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Zombie-Loan

Oct 29, 2012

There are awful anime. There are excellent anime. There are bad anime. There are good anime. And then there are anime so average it's scary.

Story: Kita Michiru has a good amount of frenemies at her Christian school. However, she has a secret--when she removes her Harry Potter glasses, she can see rings around people necks which signify how much time a person has left to live or if the person is already dead (Shinigami eyes?). She always wears the glasses so she won't have to see these horrible, horrible things. (Hello? If I had that power, then it would be awesome.) One day, she meets two boys who have black rings around their necks--they're dead!

OMFG WTF SWEETCHEESESTHISISUNREALCOULDTHEYBEZOMBIES? PSHAW...

Random sh*t happens (the boys switch hands and fight and whatnot), and Michiru ends up being

("SHOT THROUGH THE HEART AND YOU'RE TO BLAME/DARLIN', YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME" with apologies to Bon Jovi and Stephen King...)

slashed with a sword. As she lays there, she is given the option to live. After a corny speech, she finds herself to be alive. As it turns out. Z-Loan® allows the dead to keep rollin', rollin', rollin', trollin' as long as they can pay off rent. Michiru can now join her newfound friends in bringing other zombie-things peaceful actual death.

Does this sound interesting? Actually... no. Not really. Maybe it does to you, but it doesn't sound like such a mediocre premise can amount to anything. (Well, it does sometimes. "Fruits Basket" kind of did that.) And it really doesn't. The ending doesn't tie up any loose ends, either.

Animation: Again, absolutely average. (Alliteration?) Character designs are average. Fight scenes are average or maybe a little worse than average. Artwork is average. There isn't much else to say here!

Sound: I cannot remember any of the insert music nor can I remember the ending song. The OP was just some j-rock which I find to be mildly ear-splitting. The man's scratchy voice is just unappealing. The voice acting is nondescript and is... average. Gosh. You have one more chance, XEBEC. Make this thing more interesting!

Characters: I... I surrender... (Zero development and backstories, too.)

Characters: Girl with pinkish hair: Kita Michiru; boy with silver hair: Akatsuki Chika; boy with hair antenna: Tachibana Shito.

Shiba Reiichirou: Not one of the three main characters, which could be good: He is as average as a rock-shaped paperweight.

Kita Michiru: First and foremost, I cannot believe that the original manga creator (the female pair Peach-Pit), who created "Shugo Chara!" and Hinamori Amu, would create such a spineless female lead. Even if Amu's awesomeness is not brought into the picture, Kita is STILL a weak character. Her lack of a personality and distinguishing features make her one of the most boring leads I have ever seen.

I think she is supposed to be a sympathetic character because she has a pretty crappy life in the beginning, but she never stands up for herself. I can't feel bad for a girl like her! Plus, we don't really know of her past, so we can't compare and contrast her character from then to now.

Akatsuki Chika: A hot-headed bad-boy with a kind heart and a bone to pick with the other male lead, he's trying to be Sohma Kyo so much. Unfortunately, Chika brings no charisma to an otherwise potential-laden archetype. Whereas Kyo became one of the most likable and relatable characters of all time, Chika became a completely unoriginal character.

Tachibana Shito: If Chika wants to be Kyo, then Shito wants to be Yuki. His level-headed ways could complement Chika very well, but they don't. The dynamic between these characters is just wasted potential.

Yoimachi Koyomi: Other than her chest, she serves no real purpose. Not like this is an ecchi, but there is one "cosplay" scene. Yet another drab character.

You get the idea, so screw mentioning everyone else!

Overall: I'm going to be frank: This is probably the most average anime I have ever seen. But, maybe it makes sense. I refuse to read/or watch the unanimously hated "Dears," also created by Peach-Pit, but I adore their philosophical "Shugo Chara!," a show and manga which will bring out the child in us all. Maybe this is their middle ground.

4.5/10 story
4/10 animation
3.5/10 sound
3.5/10 characters
4/10 overall

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