Zombie Land Saga

February 3, 2019

At first I was going to give Zombie Land Saga the skip. Yeah, it was that time of the new anime season when I had to choose which animes I want to watch and had to be selective thanks to the dozens of animes I WANT to watch. Yeah, I’m such a busy (anime watching) guy. So when I heard about this show was going to have zombies, I said, “Skip!”. Not really into zombies. Not liking the horror genre. And then my guts told me to properly read the synopsis. What’s this? Not a horror genre? But a comedy? Okay… But then zombie idols? No thanks. Had my fair share of idol themed animes. So I said again, “Skip!”. And then my guts were like screaming to me this time, “You sure you read the damn synopsis properly?!”. What’s the big deal? Idols in the form of zombies taking storm in the idol industry, blah, blah, blah. So what?! And then my guts just told me to shut up and watch the first episode. I will not regret it. Sighs. Can’t argue with that, voices in my head. “In your head, in your head… Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie…”.

Episode 1
Sakura Minamoto is excited to go for an idol audition. Life is going to be beautiful. When suddenly she gets hit by a truck! OMFG! Death metal music cue! Next thing she knows, she is a strange house. Exploring about, she is ‘attacked’ by a zombie girl! Run! Worse, she corners herself in a room full of other zombie girls! Luck is on her side as she manages to escape out. She tries to seek help from this policeman but he gets scared and shoots her! Sakura sees in the mirror… She is a zombie herself! Before the policeman could do anything further, he is taken out by Koutarou Tatsumi. Sakura wakes up back in the house as Koutarou explains she has died 10 years ago. Now revived as a zombie, she will become an idol to help save the Saga prefecture. So how did he revive her as a zombie? If you watched enough zombie movies, that’s your answer! Too bad Sakura is the only zombie with consciousness as the others are still mindless zombies. Don’t forget to feed them dried cuttlefish or they’ll bite you. Koutarou explains his Zombie Land Saga Project and they will revive the regional idol craze that has been dying in recent years as part of his plan to save Saga. That’s why he has put together these legendary girls to form an idol group. Sakura, meet legendary biker boss Saki Nikaidou, legendary 80’s idol Junko Konno, legendary Meiji courtesan Yugiri, legendary child prodigy actress Lily Hoshikawa, legendary 2000’s idol Ai Mizuno and just legendary Tae Yamada. So tonight they’re going to have their first performance? At this death metal live concert?! Thanks to Koutarou’s makeup skills, the girls do look pretty dolled up. With the zombie girls suddenly doing head banging, Sakura gets worried unlike Koutarou. He tells them nobody expects anything from them. Not even himself. So go out there and blow everybody’s expectations away! On stage, as expected, the death metal crowd is hostile towards cute idols, Death Musume (temporary group name). More trouble as Tae jumps into the crowd and starts biting. Sakura is already confused and starting to panic when Koutarou gives the cue to start the death metal music. So how do zombies sing? THEY SCREAM!!! Holy sh*t! The crowd loves it! And with their head banging style, they’re really going to rock everybody tonight! If you can’t beat them, join them! Scream your heart out, Sakura!!! OH YEAH!!!! Next morning back home, I guess Sakura must be pretty confused. But not as confused as the other zombie girls (except Tae) start to regain consciousness and are pretty horrified over their zombie condition. Good morning everybody.

Episode 2
Our zombie girls gather as Koutarou once more explain his Zombie Land Saga Project and he is their mysterious producer. No kidding. Not that the rest are impressed anyway. He reminds them to keep their zombie identity a secret because you know what humans will do to zombies? Here’s a few clips from American movies. ZOMBIES HAVING THEIR BRAINS BLOW OFF!!! Since they’ll have another performance at some old folks home, it’s time for idol training. Only Sakura goes along while the rest ignores him. Because of that Saki has bad blood with Sakura for being a pussy to that zombie producer. Ai tries to get away but looks like Koutarou’s zombie pet dog, Romero is guarding the door. Don’t let your imagination fool you… Aww… So cute… Ai still tries to get away but bumps into Junko doing the same. Yeah, zombies freaking out each other. Sakura tries to stop them but don’t pull too hard or their hands and even eyeballs will come off! Sakura explains she is going along with Koutarou because during their previous performance, she felt that excitement in her heart. Wait a minute. Zombies have feelings? Anyway she wants to feel that again. In town, the trio stumble into rapper boys who try to hit them with their cheesy hip hop rap lines. They are ‘saved’ when the policeman is here but with better lighting and seeing their zombie face, let the scream fest begin! They almost get shot by the policeman! Run! It’s time for the performance as the zombie girls are now known as Green Face. Don’t ask. With the normal idol music starting, the usual chaos. Tae still a zombie and the rest just standing there and only Sakura doing some dancing. Until Tae decides to bite the dried cuttlefish from some old guy and when Sakura tries to get her back, her head pops off! OMG! Nice magic trick, right? With Saki fooling around not wanting to put Tae’s head back, suddenly Sakura snaps. She reprimands Saki for not even trying to hide their zombie identity! Oops? Then it descends into a hip hop rap battle among them and others slowly adding some beatboxing and sound effects. But it is Sakura who takes the cake as she starts showing her rap prowess to diss everyone including the audience. In the end, everybody loves it!!! Best performance they’ve ever seen! Even death metal fans can convert to this music style! Later Sakura apologizes to Saki for it all but looks like Saki admires her guts and now becomes her friend.

Episode 3
No rest for our zombie girls. Heh. Do zombies need rest? This time, Koutarou will have them do a guerrilla concert in the streets of Saga. That’s tomorrow and need to practice everything tonight. Hey, it’s not like zombies need to sleep, right? But first, Lily suggests having a group leader. Saki appoints herself since no one dares take it up. Then they brainstorm (oh, the irony) for a group name and many of them stinks. Ironically, zombies don’t smell so they don’t stink, right? Haha! Anyway, it is only when Tae somewhat sneezes, they hit upon an idea. Her sneeze sounded like Franchouchou and so this is going to be their group name. But as soon as they begin practising, those with no idol background soon find it heart. Wow. Zombies losing heart? But after some thinking, they believe putting hard work will make them pull through. Even as they return to practice, some mistakes are made and this causes Ai and Junko to leave. Not interested. Koutarou has some ‘advice’ for them as they think this idol thingy will fail. Why did they become idols? The rest are trying to live despite being zombies but they are just rotting away. A zombie who doesn’t dance is just a regular zombie. OMG… Next day as they begin their guerrilla concert, only Ai and Junko remain in the car and won’t join the rest. Hmm… Mediocre techno track but horrible CGI animation!!! They attract a decent crowd but when Lily makes a mistake and trips, Sakura tries to help her out. This breaks the momentum as the crowd disperses. They try to get back into the groove but nobody is seriously watching and just sniggering what a bunch of weirdoes. Just when Sakura thought it is all over for them, Ai and Junko jump in to perform. Even though their performance is slightly better this time, they at least attract the attention of a young girl who is excited enough to try and imitate their moves. In the end, they thank her but promise to do better next time. But Franchouchou have to leave as the policeman is here threatening to arrest them for performing without a permit. Luckily, no gunshots were fired this time. Back home, Sakura expresses her gratitude to Ai and Junko and hopes they can work together. The duo feel awkward but at least now they want to try and make this work.

Episode 4
Not sure if Koutarou is praising them or belittling his zombie girls. I think it’s more of the latter. Because now here’s the problem: They ran out of money! Gas don’t come free from chauffeuring the girls everywhere. But don’t despair. He has hooked them up with some pharmaceutical company and they’ll do some performance at a hotspring. If everything goes right, they’ll have a contract. Sounds fun and all until Franchouchou is ordered to do all the practice in their room and can’t go out and do anything fun. Don’t want their zombie identity to be busted, right? However Franchouchou isn’t happy with this double standard since Koutarou himself tells them straight he is going sightseeing while they practice. So why work so hard? Yeah, they go sightseeing too. Meanwhile Koutarou actually sees the boss of the pharmaceutical company and looks like his suaveness could actually seal the deal. On the other hand, the girls get to do some reflection and thinking about their future. Eventually they get motivated to see this through. Going back to their room, they try to learn more about the pharmaceutical product. Even though they are zombies, man those patches make them feel good! Is it because they are dead their skin absorbs better? Dead skin absorbs?! They incorporate this during their performance and the crowd loves them. Double the pleasure, double the happiness. Dead in the night, Saki and Junko try to coax Sakura to sneak into the hotspring while the rest is asleep. You better make sure nobody finds out. So as they enjoy and relax, the pharmaceutical boss comes in. Hide! An accident happens as Sakura head pops off! The boss sees it and runs for her life! The scream wakes up the others and now the boss has to confront creepy zombies in the creepy hallways! RUN!!! Next day as they leave, Koutarou is shocked to learn the boss was so scared that she forgot the deals they had made. Now the hotspring is listed as a haunted place as Koutarou gives Sakura a stern warning. I wonder what could be more than rolling heads. But thanks to the patches, Franchouchou are motivated to make up and earn money next time.

Episode 5
I suppose Koutarou isn’t going to let that hotspring fail go easily. Franchouchou’s next job is to do commercial for a locally famous Drive-in Tori chicken shop. Nobody is excited or knows about this except for Saki. Apparently during her heydays, she often stopped here with her gang to eat. The president treats them to their signature grilled chicken. Tastes good. Then they put on chicken outfits to film the commercial. Too bad they need several takes since Tae is giving out those zombie sounds. With some improvising, the shoot was a success. However Koutarou isn’t satisfied. He tells his girls if they really chicken up. WTF?! So when Tae starts trying to eat the real mascot chicken, Koutarou wants the crew to film and incorporate this! Yeah, funny commercial… In the end, the girls thought they could have more grilled chicken as gifts. Too bad, just some t-shirts. Can’t have them eating everything, right? But no rest for Franchouchou as the next job to boost their profile is Gatalympics. A local sports event. Let’s say it’s muddy and messy. Again, Saki is the only one super excited for this. Heck, Koutarou has them wear lame Franchouchou design t-shirts for this event. For the first event, participants have to cycle across a thin slippery board. Fall off and you’re muddied and out. All our girls fail. When they wash off the mud, they realize they are in zombie mode! Heck, dive back into the mud! Then they see Koutarou participating and hope to laugh when he falls. However… He crosses the finish line! And a wheelie to go with that! WTF?! Next is some Tarzan swing. Judges judge you by how far you swing as well as your showmanship. As expected, our zombie girls either flor or put on a good show but fail to get some distance. Until it is Tae’s turn. She swings the furthest but then she breaks apart in mid-air!!! Thanks to the sun in everyone’s eyes, nobody could clearly see what happened! So the rest have to scramble and quickly put her back together again! Tae wins the event but too bad her zombie groaning means she can’t speak or advertise for Franchouchou. Sakura remembers she wore another shirt beneath and tells her to show it off. Uhm… It’s that Drive-in Tori chicken t-shirt… Nice bird… Meanwhile a journalist remembers why Junko looks familiar. He is going to investigate this.

Episode 6
In order to find out today’s trend, thank goodness for internet! For some reason doing so is forbidden by Koutarou and they’re doing this secretly. Ai talks about the many idol groups that form and break up as well as their staying power over the years. Ai and Junko have different ideas on what makes an idol. Ai believes fans want to see their idols improve over time because if you’re trying to be perfect from the start, there won’t be anything to manage. They stumble upon Saga Rock Festival. Possibly the biggest music fest in the prefecture. Iron Frill, Ai’s previous idol group is going to perform there. Koutarou announces a big job for Franchouchou. They’re going to have a special event from fans thanks to their successful advertising. Yes, Franchouchou has fans now. First they do a concert and these fans really love them. Next is the photo session. However Junko has cold feet and opts out. She doesn’t believe this is how an idol should be. Worst, she said it in public. So back home, I guess Koutarou is very disappointed and lectures them. Not much. But soon Ai and Junko become loggerheads again at their different approach for being an idol. Remember, they are from different eras. This causes tension among them and it affects the whole group. Sakura talks to Junko and learns her ideal of what being an idol is. Because she is mostly an idol on TV, she believes in giving fans her dreams and not showing any imperfections. She worked hard for it but unfortunately she died in a plane crash when she was about to head to Saga for her first tour. Junko feels she can’t be part of Franchouchou any longer. Meanwhile Saki finds Ai cowering from the lightning flashes and thunder. Their talk reveals Ai is afraid of them because that was how she died! Apparently her group was performing during the thunderstorm of the outdoor concert at Saga when lightning struck! OMG. She has got to be so bad luck to die like that. Died standing. The kind of legend she doesn’t want to be remembered by. And then Koutarou relays the good news. He has got Franchouchou to perform as the newcomer line-up for this year’s Saga Rock! Oh dear. Ai and Junko remembering their tragedies… And nobody’s excited…

Episode 7
The rest are wondering if they should go ahead because it has been 2 weeks since Junko barricaded herself in her room. Sakura thought they should ask Koutarou for help but got scolded to figure it out themselves! Should have known this better herself. No choice, Ai suggests they practice without Junko. I guess the time is right for Koutarou to barge in and give Junko an earful. Yeah, aren’t zombies the ones supposed to be on the other side of the barricade? First he tells her about the age of the internet and how everything is so online and hence he understands why she is so afraid. Things have changed, people have changed. Franchouchou are zombies, not robots. So it’s safe to say that everyone still has their own personality? Franchouchou exists to support each other’s dreams. As one isn’t enough to achieve herself, that’s why they have each other. He also tells her about how Ai died and her fears. Because it is predicted that a storm will hit this year’s Saga Rock. On the day of the festival, the rest prepare to head out but no Junko in sight. I don’t know why she need to wait till last minute to decide to follow them. Is it for drama effect? Because Koutarou rams his van into her! Is there some sort of lesson her? With Junko steeling her resolve, Franchouchou is back in business. Before the festival, Koutarou sprays them to make them waterproof. Shoe spray? Then they watch Iron Frill perform. By the time it is Franchouchou’s turn to go on stage, the rain is already heavily pouring. Many take cover since they think they won’t lose much missing this never-heard-of group. As they begin, it is obvious that Ai is shaky and breaking up from the lightning flashes. Before she breaks down, Junko covers for her and they proceed to sing the rest of the song perfectly. At the end of it, lightning strikes! Holy sh*t! Again?! Thank goodness that’s the benefit of being a zombie, eh? Koutarou won’t let it stop here and continues the music. So now Franchouchou have other ‘special effects’. They are glowing and their voices are like synthesizers. They can also shoot light beams from their fingers? No wonder the fans are so thrilled in seeing their performance. It’s like angels have descended onto Saga Rock!

Episode 8
Franchouchou are considered famous with articles about them and even the internet is talking about them. With a few more events, there is another photo shoot. This time they noticed this huge guy. They think he is a loan shark looking for Koutarou. But wait. He is waiting in Lily’s line. Is he here to kidnap her? When it’s his turn, he puts his hands on her shoulders, prompting Saki to kick him away! Interrogating him, he apologizes and thought Lily looked like that child star he knew. Back home, Lily reveals the truth. That guy is her father! OMG! Wait. If he was so big standing in that line, wouldn’t have Lily saw him? Unless too focused in front. Anyway, Lily is indeed his child as she takes after her mom. Mom died a long time ago but Lily never felt alone because papa was always with her. Because he loved TV so much, she decided to go into TV and with him being her manager, they can always be together. But one day, something happened. Lily refused to appear on an important TV show. And there’s something about she will never grow up too. When Lily saw in the mirror a small hair on her chin, she died of shock!!!! So Lily is actually a guy and her former name is Masao Gou?! Why didn’t the other girls notice this despite being so close together? My theory is that his junk dropped off… Haha! Sorry… More flashbacks from the father’s side. He was so engrossed in this TV thingy, he never realized the important things until Lily died. That is when he hated TV and never watched one ever since. But papa comes to terms this Lily couldn’t be his child so the next photo session, he goes to apologize for scaring her while also blaming himself for being a bad parent. This breaks Lily’s heart (and ours) so after Lily cried enough tears, Franchouchou organizes a special mini concert just for him. They’ve done all they can but he didn’t show up. You know how the heroes always show up at the last moment. You can’t miss him. That big guy at the back. It is the cue for Franchouchou to sing their new song with Lily in the lead. A lovely and beautiful ballad dedicated to papa. Damn it, somebody bring me a box of tissues! In the aftermath, papa doesn’t hate TV so much and returns watching them.

Episode 9
So now Franchouchou have to dance with the old folks? Weird, but this is part of Koutarou’s plan to appeal to the demographic since Saga has a lot of old people. During the break, Sakura is confronted with this delinquent girl and her mini group, Maria. She doesn’t like such dancing on her turf? Until Saki shows up, she leaves. But it brings back some memories because Maria is now the leader of the biker group she was once in, Dorami. Later as Maria pouts about it, they are confronted with their eternal biker group rival, Korosuke led by Misa. Saki on her way back butts in. This could have blown out of proportion had the policeman threaten to call reinforcement. Misa will settle this another way soon. Maria is not pleased with Saki’s interference but when Saki asks about her mom, Reiko, Maria ignores her. Maria returns home and mom is worried. She hates mom who was once the leader of Dorami and is now pathetic and apologizing for nothing. Reiko is worried because there is a challenge letter in the mail and wants Maria to stop this. Like daughter will listen. Meanwhile Koutarou warns Saki about getting into a fight because if idols get into violence, it will be the end of them. It will be the end of Franchouchou. Saki ‘gets it’. However she sees Misa’s entourage passing by and has a bad feeling. Reiko realizes Maria has snuck out. She sees the challenge letter at a certain place. It brought back bad memories because that was where Saki was killed in a twisted chicken race. And now, Maria might share the same fate as she prepares to do it with Misa. Dust off those dirt on your old bike and get ready to save your daughter. This chicken game has both girls riding towards the cliff. The first one brakes, loses. Reiko reaches in time to try and stop them but Maria again is unimpressed. Now here comes Saki. She appoints herself as Dorami’s captain for the day and will take the challenge. She reminds Maria that if she knows Dorami’s history, somebody died. Is she prepared to put her life on the line? Reiko thought she is Saki but she plays dumb. The race begins and Misa is shocked that Saki accelerates. Saki goes off the cliff! Déjà vu? The perks of being a zombie, she can get back up. Reiko then punches Saki for doing something this stupid. In turn, Saki tells Maria that her mom has got guts. If she intends to continue with Dorami, she must prove to mom that she doesn’t have to worry about her. Saki then tells everybody this is no longer the trend to become legendary. This is: Everyone is invited to Franchouchou’s concert as Saki takes the lead in singing a badass delinquent rock piece. Ride on!

