Sarazanmai (2019)

I want to connect, but...

  • Genre: Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • First Air Date: 2019-04-12
  • Last Air Date: 2019-06-21
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 11
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 23 min.
  • Production Company: lapintrack
  • Production Country: Japan
  • Networks: Fuji TV, AT-X
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From 20 Ratings


After accidentally breaking a statue of the guardian god of the Asakusa district, middle school students Kazuki, Toi and Enta are transformed into kappas -creatures from japanese folklore- by Keppi, self-proclaimed prince of the Kappa Kingdom. If they want to regain their human form, they must collect the five Dishes of Hope for him, which fulfill the wishes of whoever possesses them. To do so, they will fight against the kappa-zombies and extract their "shirikodama", the mythical organ containing humans' deepest desires. Two policemen, Reo and Mabu, are the ones behind this evil scheme, turning humans into zombies as agents of the Otter Empire, enemy of the Kappa Kingdom since ancient times. In the guise of "Kappazon, Inc.", they control society by manipulating the desires of the masses for their own goals. To succeed in their mission, the boys must be connected through the "Sarazanmai", revealing their most intimate secrets in the process...

  • Keywords: secret love, love triangle, capitalism, sexuality, symbolism, supernatural, modern society, surreal, male friendship, surrealism, stepbrother, family relationships, coming of age, love, stepson, male homosexuality, teenage crush, cross dressing, zombie, teenage love, desire, gender roles, love sickness, teenage sexuality, lgbt, obsessive love, lgbt teen, male bonding, cross dresser, teenage gang, genre bending, true love, masculinity, japanese folklore, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, japanese mythology, connection, teen social issues, unhappy love, symbology, teenage dreams, gay romance, lost boys, unconditional love, gay friend, gay youth, neo-surrealism, gay theme, boys' love (bl)
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    Sarazanmai Seasons

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 2019-04-12
    11 Episodes

    Sarazanmai Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1I Want to be Connected but I Want to Lie25 min
    Season 1Episode 2I Want to Connect, but I Want to Take25 min
    Season 1Episode 3I Want to Connect, but It's Not Meant to Be25 min
    Season 1Episode 4I Want to Connect, but You're So Far Away25 min
    Season 1Episode 5I Want to Connect, but I Can't Be Forgiven25 min
    Season 1Episode 6I Want to Connect, so I'm Not Giving Up25 min
    Season 1Episode 7I Want to Connect, but I Want to Betray25 min
    Season 1Episode 8I Want to Connect, but We'll Never Meet Again25 min
    Season 1Episode 9I Want to Connect, but I Can't Express It25 min
    Season 1Episode 10I Want to Connect, but I Can't25 min
    Season 1Episode 11I Want to Connect, so Sarazanmai25 min
    • Ayumu Murase

      as Kazuki Yasaka
    • Koki Uchiyama

      as Toi Kuji
    • Shun Horie

      as Enta Jinnai
    • Mamoru Miyano

      as Reo Niiboshi
    • Yoshimasa Hosoya

      as Mabu Akutsu
    • Teiko Nanahara

      as Sara Azuma
    • Junichi Suwabe

      as Keppi
    • Rie Kugimiya

      as Haruka Yasaka
    Directing Kunihiko Ikuhara Series Director
    Visual Effects Toshirou Hamamura CGI Director
    Writing Kunihiko Ikuhara Series Composition
    Sound Toshihiro Funahashi Music Producer
    Writing Teruko Utsumi Series Composition
    Sound Yukari Hashimoto Original Music Composer
    Art Ayaka Fujii Art Direction
    Visual Effects Kayoko Ishikawa Supervising Animation Director
    Visual Effects Tomomi Kawazuma Supervising Animation Director
    Visual Effects Kayoko Ishikawa Character Designer
    Sound Kunihiko Ikuhara Sound Director
    Sound Haru Yamada Sound Director
    Camera Takeo Ogiwara Director of Photography
    Production Kenta Suzuki Producer
    Production Yuka Okayasu Producer
    Art Seina Yaguchi Assistant Art Director
    Art Toshihiro Fujita Assistant Director of Photography
    Directing Maimu Matsushima Assistant Director
    Editing Masayuki Kurosawa Editor