Sankarea – 02

Furuya continues to experiment on the proper potion to revive Baabu, and Rea assists him. She narrates her controlling father and him abnormal relationship with her, which includes taking nude pictures of her every year. When she heeds her friend’s advice to tell him to stop, he makes that friend’s father transfer far away. Rea suggests they use Hydrangea, which doesn’t seem to work on Baabu, and they go home. Her father catches her, and promises she’ll never leave the house again. When Ranko opens Furuya’s box, a reanimated Baabu soars out into the night. Locked in her room, Rea drinks a portion of the potion she reserved for herself.

Between her Drunkard Ice Queen mom and her TOTAL CREEPER dad, it’s a wonder Sanka Rea is as well-adjusted as she is. Imagine every aspect of your life being under a microscope, and anyone you get close to disappearing if they don’t meet his approval. And then there’s the pictures. This father is no doctor and these are no clinical documents: he dresses her up in skimpy costumes. This is SO wrong, even the totally isolated and naive Rea knew deep down it was wrong, and her friend Nakadai only confirmed it. But now Nakadai is gone and Rea has no other friends, except for Furuya. And her father would never approve of him, anymore than he’s approve of her seeing a greaser.

First, he’s a guy; second, he’s poor; and third, well, he’s trying to re-animate his cat (though that’s frankly not nearly as bad as taking nude pics of your daughter; it’s not even in the same time zone). When she sneaks home from meeting with this boy – with a limp, no less – he brings down the hammer – no more leaving the house for her! Though we no doubt suspect she and Furuya will meet again. And then there’s that little matter of the potion working. If it brought Baabu back, what will it do to her?

Rating: 7 (Very Good)

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