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Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?

January 16, 2011

After spawning forth several manga adaptations, the light novel series “これはゾンビですか?“ by Shinichi Kimura now receives the anime treatment. Originally wasn’t really interested in “Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?“, but on a whim watched the first episode and was pleasantly surprised to discover it is an absolutely hilarious show.

What did make me curious to check it out after all is the fact that artists Kobuichi and Muririn -whose art style I quite like- created the illustrations for the light novels.

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Featuring zombies, magical girls, monsters, serial killers and school adventures one would wonder what genre this series really is or leans towards? Well, it definitely is a no-holds barred parody that takes jabs at all those genres with its cast of oddball characters on a comedy roller-coaster.

Leading male character Ayumu isn’t just your average high school boy living an engrossing adventure surrounded by cute girls like there are a dime a dozen every season, he’s a zombie on a mission!

Alas, Ayumu’s path to find the serial killer that took his life and get revenge is besieged with awkward challenges and disasters all to our comedic relief upon seeing the downright silly antics the characters get into.

Liberally mark this series as being a parody because it mocks all of the genre elements and typical standard character templates it uses, most strikingly this first episode parodies magical girl anime with ‘masou shoujo’ Haruna.

From her magical device Mystletainn being a chainsaw to the magical girl transformation scene also being done for Ayumu when he uses Haruna’s powers after having absorbed them, “Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?“ doesn’t pull any punches.

Also liked how necromancer Eucliwood her character coupled with Ayumu’s delusions about her being moe instead of cold is a jab at series hamming up moe and tsundere girls for all their worth.

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Although the simplicity and crudeness with which Ayumu and some of the characters are often rendered by would lead one to think Studio Deen hasn’t made much effort on the animation, lush backgrounds, subtle effects and other well rendered scenes show the animation is more than good enough. The crude scenes seem to enhance the comedic effect.

Masou shoujo Haruna is voiced by Nomizu Iori who also voiced Nymph in “Sora No Otoshimono”. Hisaka Youko who also voices Houki in this season’s “IS: Infinite Stratos” will voice vampire ninja Sera, she is known for her roles as Mio in “K-ON!” or Shino in “Seitokai Yakuindomo”.
Wonder if we’ll see much of Tomonori in the series as she’s voiced by Aikawa Juri who previously voiced Kanata in “So-Ra-No-Wo-To“ and Ika Musume in “Shinryaku! Ika Musume”.

Looking forward to the next episode of this comedy which I reckon will prove to be quite hilarious all through the season.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. biotoxic permalink
    January 17, 2011 12:02 am

    I watched Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? on a whim as well although I knew nothing about it. I can’t say I enjoyed the first episode all that much. It was funny sometimes, but the majority of the jokes didn’t rub off on me.

    I’m still going to be following this one so hopefully episode 2 will be a bit more interesting. I hope they make good use of the fact Ayumu is a zombie and can’t be killed. Already he’s not your “typical” brain dead zombie so it’ll take a little getting used to this form of zombie.

  2. January 17, 2011 10:28 am

    Me likes the pantsu shot…isnt she dam kawaii haha
    for sure ill follow this series

  3. January 17, 2011 11:46 am

    @biotoxic
    Personally quite liked the parody humor that mocks all those other genres.
    The first episode saw him (ab)use that zombie body quite a bit, both for action and comedic purposes so indeed let’s hope they keep that up without making it into a weekly deus ex machina.
    @Fabrice
    The pantsu shots from when Ayumu wore the masou shoujo gear? 😄

  4. January 19, 2011 7:52 pm

    I could really use some laughter in my life right now. It’s just too bad I have a hard time fitting many – if at all – anime into my schedule right now. 😦
    Hopefully I can find some spare time some time to watch this.

  5. January 19, 2011 7:55 pm

    @Yi
    Well if you need some laughter definitely recommend you try and squeeze in a show like this one. I thought it was pretty funny.

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