Episode 10
Sakura is glad Franchouchou members are feeling a lot better (despite being zombies) but Sakura still has no memories of life before being a zombie. Koutarou announces Franchouchou will perform in a big concert hall, Arpino. Sakura is so excited that she messes up her practice. And then suddenly Koutarou has them go camping in the snowy mountains as part of the practice. You mean right now? Not sure if they reached the spot thanks to the poorly drawn map. But upon reaching, all of them decide to do the basics of survival like starting a fire, collecting shrubs, fishing and hunting for food. Do the dead need all that? Except for Sakura who remains adamant they need to practice. Unfortunately she is only doing it alone. And then when they decide to set a trap to catch a boar (because do zombies really crave for meat?), Sakura accidentally falls into a trap and here comes papa boar! Can someone who is already dead play dead? The boar eats her instead! Now it’s Tae versus the boar! Although the boar is chased away, now here comes Koutarou being preachy. Only Sakura is not amused. She blows her top (ironically her head was torn off) and decides to go home. What you gonna do Koutarou? Pull back! During practice, Sakura remains sloppy but she blames everyone that they were fooling around instead of practising like her. Later Yugiri confronts Koutarou and knows this mountain trip was a bid to help Sakura. Though Koutarou dismisses and that his plan is to save Saga’s depopulation. Then Yugiri slaps him! Have more faith in her! Eh? Isn’t that what Koutarou said? Confused. Sakura finds herself awkward after all that. However she sees her comrades planning their performance in sync. That is when she realizes that the mountain camp was all about teamwork and she selfishly sit out of it. She apologizes and rejoins her team. With everything back to normal, Sakura is back to her happy self. Next morning she decides to go jogging, that damn déjà vu again as a truck slams into her! OMG! The truck guy would have wanted to do something had he not feared Romero. Sakura regains consciousness. Yeah, she’s dead, remember? However she doesn’t have memories of her idol stint. Now she passes out. Or is she dead?!

Episode 11
Déjà vu again for Sakura. Waking up in a strange dark house. Tae attack! Run for your life! Entering the room with other zombie girls, she gets scared while the others are confused. Then, Tae attack! Later Sakura comes to again and she is happy to see Ai of Iron Frills. However Ai tells her the brutal truth and Sakura is unable to accept it. It is confirmed she has lost her memories when she is a zombie but in turn now has her life memories. With Sakura refusing everything, this puts their Arpino event in danger. She remains adamant that nothing good will come out of anything she tries. So all the girls try to take turn to talk to her but the pessimism force is strong in her. When it is Yugiri’s turn to talk to her, I guess she wasted dolling herself up as a geisha as Sakura has ran away. We see her reminisce about her past. All nothing but bad memories. Like when she was chosen to play Snow White, she worked so hard but on the play day she got a cold and had to miss it. During her middle school years, she trained hard to be on the relay team but every time she pulled a muscle on the opening ceremony. Then she studied hard to enter the high school she wanted and stopped hanging out with friends and do all the fun stuffs. Nothing but study. She scored great during the mock exams but during the actual day, she had to help grannies in trouble. Barely reaching the hall in time, she panicked and it ended with failure. Depressed, she saw Ai’s interview of not giving up and working hard and that reignited her passion again but we all knew what happened. Reminiscence interrupted when policeman speaks to her. Yeah, déjà vu again. Zombie! Luckily Koutarou is here to save the day. They talk and as usual, Sakura is being pessimistic because with everything bad always happening to her, she thinks it is best she doesn’t become an idol. She doesn’t care about his plans to save Saga and they can go ahead without her. Well, if that is how you feel, so be it. Be stuck in feeling like sh*t for the rest of your life. Although technically she’s already dead. Sad Sakura resigns to her fate but Koutarou returns! He hasn’t given up on her yet! With more big intimidating words, he says he will never abandon her.

Episode 12
Sakura reluctantly returns to the group but sits out during practice and remains depressed. During handing out of flyers, she is surprised there are fans who come to greet and praise her. Still, all meaningless to her. More depression. Sighs. Do zombies really feel depressed? I guess Tae can’t take this anymore and attacks her! She brings her back to the rest as they try to motivate her. However she doesn’t appreciate it because she can’t remember a thing with them. Time for Yugiri’s slap and lecture. She reminds her that it was her who motivated them to get this far. If Sakura says she doesn’t want to be with them on stage so they can succeed, they rather be on stage with her and fail! Sakura returns to practice and amazingly her body remembers the moves as she was the one who practised a lot. When the mirror cracks, Sakura almost returns to her pessimistic ways but the rest punch it broken. She isn’t the only one with bad luck. They’re all dead. So let’s see what a bunch of bad luck zombies can do! Meanwhile it is hinted that Koutarou was Sakura’s classmate and not sure if it was her who introduced her to the world of idol because he was enthralled by her smile. Franchouchou go up on stage at Arpino. The hall is full and Franchouchou dances to the crowd’s delight. And then signs of bad omen. Uhm, the tree just crashed into the window. Isn’t it a sign to leave? No matter. Continue performing. Then the roof starts collapsing! Don’t mind. Continue. And then the entire stage collapses!!! Damn! Does God really want them off stage?! With everyone in shock, but slowly Franchouchou gets back up (because Koutarou’s slow clap?) and get back to singing! And then there is enough power for music and lights to make them continue their outstanding performance! Hah! Take that, God! You can’t bring down our zombie girls!!! Back stage, the girls are happy that Sakura has her memories back. She apologizes and hopes they can be together. Koutarou spoils their party and tells them to get their asses back on stage to give the crowd an encore! Franchouchou forever! Final cliff-hanger: The journalist finally has put the picture together about the members of Franchouchou. He smells something stinky going on…

Saga Living Dead Idol
OMG! My guts! My dear guts! You were so right! I love this series! This series was amazing! Although it is not a masterpiece but I enjoyed a lot of it. So you see, sometimes all you need to do is give that first chance and everything else will fall in its place. Man, I don’t know what I would have been missing had I really skipped out on this one. By the end of the first episode, I was already hooked and loving the zombie girls as I really wanted to see how far they can go and achieve in their new zombie life. I mean, hey, it’s not like you get to see and hear zombie idols every day, right? We have idols who are from outer space, idols from the spiritual world and all other walks of life. But have you ever heard of a zombie idol? Yeah…

Sure, this series has its ups and downs. It is not perfect after all. I realized that I have built up some sort of expectations for this series as I go along. Probably that is why I felt a bit ‘disappointed’ when the series ended. Before I knew it, the series has already reached its end with its dozen of episodes. Eh, you mean this isn’t going to go on for another cour? Oh well, maybe they need time to cook up some more plots and storylines as this series is an original anime series and not based on any manga or game.

So perhaps my initial disappointment of certain parts left unexplained is unfounded. For example, we have some of the episodes that flesh out the girls’ past and their trauma. Not really in depth and detail but it is sufficient enough to give you an idea of their past. Therefore I was somewhat disappointed when it ended because I realized doesn’t Yugiri have a past of her own? Was she left out? After all, all of Franchouchou members died in an untimely manner so it would have been interesting to see how Yugiri as the ‘oldest’ member died. Poisoned by a fellow jealous courtesan? Can’t say she died of old age because she is such a beautiful and young woman in her zombie form so she must have died during her youthful days.

But the biggest dissatisfaction in terms of the character comes from Tae. I thought this zombie girls was some sort of secret weapon or trump card to Franchouchou. And that they will leave it to the final arc of the series to finally transform her and give her a conscience like the rest. Maybe she has some secret laser cannon in her belly to shoot aliens out of the sky? Haha! Freaky. Unfortunately, she remains a retard for the rest of the series. It is not a bad thing but it is hard to say if Tae being a retard is cute or annoying. Maybe a bit of both. You see, Tae isn’t completely mindless zombie like how they are in the beginning. As the series progresses, you will find that Tae is capable of listening to orders and even doing the simplest of tasks. It is just that her intelligence is not as ‘high’ as what we would considered as ‘civilized’. Hence Tae feels more like an animal moved by instincts rather than complicated goals and ambitions like the rest. Even at this point I myself begin to wonder if Tae actually becomes conscious, would she still be the Tae we all have gotten to know and love. Tae will always be Tae so a change in character would only be for a shock twist.

I also had this thought that Franchouchou will face an enemy. No, not another rival idol group but I had that idea too. The fact that there was a journalist that seemed to be curious about them, that died out after Franchouchou’s status elevated to become angels. Therefore the danger of Franchouchou’s real identity being found out puts a risk on them as the pesky journalist intends to get to the bottom of it all no matter what. This is hinted in the final scene cliff-hanger so if this series gets another season, my bet is that this trouble might soon follow for our zombie girls. After all, we have seen them defy acts of God trying to kill them! And yet they stand back up. Ah, the perks of being a zombie. Did God forget zombies can’t technically die just like Him? Hence I think even in the worst case scenario the journalist did expose them, the most he could do is kill their idol career. But I guess that would be like being dead because Franchouchou is only alive being idols. Let’s hope that never happens.

My next trivial nit-picking is regards to whether or not zombies feel anything. Whether it is physical pain or emotions. Well, from what we have seen here, the zombie girls do experience different types of emotions from happiness to depression. I don’t know, I’m not well versed in zombies so I have always thought they would be dead on the inside and have no feelings. Even if the lore here allows for the zombie girls to have feelings, it feels rather inconsistent. For example if their heads or body parts drop off, do they not feel any pain? It’s like they don’t feel anything in this department but at the same time they can feel happy or depressed? Ironically, if zombies don’t need to eat or sleep, we see Franchouchou doing so, would it be like redundant? I mean, do zombies get tired? I thought in this state your natural limiters are off? I don’t know. So in regards to this topic, it feels somewhat inconsistent to me. But one thing is for sure, Franchouchou is more alive as zombies than they were as humans! Oh, the irony. It must be those magic patches. I gotta get me some of those patches too!

One of the most interesting characters that you would love to hate but also love to love is Koutarou. This guy is like everything. I don’t know if I described him properly but he feels like larger than life. You got to love his loud and flamboyant ways. He is always at my pace and you don’t really know what is going on in his mind. From certain angles, he sounds like a big bully and drill sergeant because of his constant yelling at Franchouchou for whatever reasons. I’m not sure being loud = motivation. It’s not like the zombie girls are death, right? RIGHT?! He also uses big words but it feels it lacks any sort of meaning. It’s just like for show. It’s not what it means, it’s how he says it. That’s why when he starts ranting out loud, the girls don’t really understand all that he mean but it certainly makes you feel that there is something big going on. Although he looks like he doesn’t give a damn at what you say, many times he does care for his girls. It’s not the usual cutie tender loving love that you would expect. More shouting and nonsensical ranting. And then when he surprisingly goes into his soft speaking mode with advice that really hit you, before his words can sink in, it’s back to that loudmouth comeback or whatever. Gotta love this guy or what? Yeah, better get used to it. GOT IT???!!!

Koutarou is also one of the mysterious characters because although he says his goal is to save Saga from depopulation, it feels like there is an ulterior and hidden agenda beneath it all. If he wants to revive Saga and bring youths to the prefecture, are zombie idols the way to go? Could it be this zombie idol thingy is just a cover to fight the zombie apocalypse! Gasp! Plot twist! Maybe that’s what the opening credits are hinting… Yeah. Now you wonder why Tae is just legendary Tae… After all, it is not really explained why he chose these particular zombie girls and even more curious and baffling is how he brought them back to life. How did they all (except for Tae) regain their consciousness about the same time? How long and where were the dead girls preserved? How did Koutarou get their hands on them (because if you consider Yugiri as the ‘oldest’, her body must have been preserved somewhere, right?). So all these questions make Koutarou sound even more suspicious and shady than he looks even if he already told us to use our imaginations and stereotypes to come to our conclusions. Uh huh. Maybe he doesn’t even know. But because of his flamboyant, my pace and ‘charismatic’ (*puking*) ways, we let it slide and go with his flow. Can’t argue with him, no? No. Don’t argue with him if you know what’s good for you! This guy is damn good in persuasion and if he does sales, I’m sure he’ll make a killing.

For the Franchouchou girls as I have mentioned some of them in my previous paragraphs, the different backgrounds of the girls are amusing and interesting. We see a glimpse of some of their past but it is sad that we didn’t get to see Yugiri and Tae due to Sakura ‘hogging’ the final arc for some ultimate drama and plot device to further enhance the bonding of the Franchouchou members. My favourite and most touching story goes to Lily. That was almost a tear jerker and sad story of her father and her son, uhm, daughter? That one really pulled my heart strings. It was sad, it was inspiring, it was bittersweet, it was overall heart-warming and lovely.

Oddly, I know that some of the Franchouchou girls are not that famous (Yugiri’s dead for a long time so obviously nobody knows her, Junko’s fans may have forgotten and moved on) but if you consider Ai and Lily who are considered popular enough especially the former, it is mind boggling to think that nobody actually thought that Ai looks like the dead member of Iron Frills. Looks like her, sounds like her, but she’s dead, so nah, can’t be her. Since the Franchouchou members’ stage name are numbers (like Sakura is Number One, Saki is Number Two, Tae is Number Zero, etc), so it helps in masking their identity. But don’t tell me fans aren’t dying to know their real names? They have a webpage, you know? Or do they think that being mysterious idols and not knowing everything about them (otherwise it makes you look like some creepy perverted stalker knowing every inch of their detail) has some sort of charm to it?

As for the other side characters, Romero seems a bit wasted as the series’ mascot. I am not sure if everyone sees this little zombie puppy differently. Because they see it as a vicious dog. Otherwise from our viewers’ perspective, it is just a cute harmless puppy whose bark is properly cuter than its bite. There is also a running joke of that lone policeman dude. He has the bad luck of stumbling into our zombie girls and gets freaked out and whipping out his gun. Heh. Has he ever seen zombie movies? But one would wonder if he ever learns from this because this scene happens and repeats almost always the same. I assume this guy is single so he makes cheesy pick up ‘arrest’ lines and when he realizes the zombie face of the girls, he goes berserk. You would think that he has seen this so many times, he would have at least taken some precautions or stop doing his night patrol. Maybe it is all a dream. Yeah, must be bad luck to have the same kind of recurring dream all the time! It is also amazing he doesn’t experience any sort of trauma after a few encounters. From the way he freaks out every time, I think if I was him, once is enough for me to get out of the police force! There is also a couple of death metal hardcores who have become fans of Franchouchou and it is just odd to see them still in their death metal makeup and all. Shouldn’t they be dressing closely to match their favourite idols? Nah. Maybe they still want to keep their death metal identity.

Being a show that is about saving Saga, of course there are going to be some promotions of what the prefecture would offer. The most blatant one would be that Drive-in Tori chicken shop. I am not sure how famous this restaurant is in the prefecture but I can bet that its popularity or at least the number of people knowing about it after watching this anime has skyrocketed. Guess what? I saw a simple Q&A on Google that asks if there are zombies in the area! WTF?! Of course, the answer as expected: No, there aren’t. Aside from this hogging and taking a big chunk of the promotion of Saga, there are also others like foodstuffs and local arts and crafts. But these are mainly featured during the mid-intermission eye-catches.

Being an idol themed series, one of the biggest highlights of it all is of course the songs (mostly sung by Franchouchou). While not every song is my favourite but some of them are quite memorable. For instance, the opening theme Adabana Necromancy. The song might feel a bit out of place because it sounds like a song very much suited for a sentai series! Even more so, the animation has the girls in clichéd coloured tokusatsu style fighting zombies! Yeah, it’s that awesome. After all, Franchouchou not only sings songs that are so pop idol generic. They branch out into many other genres and hence these types of songs are my favourite. For example the dissing rap pieces of Dead Or Rap and Saga Arcade Rap, the lovely tribute ballad of To My Dearest, the badass delinquent-like Tokkou Dance and even that head banging death metal Youkoso Saga E! Actually, not to say that I love that death metal song, but it is so funny and with the girls doing their head banging, it’s just hilarious to watch and listen. Other pop idol songs aren’t too shabby too like the techno synthesizer filled Mezame Returner and the rock revival piece of Yomigaere but not really as amusing and entertaining to hear compared to the rest. Oh, I almost forgot another song I prefer, the ending theme of Hikari E is another slow lovely ballad. But sometimes it sounds a lot like a graduation song.

The best voice acting goes to Mamoru Miyano as Koutarou. This guy really rocks in his role. Like as though he was born to voice this character. He played it so well to perfection that I can see no other seiyuus replacing him for this character. If you think Show By Rock’s Shuuzou, Soul Eater’s Death The Kid and Tada-kun Wa Koi Wo Shinai’s Kaoru defines his lively joker voice, wait till you hear this one. Kudos and hats off to Mamoru Miyano! I suppose Kotono Mitsuishi has the ‘easiest’ job as Tae (Boa Hancock in One Piece). Just moan and sound like a retard all the way! Oh well, once you think about it, it’s not easy to do that for the rest of the series and still maintain your sanity.

