Truckin’ along today, we talk about Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Which may or may not be an Anime you’ve heard of before; in part because it was pretty well-known while it was airing. It also was an Anime that I thought was better than expected given the genres this Anime was labelled as (Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Magic, Supernatural)
Before we get rollin’ with my own account of how the Anime performed, let me share with you the MyAnimeList Synopsis!
Not every zombie is the monstrous, brain-eating type.
One night while walking home from the convenience store, regular high school boy Ayumu Aikawa is killed by a serial killer, and is just as suddenly brought back to life by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe. One small caveat: he’s now a zombie. Things get even weirder for him when he accidentally steals a magical girl’s uniform, and thus her powers! Haruna, the ex-magical girl, orders him to fight evil creatures known as Megalo in her place until they can figure out a way to get her powers back to her.
It seems that life is just going to get stranger and stranger for poor Ayumu from here on out in Kore wa Zombie desu ka?.
Ok, personally I really enjoyed this show. However, I would say that the story was the show’s major weak point. The initial premise of the story is extremely unique and interesting. The main character and normal high schooler Ayumu Aikawa is murdered by a serial killer, is then brought back to life as a zombie by a necromancer and now is trying to discover who killed him and why certainly a somewhat dark and unique idea.
However, with the introduction of Masou-Shoujo Haruna, the story takes a turn for the weird and comedic. After being cut in half by Haruna’s chainsaw during a battle, Ayumu accidentally absorbs her magic and must now take over her role of fighting demons as a Mahou-Shoujo, complete with transformation sequence and frilly pink dress. And that basically is how the rest of the show proceeds.
It constantly walks the line between “wow this is a dark bloody action anime” and “boy in a pink dress encounters harem hijinks.” This results in the pacing of the show being somewhat off and at times I felt as if I was watching two completely different shows. Most of the time there was no particular reason for why the story progressed the way it did, things would just kind of happen and then the characters would respond.
The animation in the show was very good I felt. The scenery was good, the landscapes realistic, and the character designs were very unique and fresh. The fight sequences and gore were extremely well done yet equal attention was given when dealing with the more comedic and ridiculous aspects of the show (flying whale monsters for example).
The sound was also excellent, the opening got you hooked and the ending theme was just plain fun and both were very original. The voice acting was good as well, everyone delivered a great performance and fit their roles to a tee. Plus Yuu’s plethora of different voice actresses contributed to a great part of the series’ humour.
The characters were definitely (in my opinion) the best part of the show. They were modelled off past traditional character types but they were very fleshed out and there was a good amount of character development in the show across the boards. Ayumu is not your typical average harem lead ( for one he’s a zombie).
He’s not overly perverted or boring in any way, he’s just an average guy forced to deal with ridiculous situations and handles them accordingly, and unlike a normal harem lead he’s got some redeeming qualities and is more than capable of being a badass when its crunch time. I thought that all of the characters were hilarious in their own way through. All of the rest of the characters in the show were mostly there for comic relief and fulfilled their roles excellently.
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