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Furuya's obsessed with zombies. He collects any figurines, watches any movie, and plays any game with the living dead, and is even only interested in zombie girls. When his cat dies, Furuya begins trying to raise it from the dead using an ancient book of the occult he bought from a shop. But what will happen when he sees the idol of a nearby all girl's school walking close to where he conducts his experiment, wishing to die and be reborn as a different person?


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Associated Names
Sanka Rea
Sankarea: Undying Love

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Latest Release(s)
c.54-56 (end) by Vortex-Scans (175d ago)
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c.52 by Vortex-Scans (405d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Chap 9 + several later chapters

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (1081 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.25 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 12th 2015, 4:23am PST



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English Publisher
Kodansha USA (11 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #758 increased(+227)
Monthly Pos #1412 decreased(-106)
3 Month Pos #1477 decreased(-184)
6 Month Pos #1461 decreased(-681)

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On 4958 reading lists
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On 1015 completed lists
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Sankarae length 297 days, 14 hours, 4 minutes ago
Sankarea Zombie Romantic Comedy Manga's End Slated for Next Month 421 days, 23 hours, 22 minutes ago
Sankarea to End by November 482 days, 19 hours, 8 minutes ago
Sankarea pairing 1150 days, 2 hours, 59 minutes ago
Sankarea Zombie Comedy Manga Gets Anime 1396 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes ago

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A very interesting manga. EDIT: Not anymore!   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Jandalman
December 28th, 2010, 3:42am
I personally find this manga rather unique though I'm sure others who have read weirder stuff may/will disagree. Up to chapter 7 so far and the plot in pretty good. Hope this series will continue on at a steady pace and may the scanlations keep pace with it! Thanks by the way for the hard work Simple Scans.

8.7 out of 10 at the moment.

EDIT: Wow this series has been on my "hold" list for years. Reason? It changed from an odd romantic comedy-horror series to a depressing, dramatic horror series with mentally sick bad guys and a continuously descending-into-darkness plotline. ie Cerberus syndrome in spades.

If you like dark depressing shit then go for this series. If you're a normal happy everyday human being then avoid it. Don't let the initial chapters fool you.

... Last updated on May 14th, 2014, 7:20am
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extremely original   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Hellsayer
April 8th, 2010, 9:14pm
you see tons of mangas about a boy who falls in love with a girl from another school, even with the girl who has a father that treats them badly, maybe even with the boy having a weird fetish! but when the girl gets turned into a zombie, i haven't read a manga like that yet.
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Hattori Mitsuru has really grown as an author.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Glad-kun
December 15th, 2014, 12:39am
His silliness and combination of dirtiness with certain naivety, coupled with art-style feel really good. Even with some weaknesses when tackling serious subjects(which doesn't come up often, but it was the case for Otogi no Machi no Rena) I always liked his style. And with Sankarea his writing grew and went where it didn't before. The dark place.

Sure, it's fairly easygoing in the beginning, but it goes where I didn't expect it to. The dark place.

I expected it to be more like a standard themed romcom manga and it exceeded my expectations. But every time at the last moment it took a step back. This, and a certain plot point really took away from the manga and that's why it doesn't get a perfect score. Details in the spoiler.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Amnesia? Really? WHY? It's such a crude and overused cliche. I mean, sure, it helps the story reach the ending... but it's just lazy.

And there was always a step back at the last moment before committing to the "dark" themes. The most rage-inducing example was the second fakeout in the end. The first fakeout after the kiss was amazing. Everything was going bad than took a turn for a good ending and then *BAM* REALITY CHECK! And then... Nah... he survived his heart being eaten. Sure... It made me really angry and frustrated.
Commit to the bad ending or a good one with a bitter aftertaste(like she ate his arm or something) without deceiving . That fakeout really disappointed.

Half a point off for amnesia, full point off for the ending and unwillingness to commit.

... Last updated on December 15th, 2014, 12:40am
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Enjoyable light hearted rom-com   
Rating: N/A
by Uthred
June 19th, 2012, 12:29am
It's an enjoyable, if often predictable romantic comedy. Nothing earth shattering but an enjoyable read nonetheless. To be honest I have to question the reading comprehension of those complaining that it somehow "changed", from the very first issue there was a heavy strand of comedy flowing through it, up to an including breaking the fourth wall.
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I Want to Thank the Guy in the Previous Page   
Rating: N/A
by Seijurou
December 12th, 2011, 1:08am
I want to say thanks to the one I just pushed out of the page that said 'always always always,' complaining about the manga containing a love triangle. Focusing on a dead girl disgusts me, but now I am definitely reading this one, 'cause I love shit like love triangles (ef is FTW). Plus, the artist is pretty good at drawing.

... Last updated on December 12th, 2011, 1:11am
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wierdER and still cute   
Rating: N/A
by nagi
January 16th, 2011, 1:21pm
I think the mangaka is on steroids. The mood changes with almost every frame: in the best parts it stars with "aww, that's cute", then goes to "now that's wierd" and "that can't get wierder" and "OK, it can" and then back again to being cute.
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Starts with promise, but ends a letdown.   
Rating: N/A
by fuzetsuscans
September 8th, 2011, 4:11pm
Sankarea had promise, but it blew it after a few chapters. I kept reading it for three volumes--longer after it had stopped being interesting. There's really not a lot happening, and the main character despite being a zombie had the personality of....well....a zombie. And no I don't mean the cool goth kind, I mean a personality less girl like Tenshi from Angel Beats--a girl who has no reason for existing other than her love for a guy, which defines her character. The protaginist is your typical wimpy shounen lead, and rather than causing events, he's just swept up int hem like everyone else. And by events I don't mean plot or relationship development...just panty shots, pointless love triangle drama that is fated to go nowhere, etc. Give the first 3 chapters a read, but after that stay far away, its just not worth your time.
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Scary lol!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lorgeinoh
July 16th, 2010, 12:51am
1st time reading a manga
with a protagonist obsess
to zombies that makes me curious.

yup more on comedy than romance
but the one thing I love about this
is the obsess funny father who wants her
daughter back though he is kinda jerk
and the protagonist who help the heroine
and trying to solve the puzzle of preserving
life of his ideal zombie girl lol wierd taste
but if you saw the heroine you would not mind!
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Rating: N/A
by Kevadu
March 18th, 2010, 12:18am
Unique, interesting, an unexpected. This is definitely not a generic romance series. Every chapter leaves me without a clue how things will develop in the next. How many serialized works can you say that about?
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F*ckin Good   
Rating: N/A
by Trey21
May 21st, 2010, 9:16pm
no lie here I thought it'd be another cliche romance I sure hell was wrong I checked out the first chapter and didn't even notice I was on the last translated page till i couldn't go any further
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