Oddly even Romero has someone behind its voice. So is this technically the easiest voice acting role? Anyway, sometimes Romero’s bark doesn’t sound like an authentic dog and more like some gay dude climaxing (serious! That’s what I thought sometimes!) as zombie pup is voiced by Yasuhiro Takato (Gluttony in Fullmetal Alchemist). Other casts are Kaede Hondo as Sakura (Kon in Urara Meirocho), Asami Tano as Saki (Sarah in Love Live! Sunshine), Risa Taneda as Ai (Yukina in Strike The Blood), Maki Kawase as Junko (Ingrid in Hyakuren No Haou To Seiyaku No Valkyria), Minami Tanaka as Lily (Mary in Kakegurui), Rika Kinugawa as Yugiri (Takako in Orange) and Hiroyuki Yoshino as the policeman (Saruyama in To Love-Ru).

Art and animation are pretty standard. Everything is bright colourful while our Franchouchou girls look cute even in their zombie forms. Even supposed ‘horror’ moments like when the scene goes exaggerated in showing them as horrible zombies, they still look cute instead of frightening. But there is one aspect of this that is ‘frightening’. Yeah, the use of horrendous CGI! Not sure if I got used to it because I don’t seem to mind it (thanks to me having fun watching the series) but I’m wondering if this is the current standard of the industry as many idol dances are now using this CGI output. This anime is animated by Mappa who did Shingeki No Bahamut series, Teekyuu, Punch Line, Banana Fish, Zankyou No Terror and Kakegurui.

Overall, never judge a zombie flick by its cover. A lesson learnt. For now. This is easily one of the best series of the season. It is funny and it is heart-warming all together in one package. The irony of zombies bringing life to this anime is very much underrated and underappreciated. I hope this series gets another season to flesh out the characters and plot properly. And then we can see Franchouchou not only taking over Saga, but the rest of Japan and hopefully conquer the entire world! After all, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And Franchouchou can only grow from strength to strength without having to worry about dying all over again. Now, if only they can do a cover of The Cranberries’ Zombie, that would be so perfect and legendary…

Sankarea OVA

March 23, 2013

Those who can’t get enough of zombies can of course watch more zombie movies. But those who can’t really get enough of the pretty zombie girl in the name of Rea, be glad that there is not only one but two, yes, you read that right, two OVA episodes. Sankarea OVA like many animes after the TV series are bundled with DVDs to give fans and viewers that extra 2 cents worth of their money with never-seen-before episodes. Despite not having any continuation from the TV series, the OVA episodes are still enjoyable for those who are fans or want to ‘close the chapter’ on this series.

Episode 13
Finally! We have Babu speaking! At least only in narrations or self comments. So we hear this little black cat narrate how there are 2 zombies in this town now thanks to Chihiro and his elixir. He also views how Chihiro has become more reliable ever since taking in Rea. I’m sure he doesn’t want to see her decaying, right? Better put in lots of effort to preserve her. Chihiro walks Rea to school and after that got ‘ambushed’ and beaten up Ranko for an unnecessary comment. Rea is glad to meet all her friends at school and during gym class, due to her mental limiters off, she aces in basketball. Without breaking a sweat! The girls are in awe they have never known she was such a good jumper. Yeah. They never knew… Meanwhile Chihiro is pondering where to take a girl out on a date. I guess that’s pressing the death button because Yasutaka goes crazy taking it out on him if he is going out on a date with Rea or Ranko or even following the sister-incest route of Mero! Elsewhere Babu is walking around and almost got run over by a car. The driver is glad Babu is not hurt and the cat notices a brown kitty feline inside the pet cage. I guess love sparks even for dead cats. Later, Babu meets up with kitty and they go on a date of their own. Babu shows off his zombie skills by jumping from one building to another distant one. Then he lets kitty have a ride on his back. It’s like almost they’re flying… Enjoying it, Babu? Even cats can have their own romance. After school, Chihiro accompanies Rea wherever she wants to go. He can’t help being a worrywart since Rea is getting too bold with her actions that might break her fragile limbs. Whether it is hopping through the rain, touching a snail and standing too close to the edge of the observation cliff for a beautiful night view of the city. He reminds her about her body being fatally wounded once and won’t recover. That is the more reason why she wants to treasure it and fill it with experiences she never had. Babu narrates about the difference between the living and dead on the topic of regenerating new cells. Of course the cycle continues for the living but for the dead, even though they are numb to pain while still conscious, eventually they will still rot away as that cycle has stopped. Babu is sleeping next to kitty when suddenly he enters into a trance and almost bites her neck. He manages to snap out of it and leaves. I guess romance isn’t what it’s quite what it used to when you’re dead, huh? Babu plans to enjoy his time to the fullest till his body decays when an owl almost swoops on him! Be careful… That owl seems to belong to some zombie freak who has just arrived in Japan. From her narration, seems she views zombies who are in a confused period to lose all rationality and devour their loved ones. She is sent by Professor Boyle to find samples in Japan. Doesn’t sound good…

Episode 14
Aria is one bored woman. Also a despicable one. Learning that Rea is entering a debate competition, she isn’t happy that none could find fault in her. But noticing Chihiro always accompanying her at the gates to school, she feels the need to punish her or else she will set a bad example. Her butler reminds her about Danichirou’s orders not to interfere in her life but she points out he never gave orders to let her get special treatment. Reluctantly, the butler will come up with a strict reprimand and as she wishes, with some substantial penalty. Moody Aria continues to take out her frustrations on her maids and then goes to drown her woes while soaking in a bath. Meanwhile Mero finds a young girl unconscious underneath the temple. Fearing she may have been abandoned by her parents, they bring her in and it seems she is not responsive. She doesn’t talk to Doon or the police and even screams when they want to bring her to the hospital. I think her piercing scream can break windows if it’s a decibel higher. No choice, the officer leaves and will bring the doctor here instead. Chihiro, Rea and Mero are advised to talk to her since they are around her age. She isn’t responsive to them either till Chihiro makes funny faces that she starts laughing. However, we can feel that the girl is targeting Rea.

One night when Rea walks down the stairs, she felt as if somebody pushed her down. Luckily she didn’t break anything. Next morning, her hydrangea leaves in the fridge are missing. She thought of getting some in the backyard but they were completely ravaged. On a side note, before grandpa gets hallucinations in seeing Sayo in the girl, somebody please wake him up! Even Chihiro thinks if they beat up grandpa, she’ll open up to them! WTF?! Grandpa doesn’t even mind! WTF???!!! More importantly… Who the hell is Sayo? Wasn’t it Sada or Kiyo?! Man, this old fart might be a player in his younger days. Rea talks to Ranko about the recent events and the latter feels that she isn’t out to get her. Maybe just try to talk a little to her and perhaps she’ll change. Rea then goes to nicely talk to the girl but she doesn’t respond in any way. Later she goes talk to Chihiro but she gets more and more confused if she is being hated or not. That night, she thought she saw the girl trying to kiss Chihiro while he is asleep. Rea confronts her and politely tells her not to do anything to Chihiro and knows she was the one behind pushing her down the stairs and ravaging of hydrangea leaves. Even if she hates her, she will keep quiet and won’t say a word on what she has done. But the girl isn’t going to let this die. In the bathroom, she punches herself. When Rea gets home from school, Doon sees her and though the girl can’t speak, she can still make nods to questions. The girl accuses Rea of beating her up. Of course Doon can’t believe her straightaway nor can he turn suspicious on Rea.

That night, Rea catches the girl trying to kiss Chihiro again and warns her to stop. The girl gives off her shriek scream and seeks solace in Doon. Rea tries to tell what happened but Doon and Mero feel the girl is just frightened. Chihiro backs up Rea and confirms what the girl has done. He was pretending to be asleep. Now cornered, the girl runs off while Chihiro and Rea give chase. They catch up when she trips at the graveyard. Since they haven’t figured it out yet, the girl makes a hint and Rea realizes she is her mother. What the?! She’s Aria?! Well the mole below her left eye maybe but everything about her is so different. Oh, maybe her stinking attitude too. She thought she wants to take everything dear away from Rea but looks like there are too many ‘fools’ around her. She is upset everybody pays attention to Rea and none for her. Especially for a certain zombie freak who has never loved a human. Chihiro gives his piece of mind that she needs to grow up or else people will hate her if she keeps doing nasty things. That’s why she’s always alone. He even teases her if she’s so desperate, she can get intimate with him. Just kidding. This upsets Aria as she starts summoning some super power. What the hell? Is she raining hail storm? Suddenly Aria emerges from her bathtub and realizes it was all a dream. WHAT THE???!!! JUST A FREAKING DREAM???!!! Rea also thought it was some sort of hallucination. Next day, the butler reluctantly tells Aria of the punishment that doesn’t sit well with teachers and friends. Aria decides to drop it since she no longer sees the necessity in punishing Rea against her Danichirou’s intentions. Chihiro accompanies Rea as she tells her about the strange dream whereby her mother was harassing her and such. She thanks him.

Dead… And Loving It!
Well, it left me with mixed feelings. The first OVA felt like a little recap because recycled scenes are being used in certain scenes that make it feel like a fast forward recap of the important events that took place during the TV series. But the ending has left me desiring a little more because they introduced some seemingly crazy chick and then you don’t see her in the next episode. So if they decided to make a sequel out of this, I’m sure this character may play the main part. And then maybe they can add crazier things like obsessed cult zombie hunters. Yeah. Like a zombie movie with roles reversal. But that’s another story. For the second OVA, the mystery of the little girl was enough to keep me on my toes because we would always be wondering who this girl is and what her goals are in picking Rea. Then when it turned out to be a dream sequence, I felt that it somewhat ruined it all. The magic is gone. So it was just a surreal crazy dream… What a let-down. In short, the OVAs were like fillers and nothing more. Despite the disappointment, I still enjoyed the double OVA episodes. Well because, Rea is still pretty when she’s dead ;p. Could’ve been prettier if she was alive XO.

In both episodes, I can sense that Chihiro and Rea are getting closer to each other but I just don’t feel the impact. Am I saying that my senses are as dead as a zombie? Rea seems to be fitting into her new home just fine and getting along pretty well with her life as well as her school life. It’s perfect. She’s almost perfect. Nobody suspects her to be an undead. Chihiro continues to look out for her but I was hoping that the OVAs would at least address the mystery that grandpa said about some resurrection medicine he created. Even if it was a slight hint. Didn’t. Not a word. Or even the mystery surrounding Chihiro and Mero’s mom (my question was whether she was a zombie or not?). Babu at least gets more spotlight in one of the episodes here and sometimes it’s refreshing to see what this undead cat is up to now he has found a new lease of life. Oh wait. Don’t cats have nine lives? I guess even Babu can tell his limitations so it’s a little tad sad that he can’t continue to pursue his love. Ranko has been reduced to a background character so much so I thought she could have been done without. If she didn’t make her appearance (like Danichirou – the photos don’t count, okay), I thought the show would still go on. I suppose the only reason why I want to see her is because if there would be a potential love triangle. Don’t see any hint of romance at all. Except for Chihiro’s love for zombies. He’s still hardcore on that. And grandpa… The senile jokes where he always forgets the food he dislikes and the soonest after Mero explains otherwise, I figure it got too repetitive and stale in the TV series so they left it out here.

That’s the end of the road for me for this series. Unless they make another season, that is. Zombies and horror flicks aren’t my cup of tea. Sankarea wasn’t really a hardcore of that genre since it’s about a dead girl trying to be alive while she was dead when she was alive. Get it? Safe to say that I haven’t been converted into a zombie lover since I will still freak out if I see corpse moving. The more reason why I should run away if the corpse is a pretty young girl. I might consider if she is a dead anime maid girl… However I still don’t think zombies are ‘vegetarians’.

Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka

March 17, 2013

Tired with all that glitter and glamour that has to do with vampires? Tired with that never ending feud between vampires and the furry werewolves as well? I guess now the new fad is zombies. Those undead people. Throughout the years of anime, there has been several zombie themed animes like Zombie Loan, Shikabane Hime, Gungrave, Highschool Of The Dead and the recent one Sankarea. But all these are more serious and dark if you want to compare with Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? (Is This A Zombie?). Yes, this one even though has its dark elements, is more of an ecchi fanservice comedy. Say what? You’ll know what I mean when you watch it. If you want to watch it, that is.

Our main protagonist, Ayumu Aikawa may look like your typical ordinary high school student. But he harbours a secret that nobody else knows. He is a zombie. That’s right. A zombie. Wait a minute. Aren’t zombies supposed to be looking dead with rotting flesh who want to eat your brains and guts? Well, watching Sankarea dispelled my stereotype perception of it and now we have this Ayumu kid who is one. How did he turn into a zombie in the first place, you ask? He was killed by a serial killer. Period. His second chance at life is made possible courtesy by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe or Yuu for short. One funny thing about Yuu is that she isn’t a mute despite preferring to write her speeches on paper. You’ll find out why as you go along. With such a cute necromancer girl in his house that can’t speak a word, I guess Ayumu must have his limits so sometimes to serve as his own amusement, he would fantasize Yuu speaking in a very cute manner like how otakus like their little sisters to talk to them. He may be a zombie, but he is still a guy deep down in his heart, right? If that heart is still beating.

Being a zombie has its good points too. One of them is that he can’t really die. Be warned that you may see bloody limbs of his flying and thrown apart but he is still alive after all that bloody violence. All you need to do is find those parts and put it back together again. Like Humpty Dumpty. Easy. The bad point? The pain is real. So maybe dying a hundred times means you’ll be feeling pain a hundred times. Ugh. However Ayumu isn’t just a zombie. He has another special ability. After chancing upon a Masou Shoujo (yes, Masou Shoujo which literally means Garment/Equipment Girl), he turns into a cross-dressing freak to power up and fight supernatural creatures called Megalo. Life gets even complicated when you have a house full of girls staying with you. A necromancer, a Masou Shoujo and a vampire ninja. Oh, there’s the vampire. Vampire ninja? Don’t ask. What are the chances his life will take a further tumble spiralling downwards? Only thing is, he’s dead. Haha! All this as Ayumu try to unravel the mystery behind his own death.

Episode 1
Right off the bat we are shown that this is going to be a comedy-cum-fanservice show. Ayumu tries to save a cat from being run over by a truck. In the process gets hit and flies through the air (there’s your comedy bit) losing all his clothes. Stark naked. There’s your fanservice. Eww!!! It’s freaking out the girls and the cat. He manages to make it home and make dinner for Yuu. So as we hear Ayumu narrate how his lucky life has been resurrected by this mysterious necromancer and living at his place for a month, Ayumu’s nightly mission has him roaming around town to find his killer. But it’s like finding a needle in the haystack because he has no leads despite the serial killer is still making headlines with his killings. Ayumu somehow feels at ease stopping by a graveyard (he’s a zombie, duh). To his shock, suddenly a Masou Shoujo, Haruna wants to kill him. Nice chainsaw she’s got there. What’s its name again? Mystletainn? Actually she’s fighting a bear Megalo who kills Ayumu from behind. Haruna avenges Ayumu’s death with her Mystletainn Kick by cutting through the Megalo via Ayumu’s body! That’s not a kick! The self proclaimed genius Haruna needs to erase Ayumu’s memories but unfortunately her clothes disappear. Some genius. Did she screw up? She blames him for stealing her mana. So now that Haruna has lost her magic powers, she has to bum at Ayumu’s home. I guess he has to take responsibility, huh? Haruna proceeds to borrow Ayumu’s handphone to call her teacher, Dai-sensei and report on the situation. I wonder how his phone bill is going to look like since she is calling to the magic world of Virie.

As a zombie, a minus point is that he can’t walk in the sunlight so he has to refuse the offer of his best friend, Orito to walk home. Besides, he gives an excuse he has a ‘complicated household’. Hey. Doesn’t he live by himself as far as Orito is concerned? As Ayumu waits in the classroom, some pervy guy in a trench coat wants Ayumu to be his. He turns out to be a crayfish Megalo. Haruna pops in just in time for her to transform into her Masou Shoujo outfit to fight the creature. But her clothes didn’t last long and before you know it, she’s stark naked again. Haruna becomes scared though the Megalo isn’t interested in Masou Shoujo who lost their powers. Ayumu protects Haruna from this Megalo’s bashing and offers to fight him on her behalf. Here’s another good point as a zombie. You don’t have that mental limiters that we living humans have so he is able to go all out with full strength against the crayfish. Just be careful not to twist your limbs the wrong way. Oops. Too late. Knowing he might be invincible but his body is still human and won’t last, Haruna deduces since he stole her mana, he can be a Masou Shoujo too. Say what? Oh what the heck. After reciting those lines, Ayumu becomes… A Masou Shoujo! Pervert… He’s even wearing panties… Pervert! Ayumu finishes the Megalo with Mystletainn Kick. That’s not a kick! He crashes outside and to his horror everyone in the field sees his pervy outfit. Take out those handphones and snap them away! He’s a goner. It gets worst when Haruna appoints him as Masou Shoujo in front of everyone. There goes his reputation. There goes his life.

Episode 2
Thankfully for Ayumu, everyone had their memories erased since he holds that power now that he is a Masou Shoujo. Still it sucks to be a Masou Shoujo, right? Haruna may be starting to act like a tsundere by making bento for him but at least she’s not freeloading. Only if her repertoire consists of anything else but just tamagoyaki. Guess what? IT TASTES GOOD! Super good that all the other classmates are willing to exchange their bread just for this super meal. I’m sure everything is ‘normal’ the way it is back home for dinner. Only thing is, they have an additional member sitting at the table. Who is this busty chick anyway? Seraphim or Sera for short. She is a vampire ninja and her sword specialty technique is Tsubamegaeshi. Well, everything she pulls off is Tsubamegaeshi. Anyway she is here to seek Yuu’s help to escort her back to her village. Yuu doesn’t care and wants Ayumu to shoo her away. Learning that this dumb zombie is Yuu’s servant, Sera is willing to become her servant in his place but Yuu is happy with just one. I guess there is one way to settle this. At the graveyard, the duo face off to see who is more appropriate to be Yuu’s servant. Sera materializes the leaves into a sword and starts cutting him down with her… You guessed it, Tsubamegaeshi. Though Ayumu has his left hand cut off, he throws it at her and she admits defeat. Ayumu thought she will be heading home due to her pride thingy but to his surprise she is back at his house serving tea to Yuu. Is this the pride thing she calls? Well, finishing her mission is part of her pride. She is willing to become Ayumu’s servant and he thought he could get pervy with her with all his fantasies. Till he realizes how piercing her piece-of-sh*t reprimanding can be. You think a strict person like her is going to let him step all over her? I guess she’ll be staying here.

