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Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (This is a Zombie?)

One day, one day, I will learn what to expect when I see “based on a light novel” in the description of an anime. I decided to check this show out after seeing it pop-up in a few different top 10 lists and reviews as well as hearing it referenced in a few different conversations. Unfortunately, I think that all of that set my hopes too high for this show.

Summary

“Korezom” (the shortened nick-name of the show) centers around a boy, Ayumu Aikawa, who was recently killed by a serial killer and resurrected as a zombie. He lives in a house with, Eucliwood Hellscythe, the necromancer that resurrected him as well as a magical Garment Girl, Haruna, and a Vampire Ninja named Seraphim. You meet these characters early on in the show and the bulk of the story happens with all 4 of them assembled in 1 household. For added comedic effect/action Ayumu accidentally steals Haruna’s magical girl abilities. He ends up being forced to transform into a magical garment girl and help fight against demons known as Megalos. Outside of that, the general plot line is that he’s trying to figure out who killed him so that he can avenge his death.

If you haven’t guessed this already, this opens up the door for a lot of anime tropes: Magical Girl, cursed characters, ninjas, vampires, harems, gore,  and a slew of other things. They also mix in a good dose of sexual innuendo and sight gags as well as some minimal fan-service (just in case you were worried about missing that). Because there’s so much of this jammed into only 12 episodes (and one OVA) they don’t camp out on any one thing too long. Instead, use their loosely formed plot as an excuse to execute on gag after another.

Commentary

I think these kinds of shows are hit-or-miss with pretty much everyone. In the end, there’s not a ton of plot or character development so you’re left with the individual “moments” of the show. If you find them funny, captivating, or memorable then you’ll probably enjoy the show. Otherwise, you’ll probably end up feeling like your just watching something that’s pretty disorganized. Unfortunately, I fell into the later category. I think the big detractor for me was the base subject matter. Having all these darker violent characters playing comedic elements made me unsure of just what my reaction was supposed to be in a lot of situations .  I guess the point was for the juxtaposition to be funny but it just came off as being confusing. I think the one scene that sums this up more than anything is when Ayumu is fighting Kyoko and has to go through the process of repeatedly chainsawing her to death in order to use up all of her lives. It starts off as kind of action-packed with some humor and then becomes border-line disturbing, then jumps back to humor again. At the end of that fight, I was thinking, “I’m not sure how to feel about what I just watched.”

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Now, to be fair, I’ve watched the entire season in English and parts of it again in Japanese. I do think that the voice acting plays a big part in how you identify with what’s going on. However, I’m not as familiar with what the Japanese actors did with the show. So part of my opinion of this could be the result of improper translation of tone but, at this point, I’m inclined to believe that the English voice actors have a pretty good sense of what  they’re doing with these characters. Not to mention that the production values on this thing are also decent. Nothing mind-blowing but good enough to not distract you and let you enjoy the show.

Recommendation

Overall, it just wasn’t for me but if you like shows like C3, High School DxD, Tenjho Tenge, Negima!?, or Student Council’s Discretion, then you should give this one a try.There are also two OVAs and a second season of this show available, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend the time watching those.

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (This is a Zombie?)

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (This is a Zombie?)
5.88

Plot

5/10

    Characters

    7/10

      Animation

      6/10

        Music

        6/10

          Enjoyment

          7/10

            Pros

            • light hearted, fantastical show

            Cons

            • Not very much depth to it
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