AniTwitter is Losing its S&%t Over Ikuhara’s Sarazanmai

Sarazanmai's first episode had lots of butts and kappas, and AniTwitter can't seem to get enough of it

Auteur director Kunihiko Ikuhara is known for his dazzling visuals, big ideas, and bold statements about society, sexuality, and the sublime. With a strong directorial voice and a resume that includes Sailor Moon, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Penguindrum, every new anime with his name attached attracts critical interest, and with a penchant for the dramatic and bizarre, each of those anime also attract confusion, shock, and awe.


When Sarazanmai premiered yesterday, it was no different. People lost their minds. Maybe this GIF will give you some understanding as to why:



You can (and should!) watch the episode for yourself, but if you want to see how folks are handling the first episode before you jump in, read on - I’ve collected some of the best reactions from AniTwitter, while avoiding anything that would reasonably be considered a spoiler that wasn’t in the show’s trailers. Enjoy!!


























If after all that, you're still not convinced, or if you’re looking for a spoiler-free primer on the series before diving in, I can’t help but recommend the fantastic feature Anime News Network’s Lynzee Loveridge put up, featuring a works cited section longer than most papers I wrote during my undergrad - pretty telling as to the kind of work Sarazanmai is. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


As for the next episode...

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