Ayumu thinks about the time when he found Yuu sitting alone outside the convenience store. Who wouldn’t get his attention caught seeing a silver haired girl in armour? He tries to talk to her but starts off with a stupid topic. To break the ice, he starts dancing a stupid dance and ends up twisting his hand like a fool. Yuu wrote to him that he was interesting. However she warns never to do that again. So they started ‘talking’ and he soon finds himself quite amused with her despite not saying a word. I know, there’s this attraction about women not opening their mouths ;p. Ayumu then left and on his way home heard screams from a nearby house. It could be the serial killer. He could’ve called the police and waited for help or in worst case, just walked away. But no… He had to be the hero and go in and save the day despite knowing well he doesn’t know what to do. He gets paralyzed at the blood on the wall and suddenly felt a sharp stab from behind. He’s dead. But next thing he knows, he is resurrected by Yuu as she introduces herself and assures him that she’ll stay by his side. So that’s how things turn out to be. During dinner, we learn about Sera’s village having some war that will last 100 years, Sera continuing to rebuke the zombie piece-of-sh*t and Haruna making more bento for him. Haruna thought he was teasing about her bento since he wanted some rice instead of just eggs so she tells him to put it himself and go die. This riles Yuu up as she writes not to say those words casually. Ayumu knows she’s just horsing around but Haruna being the tsundere continues to tell Ayumu to go die. This earns her a slap from Yuu as she writes dying is painful. Haruna gives Yuu her eggs to eat while she runs off to her room. Ayumu thought he could be poetic like how the sky is crying in Yuu’s place but it was ruined when Sera starts calling him the usual.

Episode 3
Haruna wakes up from a weird dream. Fighting an invincible pudding Megalo? It’s the hot summer and there is one pudding left in the refrigerator. I guess this means the girls will be holding a match to see who gets it. What funny shapes are they making with Jenga? Since the match is going nowhere, they try other games that include mahjong and twister. Time to break for lunch. Meanwhile Orito is trying to ask girls out with to the bowling alley with tickets he won from the lottery. Since nobody is interested in this loser, he has to invite Ayumu instead. The guys are taking a break at a fast food chain known as Mask Donald. Masked macho men serving fast food? The kids love them when I thought it should be scaring them! Then they go bowling and to Ayumu’s dismay, he sees Yuu, Haruna and Sera bowling in the next lane! Orito spots them and even has his near accurate analysis on what kind of girls they are and the underwear they are wearing. Ayumu knows he can’t let him find out they’re living in his house. Otherwise imagine the scandal it will bring. The girls wave at him as he pretends not to hear. Because Haruna is coming towards him, he quickly puts on the mask and calls himself Masked Ayumu! Duh… He can’t hide it anymore but it’s the girls who coolly reveal that they’re living in his house. Orito of course can’t believe it though Ayumu explains he doesn’t want to get him involved. He accepts the truth and wants to know how far he has gone with them. Please note those are his delusions and he is going crazy and jealous over it. So jealous that his forehead is bleeding after knocking them on the bowling ball!

Orito challenges his best buddy and if he wins, he gets to stay in his house. Of course Orito lost the bowling match because Ayumu used his strength as a zombie to his advantage. Then he gets a message to come over and everybody thought it is his girlfriend. Not exactly. At Furumachi Hospital, that girl turns out to be Kyouko. She is a survivor of the serial killer and because she always wanted to meet Ayumu, Orito brings him along. Kyouko is like a little sister to Orito. So as they talk, Ayumu hate to bring this up but he needs to know if she had seen the face of the killer. She describes the person is of the same age as her, has straight silver hair and wear gauntlets. Oh no. Does somebody familiar fit that description? Ayumu thought she got the wrong person because that person he knows is silent and expressionless. Kyouko touches Ayumu’s head thinking he has fever but it’s not (maybe it’s her boobs getting too closer to his view). Ayumu realizes a wooden sword underneath her bed and she explains since she saw the killer’s face, she is worried the killer might come back for her. Kyouko collapses into Ayumu’s arms almost breaking down that the killer killed people like it was nothing. She feels afraid. Meanwhile Sera and Haruna continue their challenge over the pudding back home but Yuu is watching. And eating the pudding…

Episode 4
Sera’s cooking sucks. Enough to make a hole through the pot. Enough to kill people. I know Ayumu is a zombie and can’t die but that’s not the point… Haruna calls Dai-sensei to tell her she hasn’t found this artefact called Kyo-to yet. Ayumu answers the doorbell and to his surprised finds a talking Doberman! He claims he is from the underworld and won’t let things escape there. Ayumu died and went there once. You get the point. Ayumu isn’t going to let him drag him back to hell and gets injured in the fight. He is healed quickly by Yuu but Doberman backs down once he sees Yuu. He finds out what’s happening and apologizes he wouldn’t have attacked Ayumu had he know the circumstances. Doberman mentions that someone is going to be killed and it is his job to take that person’s soul back to the underworld. This strikes Ayumu because this means the serial killer is on the move again. As he follows Doberman, he learns that each time Yuu uses her healing power, she takes that person’s pain. She never mentions it because that’s her kindness. Yuu is the centre of everything and making the choice to heal him means she thinks he’s somebody special. They enter the crime scene. The murder is committed and there is no soul to take. Doberman thinks those souls are being taken and offered for sacrifice as it would grant someone incredible magic powers. The only person he can think of doing this is Yoru No Ou (King of The Night). Suddenly the duo are stabbed by a sword like shishkebab! Too bad they didn’t even see the killer’s face. Before Doberman dies, he tells Ayumu to take care of Yuu and not make her sad.

Ayumu returns all blooded and Yuu heals him. He talks to her about absorbing his pain especially why she suppresses her emotions. Her magic is volatile. She can’t speak because her words carry magic and they do not obey her. She doesn’t know when those words will turn into magic and even simple grunts can turn into magic that will have a sharp pain running through her head. The armour help seals her magic and even after she dies, the magic will continue working. Yuu starts weeping wondering if she hates him now. If her emotions fluctuate, Ayumu, the person closest to her will have his fate changed. That’s why if he found out the monster she is, he will hate her. Ayumu rubbishes all that and only sees a kind hearted girl. He wants her to stay by his side and laugh when she feels like it. He’ll take care of this fate thingy and take on them all if that is what it takes for him to be with her. A giant whale Megalo appears in the sky. This time Ayumu has no qualms in transforming into a Masou Shoujo and cooperates with Sera to increase his power to 1000% and cut off its head. The Megalo’s dust falls onto Earth like snow so for the first time we see Yuu giving off a little smile. Meanwhile Kyouko is found murdered in her hospital room.

Episode 5
Oh sh*t! Sera is kissing Haruna! Yuri moment! Did Ayumu just see what he just see?! So as explained, the kiss was just giving Haruna anaesthetic to suck her blood. Why not suck Ayumu’s? Is she into girls? Well, she wouldn’t take anything from that piece-of*sh*t. Oh… Haruna is trying to transform into her Masou Shoujo but her powers are still lacking and ends up naked. She kicks Ayumu out for trying to peep. Ayumu gets a call from Dai-sensei who is looking for Haruna. She thought Haruna couldn’t find Kyo-to so to call off the search. Turns out the artefact is some tofu from Kyoto. I don’t know, she makes it sound complicated why they just can’t get it from elsewhere. Dai-sensei notes that though Haruna is a genius, that is the problem. She doesn’t take the effort to remember things although she could if she wanted to. However recently something happened and she remembered somebody’s name: Ayumu. She wonders what kind of magic he used on her. Ayumu then gets a call from Kyouko saying that she is going to be discharged soon and to meet. Eh? Wasn’t she dead? Something smells fishy..

On a pretence to go buy Kyo-to for Dai-sensei, he goes to meet Kyouko at the graveyard. She gives him the Kyo-to he is searching and learning that he doesn’t have a girlfriend, she suggests nominating herself as one. Is he hearing things right? Also, there is something else she wants. What is it? His life. What? Suddenly. STAB right through his heart! Oh sh*t! So Kyouko is the serial killer! Everything she said about being a survivor and her family being killed was a lie. She is puzzled at the number of times he has to kill him for him to die. As for being Orito’s childhood friend, she altered his memories. However she can’t seem to alter his memories (those moments she tried touching him). Kyouko transforms into a Masou Shoujo and tries to kill him. She freezes him when Haruna and Sera appear. They thought he’s trying to take advantage of a little girl! Haruna undoes the barrier to free him and Kyouko understands that he is also a Masou Shoujo, the reason she can’t manipulate his memories. Sera attacks her but her Tsubamegaeshi had no effect. Kyouko unleashes some Megalo power that renders Haruna paralyze. Ayumu reluctantly transforms into a Masou Shoujo to kick Kyouko’s ass with Sera. Kyouko reveals her intention of killing people to gain immortality. Ayumu holds her tight and won’t let her go. Sera stabs them both with her sword. They thought it was over when Sera gets stabbed. It’s Kyouko standing back up. Is she a zombie? Not precisely but she has about 10 more lives to use. She is about to burn them when Yuu makes her appearance.

Episode 6
Yuu grabs Mystletainn and transforms into a Masou Shoujo! Because magic is absorbed by stronger magic, Yuu is considered the strongest Masou Shoujo ever. Yuu doesn’t want her friends involve so they face off at a tree on the hilltop. Kyouko mocks her she cares about those dumb people that she binds herself to this city and it’s like inviting her to steal her magic. Kyouko uses her lives and at an increasing percentage fires her magic towards Yuu not giving a damn her body is breaking apart. Ayumu realizes it’s not the magic of her armour but her words and with just a word, “Die”, Kyouko collapses to the ground. That’s why she suppresses her emotions and stays silent (that note she wrote to Ayumu to cut out his funny stupid dance). That’s why she is closer to death and sadder than anyone else. Each time Kyouko gets up, Yuu says that single word again and again. Kyouko destroys her eardrums so her words couldn’t reach her and unleashes a powerful blast to knock Yuu out. Ayumu and the rest are going in because they care about Yuu. They don’t seem matched to her so much so Kyouko can afford to kill herself to restore her eardrums. Ayumu transforms and lectures her about killing but she doesn’t care and strikes him. Of course he can’t die. He breaks her sword and ‘thanks’ her that ever since she killed him, his life changed. He might have his peace and solitude but you can’t share happiness with anyone that way.

Kyouko is confident she has a life artefact but Ayumu will kill her until she runs out of it. Yeah, it’s getting gruesome. Kill. Scream. Die. Resurrect. Repeat process. Kyouko starts panicking for her life and Ayumu knows this is her last life. Here he comes for the final kill. He didn’t strike her but the ground next to her. But Kyouko was so terrified that she passed out. Dai-sensei then appears and is amazed at Ayumu. Had he killed her, she would have to kill him herself because even if Kyouko is bad, she is still her student. Ayumu thought she should’ve guided her students better but if you have millions of student, your teachings can’t really reach them all. Dai-sensei is about to take Kyouko home and re-educate her but Yoru No Ou possesses her and disappears with her body. Dai-sensei goes after him as Ayumu reads Yuu’s writing about that black mist. It’s a zombie power that should’ve been destroyed. Life seemingly returns to normal. Well, if you consider living with those 3 girls and being a zombie-cum-Masou-Shoujo anything but normal. Ayumu wonders if there are other zombies other than him. Yuu writes she did turn someone into one and destroyed him. She brushes it off he is her lover. He assures that because of her, he is invincible and they have Haruna and Sera too. He wonders how she finds this life and she notes it’s not bad.

Episode 7
I know Ayumu needs help for his test but I think he is regretting asking Haruna because she’s explaining about the universe and all with her incomprehensible theory. WTF is that chart with weird drawings?! Is this how a genius explains? And you thought maths was easy. So Ayumu takes his test and is surprised to find Haruna sticking outside his classroom window! Is this her way of telling him about some Megalo? Later he gets a call from Dai-sensei to pick up and hold on to something she ordered. It doesn’t matter the name because he won’t understand it. Huh? It’s fragile so take care of it. Ayumu goes to help Haruna facing off with a horse Megalo. It gets worse when a group of jellyfish Megalo enters the scene. The duo are in a bind but are saved when a tonkatsu ramen delivery girl destroys them with her tonkatsu ramen. Megalos are weak with this? This girl seems to know Sera but Sera doesn’t like her very much. She is Maelstrom and also a vampire ninja but a different faction from Sera. Because Mael continues to ignore Haruna and is giving her attention to Ayumu, Haruna gets upset and pushes them away. This has Ayumu fall over Mael and their lips met. And her hands over her boobs. If that’s not problematic enough, he gets beaten up by Haruna and Sera. Mael then brings them to her secret base where they make tonkatsu ramen. I’m sure she could explain how they work so hard to make the best tonkatsu ramen and go to every shop and rank them but that’s not what Ayumu wanted to hear about defeating Megalos with them. She then shows them a giant machine that will rain tonkatsu ramen over the city. Ridiculous. Mael points out someone wants to destroy this machine and hopes Sera could join them but she refuses.

On the way back, Ayumu learns from Sera a problem concerning Mael. To a vampire ninja, a kiss only occurs during a marriage ceremony. In other words, Ayumu and Mael are married! Well, whether he knew it or not, he should’ve avoided it at all costs, says Sera. Since a vampire ninja respects the law more than their emotions, does this mean if he kisses Sera, she’ll be his wife? Sure. If he can. Back home they see Haruna hanging wish cards for Tanabata. I don’t know where she heard this twisted version of horror Santa invading people’s house to grant anybody’s wish if they wear a ponytail. Sounds funny the way she put it. So the gang start writing their wishes. Some just twisted. Guess whose is to wish all disgusting things like zombies to vanish from the face of this Earth? Guess whose is to turn Earth into a boiled egg? They hang their wish cards and look up to the starry sky. Next day in school, Ayumu receives a box of spectacles from Kirara Hoshikawa. Is this the thing Dai-sensei ordered? Then, Mael blushingly gives Ayumu his bento she made. Everyone is surprised to learn they are husband and wife. Hey wait. Why is she in this school? Actually, she is the girl next door under the name Yuki Yoshida. Because of her name, it is sometimes wrongly pronounced as Tomonori. Something that Ayumu starts calling her. She thought he is blind and puts the glasses on him to see better. Well, let’s say the glasses see through clothes! Ero glasses!

Episode 8
Ayumu goes to great lengths protecting the glasses even if he gets messed up getting hit by a truck. Sera picks up the glasses since she says it was addressed to her. I guess now his reputation has taken a tumble even further. Haruna dreams of Ayumu kissing her. So embarrassed that she beats up Ayumu. Can he invade dreams? Not that I know. More reprimanding… Since Taeko Hiramatsu and Kanami Mihara are in the same class with Ayumu, Tomonori thought she could get some ideas on how to make Ayumu fall for her. Well, they can’t believe it’s Orito’s friend she’s talking about but since she really wants to fall in love with him I guess they have no choice. They suggest making him lunch but Haruna’s bento is going to be a tough one. They also suggest changing the way she talks. Tomonori tries her best and the lunch looks decent. Till she had to ruin it with lots of toppings. Lots of them. Sera gets a letter but it’s blank. Knowing it’s a secret message, she puts on the glasses to read it. Tomonori walks back with Ayumu. She loved to move in with him but Sera is already staying at his place. It would be inconvenient of different factions living together. As for their tonkatsu ramen machine, it got destroyed and the project to rain tonkatsu ramen is called off. Ayumu thought they should get along fine as friends first but Tomonori will do anything she can to like him. Haruna happens to pass by and she’s not happy Ayumu is walking home with Tomonori. To make it up to her, he suggests bringing her out. Till Tomonori thinks of coming along and inviting the others as well. Ayumu accompanies the girls out shopping and of course he becomes the mule in carrying all their bags. Having lunch, playing at the video arcade, Ferris Wheel ride, it seems Haruna is getting jealous that Ayumu is giving his attention to other girls rather than her. So desperate that Haruna wants him to kiss her! She starts beating him up with an excuse that she doesn’t want to lose to that girl. Plus, she didn’t like it that he asked her out and it turned into a group outing. It’s like making fun of her. Man abuse! But she’ll forgive him for today. With a punch. Ouch. When they return, they find Yuu missing. Because earlier on, she came into someone who she least wanted to meet.

Episode 9
Yuu is fighting off Yoru No Ou but he is unscathed. He mentions that she can’t forgive him for killing Seventh Abyss that’s why she told those horrible words for him to vanish. But he wasn’t completely annihilated. Sera reveals her mission her organization gave her was to eliminate Yuu. Because of Yuu’s power, more Megalo have begun to appear. Ayumu is sick and tired about hearing their absolute laws and wants to know from their heart if they really want to kill Yuu. Haruna breaks them and says it is more important to find Yuu. Yoru No Ou says that only Yuu can grant his wish. Until she does, he will put her friends in danger. He makes a tower fall on Ayumu. He’s okay but Yuu is trying hard to hold off her emotions. Then Yuu’s little penguin doll turns giant size and lands on Haruna. She’s stuck. Yuu is on the verge of losing it when Dai-sensei appears. She can’t keep quiet since something has befallen on one of her students. The rest try to pull Haruna out so Dai-sensei uses a bit of her magic to give it a little push. Though Haruna is out, the doll lands on Tomonori. Suddenly Tomonori turns into a different person. It’s like something in her inner self activates. She unleashes some death creature, Masticore to attack. If it goes out of control, it will self destruct. Dai-sensei has no choice but to leave it to Ayumu. He tries to talk to Tomonori despite risking getting cut. He assures he will save her and advances despite the barrier pushing him back. He hugs her and is willing to get blown up along with her. Till he calls her first name that she calms down and everything reverts to normal. And the thanks he gets for all that is a slap on his face because he started calling her Tomonori. Thanks. Yoru No Ou has had enough for tonight but he warns Yuu that till she grants her wish, he won’t give up. Yuu reunites with her friends and on the way home, she wishes to stop by the convenience store and waves goodbye. Ayumu back in his room finds a goodbye letter from Yuu in his pocket. He becomes distraught that he should’ve realized it and runs outside to the Tanabata tree lamenting that only his wish came true (he put ‘may all these wishes not come true’). Haruna kicks some sense to him that this goodbye isn’t permanent and to never give up.

