Preview: Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?Posted: January 31, 2011
I know the screencap says Koreha Zombie Desuka?, but the official title is listed is Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?. The others are apparently just synonyms for the title and mean the same thing, I guess.
Anyways, there was no post yesterday because “watching anime+playing video gamez > writing anime posts.” Though after this post, there are only two more shows to do previews for this season!
So lets get this started.
WARNING: THIS SHOW HAS QUITE A BIT OF BLOOD AND DISMEMBERMENT. ALTHOUGH THESE USUALLY HAPPEN TO NON-HUMAN BEINGS, AND ARE USUALLY DONE FOR COMEDIC VALUE, DON’T CONTINUE READING IF THIS KIND OF THING DISGUSTS/DISTURBS YOU.
This show is a little unique. It’s similar to the show Needless in that it’s kind of an action-comedy. Two genres you don’t usually see combined together.
Our main guy for the show is Ayumu Aikawa.
He goes to school and doesn’t do much, besides talk to his friend for a bit.
On his way back from school, however, he notices a kitten in the middle of the road with a truck heading right for it. Without a second though, he quickly rushes towards the cat as fast as he can and snatches it up.
With the truck heading right for him, the show enters slo-mo mode.
With contact imminent, Ayumu then gives probably the funniest self-introductions this season.
The truck then collides with Ayumu, and while he managed to toss the kitten to safety on the sidewalk, he gets launched in the air, with some comedic interferences that I won’t spoil.
Back at the house, he greets the same girl that was in the house in the same spot as when he left the house, Eucliwood Hellscythe. Ayumu just calls her Eu for short.
She’s unique though; she’s a mute. She communicates by writing things on a notepad she carries around, and the first thing she tells Ayumu is that she’s hungry.
Because she can’t talk, Ayumu always likes to have fantasies that glorifies whatever she writes by imagining her being all cutesy and moe moe kyun~ about it, along with her calling him onii-chan.
While eating dinner, Ayumu contemplates in his head about Eu, and mentions that she’s the necromancer who brought him back to life. Right now, he only has one goal.
Ayumu didn’t die by any natural cause (if his teenage appearance didn’t already give that away), but was murdered. He wants to know who did it, and probably why.
However, being a zombie, he can’t do anything out in the sun, or his skin dries out. So he can only look for the murderer at night. This night leads him to the local graveyard, and he has a run-in that he could have never expected.
He meets Haruna, a “Magiclad Girl,” under… less than favorable circumstances.
See, she’s in the middle of hunting a creature, and she let herself lose sight of it.
Before he can do anything, Ayumu is on the receiving end of a swipe.
After slicing Ayumu in half, the chainsaw continues into Pedobear’s head, and down the rest of his body. He vanishes in a fabulous splash of glitter.
Haruna accepts her “victory” with open arms, but Ayumu is still not amused.
Ayumu asks her to put him back together, but first she says she’s going to erase his memories since she seems incapable of comprehending that he isn’t human still.
However, her mind-wiping ability either backfires, or she does it incorrectly, because she just causes herself to lose her clothes, along with her magical powers. Due to this development, she decides to stay with Ayumu and Eu until she can figure out what to do.
The next day at school, Ayumu is waiting in the classroom even after school is over, because the sun is out and needs to wait for it to set at least a little. His solitude gets interrupted, though.
Haruna does her little magic transformation, but after a few moments, she loses her clothes again. The crayfish then says that he doesn’t know what happened to her abilities, but he has no use for her because of such.
Ayumu manages to snap her out of it, but the crayfish decides that he’s done dicking around.
He launches a fucking ROCKET CLAW at them.
After fending the crayfish off for a bit, Haruna tells Ayumu to do the magic transformation in her place. He then (hilariously) goes through the exact same transformation process she did, and ends up wearing the same outfit.
Although shocked at having to be dressed like this, he then decides to lay the pain on the crayfish.
Stuff happens and he wins, obviously. Just watch the episode for yourself.
In the second episode, we meet a new character, Seraphim, who is apparently a vampire-ninja. Odd combination, but lets roll with it.
We also learn more about how Ayumu and Eu came to meet. Apparently, Ayumu had just left to buy some things at the grocery store. What he didn’t expect, what to see this.
He decides to lay the moves on her.
Eu is not amused, and turns away. Ayumu knows he dicked up big time, and now he probably looks like a weirdo to her. So what’s his next great idea?
This was all before he died, obviously, so that hurt him like hell. He was convinced he made a dick of himself yet again, and wallows in despair.
Eu disagrees, though.
They then start to talk to each other for a while.
After a while, Ayumu leaves. The night then plays out like we already heard. He goes into a house after he hears a scream, and he gets stabbed. Just as his consciousness his fading, he hears (or possibly sees) something.
The next thing he knows, he’s with Eu in a graveyard. She explains his situation, and says that she’ll stay with him.
It was actually a pretty cute backstory for Eu. She also has a lot of other interesting parts in the show, but this post is already long enough.
The profile pretty much perfectly matches the description of Eu. Something is going on, and no matter what it might actually be, none of the possibilities are good.
This show. I was skeptical about this show at first, because it was being done by Studio DEEN, also known as the “Take popular and awesome visual novels and butcher them to hell in anime adaptations” studio. DEEN gets a lot of bashing for their animation quality.
I have seen exceptions though, and those tend to be comedy series. This show seems to continue that pattern. The action is entertaining (and sometimes over-the-top), and the show is consistantly funny. A lot of parts are funnier than others, but that’s just how it goes usually.
The show is also serious when it wants to be, and usually does a pretty good job of it.
Bottom line, I’d say watch the show if you like action or comedy, and definitely do so if you like both. Right now my only worry is the show managing to stay funny, but the third episode was the funniest one so far, so I’m confident in it.
And with that, I shall leave you with this: