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Inside an abandoned tank on a weed-infested riverbed live hot-headed Velveteen and neurotic Mandala: two teens who usually amuse themselves by setting things on fire or trying to play Donkey Kong on a pager. The only other human around is their supervisor, a half-naked man who spends his days gunning down the imps and other oddities that lurk on the banks. These three are tasked with looking after this riverside, where the souls of the dead are forwarded, but due to a clerical error the dead have become prone to reviving and indiscriminately attacking anything around them. As the bodies pile up, the girls' home is no longer safe, and they must take up arms to defend themselves!
In a war-ravaged city, the local all-girls high school mandates firearms training for every student, and encourages them to help with the war effort however they can. Hiroko Tsubaki's club raises money by selling flowers, and the girl has nothing but disdain for the ill-bred violent girls that populate her school. But that changes when the elegant student council president Tsubame asks her to join the investigations squad for a secret (and dangerous!) mission.
Another absurdist and violent schoolgirls-with-guns manga by Jiro Matsumoto. Velveteen and Mandala is longer/more fleshed out/better, but if you liked one you should definitely check out the other.
Velveteen and Mandala and I Am a Hero aren't your run-of-the-mill zombie apocalypse stories. Both feature protagonists who aren't psychologically sound, and the casts of each are far from cliché, which provides much of each's entertainment value.
(Not for the faint of heart)
How is a university rom-com like a schoolgirls vs. zombies tale?
Plot-wise, the two have very little in common, however, they share a very similar style of comedy, a story made up almost entirely of dialogue, and similar artwork. Comedy-wise, both are fond of breaking the fourth wall, evoking elements of RPG gameplay, and mentioning Studio Ghibli in the same sentence as brothels.