Episode 10
It has been a few months since Yuu went missing. Searching for info on the necromancer didn’t yield any results. Sera was even attacked by her own faction because she abandoned her mission (she went back to them thinking they had info). Haruna thought she ordered some Antonio spaghetti but it turned out to be an Antonio Stradivarius violin. Sera was once an orchestra member in her village and plays a serenade. Later Ayumu is outside the convenience store and comes into Yoru No Ou. Since he didn’t see Yuu around, he thought they had a fight. Ayumu thought he could be a hero but he got his limbs cut. He is going to kill Sera and Haruna thinking their deaths will be as bait to draw Yuu back. With the other vampire ninjas appearing, Yoru No Ou can’t risk getting caught and disappears. While the pack goes after him, one of the vampire ninjas is Kirara, whose real name is Sarasvati or Saras for short. She is Sera’s superior and still considers her a traitor. Tomonori is with Saras since they can’t afford in-fighting now. Sera and Haruna pick up Ayumu’s pieces and drag him back home. Uh… I think Haruna just put his legs the wrong way.

Next day, Tomonori tells Ayumu info about Yoru No Ou’s place and he is living quite nearby. She wants him to get there first before her comrades do. Sera is surprised to see Yuu outside her house but was stabbed from behind by Yoru No Ou. Yuu uses her blood to heal her before going off with him. Ayumu and Haruna bring her in and when they learn Yuu was outside the house, they rush over. At Yoru No Ou’s apartment, they do see Yuu with him but he is making a meal enough for them all. Eh? Hell, Haruna just wants to eat and is asking for seconds. Yoru No Ou talks about immortality. It must be fun living forever but isn’t that boring? He wants Ayumu to reconsider his true feelings. Saras and Tomonori slash open the door. Yoru No Ou wanted to invite them to eat too but they’re not here to enjoy themselves. Besides, the place is surrounded. Since Haruna is the only one who ate his meal, a strange bomb pops up on her head. Yoru No Ou takes Yuu and leaps out the window. Ayumu tries to reach her hand to grab hers but to his shock she retracts them. As for the bomb, it is a parasite bomb that jumps onto the heads of others. It ends up on Tomonori’s head so they need to carefully cut the real wire. One is a dud. Haruna without thinking quickly cuts one with Mystletainn. Thought she stopped it? The timer is speeding up! Ayumu takes the bomb instead and jumps out the window. His mind is still heavy with thoughts why Yuu didn’t grab his hand and then… BOOM!

Episode 11
The gang go around picking up Ayumu’s pieces. Gross. It’s everywhere. Thank God they find it all and put him back together again. Gross. Now to revive him. A kiss? Haruna and Tomonori are fighting over it. Sera’s medicine? I think something in his gut just exploded. That’s poison! Ayumu is in coma and in a nightmare that his harem, oops I mean, friends leave him. Haruna gets desperate so she calls Dai-sensei for help. But she tells her it’s her turn to use her magic on him and has her enter his dream. Ayumu is being put down by all the Harunas when the real one busts in to beat some sense into him. If he wants to stay by Yuu, just say so. Viewing he is a weakling, she tells him he can stay here for all he wants. Haruna returns to reality and is saddened it didn’t work. On the contrary, Ayumu wakes up hoping she should’ve gone easy on him at least in his dreams. Meanwhile Saras gives Sera some equipment she’ll need. Elsewhere Yoru No Ou is blaming Yuu that because she won’t let him have his wish to die, he has no choice but to wreck this city. Ayumu and Haruna confront them at the tower. Ayumu wants them to go home but she notes that it has been peaceful with her absence. He rubbishes all that. Yoru No Ou warns to kill him quick or else the city will be destroyed. Here comes the mother of all Megalos. Some giant facemask appearing out from the sky. If that’s not bad enough, more whale Megalos to add to the woes. Don’t worry. This is where Sera comes in. She starts playing her violin to keep them at bay. She remembers Saras told her because she has Yuu’s blood in her, her melody will banish those beings. But the Megalos are increasing in numbers and she finds it hard to contain them. That’s when her full orchestra comrades led by Saras come in to help her out.

Yoru No Ou explains he once marvelled at being immortal but soon the world lost its colour and wishes to die. Though it’s painful to die, it’s better than living. Yuu doesn’t want to kill a friend but he enjoys seeing that worried expression she makes. He thinks of hurting Ayumu to make her grant his wish. Though Ayumu is no match for him, he can’t die either. Haruna gets this idea that they should power up together and beat the crap out of him. They give him a double Mystletainn Kick (which is not a kick still) but the impact was too great that it blasts Haruna away. You’re on your own. The guys power up their strength to beat each other up. In bloody fashion. Ayumu wants him to understand Yuu doesn’t want to kill a friend. He shrugs it off he hardly knows about her since he only met her. That’s the thing. He knows her for a long time and yet he failed to understand her. Does he know what her smile looks like? Her favourite food? How she feels every day? She has nothing else but lives as much as she can. He won’t hand her to him when she is trying to live to her fullest while he has given up on life. Yuu hugs Ayumu to make him stop. Yoru No Ou cautions him he will one day realize the pain of living and not to blame her when that time comes. Of course not. Yoru No Ou is at his limit and he hopes Yuu can grant him his wish. So with those words whispered in his hear, Yoru No Ou apologizes for everything and vanishes from sight. Sera and her orchestra successfully drive the Megalos back. Ayumu persuades Yuu to stay with him. He won’t let her go no matter how much she gets mad or cries. He has found someone he treasures. He admits he is selfish, her feelings don’t mean anything to him, a thousand things he wants from her and for the first time, Yuu spoke in her own voice! She agrees to be by his side. He expects all the bad luck and will do something about it. They hug each other as he welcomes her back. Haruna then comes crashing down on them. She’s back from Hawaii?! And she’s surprised the necromancer spoke. So cute! Should speak more!

Episode 12
In this filler episode, we see the gang heading to the pool. I guess after trying 999 times at the lottery and winning consolation tissues, they must certainly hit the winning prize, right? Yeah, that’s the pool. Tomonori and her friends are also here because they won the lottery too. At least they didn’t try 999 times. While everyone had their fun, Ayumu is surprised to find a mass group of otaku fans cheering on for Saras under her idol name of Kirara. Even Orito is a big fan. She’s the top idol now according to the points ranking. Second place is light years away… Sera couldn’t accept that Saras has broken some law thingy so Saras has her excuse about living an idol life. I guess every law has a loophole. Saras warns about not taking the idol industry lightly. Soon Sera challenges her and a new idol takes centre stage. Both the vampire ninjas vow the crowd with their singing when Haruna can’t take it anymore and upstages them! She’s debuting as an idol! Even though her punk rock song is horrible and silly, she’s still rising up the idol ranks and everybody loves her! Sera and Saras are reduced to her background dancers. Haruna is going wild that it’s blowing the crowd away! Save the children and innocent pool patrons! Ayumu notices Yuu wants to sing too so luckily Dai-sensei brought some magic siphoning machine. What I understand is, Yuu’s magic will temporarily be siphoned to Ayumu as she sings so he’ll take in all the pain. Yuu goes on stage and serenades the crowd with her slow and lovely ballad. Yeah, feels like being enlightened by Buddha? The machine loses its power but Haruna sings along with her to make it a duet. Ayumu is drooling at Sera and Saras’ sexy outfit and wishes all the girls would dress like this. He forgot he is temporarily having Yuu’s powers so suddenly all the girls are dressed in skimpy bikini. Sera beats the crap out of the pervert when she realizes this is his doing. Did I hear bones breaking? Ayumu narrates the ‘exciting’ events that have happened in the past few months. He might not be able to his normal life but he is glad the way things are now. Glad to be a zombie-cum-Masou-Shoujo? Glad to have that awful looking dinner the girls made? You bet.

Episode 13 (OVA)
Divided into 3 parts, the first part sees the gang visiting the festival. Because there was nobody around, Haruna decides to spice things up with a competition. Competitors are to overcome all obstacles to win the ultimate prize who are Yuu and Sera. I guess Tomonori and Ayumu are in it to ‘protect’ them. So with all the guys fighting with passion in whatever challenges, Orito and Tomonori got knocked out with some homemade topping made by Sera they put on the takoyaki. The final event has everyone climbing up a slippery slide. It doesn’t help when Sera starts dropping logs on them. Guess what she calls this move? Tsubamegaeshi… Orito quickly recovers to participate in this event and to remind Ayumu about his erotic power and passion. Even Ayumu has confrontation with her pervy self and gives in. The duo work together to beat Sera as Orito clinches the winner. In the end as narrated, because of Sera’s homemade topping that contains demonic powers, it altered Orito’s erotic spirit and brought an end to his summer vacation. Here’s the ambulance wheeling him in.

Part 2 sees Sera trying her hands at cooking. Still sucks. Because of that, Ayumu borrows from Saras some legendary scroll containing pictures drawn by some legendary artist on how to make nikujaga. Because Tomonori wants to learn how to cook, she borrows it. Ayumu gets reprimanded (and beaten up) by Sera for giving away such an important document. He calls Tomonori but Haruna picks it up. Seems she is at her place teaching her how to cook and since Haruna is impressed with the drawing, she plans to show it to Dai-sensei. Oh no. Sometimes the truth hurts. Ayumu knows this better than anyone so he had to lie to Sera that Haruna challenged her to come and snatch it from her. She takes up the challenge since she was labelled ‘odd breasts’. Along with Yuu, the trio in leotards infiltrate the place to get the scroll back. Of course Ayumu becomes the guinea pig that activates traps that has bamboo shoots fired into his ass. When they enter and see the duo sleeping, the scroll is kept between Haruna’s flat chests! Ayumu is pressured to take the scroll quickly without waking Haruna up. He manages to do so but his butt section rips and awakens Haruna. Everybody agrees to beat the pervert up as Tomonori shoves a bamboo shoot down his ass. Aaaahhhh~. Back home, Ayumu wants to know why she is going to great lengths to cook. She has been learning the ways of the sword her entire life. Is a sword used to protect people? Can it bring happiness? To her, a blade can bring people happiness when used for cooking. Even if it still tastes bad, they compliment her. And what’s this Missouri sword in Ayumu’s miso soup? That’s not how the name came about, right?

In part 3, the school is having some karuta competition (don’t expect real poems, but nonsensical ones) and the winner gets this fountain pen. Tomonori is excited and wants to win it. But why are Orito and Ayumu in it? Guess it’s something pervert. Yeah, they’re trying to peek between the girl’s skirt as they sit down on the tatami. The match rages on till the semi-final that includes Tomonori, Ayumu, Orito, Saras and Taeko. Saras uses her feet to grab the cards because she wants to look down on them. Because of her position, Orito is ‘paralyzed’ in seeing up her skirt and her panty hose and leaves it to Ayumu. However Saras seems to be awe struck by Ayumu’s butt! WTF?! The finals see Ayumu, Tomonori and Taeko facing off. But Ayumu is distracted by Taeko’s boobs (did she purposely unbutton her top?). Should he see, should he not? I guess he gave in to his instincts. Tomonori wins. After the match, Ayumu talks to Taeko and wants to know why she helped Tomonori to win. Because she wanted to win the pen so much. He thinks she is very kind but she says he is kinder. On a rainy day like this, Taeko spotted a homeless puppy. Her family doesn’t allow animals so she went to buy an extra umbrella to keep it dry. But she saw Ayumu did the same so she gave her extra umbrella to him. Ayumu doesn’t remember so Taeko reveals she has always looked at him since them. She admits she has always been attracted to him. Woah! WOAH! What’s this confession on the final episode?! And here’s another one, Saras notes she has fallen in love with Ayumu because of his hip line! OMG! What’s this development at the end!!! Don’t leave it hanging!

Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? Of The Dead

Around a year later, the sequel came out, Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? Of The Dead. I guess with Ayumu’s serial killer case solved, now the storyline shifts to who are the ones responsible for releasing Megalos in their town. I suppose this means Ayumu still has to fight in place of Haruna and cross-dress as a Masou Shoujo. Can things get any worse? With non-human freeloaders living in his house and already an appointed husband of a vampire ninja, can anything be worse off than being a zombie and a Masou Shoujo at a same time? Well, something tells me he hasn’t really fallen to the bottom yet so it’s still a long spiralling way down…

Episode 0
This OVA came out before the sequel proper airs and it feels more like an extension of the first season. In addition to the same opening and ending themes used, the first half of this OVA occurs when the gang is at the pool. Yeah. Bikinis, babes and boobs. I wonder if Haruna’s flat chest can be considered as boobs. Anyway Haruna believes she spotted Nessie in the pool. Serious? She thought of searching it together but Ayumu needs to teach Yuu to swim. Pissed Haruna goes off by herself and Yuu feels she hates her. She notes she wants to be friends with her and that Haruna is a lonely person. Ayumu then sees Haruna struggling with Nessie! Wait! That’s not Nessie! That’s Orito in a Nessie outfit! WTF?! Each time Ayumu tries to go stop her, the other girls interfere. Ayumu can’t give in to his inner perverted self. Whether it is having a splashing time with Tomonori, putting sun lotion on Taeko’s back (he even braved the sun burn!) or Sear sexily inviting him to play. Wait a minute. Sera not reprimanding him? Something is wrong… Having fun are you, Ayumu? Then he sees Sera’s bikini knot in danger of becoming lose and thought he should fix it without letting her know. It got worse. He untied everything. Yeah. All the usual insults back at him. So this is what her kick feels like. As punishment, Ayumu is made to wear a Nessie outfit. Haruna and Yuu are still struggling with Orito the Nessie. Haruna spots the new Nessie and goes struggle with it till she realizes it is Ayumu. He sees her unhappy face as she mentions she wanted to have more fun time with Yuu. Then he realized that the girls stopped him so that they could spend time together without him interfering. That was the reason why she invited them to find Nessie so she could have fun with Yuu. He thinks he should be honest with her and tells Yuu that Haruna just wants to be friends.

In the second part, Ayumu finds out from Sera that tomorrow is Yuu’s birthday so they plan to have a surprise party for her. He plans to invite Orito and Tomonori too. I guess Orito is so happy that he starts asking Tomonori about her cup size. Can’t blame him since his last birthday outing was during kindergarten. Poor guy. But did he have to go ask her bra size? Anyway Sera hands Ayumu a basket full of unsavoury ingredients for the birthday bash. Don’t worry. Ayumu won’t even want to steal those finest pickings from her village. While Sera prepares the occasion, Ayumu takes Yuu out to stall for time. Yuu knows it’s her birthday today but it’s that time of year she starts questioning herself if it’s okay to continue living. When they return home, Ayumu is horrified that Haruna has turned the house into some interplanetary space. One wrong move and they’ll be stuck here forever. Just great. So you should’ve guessed. Ayumu bears the brunt of all of Haruna’s stupid traps. Whether it is getting poked by spikes just to press a button to stop the squashing wall, pulling a rope to get to the next level (which results in a bamboo piercing up his ass. By the way, whatever rope he pulled, he’ll still end up having a bamboo up his ass) and even one button that Yuu pressed that has them free falling. Yuu feels guilty she has brought misery to Ayumu but he hugs her and wants her not to say such foolish things. Then splat! Ayumu cushions Yuu from the fall. They’re back in normal space and time. Haruna gets punished but explains her dangerous stunt was because as a Masou Shoujo, they’re always fighting with their lives on the line. If they survived a year, it means they had great luck. So to be unlucky as much as possible on your birthday is the way Masou Shoujo celebrates. Then Yuu receives her presents and earlier on Sera and Ayumu had a bet to see which of their presents Yuu would prefer. In the end, Yuu chooses Orito’s present: Bust up bra! As they eat cake, they wonder how old Yuu is. Then she puts them all to sleep with a single word. Inside Ayumu’s gift is also a card stating he is glad she is born otherwise he wouldn’t have met her. For the first time, Yuu realizes she is glad to be born.

Episode 1
Ayumu continues his days with those freeloader girls. Because the sun shining through his classroom window is killing him, he is taken to the infirmary. Upon waking up, he sees a girl in white gothic lolita fashion trying to take bottles from the closet. However she seems drunk and panics when she realizes Ayumu is watching and runs away. When he relates this to the ladies back home, Sera thinks he has turned from a lolicon into a complete pervert towards girls all ages. Yuu wonders if she’s a ghost and they all scoff off such unscientific stuffs. Do they realize what they are? Magic = science? Next day in class, Tomonori as usual brings her lunch for him (she could really do without the excessive seasonings) and Taeko noticing Ayumu staying back after school (he doesn’t want to get his ass burnt by the sun). So when the moon rises, he makes a move but realizes strange sounds coming from the lab. Thinking it’s a Megalo, Ayumu barges in but only sees that gothic lolita chic, Chris. She’s drunk. She’s enjoying her drinking. I guess Ayumu has no choice but to join in. Despite his cup is just water, I think he also went with the flow. Suddenly she disappears. Gasp! Could she be really a ghost? So back home, Ayumu gets chide for his pervertness that it has gone to a new level that he has to create an imaginary friend.

