Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka

Quick & Dirty

Language: Japanese

Initial Interest: Low

Favorite Character: Yuu

Opinion: Low

Synopsis

Aikawa Ayumu is a normal high school boy. One day he is killed by a serial killer and revived as a zombie by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe. He starts to serve Eu as her guard but he happens to deprive the mahou shoujo Haruna of her magic power. Haruna orders Ayumu to fight against the anti-mahou shoujo system “Megalo” in her place.

(Source: AnimeNewsNetwork)

 

Pre-Viewing Thoughts

Once again I feel like the synopsis is lacking. I realize that questions like ‘how does he deprive a magical girl of her power?’ and ‘anti magical girl system?’ are things that should be answered in the series, but the way they are just tossed out in the synopsis seems kind of confusing. It boils down to me having no idea what to expect, story-wise, from this series. Also while this series claims to be about a boy the tiny picture attached to it on ANN shows like 5 little girls… I think this is a series that falls under the ‘moe’ category but I can’t say for sure because I’ve yet to receive a satisfactory explanation of what that term means or where it came from. Based solely on that picture I suspect this anime of being a harem anime, and after my last harem anime I’m more than a little wary. On the plus side it seems to be 12 episodes long, so if I have even a mild interest in this series by the time you get to read this it may be a full review.

 

Favorite Character

I picked Yuu (aka Eucliwood Hellscythe) because it’s kind of hard to like any of the other characters at all. Yuu, possibly by virtue of being silent, managed to be the only character that didn’t annoy the hell out of me. Thus she wins.

 

Overall Opinion

What they did well: I liked the opening theme quite a bit, both the song and the animation sequence. Also, somewhere under all of the porn there was a good story wishing it could have been done properly. Kaze believes the fight scenes had potential.

What they didn’t do well: The porn. Technically they never really show anything…but at the same time this series is so overwhelmed by boobs and naked girls that it’s painful. Ayumu is your typical stereotyped teenage boy. He fantasizes about every girl he sees on a regular basis. These fantasies range from the cute girl calling him “onii-chan” to the cute girl inviting him into the bath and are pointless at the best of times. But it isn’t just Ayumu fantasizing that brings out the porn. Somehow or another Ayumu steals Haruna’s power, which means every time she transforms into her magical girl outfit her clothes instantly dissolve, leaving her naked. Sera is the excessively busty one which means that the camera focuses on her rack more often than her face. There’s a scene where the girls play Twister, I’ll leave the particulars of that scene to your imaginations. Then we’re introduced to Kyoko who is the shy girl type but still manages to have her pj’s (she’s in the hospital) unbuttoned low enough for excessive cleavage, which is where Ayumu’s attention is generally drawn. It honestly could have been a good series if they hadn’t tried so hard to focus on fanservice, which is extremely disappointing. Also there was one glaringly predictable part which could have been at least a little more subtle.

 

I refuse to give this any sort of recommendation. Those of you who enjoy excessive boobage may enjoy it, but reasonable and non-horny viewers will want to steer clear. I’ll rank this one just slightly above Infinite Stratos because in this one the interesting plot seems to be tied with the fanservice for screentime.

 

 

Next Official Review: Tiger and Bunny

 

I’m vacationing for two weeks, visiting my siblings. In theory I will finish two more reviews in the next couple of days and set them to post on successive Fridays, but if I don’t get it done you have fair warning and my apologies in advance.

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4 Comments

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4 responses to “Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka

  1. Anonymous

    Watch an anime tagged “ecchi”.
    Complain because it’s ecchi
    Reviewer score: low

    • Interestingly when I checked to see what genres were listed in the post for this anime I discovered that I failed to list them at all. I then went over to Anime News Network, which is where I generally get my synopsis as well as the genre listings and here’s what it had to say “Genres: comedy, romance, supernatural”. Do you see how “ecchi” isn’t one of them? So while this may be an ecchi anime, assuming that it was tagged that on any given site and that I knew that it was ecchi is pretty presumptuous of you. Actually, somewhere along the way people started labeling anime with all kinds of Japanese terms that are really only relevant to anime so I don’t really have any idea what ecchi means. Based on vague context I’m guessing it’s something like hentai light, is that correct?
      I’m also not sure if you read through the premise of this blog, but I didn’t pick this anime, someone else picked it for me. On my own I probably never would have watched this anime at all because the synopsis didn’t hook me nor did the promotional art. In point of fact, some people don’t like some types of anime and apparently ecchi is something I’m not into.
      I’m actually going to go one step further here and ask why criticizing an anime for being ecchi when it’s ecchi is wrong? Because if this is a good example of ecchi, it’s a horrible genre. It promotes some really disgusting bullshit that isn’t funny and shouldn’t be applauded and admired. Believe it or not, more than just men watch anime and the ridiculous prevalence of fanservice geared toward men that dehumanizes and sexualizes women is really offensive. None of that gets a free pass by saying ‘well that’s just the genre’.

  2. Anonymous

    Dude. You put too much complaint onto ti mostly based on because you didn’t get your hentai material you dreamed of. That is sad. The plot made sense to me. Guy dies and becomes zombies. Tries to find killer. Meets unusual friends and enemies along the way. Don’t question logic in an anime. You could have random mechs spout out of a toilet and it would be still unanswered. The anime actually was really funny. And the action scenes were interesting. But thought its a typical ecchi anime. The plot may have not been a GREAT AWESOME plot. But it still made sense to me.

    • I’m not really sure what part of my review you’re trying to argue with here. My problem wasn’t that I didn’t get the porn I wanted, my problem was that I didn’t want porn and there was kind of a lot of it. Also, I never said the plot made no sense. I said that the synopsis wasn’t very good and gave very little indication of what the series was about but that was before I’d watched a single episode. Actually, I explicitly stated that somewhere in there was a good plot.
      Also, I get that fantastical things can happen in anime, I’m not about to complain about that. But even in anime with fantastical things the story has to explain how its own reality works. If a mech spouts out of a toilet, there needs to be an explanation for how that’s possible – Big O style the mech was underground and tore through the surface, Dragonball Z capsule style, strange device of magic or technology that spawns things from thin air – it doesn’t really matter as long as it has a reason. There’s this thing called suspension of disbelief but it only stretches so far and explaining the more seemingly random aspects of your universe helps to stretch it farther. If you’ve ever watched the movie Inception their explanation of dream mechanics is a rough approximation of what I’m talking about albeit a bit more restrictive.

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