Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Of the Dead
No Ayumu, no! You mustn’t become any cuter! Over a year after a first anime adaptation of the “これはゾンビですか?“ light novel series written by Shinichi Kimura aired, the hilarious zombie comedy is back for a second season with “Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Of the Dead“!
Quite liked the first season of “Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?”, an eclectic mix of comedy with over the top zombie and magical girl action, plus it wasn’t afraid to take jabs at itself.
Was delighted when they announced this sequel, I hope it will match the first season’s best episodes and not fall prey to repetitiveness or fall apart at the ending. Personally felt that for the first season climax was uncharacteristically dramatic overall, resulting in the finalie feeling rather gloomy.
Luckily the first two episodes of this second season are off to a great start, full laughs thanks to the silly shenanigans of zombie Ayumu and his cohorts, the armour clad necromancer Eu, hyper magical girl Haruna, abuse vampire ninja Seraphim and her fellow ninja Yuki & Kirara.
The voice cast of the first season all reprise their roles, Midori Tsukimiya voices the few lines of necromancer Eu, her only other notable performance seems to be Tsukuru in “R-15”.
Haruna is once more voiced by Nomizu Iori who tackled other roles like Inaho in “Maken-Ki!, Shouko in “Rinne no Lagrange” and voices FNC in this season’s “Upotte!”.
Iressistibly abusive Sera is voiced by Hisaka Youko, she also voiced Mio in “K-ON!”, Houki in “IS: Infinite Stratos”, Shino in “Seitokai Yakuindomo” and Nobara in “Inu x Boku SS”.
Yuki is voiced by Kanemoto Hisako (aka Aikawa Juri), she previously voiced Kanata in “So-Ra-No-Wo-To“ , Ika Musume in “Shinryaku! Ika Musume” and Asteria in “Rinne no Lagrange”. Looks like Kirara will appear more in this season, she’s voiced by Gouda Aya who did roles like Q-feuille in “Kiddy Girl-and” and Ichihachi in “Upotte!”.
Am looking forward to more excellent episodes like these first two and hope that “Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Of the Dead“ doesn’t slip like the first season or OVA that came shortly after.
The OVA that seemed too focused on (ab)using its OVA status to indulge in cheap, explicit fanservice without much proper comedy to back it.
Don’t get me wrong, I do like the occasional fanservice and won’t shy away from a more serious, dramatic scene in “Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?”, but the anime incarnation of this franchise excels in its genre parody and near slapstick comedy. So that’s what I want to see it deliver in abundance!