Next day in class, Orito and the rest are surprised as they see a magazine article about a cross-dressing pervert and chainsaw phantom running wild at a graveyard. Looks bloody similar, eh? Ayumu can’t say but they can’t help see the resemblance. Even Ayumu felt bad Taeko is standing up for him and denying all that on his behalf. So much so Ayumu rushes down to the lab to seek O Great Fairy’s comfort. Only thing is, it’s not Chris that is touching his ass but a guy in trench coat! He wants Ayumu. Deja vu? Didn’t we see this development before? The guy turns into a giant squid Megalo and is attracted by the presence of a Masou Shoujo. He is baffled that Ayumu is emitting such energy but is not a girl. Then comes in Haruna to correct it all as she transforms into one as proof that her powers are back. Not quite because her back is totally exposed. To save her, Ayumu pushes the Megalo out the window and onto the tracks where every damn kid in school is. The Megalo has Taeko in his grasp and there is little time left. Yup. Ayumu, transform. He can erase their memories later. So everybody, whip out your handphones and start snapping away! Look at the horrified faces of everybody seeing the perverted cross-dresser. Looking familiar this dude, no? They’re more concern and giving criticisms on Ayumu rather than care about the Megalo. The chat sites are heating up with this topic too! Ayumu powers up to 1000% (to a point where everybody thinks he just up his perverseness) and destroys the Megalo and rescues Taeko. He starts chanting to erase everyone’s memories but Mystletainn is on the verge of breaking. Then it breaks. Not only everybody’s memories are intact but Ayumu loses his Masou Shoujo outfit. Now he is totally naked! Ultimate pervert! Keep snapping those shots! And while everyone continues to gawk in shock over this ‘horror’, Saras now has a clear view of his butt and finally realizes she loves this guy! WTF?! Another sicko!

Episode 2
If Ayumu isn’t having a hard time explaining himself at the police station, here comes Sera with her scathing insults and Haruna blaming him for breaking Mystletainn because now she can’t transform. Tough luck. Worse, Saras still loves his ass. He embraces for the worst in class when suddenly… Everybody loves him! WTF?! His perverted cross-dressing has become a trend and is featured in magazines! WTF?! Everybody totally digs him! What a total change! Maybe except for Orito who seems disappointed of it all. Ayumu can’t take his newfound fame and runs to the lab to seek Chris’ comfort. How can a drunkard offer consolation? Be glad to know rumours will subside after 3.5 billion days. You mean 75 days, right? I guess he can’t go back to class because more people are looking for him. Tomonori suggests going to the mountains to see the stars to cheer him up. I suppose he needs time for himself but when the other girls learn that this is somewhat like a date with Tomonori, they tag along. Trouble begins when Haruna starts acting up. Yeah, she rushes off to find the toilet. Can you find one in the forest? Tomonori has a hard time trying to explain she is just bringing Ayumu here to show him the stars when they realize Haruna is taking too long. Ayumu and Tomonori go find her as the latter tries to call him by his first name. Still stammering. Maybe she can try next time because Haruna comes running back with bees chasing her. Ayumu thought Haruna wanted his help when she hugs him. He should’ve known better when she starts throwing him at the bees as shield. If that’s not bad enough, he comes into a bear. Run! He stumbles and accidentally pulls down Sera’s pants. Save your breathe. She doesn’t want an explanation and beats him up instantly.

I’m not sure how but Haruna is pretty docile with the bear so it becomes tame. Tomonori feels envy that everyone gets to have fun with Ayumu. The rest disagree since she’s putting it that way. Since they’re here to play with her, they’re going to do just that. So they climb to the top and see the beautiful stars with several shooting stars. On the way back, Ayumu notes how he has now got the strength to say goodbye to his old and weak self. Hello, new me. He might want to say goodbye to that too because in class, he is having a hard time signing all the autographs. There’s a pile more to finish. He thought Saras wants one too but she tells him to run water over it. And when he does, the secret message appears. A love confession she loves him! Oh sh*t! Then he sees Orito downtrodden in class. He feels sad they are in both different worlds now and that he is unreachable. Ayumu assures he is still the same person inside but Orito can’t accept that his best friend who is a pervert became famous as a result of his cross-dressing hobby. He needs time to heal his broken heart. Huh? Ayumu hopes they can still be friends but he gets no reply. No such thing as eternal friendship, eh? But there is for eternal love! Says who? Says Saras! Though she insults and calls him her trashy darling, she assures she will not harm him because he knows his charms well. Why don’t I feel assured about that? Back home, Ayumu is shocked to see Haruna browsing a popular website. His ass is becoming popular too! See the numerous photos of it! Thanks to Saras who is uploading all its pictures at lightning speed! She’ll let the world know about this charm of his! Oh sh*t! I guess he is really screwed this time. On a serious note, we see Dai-sensei emerging victorious in a bout with Kyouko. She assures her that she won’t get hurt if she just answers her questions.

Episode 3
Saras confronts Sera and she tells the latter she is in love with Ayumu’s ass! Find it hard to believe, eh? Yeah. Believe it! His ass! Meanwhile Mystletainn is on the long road to recovery. Will those drops suffice? More woes for Ayumu because even Yuu has been uploading stuffs about him online. Everybody needs to know him! There goes his privacy. So Ayumu calls Dai-sensei about the application of Mystletainn’s recovery. It’s at 1,241st management office. Yeah, that’s less than one third of the way. WTF. Haruna can’t wait that long either so the genius smart ass decides to take things into her own hands and fix Mystletainn herself! Yuu is her accomplice to hold the chainsaw down. I don’t know what they’re doing because after Ayumu leaves and returns from school, they’re still in the surgery! Man, this is serious. If Yuu only didn’t give the wrong tools. So after that complicating stuff (stupid people like us won’t comprehend), it seems Mystletainn is fixed so dead into the night Ayumu uses it to erase everyone’s memories with Saras watching (something is wrong. Where is her usual foul mouth?). He transforms into a Masou Shoujo and begins the erasing. Suddenly… The power runs out and Mystletainn crumbles! Worse, Ayumu becomes totally naked. Maybe he should have really left it to the professionals. Saras beats the insect up. Now, that’s more like it. Not. In class, Orito confronts Ayumu, asking him for more ‘time’ to accept him. Anderson explains Orito is fighting to accept the new Ayumu. I’m not sure about this, the duo start acting a little yaoi. Still disheartened over this, Ayumu seeks Chris’ advice as usual. Drunk as usual. So from all that chat, Ayumu thinks he lacks courage.

Haruna is on her way home when suddenly she feels it hard to breathe. It’s Tomonori doing some curse dancing?! We learn she is trying to practise as a backup dancer for Saras’ live concert. Well, I think she’d kill more people that way. Tomonori is in a dilemma whether to quit or continue so Haruna helps her to agree out. Who knows she is equally as bad because every living thing around them starts dying!!! Truly a cursed dance! Even Ayumu almost died. Good thing he is a zombie. So he learns about it and shows them his awesome break-dance move. That is how it’s done girls. Saras has overhead them (she was following Ayumu’s ass!) and reminds Tomonori that if she fails to become a backup dancer in a day, she will have to return to the village. Back home, the rest learn of Tomonori’s predicament and they call Ayumu a sexual harasser because he says how it will be lonely if Tomonori goes home. Haruna and Tomonori continue to practice dead into the night. No improvement. Things just keep dying… The concert is here and they are going to make use of the remaining time to practice. Hmm… Seems a lot better. Then Orito appears to inform Ayumu that he has reborn from hell. He doesn’t need Ayumu anymore. That’s because the new Orito now needs the new Ayumu. What the hell? So he accepts him now? Saras begins her concert much to the delight of her hardcore fans. But when the backup dancers go on stage, I guess everything they learnt went down the drain. It’s that cursed dance! It’s affecting everybody so much so they are doing it too! Oh sh*t! Everybody gets knocked out in the end. Saras manages to get a glimpse of her darling’s ass before passing out. Was it worth it? On a serious note, Dai-sensei is interrogating Kyouko about Yoru No Ou who used her but she doesn’t remember anything. Probably Kyouko is just pretending because her vengeance runs deep and wants to meet Ayumu again.

Episode 4
Ayumu finishes his plastic model. He gets the usual insults from Saras for playing with such toys for his age. Till genius Haruna comes in to play too. She wasn’t careful enough and breaks it. Heartbreak… Orito convinces Ayumu to follow him after school to a cosplay cafe. I guess Ayumu can’t butt out now. But it looks like Orito the usual patron wants them to put on their special tsundere VIP service. Worse, Saras is working there too. While Orito totally digs Saras’ insults, Ayumu isn’t amused. So vampire ninjas still need to do this kind of job to raise money? Whatever. Better guard your ass, Ayumu. You don’t know when Saras might take it. Ayumu also sees Anderson as a usual patron. The guys order their stuff and also see Sera and Tomonori working here. Despite the odd place, Ayumu admits the food is good and is about to leave. However Orito mentions the battle has just begun. There is this challenge that if they can make 5 of the staffs here fall for you, everything is free. Otherwise you pay 100,000 Yen. No choice but to participate, right? Ayumu better win because if he fails, Saras is going to make him pay with his body! So the stage is set with Anderson as the judge, Tomonori is the first challenger. Because Tomonori is an amateur and she does harbour feelings for Ayumu, the guys win the first round. Next up is Haruna. Eh? So she’s working part time as well. Haruna is her usual tough girl mode. Ayumu wants his water refilled so Haruna orders Tomonori to do it. I don’t know if the jug is that heavy so she can’t control her hands well. Ayumu helps her out and this scene made Haruna jealous as she does the refill herself. That tsundere attitude causes her to lose.

It’s Sera’s turn to step into the ring. S&M outfit? Orito is knocked out when he couldn’t hold in his lust and starts rubbing on her thighs. Was that pain pleasure? Ayumu has Sera cook her poisonous meal and despite everything melting into smithereens, Ayumu continues to eat it and asks for seconds! This brave act causes Sera to blush and turn tsundere and Ayumu wins the match. Ayumu didn’t expect Yuu as the next challenger. This is going to be tough because he is thinking how he can make her embarrass as she doesn’t show any emotion. The silence is deafening when Yuu writes how embarrass she is in this outfit. Automatic win! Now it’s for the final battle but it’s not Saras he’ll be facing. It’s Kanami! Her high and mighty attitude that doesn’t give any breathing space to Ayumu seems to be making that guy heading for defeat. Suddenly Orito revives and gets back into the game. How is he going to break her down? He confesses he loves her! No reaction. You lost. It’s over. Wait… Perhaps it’s a delayed reaction because Kanami gets embarrassed and calls Orito an idiot for saying something so sudden! Game over! The guys win. Before the guys leave, Ayumu notices that Anderson seems to know Yuu. Of course he does. He is from the underworld too. Oh. Back home, Haruna has bought the plastic model as replacement for Ayumu. To his dismay it turns out to be not what he expected. I don’t know what that hideous plastic thing is. Macho guy with squid, octopus and fish?

Episode 5
Sera leaves for her vampire ninja village and leaves it to Haruna to take care of Yuu so that the perverted bug won’t do anything funny to her. She loves that big sister ring, eh? Ayumu may be appreciating Sera’s presence more. No, not that he loves her insults. When she’s around, she does the groceries since he can’t walk under the sun. Ayumu sees Yuu peeling the white piths off the mandarin orange when she suddenly collapses due to fever. Ayumu is in a dilemma whether to take off her armour. He might look like a pervert if he does so. So he blindfolds himself to do so and perhaps it may be more detrimental because since he is blind, he’s starting to grope everywhere! Thank goodness he was just groping the fan… So when he manages to massage her shoulders, Haruna returns with ice only to see this perverted scene and beats him up. Ayumu calls Anderson for help seeing that he too is from the underworld. After all, you can’t take her to a human doctor, right? Ayumu is so desperate that he will do anything. Yes. Anything. Including yodelling. You know he is taken for a ride when he has to dance in his underwear! I’m sure we viewers are going to get sick of this scene. Obviously it didn’t work so Anderson further suggests going down on his knees and start blowing at her. Till Haruna returns with porridge and it’s deja vu all over again. Of course Ayumu realizes too late when Anderson mentions he was just joking. However he did this to relieve his tension. Whether humans or underworld beings, when one is experiencing hard times, they want someone by their side. Ayumu is going to let her rest but she wants to sleep with him! This isn’t his fantasy. No, she has not lost her mind either. Ayumu can’t sleep a wink since Yuu is just a breath away. After living together for so long, they have never gotten this close before, eh? Haruna returns with some so called healing stuffs from Virie. She’s looking for Yuu and Ayumu knows what’s coming and hides her. When she sees Yuu lying by his side, she didn’t get mad and just for tonight, she allows it. But Ayumu wakes up in the middle of the night and he is lying on the cold floor. Oh. It seems Haruna is now sleeping next to Yuu.

Next morning, Ayumu is surprised to see Anderson in his home. Yuu isn’t healed yet so Anderson notes this is no ordinary illness. He notices there are orange flower petals on her neck and comes to know Yuu has been peeling white piths of the mandarin oranges, which are like poison to underworld beings. It’s not funny. No matter how careful she was, she can’t possibly get rid of everyone one of them. So now the hard part is trying to find a cure for her. Instead of trying to crack their brains to figure it out, they decide to go with trial and error. Oh boy. Yuu is okay with this since she doesn’t want to worry Ayumu anymore. Meanwhile Saras tells Sera about some super strong monster that she can’t make out its form nor tell its intentions. She wants Sera to not take her eyes off Ayumu. But Ayumu is having an appalling time since all the methods suggested were absurd. I don’t know which method they tried and worked but who cares as long as Yuu is back in good health. Just then, Haruna collapses. Did she get Yuu’s illness? Anderson dismisses it since only underworld beings can get it. So I guess she became ill after working hard to take care of Yuu. Now it’s Yuu’s turn to be her big sister but embarrassed Haruna won’t sit still nor admit. Ayumu realizes that Haruna wasn’t also well the night before since she was sick and wanted somebody by her side and thus slept with Yuu. Sera returns and instantly she becomes enraged upon seeing a struggling scene between Ayumu and Haruna (he was trying to change her clothes and she is resisting). Here comes the insults and beatings! It’s good to be back, no? She had brought back some ingredients to help cure her illness but why is she preparing to disinfect Ayumu? Don’t tell me he is the ingredient?!

Episode 6
Ayumu calls Dai-sensei about Mystletainn’s progress and the good news is that he’ll be back soon! He can’t wait for it since he wants to experience the upcoming cultural festival with a relieved mind. Somehow, Haruna seems to be taking the lead on what to do for the festival in Ayumu’s class. Something about Tomonori asked her opinion and Orito convinced the guys about her expertise in making this festival hotter. Well, everything on the menu is nothing but eggs. Ayumu suggested doing a monster cafe but since Haruna approves it, the class agrees with her. Ayumu meets a lab coat guy coughing blood (doctor says he can’t say cool lines?). He knows this dude is trouble so better not get too close. But he gives Ayumu a gold ring. He’ll figure out what to do with it. Thanks for the info. Preparations for the festival are going well so much so Ayumu talks to Chris about it! She’s not drunk. So she spoils his happiness by mentioning about being betrayed by friends and the horrible scar it will leave. Then she downs the entire bottle of sake! Now she’s drunk. Time to leave. Taeko helps Ayumu finish the props for the festival. No sudden development here. I guess we need some screen time for the lesser character who loves Ayumu too, huh? When he returns home, Haruna relays the good news that Mystletainn is back. And here he comes in some flashy WTF blinding light entry. “I’ll be back!”. Isn’t he already back? You can’t imagine the happiness on Ayumu’s face. Because now he gets to erase all those memories and return to his old life. For once, he is so happy to transform into a Masou Shoujo as he goes on a memory erasing spree. So happy this guy in the morning that it’s disgusting the girls out. But he’ll have to bid goodbye to this life too because in class he is made to where a bridal gown because he’s supposed to be the bride of Frankenstein! Yeah, they make him promote their cafe by walking around school. I guess there goes his peaceful life. Same pervert, new memories.

The gang see Tomonori manning a stall selling CDs of Haruna. Want to know why it didn’t sell a single CD? It’s that horrible song that takes lives! Everybody is dropping dead! Turn it off quick! Haruna ropes in Yuu and Sera’s help to sell while Tomonori brings Ayumu to the back of the school because she received a love letter asking her to wait there. She assures him she will always love him as his wife and her feelings won’t change if somebody else confesses to her. Tomonori flusters and panics when Ayumu tells her this is a popular confession spot and that one’s chances increases if they confess. Somehow there is a button on the tree and Tomonori accidentally presses it, causing a basin to fall on her head. It knocks her out and Masticore materializes and initiates a self destruct countdown. The lab coat guy returns to tell him to put the ring on her. Everything returns to normal and as explained, the ring is made to keep her dangerous powers in check and as long as she wears it, she won’t be dangerous. Tomonori comes to and sees the ring on her finger and misunderstood that it’s a wedding ring from Ayumu. Well, what would she think when he tells her to not even take it off? She jumps to a conclusion that he was the one who wrote that letter and setup all this (even his bridal gown too?). But Haruna comes looking for Ayumu because Megalos are reported in school. The gorilla and raccoon is harassing a couple of girls about the cup size. They didn’t give a sh*t to flat chest Haruna. Mystletainn’s return also means Haruna’s revival so along with Ayumu they transform into Masou Shoujo. Haruna could’ve been since the raccoon pointed his gun point blank at her. Too bad his finger is too short to pull the trigger. Ayumu and Haruna do a Double Mystletainn Kick (it’s still not a kick) and destroy both Megalos. They died happy seeing they get to see their pantsu. Saras and Sera observe what is happening and note that it is more than just their Masou Shoujo powers that attracted the Megalos. Ayumu and Haruna revel in their victory when Haruna suddenly feels pain in her head.

