Kore wa Zombie desu ka? Of the Dead

Alt titles: Is this a Zombie? Of the Dead



roriconfan's avatar By roriconfan on Jul 18, 2012

Animated by that piece of shit Studio DEEN, which automatically means you will get nothing but mediocre fap material. Directed by Kanasaki Takaomi, who also did a season of School Rumble and Macademi Wasshoi. Clearly a guy who does only goofy storyless shows and indeed that is all you get.

This is a comedy/parody of mahou shoujo and superpowers, heavily based on the clichés of series such as Shakugan no Shana or Fate/Stay Night. Past the mockery of the premise which may or may not make you laugh from time to time, it is otherwise a done-on-the-run farce with bold but tired fan service and anime stereotypes that offers nothing beyond a few ephemeral laughs before it is swallowed up by obscurity. The reason is simple; it is a show that can’t stand on its own feet without being a mockery of stereotypes, and just like any anecdote it may be funny only the first time you hear it... or it may not even be funny the first time.

The story begins with the archetypical highschool male being a zombie… and a mahou shoujo at the same time… while being constantly surrounded by half or completely naked girls in a way that resembles fantasy date-sims. Plus, there is gore during the action scenes and it’s done in both comical and interesting way in terms of strategy. I did laugh with the stupidity of this blend in the pilot episode but it would surely not work a second time; the joke will grow old fast if it keeps repeating in a similar fashion.

So I am then watching the second episode which has to do with school lunch quality, home cooking and ninjas… No, make that VAMPIRE NINJAS! It’s making ridiculous combinations of clichés in order to bring a chuckle out, like a lawyer mailman or an archeologist beautician. I laughed for the second time but I also wondered for how long this joke would keep working. But anyways, both these two episodes were different, provided an insight to the setting in a stereotypical albeit nice way. The flashback where the lead meets the necromancer knight cooldere girl (yes, there is one of that too) was actually very touchy and the fact this played out as a silly comedy up to that point made the sad and dramatic feeling of that scene to have a ten-fold emotional effect. The show was great up to then.

But hey, most mediocre series have a few good first episodes before they show their true colors. The rest of the show turns fast, as I predicted, from action/mystery/drama into a mediocre random ecchi/comedy and not even any further attempts at introducing more characters or weird situations manages to bring anything further to the lot. They do occasionally throw in dramatic moments to colorize the characters but all that are quickly lost and ruined by endless tired ero-jokes and slices-of-life moments. The only thing that really changes is the lead’s harem getting bigger and him still being beaten around… and remaining a virgin. There goes the initial feeling of the show. The finale is nothing but retarded ecchi comedy, devoid of any attempt at even trying to be serious or even respectful to the characters’ dignity, thus dropping deep further into mediocrity and boredom and destroying the last chance it had to be something slightly different.

But I will be honest; the show tries somewhat to offer a continual plot and character insight. It is not anything much, it is random/superficial/done-to-death but at least it is not aimless/storyless/randomness all the way. The visuals are good, the BGM is rather cheery, and the characters stereotypical but rather developed and rather colorized further than the normal ecchi comedy out there. Nothing much to deem this a good show but at least it tried. Not hard but it did.

And now for some excused scorings.

Analysis: General Artwork 1/2, Character Figures 1/2, Backgrounds 1/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 1/2

Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 2/4, Sound Effects 2/3

Analysis: Premise 1/2, Pacing 1/2, Complexity 1/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 0/2

Analysis: Presence 1/2, Personality 1/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 1/2, Catharsis 1/2

Analysis: Historical Value 0/3, Rewatchability 0/3, Memorability 1/4

Analysis: Art 0/1, Sound 0/2, Story 0/3, Characters 1/4

VERDICT: 3.5/10

3/10 story
5/10 animation
6/10 sound
5/10 characters
3.5/10 overall
Thrawn's avatar By Thrawn on Jun 20, 2012

Story: The first episode starts off as nothing spectacular, until the second half kicks in and the rethread of the first episode of the first season brings it up there. Way up there. The similarities and differences really sell it and as for the comedy, it keeps on coming. Every episode has "That one moment", from .gifs of dancing to more dancing and hilarious subs, to gratuitous English and "That's not a kick!", it rocks as a comedy, just like the first season.

Unlike the first, it doesn't slow down with serious moments that may feel like they drag. If something serious/plotty is going on, it'll make it funny. It may feel like slow progression, and it is, it's less on plot and more on comedy and hijinks, while keeping a few minutes for plots. I like it for that, and it has a fight every now and then to remind you there's violence and crap.

So comedy, comedic action, dramedy... and the after-credits, easily one of the best changes. One of the best. The ending was kinda... anticlimatic though, nothing special but it was funny. A pity it was cut short, but it leaves room for more volumes of the manga/light novel/original source to be translated into a third season.

Animation: Solid. Got the bounce, got the so adorable Eu and while hardly anything changed (If I can recall), it retains it's good looks. Props for facial expressions, glowy stuff, imagination spots and fan-service. The OP/EP recycle loads from the first season though, which is a bit of a bummer.

Sound: Per the norm, Eu has a different VO every episode, and it's still great. The addition of the Fairy is an ear full of rape when she's drunk, and she's drunk most of the time. Dreadful, absolutely dreadful. The OP/EP, can't complain, might have some deja vu, maybe, but still good.

Characters: We get more on Sarasvati and her... development... was well worth it. She has some of the best moments in the season. The others don't change too much, but we still get to see a bit more about them. This was just more of having them in fun situations working what they do best. Good stuff, and feels like the imagination spots have more impact this time around, working for Ayumu.

Overall: As a second season, it maintains just enough plot (Barely) for it to not warrant it being filler overall. While it may be short and not plotty, it's fun, funny and fan service abound. Just come for the comedy, that's why you watched the first season, right?

5/10 story
8.5/10 animation
6.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall