Obviously Rea doesn’t quite have the whole zombie thing down right.
Can’t say that’s a bad thing though, or Wanko probably wouldn’t have survived the episode in one piece. Plus, we get to see some glorious fanservice instead of a gory mess. In all seriousness, I think it’s pretty safe to say that Rea instinctively saw Wanko as food, thus answering our question from last episode. After all, she very deliberately gave Wanko a good sniff and taste. All that was left was to take a bite. This depiction would seem to suggest that zombies in Sankarea act less like mindless cadavers and more like wild animals. Interestingly enough though, apparently some part of their humanity still remains.
Well perhaps the usage of the word “humanity” is debatable, but it certainly looked like Rea recognized Furuya, as she did use her mouth for purposes other than eating him. It would also appear as if the zombies in Sankarea are intelligent to an extent. Unlike the stereotypical zombies who can only manage the most basic actions such as stumbling around, Rea was able to surprise and pounce onto Wanko. Yet more evidence of their feral nature, I suppose. Combine this with superhuman strength and speed, and you practically have a predator on your hands. Obviously Rea will have to work to suppress this side of her if she still intends on living “normally”.
In any case, the jig is up for Chihiro, what with Wanko screaming bloody murder. I’m sure that Mero won’t be too surprised to find out about Rea since she’s been suspicious of Chihiro’s actions for a while now, but it would be interesting to see how their father reacts given his position as a priest. On a more important note, it’s also hinted that there may be more to Chihiro’s grandfather than meets the eye. It’s easy to brush off his words as a consequence of his senility, but I suspect that some of it may just be an act. You can tell there’s some intelligence in his eyes, after all.
Next week, Rea cuts back on the protein and turns to vegetarian options instead.