Episode 7
So we have another one of those out-of-this-world crazy-drawing explanations from Haruna why Yuu is able to speak now. Seems a gadget Haruna gave Yuu prior to the sales of her CD was some magical item that made Haruna absorbed her magic. In turn, Haruna now can’t talk otherwise it’s painsville. The festival continues and I guess we’re so used to Ayumu’s fantasy of Yuu that even if he doesn’t have one, Yuu reminds him to have one! Weak willed… Haruna doesn’t want to be left out and wants him to do the same but warns he’ll die if he fantasizes dirty thoughts. Haruna making money? Cutting down trees for money? Because the gadget is causing her headache, she throws it away. As they go look around the festival, the teachers notices Tomonori wearing the ring and confiscates it since it is against school rules for students to wear accessories. Ayumu goes to seek Chris’ company but finds she is no longer in the lab. Has she passed on? He thanks her and will live without doubting himself. During the bonfire dance, Ayumu is disheartened he ended up pairing with his teacher! How did this even happen? But the teacher says he is keeping the gender ratio balanced. He also knows Ayumu’s deepest secrets! Who is he? He starts citing Masou Shoujo transformation lines and he transforms into… CHRIS!!! Haruna seems to be able to speak now but she and Yuu collapses because they feel they are losing their power. Chris has the gadget in her hand and is surprised they would even collapse even with a little magic fluctuation. She used this to absorb their powers. Then Ayumu realizes that since everyone can see her, this means he wasn’t hallucinating! Haruna knows because she is Dai-sensei’s teacher. Chris explains herself. Long ago, she was cursed by the queen of Virie and turned into a boring middle aged man. She had to get drunk to loosen the curse but there was nothing else she could do but wait for a chance to return to her original form. So happen that what she needed all came together. She needed someone with unlimited powers (Yuu), a genius capable of absorbing and storing powers (Haruna) and a power stabilizing ring to enable her to absorb the amount of magic she wanted (Tomonori). She also admits the Megalo attacks yesterday was her fault. And it gets sillier because everything seems to be her fault! Why this morning the toilet paper ran out to the sad times they live in! Blame it all on Chris!

Chris is going to say farewell to this school and chants a different set of lines as the spell binds everyone to their table and chair. Outdoor class? Asking Ayumu if he was disappointed of holding hand with a middle aged man, Chris points out he judged a book by its cover. Because Anderson believes that the right way to judge a person is via their hearts, Chris ejects him to the sky! This is followed by Tomonori who answered her question wrongly (she thinks an old man wanted to be a girl?). Chris adds she hates this middle aged man look she sees every day in the mirror. But how would everyone react if they see and old guy act like a cute girl? Disgusting, right? But everyone will grow up into that one day! Kanami can’t accept this reality and is ejected. Soon everyone is ejected since their heart breaks and the only ones left are Ayumu and Orito. Orito thinks he can withstand all this put Chris made Sera do a moe cat pose. There he goes into the sky. Chris will not return Haruna’s power because it will turn her back into an old man. Haruna doesn’t want Ayumu to underestimate her for she is a genius and can still fight Megalos. Ayumu still wants Chris to return it so she challenges him to take it by force. Ayumu powers up but his punch is stopped by her sake bottle. She blows him away. See the difference in power? Chris laments he could’ve been her drinking partner and disappears while the other girls label him a sexual harasser. Sera realizes Chris is the strongest monster they were afraid of. Meanwhile Dai-sensei learns of Chris’ return but Kyouko hints that she knows Chris’ weakness.

Episode 8
Dai-sensei explains to Ayumu, Chris was the strongest Masou Shoujo ever and how the queen of Virie cursed Chris for starting a coup d’etat. She advises against facing her directly. Ayumu realizes too late that Dai-sensei had sent Kyouko to him seeing that she knows Chris’ weakness. The mad serial killer has returned! Though everyone remains suspicious, Kyouko asserts she has repented while in prison. She knows Chris’ weakness from Yoru No Ou as he often reminisced about his past. However she’s not going to easily tell him yet. If Ayumu manages to entertain her, then she will. Being in Virie’s prison must be really boring, eh? Ayumu agrees because it is all the more reason why he should settle things with this ex-serial killer. After that ‘failed’ midnight seduction, Ayumu takes her out for a night walk and she seems to be putting on a crazy face because she didn’t even get any coffee in prison and just had plain f*cking water!!! Doesn’t freedom taste this good? Anyway, Kyouko wants Ayumu to organize a mixer. He tries persuading Orito, Taeko and Kanami to join and because they think he is trying so hard that it’s shrivelling him up to his bones from the stress, they don’t want to waste his efforts. I think Kyouko is enjoying seeing Ayumu writhing in pain, which I feel it’s her true intention. Sera confronts her about her intention to get her revenge on Ayumu from last time and the mixer is just a cover up. Kyouko says she just wants to have fun and throws it back to her that her mission as a vampire ninja is also a cover up because it’s an excuse to attach herself to Ayumu. She can’t answer. Tomonori invites Saras to the mixer. Initially she wasn’t interested till she learns her darling’s ass will be there. However noting it’s not some dangerous situation, she’s not interested as she has to prepare for her concert.

So the usual gang are at the mixer at Mask Donald. Did Ayumu and Orito wear some fashion faux pas? See-through t-shirts that can see the nipples? Kyouko arrives and Orito is totally infatuated with this cutie. Remember this guy was the one who considered her as his sister… Since the mixer is imbalanced in the gender ratio, a couple of macho masked employees join in. I think it’s still not balanced but what the heck, let the fun begin. They play the King Game that has Ayumu hugging Taeko and again the lucky bastard Ayumu to kiss Kyouko. But the kiss did not happen because Dai-sensei drops in (another cute girl Orito can’t resist). Can’t resist joining a mixer Ayumu organized, eh? Ayumu covers her identity by calling her Rie-chan (Dai-sensei’s real name is Ariel). While the rest karaoke, Kyouko and Dai-sensei chat. The former is clearly not happy and wonders if she is her escort. Dai-sensei disagrees but before Kyouko could take out her anger, Ayumu brings her out to the graveyard to settle things. Dai-sensei stops Sera and Yuu from following and notes this is one of Ayumu’s trials. Ayumu will do whatever it takes to make her happy in exchange for details of Chris’ weakness. Anything? Oh sh*t. Kyouko can’t wait to stick her sword into his guts. Then she stabs him! However suddenly! She hugs him and confesses she loves him. WTF?! I hope it’s not crocodile tears. She claims he won’t be nice to her if she doesn’t do this. Up till a second ago, she wanted to tear him to shreds but doesn’t know it now. Though she had fun with everyone today, she laments their memories will soon be erased. Even sadder by the fact that she will be returning to prison and be locked up for hundreds of years and can’t remain in everyone’s memories. As she breaks down, Ayumu assures he’ll always remember her because he’s a zombie. I guess he lives forever in that sense since he can’t die. This brings some relief to Kyouko. She is glad to have met him because her life changed. Then she disappears. Back home, Ayumu is disheartened to find a fax message from Kyouko. Looks like no detail on Chris’ weakness. Just some tickling message… She sure got him fooled.

Episode 9
Ayumu calls Dai-sensei to complain about the raw deal. She remembers there are a few people who defeated Chris before. Among those include the queen of Virie, Yoru No Ou and the strongest resident of the Underworld that is currently living on Earth now. Asking the girls about this person, Yuu knows it is Naegleria or Nene for short (because her full name is a pain in the ass to pronounce) and is her close friend. It was a time Yuu had not abandoned her voice and emotions yet. Before Virie invaded the Underworld, voluntary warriors known as Seventh Abyss (which Yoru No Ou was part of) gathered to fend off the attack. Nene was one of them and if Chris is the strongest Masou Shoujo, Nene would be the strongest from the Underworld. Hey. So would it be alright for Yuu and Haruna to live under together under the same roof with their kind having such a history? Well, they aren’t sweating it. They’re cool. If Nene is living here, he can contact her via Anderson. Anderson seems pretty panic when Ayumu requests of that. He reluctantly tells him what he needs but will have no further hand in this. Must be some ferocious person, eh? Soon, Saras forces Ayumu to come to her upcoming concert. He promises to go but is surprised to see a smile he had never seen her put up before (for once she wasn’t concerned about his ass!). Ayumu is shocked that the place Nene is living now turns out to be a rundown apartment. His first greeting with her has her humongous boobs suffocating his face! Because she works as a mangaka, she has this habit of dozing off. Even in the middle of conversation! She seems ditzy too. Nene is reluctant to fight Chris here because it will turn this world into a war zone. In exchange for this ‘help out’, now it’s Ayumu’s turn. Yeah, help her finish her manuscript. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines… I don’t know if bad luck always follows Ayumu (I think it does) because Nene finishes bathing. Wrap in towel. Falls asleep on him. Somebody is at the door. Can he avoid being labelled a pervert in time? However nobody is at the door. Oh, Haruna is hiding behind it and is in tears! She thinks Ayumu has turned into a great monster of lewdness?!

Before he knows it, Haruna brings Yuu and Sera to get things straight and not beat around the bush. Well, Haruna saw the whole thing when she peeped through the mail hole when nobody answered. Yeah, she ran all the way home crying! Don’t deny it! So, everybody meets Nene. She doesn’t deny if Ayumu would turn into a pervert because he is a man after all. Time for Sera’s punishment… So Nene has everyone help out her manuscript. Yuu recognizes this story. It is a story of her with Seventh Abyss and what would have been if Yoru No Out hadn’t caused the disaster and Yuu regained her voice. It’s what you call a happy ending. Everyone agrees to finish the manuscript as they want to see this happy ending. After that folly with Sera’s murderous cooking (“It tastes so good that it’ll blow up hell itself” – yeah, there’s a hole it’s causing at the bottom of the pot), the manuscript accidentally become messed up. The gang is sorry but Nene doesn’t mind and can redo it again. However they want another chance to do it again. They burn the midnight oil to complete it and Ayumu is at risk of missing Saras’ concert. Nene knows he is eager to go somewhere and gives him permission to go because everyone is worried about him too. Ayumu rushes to the concert and his arrival boosted Saras’ morale as she revs up her final song. Although Ayumu apologizes for being late, she is more than happy he kept his promise and came. She admits she was being selfish and pushy and wants to change but Ayumu is fine with the way she is now. Because of that promise, he messed with her feelings. I’m not sure if she is gunning for his ass because she now steals an indirect kiss when she sips his straw. Meanwhile we see Nene and Chris drinking together at an oden stall! WTF?! They’re enjoying themselves. How can this be happening? Well, they know how to keep business and leisure separate. Oh ho. You said it. Let’s hope it’s leisure time forever. They talk how everyone has taken an interest in Ayumu. I’m sure they’re no exception either.

Episode 10
In replacement of Chris, Dai-sensei becomes Ayumu’s homeroom teacher. I guess as long there is a cute girl, Orito is fine. Ayumu later confronts her to ask what’s the big deal. She says the way Ayumu is right now, it’s too risky to confront Chris. She is after all her teacher. Since Ayumu is adamant to face her, Dai-sensei will have him turn into a full-fledged Masou Shoujo! Failure means his memories will be erased. So will he forget about Yuu and the rest? Haruna doesn’t seem happy. So to help stupid Ayumu in whatever test, Haruna also becomes a teacher in his class. WTF. So the only subject she can teach is eggs? At least she’s good in it. Then she mixes eggs with something else and the result is a monster slime that burns through clothes! Only leaving panties and stockings intact. What kind of a perverted slime is this?! Ayumu tries to save Taeko and Kanami but they look like a pervert in his eyes. Then he tries to rescue Haruna but almost drowns. Dai-sensei destroys the slime with her mind power but notes Ayumu has failed. As a result, Ayumu is baffled at the weird people in his house. Dai-sensei notes it is better this way as he will be safe from any further danger. Though she wants them all to go home, Ayumu notes they don’t have to leave. The rest doesn’t want it to end this way and at least not Ayumu to forget about them. Haruna seems to be the most emotional one pleading for this case. Dai-sensei gives them a second chance. They have to enter his subconscious mind and recover them. They meet a simple drawn Ayumu which is believed to be a small fragment of his lost memories. As they journey along, they arrive in some final boss-like room to confront badass Ayumus. Each bearing a name of a demon like Beelzebub, Behemoth and Satan. Tells you a lot about his personality, eh? It’s like his sins incarnate. Haruna beats them all up easily and in the process temporarily regains her Masou Shoujo powers.

In the next room, they see Ayumu lazily lying around. However he claims himself to be Belphegor and Ayumu’s true nature. That’s right, a sloth. He says all Ayumu wants is a peaceful life till they showed up. He is going to be the real Ayumu from now on. When Ayumu wakes up, he isn’t the Ayumu we know. He is Belphegor, or as he would like to be called, Another or Alternative. I think Dai-sensei would prefer Dark Ayumu. He ‘punishes’ her by flipping up her skirt. People’s true nature is revealed by the underwear they wear? I’m not sure if she’s joking that she’ll have to kill him since he saw her panties. So when Ayumu goes to school, everybody can tell he is just different. Creepily different. Something is wrong. Yuu and the rest confront him but he remains arrogant that Haruna can’t do anything without her magic. Yuu will be his opponent. He throws his classmates off by coolly confessing he likes Yuu but remains ambiguous on the meaning of love. Haruna kicks him outside to fight. Yuu transforms into a Masou Shoujo but he remains cocky in beating her down. This isn’t the Ayumu she likes. Not the Ayumu that everyone likes. Yuu thrusts Mystletainn into his body and shows him old notes when they first met. Ayumu starts getting confused about his identity. With Haruna thrusting Mystletainn together, Ayumu finally returns to his usual self. Uhm, Haruna. You can stop killing him now even though he’s a zombie. Dai-sensei marks this as barely passing. In the aftermath, we see Lilia Lilith the queen of Virie taking an interest in Ayumu, Chris and Nene continue to drink together at the oden stall and everyone in Ayumu’s house love the way this disgusted pervert is because this is what defines Ayumu, right? They’ll have it no other way. They’re fine with it. He’s fine with them.

Episode 11 (OVA)
Orito wants to sell unwanted stuffs in a flea market. But it’ll be boring if he does it alone and challenges Haruna to it. His real intention is so that Haruna who hates to lose will have to sell the ultimate trump card, which is Sera’s panties to win. So the day begins with Haruna not making any successful sales. Consider slashing some zeroes from those useless items? Upon Ayumu’s advice to do so, instantly a bargain woman buys it! Nobody is buying Orito’s too because he is selling his erotic comics! And he writes them!? This is a family flea market, mind you! Ayumu walks around to see Taeko, Tomonori and Saras also selling at the flea market (Saras sure got one hell of a marketing team to market her limited products that fans would die for). By evening, more men patron Orito’s store. He’s selling his porn at high price. Literally, daylight robbery. Suddenly Ayumu realizes the reason of the increase in male customers. Throughout the day, he notices males glancing at the boobs of the girls when they bend over! He thinks this is the secret to sales success and is about to tell Haruna but realizes her great flat plains. No chance… Haruna seems to be on the verge of giving up. Seriously? That genius Masou Shoujo losing faith? Then the girls all gather and decide to help Haruna sell. She is happy that she sells everything for 1 Yen. Finally when she sells Sera’s negligee, Orito wants to buy it but it will cost him today’s profits and his victory. He sucks up his pride and buys it. Ayumu takes a break from a hard day’s work and accidentally drinks Haruna’s juice. It turns him invisible. Oh. In addition to being a zombie and Masou Shoujo, he is now an invisible man.

But back home, the girls still treat him indifferently. Yeah, blaming him they could’ve sold it for 5 million Yen had he not drink it! More importantly, will he return to normal?! Unfortunately there is more important stuff than that because Haruna misplaced her Philosopher’s Stone during the flea market. If not put in a special container, it could make Megalos transmutate on its own like that slime. Haruna doesn’t remember who she sold it to during the flea market so they think that with its design, a young girl would have bought it. This is where Ayumu comes in. Tomorrow is the physical examinations. That’s right. His invisibility will be useful to check which girl has bought it. So here Ayumu goes to school. Butt naked. But(t) cannot be seen. He got himself distracted watching the girls stretch. Yeah, the best closest fanservice scene he’ll ever get. Not careful enough, and he’ll bump into girls and they’ll feel weird like something touched them. Especially Taeko who accidentally got her boobs over his face! At this rate, he’ll die of nose bleed if he’s going to check all the girls. Saras senses something nearby and apprehends this invisible man. But he doesn’t need to show his face for her to know who he is. She knows that butt! Ayumu explains his circumstances so she agrees to help and calls her team to find it. The invisible effect starts wearing off so Ayumu makes it in time to hide in the storeroom. However, Taeko comes in, thinking somewhere is there. Despite seeing Ayumu in his birthday suit, she didn’t panic but remained calm. Ayumu screws up himself trying to explain because things he says doesn’t make sense. Still, Taeko remains calm and takes off her jersey and track bottoms for him to wear. She’s wearing additional clothes underneath. Ayumu then realizes the Philosopher’s Stone is in her pocket and she bought it for 20 Yen from Haruna. She gives it to him. Back home, Ayumu is disheartened to learn this is a fake! Yeah, those words are written on the back of that stone. The real one turns out to be somewhere in his house and thanks to Saras’ team sniffing it out. Relieved and frustrated at what happened, Ayumu accidentally drinks another of Haruna’s juice. This time he can see through clothes! Sera realizes his lecherous face and beats him up followed by Haruna’s repetitive pounding. Don’t worry. He won’t die from all that ;).

Kore Wa Pantsu/Oshiri Desu Ka?
So it seems rather okay. I had my laughing moments here and there. Perhaps the second season didn’t go anywhere much and mostly it felt like a filler. It just showcases Chris as a possible strongest Masou Shoujo but the way I see it, she doesn’t look like a threat. As long as she happily keeps drunk I don’t see of any big scale war between the Underworld and Masou Shoujo. Speaking of which, I think it would have been interesting to see some history between them and how they ended up like that. Where does the vampire ninja fit in all this? Just like how Chris made a cameo at the end of the first season, Lilia did the same so it may be a foreboding of things to come. Perhaps a third season? I’m not too sure since the second season was abruptly and forcefully terminated as stated in the end of the penultimate episode. Were they making a joke out of it?

