Sasami-san at Ganbaranai 3: Where they actually tell the truth…

Gosh, I’m so late with all this season’s animes… I guess I’m not into them as much as I was (ok… I never have been able to watch an anime every weeks… I just have so much to do in life…). So, the third episode, which aired a few weeks ago already, and that I,ve watched a few weeks ago but didn’t had the time to write about, tells us a little more about where the girls come from.

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Sasami have actually grown up in a shrine where they knew she had Amaterasu power, so she was drugged and her brother was the one to take care of her. He was to never show his face, that’s why we don’t see it at all, and incest was the way to keep the power within the family. So, Sasami just got away from there with her brother and ended up in the city. But now, her brother have disappeared and she thinks he have go back to the main shrine to claim he have the power of amaterasu, so to let Sasami alone.

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Of course Sasami gets there with the help of the Yagamii sisters, and we learned that Tsurugi is in fact Amaterasu who passed on her power to Sasami’s ancestor. The two other sisters where created by her and they destroy the shrine. End of the episode.

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Well, this was entertaining. We learned a lot of things in this episode, but it seems a bit too soon to reavel all that stuff. I guess there’s a goal behind all this, and we can understand a bit more the relationship between Sasami and her brother: why he cares for her, and why he hide his face, why their erlationship is so strange, etc. Tsuguri being Amaterasu came as a surprise that I didn’t saw coming at all. But I think all these revelations were made too soon: I don’t really care at all for all the characters, and the fact of Kamiomi not coming back wasn’t really stressing or anything.

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The first part of the anime featured a story about a rabbit(Sasami) who wants to get to the other side of a river. A shark (Kamiomi) comes and let her get on his back, but he wants her to stripe for a reward. Sasmi kicks him and go away and the shark is left alone on the beach. Three goddess (the sisters) came upon and… kick him too… WTF? I guess there was some sort of message there, but I thought this was just plain disturbing.

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Sasami-san at Ganbaranai episodes 2

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The second episode of sasami-san explained us the why of the first episode right away: Sasami-san’s brother have the power of amaterasu, which makes all the lesser gods obey him. When he wished for chocolate, all the gods in the world wanted to please him so they make the whole world into chocolate… WOW…  Of course, the three sisters remain a mystery. It seems that Sasami-san had this power previously, but she doesn’t have it anymore. So she observe her brother to know the alterations he makes in the world.

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So, the second episode is about an online game where all the students gather instead of going to school. The three sisters wants to investigate, so they go to Sasami’s house, since she have many computers. But Sasami don,t want them to close the game, since she have all the items and have the best score of the game. But  the demon master of the game begin to alter the reality by eating the soul of those playing. We finnally learn that it was because Sasami asked him to guard and protect the game when she had the power of Amaterasu. So now, he can stop his hardship and rest in peace… whatever.

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Well, this episode sort out things a little, but I can’t wait to learn more. I’m not sure if I get into the story yet, but this is entertening. I really don,t understand the thing about hiding the brother face, and the three sister are kinda annoying, but I’ll keep watching for the time being.

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Shin Sekai Yori 1-2-3: Well, if this is the new world, I don’t want of it!

Shin Sekai Yori is certainly one of the strangest anime of the year. Like Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita, it’s set in a far future where humanity is bring to a new state. But where Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita was funny, Shin Sekai Yori let an uncomfortable taste and an enormous amount of strange things. But this exactly what makes it a great anime.

Of course it is too early to really say if this a good anime or not. But this far, I’m really enjoying it. At first, we don’t really understand what is happening or the setting, but slowing, things get more comprehensible and we get a little more background of how things get like this.

The setting is 1000 years in the future. Humans now have psychic powers they call Force (or Cantus for whatever reason in one of the subbed), so they can use it to do telekinesis. However, children don’t have it and it’s only by reaching puberty that you can use it. Saki is the last of her friend to get those powers. When she got it, she goes to Sage Academy, where the adolescent learn how to control theses power. But many mysteries surround the Academy: there are many rules to learn and if you’re not good enough or don’t follow the rules, you disappear.

There are many strange creature surrounding them: the Bake-Nezumis, who looks like hamster (imagine planet of the Ape, but with hamster instead of monkeys) and sees the people with force like gods, the “cat of impurity”, that Saki saw, but we don’t exactly know what it is, the Minoshiwa that shine in the dark or some kind snake-birds. Every episode also set a strange moods, even when there are joyous event, like the rolling ball tournament in the second episode. There is also some creepy stories of people getting consume by their own sins and dying by it, usually by their own hand.

We also have a glimpse at the beginning of each episode of how the Japan gets there, starting in the first episode with a kid in nowadays Japan killing people on the street with the force, then 500 an emperor killing people for his own pleasure and 70 years later an insurrection trying to kill another emperor.

The resume this all, this is really something I’ll keep watching, even if it’s creepy and kinda scary… but I love it!