see your traditional wear and I appreciate it!

We’ll get a flashback of Kazuki and Enta’s Golden Combo days. 

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Then Enta meets up with Haruka. He’s holding the friendship bracelet and the tone is enthusiastic so I’m guessing Haruka encourages him to give it to Kazuki?

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He meets Tooi next. Enta’s beaten up, but it was probably not Tooi’s doing which we’ll see later (although looking at the colour of the sky, the time-frame confuses me. The sun hasn’t set here yet).

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Before that we’re shown Reo and Mabu. 

I love them? That’s all I have to say really. Well I’m also happy they seem to be getting more scenes, especially standing on this construction. I think their dance number was supposed to be different each time? It would be fun to get another one next episode, but I’m also fine without since that means there’s more time left for completely new scenes (that can also be used for other stock footage scenes instead). 

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Back to Enta, these guys are the ones who beat him up. They’re both soccer players that I think were on opposing teams to Kazuki and Enta’s (you can spot them in the flashback). The reason for the beatdown could relate to them losing to him, but I’ve also seen people speculate it’s due to homophobia. 

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Poor Enta 😦 

It seems to happen again later on

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Luckily for him this time Kazuki appears and beats them up!

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Like I mentioned earlier the sky here is yellowish, so I’m not sure about the time-frame. This probably leads up to another confrontation with a zombie as well as Enta’s feelings towards Kazuki.

I can’t wait to see how it plays out!

Sarazanmai PV – third dish

Sara: Sarazanmai, the third dish
Enta: I just do what I want to do, honestly. My career may be long, but since I’m self-taught I’d say it would be presumptions to call myself a pro. The only thing I can say is I guess I’m happy for having met someone who I wanna kiss hahaha*
Sara: The sound of eating, munch munch munch
Enta: Huh, something’s coming out!?

*tl note: not his exact phrase. I’m not 100% on this line, but it’s smth to that extent

Episode 2 PV observations

Keppi’s like a piggy bank, that’s cute!

The kanji in question is 希 which means hope. It can also mean beg/request or rare. Another way to write it is 稀 which is the kanji Kazuki has in his name (一稀, “the most rare”). I wonder if it could be related to him?

Then we have Haruka, Kazuki’s brother who’ll get a proper introduction. He’s doing the same poses as Sara. I’m still not sure how to interpret these signs. The first ones probably stand for ア and I think the one in this image might references an animal of some sort, but I’m not sure which one (otters??).

It also seems like these two who appear in the OP are their parents, and that they all live together. Although Kazuki’s not present in this scene there’s a spot reserved for him.

Enta seems to have lost his item, or something must’ve happened to it. I saw someone mention that maybe he mixed up his box with Tooi’s and that’s how Enta finds out about Tooi’s secret. I suppose that’s one viable option!

A bunch of lucky selfies! It’ll be nice to see Kazuki crossdress again. I hope we’ll find out more about why he does it and how he really feels about it.

He’ll go to the Hanayashiki Amusement Park in Asakusa. It’s interesting that the pictograms don’t have the same hairstyles as last time, instead they have antenna on top of their heads? They also seem to have wings and striped abdomens like bees. Will their visual style change for each episode? Does it mirror the desire and zombie in question each episode?

I’m not entirely sure how. Boxes and traditional hairstyles don’t really go together, unless the point was to have them be opposites, old and new (but even then it doesn’t really make sense). Maybe there’s something I’m missing or maybe we still don’t have the key to the answer.

Kazuki meets Tooi at the amusement park and they get dressed up as bees, somewhat explaining the pictograms. I’ve never been to Hanayashiki, so I’m not entirely sure what it’s like, however a google search reveals that there used to be an attraction called “Bee Tower”. It closed down in 2016, but maybe they’re still keeping up with the bee theme? Or maybe the anime is set in the past?

The person standing in the middle is a ninja. There’s both a ninja shop and a dojo in Hanayashiki where you can have fun with all kinds of ninja related things, explaining their presence.

Then it seems like Tooi and Kazuki will encounter a cat that they start to chace. Is that the lucky selfie item of the day? Most likely, since Reo and Mabu were dealing with some cat person and a bunch of kitties at the end of the last episode, building up for this.

You should note that they keep holding hands throughout this sequence.

Then the PV ends with shots of Tooi and Chikai drowning/torturing some guy who has a suspiciously similar hair color to Enta. It’s clearly a grown up man (if you can say such a thing when it comes to Sarazanmai, we already have one crossdresser and a guy who looks more like a girl to most) so it could be his father or some other relative. It’s another possible connection between him and Tooi and a reason to why he knows/finds out about his secret.

I’m excited to see Chikai in action. I wanna hear what he sounds like!

Seems like episode 2 will be mostly humorous with some more serious and darker moments, which is exactly what I want from Sarazanmai so it’s looking very good!

Sarazanmai PV – second dish

Sara: Sarazanmai, the second dish
Kazuki: We got turned into kappa. It’s tough. I want to eat cucumbers, right now! But what’s this, they’re not selling cucumbers anywhere?
Tooi: Hey, looks like there are fresh vegetables here
Kazuki: Let’s dig in!
The sound of eating, crunch crunch crunch
Kazuki: Ah I’m feeling well. Huh, something’s coming out!?Sarazanmai PV – second dish

Sarazanmai – Second Dish

STORY: “Sarazanmai” gave them terrifying side-effects. Even then Kazuki wanders around the city looking for today’s lucky selfie item. In an unexpected turn of events he runs into Tooi and the two go along with each other. Meanwhile does Enta know Tooi’s huge secret?

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