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

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.

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.