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Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
(Five episodes watched):|
My first impression while watching Sakurako was well, Dammit, here's a show which tells a story which I haven't already heard twenty or thirty times and has three-dimensional characters--was that so difficult? A show for adults, you might say. Actually, not all that many thoughts sprung to mind as I watched, except that I was enjoying it and wondered where it might possibly go in episode two. It almost feels complete after one episode; will every episode be a bones-of-the-week tale, much like this one, or will there be an ongoing plot? Episode one seems to thoroughly introduce the characters but not do much else. I wondered, would there be a supernatural element? Why do bones turn up when these two teenagers are together? Will there be romance? But these are good questions, questions which I was eager to learn the answers to, rather than questions about why a series was so mediocre and left me so unexcited.
But I may have spoken too quickly in praising this show. Sakurako seems to be a sort of amateur CSI expert. The case in episode two was OK, but the evidence that enabled her to figure out what had happened was pretty shaky and it's hard to see how she deduced so much. I was slightly disappointed in that it looks like this show will consist largely of episode two type stories rather than the more engaging tale that seemed to be underway in episode one. In episode three Sakurako helps a girl who is distraught because she doesn't know why her grandmother disappeared and was later found dead. It seemed kind of corny rather than moving to me; we never got to know the girl well enough to truly sympathize with her. Again, Sakurako is able to derive a full explanation of a complicated event from just a preliminary examination of a body. In real life, I doubt that it is ever so easy. I skipped episodes four and five, because they were a two-parter but episode four wouldn't convert to DVD mode and I didn't think it was worth watching otherwise (which tells you a good deal about how much trouble I am prepared to go to for the sake of this show). Episode six was kind of boring as a minor mystery is solved, using an odd sort of bone. The entertainment I was getting didn't seem to justify the time that was required in exchange. In general, this anime looks like this show will be more practical and ordinary than philosophical and unusual, as I had first thought. Will there be any romance between Sakurako and Shoutarou? That might spice things up and salvage the show, but it doesn't seem to happen often in anime. I also detected a tendency for Sakurako's own life to come into danger in unrealistic and unconvincing manners. In the end, I concluded that this show wasn't as good as I had first thought and I lost interest and dropped it.
Last updated Wednesday, March 23 2016. Created Saturday, October 17 2015.