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Sankarea Vol. #09 Manga Review

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Sankarea Volume 11 CoverChihiro’s zombie honeymoon comes to an abrupt end!

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Mitsuru Hattori
Translation/Adaptation: Lindsey Akashi

What They Say
LIGHTS, CAMERA, RESURRECTION!

Though he barely escaped with his life, Chihiro has returned with the rest of his crew to Shiyoh City with newfound hope for Bub and Rea. However, the research that led to Bub’s recovery took its toll on Rea, leaving her with only vague memories of the “boy with the cat-ear hairdo.” But Chihiro will do anything to bring Rea back to normal, and with his camera, some props and a few friends who can carry a tune, he’s going to set the scene for Rea’s big come back!

The Review! (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Content:
Back when Rea first traveled to ZoMA, I thought that must be how things were going to get turned around and Rea was going to find a cure, or at the very least something that would slow her rotting down to a crawl. I couldn’t have been more wrong!

After Chihiro was nearly killed by zombies, Rea had her brain scraped, and Grandpa showed up to save everyone from Darin’s father. Everything has calmed down since then, but unfortunately, Rea’s brain surgery may have been a blessing and a curse. Darin’s father was able to use some of her brain to create an elixir that greatly slows the rotting process. However, it also caused Rea to forget Chihiro and his family. All that time Rea and Chihiro spent together is gone for her, and ultimately for him.

Chihiro returned home with his cat in better health, but Rea went back to her house since she just thinks he’s some weird stalker. Rea does seem to remember Darin and their friendship, so she eventually moves in to Darin’s apartment. Things don’t go that smoothly as Rea has flashes of going full zombie. That causes Darin to second guess their roommate situation!

Things get interesting when Grandpa writes a letter to Chihiro. Grandpa stayed at ZoMA, but promised to tell Chihiro the truth behind zombies and what happened to his mother. It is too much story to put in a letter, so Grandpa tells Chihiro to visit the ice cave and find the frozen zombie there and thaw her out. Wait, frozen zombie?! Who the heck is it and can she still revive after being frozen for who knows how long?

In Summary
Chihiro is certainly down in the dumps after returning from ZoMA. They didn’t find a cure for Rea, Darin was shot by her own father, and now Rea doesn’t even remember who Chihiro is and why he cares about her. All enough to be seriously depressed, but a letter from his Grandpa changes all that. This leads to the discovery of a frozen zombie in an ice cave. It is a cool picture as she sits frozen in the sitting lotus position in the same way that Buddhist monks have been known to self-mummify. Chihiro does manage to reanimate the woman zombie and her true identity is a shocker, and her story will be even more shocking come the next volume!

Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: B+

Age Rating: Older Teens 16+
Released By: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: October 31st, 2014
MSRP: $10.99

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