KoLD8: King of the Living Dead

Alt title: 8LDK: Shisha no Ou

Vol: 3; Ch: 24
2018 - 2019
3.084 out of 5 from 90 votes
Rank #35,633
KoLD8: King of the Living Dead

Zombies occupied Japan in only a month. To avoid being infected by zombies, Eito Hasaba, along with his mother and younger sister, head for a "sector," a blockaded safe zone. But soon after their arrival, Eito gets seriously injured during a disagreement and is thrown out of the sector. With his consciousness dimming, Eito sees a pack of zombies coming and resigns himself to his fate. But what does he discover when he wakes up? A story of a living dead anti-hero begins.

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This isn't a story about zombies. Yes, zombies play a role, but they largely just feel like a backdrop. The true story is about the communities that have developed within the Sectors and the mistreatment of fellow humans that takes place in them--usually at the hands of those in positions of power. Eito uses feir newfound ability to control zombies to bring justice to these evildoers. Feir mom's words about taking the high road, especially in times struggle, had a major effect on fem and on the moral code and mission that fe ends up developing. The neat potential of this story in regards to having somebody be able to control zombies was not fulfilled. While there are some clear limits to Eito's powers and some potential risks to feir own health (as seen through feir headaches), feir powers aren't really delved into in any cool ways. We don't see fem being very tactical with feir powers; it just feels like a convenience to fem. And we don't see any meaningful negative consequences or failed attempts. Nor do we see any interesting insights into the mindset of a zombie or anything like that. It's just a shallow superpower. The characters aren't very interesting either, which doesn't help. Haidoh's creepy family is somewhat interesting just because of how outlandish it is, but they don't really go into how the childrens' values became so warped and whatnot so it just ends up as unsatisfying. Even when they did try to provide backstories for other characters, they just came across as stupid. I don't feel attached to any of these characters. Also, it felt ridiculous for them to have a character whose defining character trait is feir stupidity be in charge of disarming the bomb just because fe wanted to feel like fe was contributing or something. Why were life and death decisions being made for reasons like that? The art isn't appealing. People all look pretty flat.

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