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Sankarea (さんかれあ) is a romantic comedy manga written and illustrated by Mitsuru Hattori about a deceased girl who becomes a zombie. It is published in Japan by Kodansha. The manga has been serialized in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine since December 2009, with five complete volumes released as of 28 December 2011. A television anime series has also been announced, and airs this week. (April 6, 2012)
The protagonist, Chihiro Furuya, is a male highschool student with a keen interest in zombies, collecting zombie-related videogames, film and manga, and even to the point of desiring to "kiss a zombie girl". Following the death of his pet cat, he attempts to revive it using an old manuscript, which describes the process of creating a potion for resurrection. At this time he encounters a girl named Rea Sanka, who has run away from home.
In an attempt to commit suicide, she drinks a sample of the "resurrection" potion which is created from a poisonous herb known as Hydrangea macrophylla, however this fails to kill her. Following an argument with her father, she falls from a cliff by accident and dies; however as a result of the potion, she returns as a zombie.
Though she becomes undead, she chooses not to consume human flesh, and rather survives on eating the hydrangea herbs.
Chihiro Furuya (降谷 千紘 Furuya Chihiro)
Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura
Chihiro is the protagonist of the story who has a zombie obsession/fetish. He uses an old manuscript to make a "resurrection" potion so that he can bring his dead cat back to life as a zombie. He goes at an abandoned building at night after his pet cat Babu's death.
He performs his research of bringing the dead back to life in the old abandoned building, he sometimes see Rea going at the well near the building and shouting her problems about her lifestyle. He promised Rea to take responsible if she becomes a Zombie. After Rea moved to his residence he conducts research on preserving Rea's body on a tent in his own room.
He wants his first kiss to be given by a female zombie which he experienced first hand when Rea kissed him due to lack of the herb used for the potion. He also experienced becoming a half-zombie, revealed after being stabbed by Dan'ichirō with a fencing sword. This is due to him being bitten by Rea after the kiss. He also enjoys seeing Rea dressed as a Bunny Girl or a Nurse.
Despite the fact that he's not interested in living girls, he managed to fall in love with Rea when she was still alive.
Rea Sanka (散華 礼弥 Sanka Rea)
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida
Rea is the heroine of the story who steals and drinks some of the zombie potion made by Chihiro in an attempt to commit suicide because of the sheltered life she lives.
She fails in the attempt but she resurrects as zombie when she accidentally falls of a cliff and dies. As a zombie, she lives together with Chihiro in order to know how it feels to become free from her father's chains.
In chapter 12 she does some gestures and calls Mero "Mero-chan" similar to how Mrs. Furuya was remembered by Mero. She likes Chihiro and feels like she is bothering or interrupting Chihiro and Ranko's relationship. She seems to understand Bābu.
Ranko Saōji (左王子 蘭子 Saōji Ranko)
Voiced by: Sayuri Yahagi
Ranko is the first cousin of Chihiro. Often called Wanko by Chihiro, at times she also keeps on saying that Chihiro should use "-san" after her name. She likes teasing Chihiro and Rea as well. She likes Chihiro and develops a rivalry with Rea.
Mero Furuya (降谷 萌路 Furuya Mero)
Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi
Mero is the younger sister of Chihiro. Unlike Chihiro, she is obsessed with ghosts. She doesn't remember much about her mom except for the fact that her hands are wrapped in bandages.
In some of her memories of her mom she remembered her mom asking how is her fever, her mom stated that she forgot that she can't tell temperature. She sees her mom's image in Rea accidentally calling her mom.
Voiced by: Misato Fukuen
Bābu is Chihiroi's pet cat that died in a car accident in 3 days before the start of the series, who was brought back to life by Chihiro while doing research of resurrection on him. Rea seems to understand Bābu as a zombie.
Jogorō Furuya (降谷 茹五郎 Furuya Jogorō)
Voiced by: Shirō Saitō
Jogorō is Chihiro and Mero's grandfather. He's the creator of the recipe for the Resurrection potion. Seems to know much about zombies, but rarely tells something important.
Dōn Furuya (降谷 呶恩 Furuya Dōn)
Voiced by: Seirō Ogino
Chihiro's laid-back father, who allows Rea to stay with his son Chihiro, after she comes to live with them, believing they are engaged.
Dan'ichirō Sanka (散華 団一郎 Sanka Dan'ichirō)
Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka
Dan'ichirō is the overprotective father of Rea. He has a habit of taking pictures of his daughter, on her birthdays he would take a complete naked shot of her daughter.
After being convinced by Chihiro about Rea's desire to live a life of a normal girl, he accepts Chihiro as Rea's protector. He also warned Chihiro that there should be no "sex before marriage" possibly hinting that he accepts Chihiro as a man for his daughter.
Aria Sanka (散華 亜里亜 Sanka Aria)
Voiced by: Mayumi Asano
Aria is Rea's stepmother.
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