“The agony of death surpasses love, In a crisis people will try to live, even if it means drowning another. That’s instinct for you”
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru goes about mystery after mystery, as we follow one Tatewaki Shoutarou and his relationship with Kujou Sakurako as they solve cases that people bring to them, or discover through finding bones.
The mysteries in which the two face a generally focused around the area of bones (sounds like a TV show I know), whereby Sakurako (an osteologist) uses her knowledge in order to find out what happened to the deceased person. It was good too see that the extent of her knowledge around those areas came out to be quite plausible, behind all of the scientific jargon spoken. It was also good to see that science wasn’t always the main focus, whereby their problem solving skills were tested time and time again.
The animation of the show made the atmosphere quite dark, where at times there were sombre, dull tones, as opposed to the bright colors of the scenes when the mystery was solved. this combined with the music used added for some tense moments, but also quite relaxing at times despite the drama that was occurring at the time.
In the end it wasn’t just about the mystery’s being single entities. It was a culmination of things leading up to the finale whereby different pieces of information from each episode could be added together in order to understand what was happening in the final mystery in the last episode. Though left off unfinished, it was great to see the underlying mystery beneath the layer of episode by episode ones.
Sakurako Best Girl!
OP/ED: The OP had a pop like feel towards its beginning. Where it contrasted quite well with the darker themes of the show. The animation sequences in the OP matched quite well, the relationship Sakurako and Shoutarou have with each other which was nice to see. The ED on the other hand was more on the other side of the scale, being more darker and solely focusing on Sakurako. It demonstrated the shows strength and with its slower pace, provided a good way to end each episode.
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru Was it Good?
The anime just didn’t provide single mystery’s but a culmination of different ones, whereby this huge mystery (though being left unsolved), left off on at a good point for further seasons to occur. With its darker like tones and scientific knowledge, it provided an atmosphere for food for thought, and its tense sequences allows for the watched to be enveloped in its world.
Recommendations: With its darker like, scientific mysteries. A case by case detective solving style and a bunch of different main characters all intertwined with each other, I recommend the following:
- Durarara series
- Dantalian no Shoka
- Go Sick
- Tasogare Otome x Amnesia