“I have faith that he’s going to smile again. I’m not the only one who wants to see Kazu-chan’s smile. Kazu-chan, you’re in the middle of a big circle.”
-Haruka Yasaka, Sarazanmai, Episode 6
“Only those who can connect desires can have a future.”
-Mabu Akutsu, Sarazanmai, Episode 2
Ah, the things we do for love.
“I never asked anyone to understand me! This is my own business. It’s the connection between me and Harukappa. For that, I’ll pretend to be anything!”
-Kazuki Yasaka, Sarazanmai, Episode 1
Naturally, some of the questions inspired by Kazuki Yasaka’s outburst is of Harukappa, who they are, and what Kazuki’s relationship or connection to them is exactly.
The short answer is that Harukappa is Harukawa Yasaka, a kid who lives with Kazuki and is likely Kazuki’s younger sibling.
(a few mild spoilers for Mawaru Penguindrum, specifically Episode 9)
Himari Takakura’s first brush with divinity came years before she met Sanetoshi in the library.
Forgive me, for I am about to blaspheme (a bit).
“The more boxes you have, the happier you’ll be! Take a Happy Selfie, send it to your special someone, and you’ll be even happier, dish~”
-Sara Azuma, Sarazanmai, Episode 1
Prior to Sarazanmai‘s television debut, director Kunihiko Ikuhara said in an interview with Pash+ “We live in an age where, with our smart phones and social media, connecting with people is a daily activity––so I wanted to ask, what does that all mean? What do we want to do with [those connections]?”
Sarazanmai is the most outwardly direct Ikuhara has been in a series premiere. Even the tagline of Sarazanmai‘s first episode, “I Want to be Connected, But I Want to Lie” neatly bookends the entirety of episode’s fairly self-contained plot. Naturally there’s a lot more to dig into, but in terms of Ikuhara premieres, this one was surprisingly succinct.