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.