Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
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.
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.
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.