Sasami-san and the “live” ED

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?

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6 Responses to Sasami-san and the “live” ED

  1. ToastCrust says:

    Boku no Imouto wa Osaka Okan has a similar feel with it’s ED, though in its case she makes up a haphazard song on the spot about the events of the day.
    Singing is about as haphazard.

  2. wah says:

    Honestly? I thought it was really gimmicky and solidified my decision to not follow the series further.

    I think Lucky Star did something similar more effectively.

    • schneider says:

      It *is* a gimmicky show. Oh well.

      I liked the Lucky Star EDs before they went full-on crazy with the Minoru Shiraishi ones.

      • wah says:

        Yeah, I didn’t like the endings in the second half either.

        I don’t mind gimmicks, but all of the gimmicks in Sasami-san gave me a headache.

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