There are many things to write about Sasami-san@Ganbaranai. But I don’t have the mindset, the acumen, or the background to tackle the more salient parts of it, especially the Shintoist bits and stuff. You could read omo’s posts on it, though!
But to me, Sasami-san is unique in its way of hooking me in from start to finish every week. Even the ED. I skip through most EDs, because they’re not much–the OP is where the money usually goes–but not this one.
What’s the gimmick? So there’s a song, animation and all. The twist is that nobody sings, not normally, at least. Every instance of them has some characters talking to each other, about how the ED’s on and how someone ought to sing right now. And when they do, it’s awful as you and me during karaoke night.
It works, because the fourth wall-breaking feels like the characters have lives of their own, that they’re actors putting on a show for us. At the end of the episode, it’s funny to hear the characters bicker with each other, as if the on-screen rivalries and enmities were simple fiction. And singing badly on purpose is harder than it sounds, especially if you want to make it convincing.
Of course, the last episode has Sasami singing the ED nice and proper. By that time, she must have had a lot of practice already!
How about you? Have you encountered any shows with cute gimmicky EDs that you can’t help but watch?