There were several things that I didn’t understand or maybe I wasn’t paying attention so I went to do some research (read: lazily and briefly reading through Wikipedia) about some of the stuffs and came to know about Megalos. They are recurring monsters created by the Underworld to fend off attacks from Masou Shoujo when both sides were at war. So I guess this is why Megalos seemingly target Masou Shoujo and Haruna in particular. Still, I am not sure if both sides are still at war that the Megalos continue to keep attacking or the system just broke itself somewhere along the line. Because we certainly see Yuu and Nene having no qualms having Haruna and Chris by their side. Maybe it’s just back in their worlds that they become hostile? Being on Earth is a neutral place? Also as I found out, that lab coat guy is a vampire ninja who was also cursed by the queen of Virie for taking part in the uprising along with Chris and Dai-sensei. That’s why I thought this ‘important’ past segment would’ve been much welcomed to explain how things turned out the way they are. It would have also explained what was the hideous crime that Yoru No Ou did before this once ally of Yuu became an antagonist. What about the different warring factions among the vampire ninjas? I suppose after that great Megalo attack at the end of the first season, they put aside their difference and combine their efforts for a greater good. I guess this means the target on Yuu’s life has also been revoked too.

There isn’t anything special about Ayumu. Except by the fact that he is a zombie-cum-masou-Shoujo-cum-whatever-else-he-turns-into-along-the-way guy. I’m sure he has known from the very beginning ever since he has become a zombie, he can kiss goodbye to his peaceful life. Now that he has gotten so used with the company of those girls living with him, I bet he doesn’t want them to leave either. As he now knows the meaning of loneliness, it is true what good would it be alive if you can’t share all that happiness. Might as well be dead. But maybe having a ragtag bunch of oddballs living with you isn’t what anybody would deem as a happy household or life. But then again, that’s them. Take that away and what else do you have left? He might not turn into an ‘M’ but he has sure gotten used to the beatings and insults that come with it. Learn to ‘accept’. Overall, Ayumu may not be the most caring guy in the world, but he still cares for those around him, enough to lend a hand when it is needed. Is it any wonder that all the girls start flocking around him and take a particular interest? If only the harem was more ‘intense’. Who am I kidding? Do I really want to see a cat fight or slug fest between the girls over this useless piece of undead?

So yeah, I guess the ‘interesting’ part is seeing how Ayumu gathers his unofficial harem. Despite being a zombie, he is still a healthy kid and sometimes a pervert only second to Orito. What is the attractiveness of this guy that almost every main and side character girls are taking an interest in him? I’m sure as the main character, he must have some hidden potential or secret power. Oh, I don’t know. Maybe the kind of erotic power that would seal the universe’s fate as well as the Underworld or Virie? Yuu would probably top the list of the one that everybody would speculate will end up with. As the most mysterious among the girls, it’s because she could hardly show any emotions due to the curse she is shouldering. I’m sure she’s staying by his side more than just wanting to keep an eye on him or considering him as her servant. It’s sad that she can’t undo the curse but I guess with Sera and Haruna around the house, I figure their mouths are enough to drive a man (or a zombie in Ayumu’s case) crazy. There’s this ‘beauty’ when a woman doesn’t open her mouth… Oops! Haruna a typical tsundere, you can tell her insults and beatings towards Ayumu are a form of her tough love even if she doesn’t want to admit it. Her body actions are gradually becoming clearer that she harbours feelings for him. So staying with him till her Masou Shoujo powers are replenished seems more and more like an unconvincing excuse. Sometimes I wonder if Haruna is really a genius because she really acts so rash that it makes her seem stupid. But I’m not the one to say since I’m not a smart guy myself -_-. Maybe she’s just hiding her genius away or maybe there is a different definition of what you call a genius in Virie. Things there are done differently, you know? Don’t say. You may be surprised. Sera too is another tsundere though I would consider her ways to be less brash and outspoken compared to Haruna as she is more on the insulting side. So why continue to stay with Ayumu? Well, after failing her mission to kill Yuu and even having her blood flowing through her body (she got killed by Yoru No Ou, remember?), where else has she got to go? And that confirmation from Kyouko means that Sera really likes Ayumu, doesn’t she? So that makes her a tsundere too, right? The only thing that never changes in her is her poisonous cooking that will even destroy hell itself! It burns through…

For the rest of the girls, Tomonori initially forced herself to love Ayumu but as you can see, she gradually falls in love with him for real and doesn’t keep reminding us about the tradition she has to stick to. It’s like we’ve almost forgotten about it. Likewise with Saras. She loves his ass. What an odd place to fall for a guy. I know guys would love a girl’s ass or breasts but this is the first time that I’m hearing this for a girl. In time, this girl also comes to love Ayumu for real as a whole and not only his ass. Just like how I notice Sera stopped using her habitual and similar Tsubamegaeshi move on just about everything. Thus if you want to truly love Ayumu, you need to love him for every part that makes him the guy he is now and not just a single organ. Yup. That includes loving his spilling guts as well. The most surprising love confession has got to be from Kyouko. First she killed him and then planned a revenge just to confess her feelings. I feel that Chris’ weakness plot was just a ploy to temporarily break out of prison to let out her feelings before she is imprisoned for a long time. If mad serial killers like Kyouko could even fall for this dude, what are the chances of other girls? Even Dai-sensei, Chris and Nene take an interest in him but what are the chances that their feelings will turn serious? Don’t even discount the possibility for Lilia too. Dai-sensei is like a cool cat. She doesn’t really get mad or upset and is just cool all the way. You don’t really know what to predict with her. Chris and Nene can be kept happy as long as you give them something to drink over. If Chris doesn’t seem like a threat (for now), I don’t see why Ayumu needs to go all the way out to find her weakness. Maybe just in case. But it led him to confront and conquer his own inner enemies, right? Sort of. So last and perhaps not least is Taeko. Clearly I suspected her for having feelings for Ayumu before her confession at the end of the first season’s OVA since she did appear in the credits… Taeko did have her moments with Ayumu but it feels it doesn’t go anywhere. Not that her shy nature helped anyway. Finally about Kanami, she is the only other girl I see who doesn’t have a shred of interest in Ayumu. Probably it’s because she is more towards Orito. Ah, I guess even secondary loser guys need to have a girl. So all is not lost ;p.

If the drawing and art feels somewhat similar, then it is because Studio Deen produces this anime so you might see shades of Seitokai No Ichizon and Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni. Some of the slapstick comedy is pretty humorous. Especially when it involves Ayumu bearing the brunt of misfortune. Whether it’s trying to avoid direct sunlight or the humiliation of becoming a cross-dressing pervert (it’s an either or situation since becoming a Masou Shoujo negates his sunlight weakness) or items being shoved up his ass that may ultimately contribute to his ‘awakening’, call me a sadist but such repetitive jokes seem funny only because it happens to Ayumu and not me -_-. It gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘pain in the ass’. Be warned, though. There is quite an amount of blood spilled here. Sometimes for funny scenes and sometimes during fight scenes. If you are weak against blood even if it’s just animation, then clearly stay away. But I won’t go so far as to say the gore will make you sick unless you are that kind of weak person. I mean, Ayumu as a zombie, you would see his limbs being amputated and flying all over the place, right? This anime isn’t without its fanservice bits because with Sera and Tomonori having the biggest racks among the girls, how could you not focus your eyes on them when you have the chance? Unless you’re gay… Will being called a kuso mushi be worth it? Then the big turn off… Seeing Ayumu in shima pantsu!!! ARGH! My eyes!!! But still funny…

One of the most amusing sections in the series is the next episode preview. It isn’t really so much about the narration about the next episode. Heck, I don’t think there is ever a proper one because they are just ranting away. In the first season, we had still pictures of the characters in the series but what it’s stated on screen is what makes it funny. Lasting for several episodes per picture, it starts off with Ayumu in Masou Shoujo outfit (trying to shield his eyes) with ‘bio data’ such as previous job (zombie), type (uke/sadistic), charm points (super regenerating ability) and even quotes to do his best and watch his true form. I think he is really getting into his Masou Shoujo role here. Even quips that F-cup size doesn’t match his figure or getting hooked if you let him torture your sensitive parts. Wow. There is even his 3 sizes! Do you really want to know about that?! I think Ayumu’s one has got to be the funniest of the lot. Others include Haruna’s tsundere cafe (“It’s, it’s not that I want to…”), Yuu’s try at sports (lacrosse? Tennis? Hunting with a mace?) and a comparison of boobs from the vampire ninjas (would you like regular, large or extra large service?). For the second season, we see 3 delusional Yuus at a time ranting about in this personal space of theirs. Is this inside of Ayumu’s mind? Well, it’s their chance to go wild. Plus, the background is a fanservice picture of Yuu. Whether it is talking about Ayumu, making plastic models, making porridge or playing King Game, the original Yuu sure isn’t amused. I guess the ultimate one came when original Yuu did some (censored) yaoi comic rendition of Ayumu that got the delusional Yuus to instantly ‘fall in love’ and get ‘turned on’. Maybe that’s why the series got forced termination ;p. The delusions shall not lead us astray! As for the mid-intermission, it is also funny but feels like a take-two comic with the characters usually in chibi drawing.

Although there are scenes where Yuu opens her mouth and speaks in her own voice, you might also notice that the delusional Yuus that Ayumu conjures have different seiyuus for each different episode. Well, their name did scroll across the screen. Midori Tsukimiya is the voice for the original Yuu and because of her soft-spoken voice, it is different from her livelier roles like Yuka Iseda from Ebiten and Tsukuru from R-15. As for the delusional Yuus, they comprise a good mix of popular and unknown seiyuus. Seiyuus like Kikuko Inoue, Yui Horie, Kimiko Koyama, Tomoko Kaneda and Aya Hisakawa all play their cameo part in this but it is tough (for me) to actually realize it is their voice despite the onscreen notice. That’s because they are putting up that cutesy and lovely voice that makes it oh so hard to discern. Except for Yuu Kobayashi whose natural voice isn’t all that shrieky cute. Oops. Sorry. I’m sure you’d be swept away by the cuteness of the delusions that would make you unable to differentiate between the different voices. Iori Nomizu as Haruna reminds me of her other loudmouth role as Mirai in Itsuka Tenma No Kurousagi and Deadman Wonderland’s Minatsuki when she’s in psycho mode. Sera is played by Youko Hikasa and she does give the character a commanding high and might air around her. A bit something like Rias in High School DxD. Ai Shimizu really makes Dai-sensei/Ariel sound like a cool and though her character doesn’t get emotional unlike her other character roles with her trademark shrieky voice (Mikoto in Mai-HiME, Koyori in Sola, Sherwood in Kaibutsu Oujo). Hisako Kanemoto as Tomonori certainly didn’t sound like a squid girl like she played in Shinryaku! Ika Musume like I hoped for. What was I thinking? De Geso… Not. Other casts include Junji Majima as Ayumu (Kinji in Hidan No Aria), Aya Gouda as Saras (Q-feuille in Kiddy Girl -and), Hitomi Nabatame as Chris (Margery Daw in Shakugan No Shana), Ami Koshimizu as Nene (Nodoka in Saki), Rie Yamaguchi as Taeko (Yurako in Kamisama Dolls), Mina as Kanami (Sohara in Sora No Otoshimono), Hiroyuki Yoshino as Orito (Briefs in Panty And Stocking With Garterbelt), Noriko Shitaya as Kyouko (Sakura in Fate/Stay Night), Koji Yusa as Yoru No Ou (Kyousuke Hyoubu in Zettai Karen Children) and Itsuki Takizawa as Anderson (Sommer in Kiddy Girl -and).

The opening themes of both seasons are sung by the seiyuu of Haruna. Though the rock outfit may suit the pace of the series, somehow I just feel that Haruna shouldn’t be singing. You know what I’m saying? Maybe geniuses won’t want to hear it from a stupid person like me. The first season’s opening theme, Makasete Tonight is rather okay but I think the second season’s opening piece, ***Passionate feels a little unbearable. I don’t know. Maybe it’s something like Haruna’s death dance. Whenever I hear this song, my hair starts to stand on ends. For the first season’s ending theme, Kizuite Zombie-sama Watashi Wa Classmate Desu by Rie Yamaguchi with Manzo, it sounds like a weird mambo carnival song mixed with some video game sound effects in certain parts. The animation is equally weird. While Haruna dances like an energetic idiot, Yuu is just well, do you call that slow movements a dance? Swaying her hands and feet slowly, left to right, right to left… And Ayumu who has the worst part, apart from being dehydrated from the sun, thought he could revive by getting naughty by pressing some girl’s nipples. Turns out to be Orito!!!!! Instant death!!! For the second season, the ending theme is Koi No Beginner Nan Desu by Rie Yamaguchi too, which plays to a faster pop beat. Once more, the animation has Ayumu drawing the short end of the stick. Already dying like a zombie, we see him gradually reviving as he fantasizes his harem girls puckering their lips and preparing to kiss him. Till he gets a real kiss from Orito in the end. Instant death once more!!!! And yeah, if Haruna had stuck a flower in his ass in the first season, she sticks another one here. Look how beautiful it blooms into a bouquet? Oh wow. His ass is really something. Both ending themes I feel are a place for Taeko to sing her unrequited feelings for Ayumu as I noticed. Well, if you want to rank Ayumu’s harem girls, she is the one who would be at the bottom in terms of opportunity, closeness, aggressiveness and just about everything else. There are also a number of insert songs in both seasons with many of them coming from Saras as she doubles as an idol such as Kirakira Diamond, Ettou Santora Kaikyou, Machibito Love Song and Kyuuketsu Venus (duet with Sera). Sung by others include Sugao (Yuu), Sorya Masou Desho! Rock’n Roll (Haruna), Mata Ashita Ne (Taeko) and Minna Mo Ii Na (Tomonori).

I don’t think being a zombie is going to be a cool Hollywood trend though we have a rage of movies and series not only on this undead but vampires and werewolves as well. You can ask Ayumu all the trouble he went through of being one as well as a Masou Shoujo. Not pretty, I guarantee. Well, as long as he doesn’t turn into a mindless brain eating undead, I guess we can all get along fine since we can’t really tell if a zombie, Masou Shoujo, necromancer or vampire ninja are living among us. That’ll be just bad publicity if somebody gets to know if you’re one or more of the above. Worse than being alive. If I am ever going to turn into a Masou Shoujo under unusual circumstances, I’ll try not to expose the underwear that I am wearing. Who knows how many ‘casualties’ I would have racked up and worse, somebody would start loving my ass and upload them on Facebook! That will be a major dis-ass-ter I ass-sure you.

Sankarea

December 23, 2012

Tell me. What kind of girls do you like? Pretty? Fair? Tall? Sexy? Big busts? Mmm… That’s normal… What did you say? You like dead girls? WTF? Dead as in the living dead? As in zombies?! What kind of a sicko are you to like zombie girls anyway?! You want to get your brains chewed out by the undead? It doesn’t matter, you say? You like zombie girls and nothing is going to change your mind about it? Forgive me if the last few sentences seem like questions but I guess to each his own. To many of us guys, the ideal girl we would love to have at least should have one of those traits I mentioned above. So for one who have such a weird taste in zombies, would he be considered a deviant? I don’t know any guys who like zombie girls but for one guy in particular in Sankarea, well, he became the first guy in my life to like them.

People, meet Chihiro Furuya. To describe him in a word, he is a zombie lover. Okay, make that two words. He loves those undead creatures so much that seasoned horror movie goers are like babies in comparison. Anything that has to do with zombies, he loves them. Look at his room filled with zombie memorabilia. And he is the son of a temple priest… He even dreams of having a zombie girlfriend and kissing her! I know. But that’s not really impossible in the first place, right? Good thing he knows how to differentiate between reality and fantasy but it doesn’t hurt to keep on dreaming, right? But one day Chihiro may get his wish come true when the daughter of the wealthy and noble family, Rea Sanka in a twist of events commits suicide and is somewhat resurrected. Now Chihiro has to take responsibility of sheltering her and also find a way to preserve her decaying body without raising the alarm bells. Imagine the chaos if you are found to be harbouring a zombie in your room.

Episode 0
Actually this special episode came out after 3/4 of the series. I started off the series by watching this episode first, which is a flashback episode that entails the events that happened 7 months ago before the fated meeting between Chihiro and Rea. It opens with Rea’s overprotective father, Danichirou taking nude photographs of her daughter. He calls it love. From this very first moment, you’ll know he is the character whom you want to hate so bad. Those three moles on his forehead doesn’t make him Buddha or some North Star thingy but a villain psychopath that everybody wants to shoot down worse than a zombie. Meanwhile, Chihiro reluctantly follows his father Doon, sister Mero and cousin Ranko Saouji (whom Chihiro is always calling Wanko – dog) to Tohoku to sort out some huge library collection belonging to Doon’s brother and donate this vast collection of to the community archive. There is also talk about their late mother Yuzuna whom Doon refrains from speaking about. She was loved and kind. That’s all they need to know. She was gone a very long time ago so the kids don’t quite remember her. Meanwhile Rea gets abused by her drunk mother, Aria. She thinks her daughter is getting all the attention from dad and is acting like the victim whereas she gets none. So what does she want Rea to do? Die. Second character to be noted on the hate list. Chihiro and the rest start cleaning up the archive. Let’s say it’s going to take time because the books are piled up to the ceiling! Book lovers’ paradise if not for some of them to be very old and fragile. Chihiro is a zombie lover as expected doesn’t have the necessary stamina to clean up. The girls even put him to shame but he isn’t bothered. So remember, watching too much zombie movies and not getting the necessary workout could lead to very poor stamina levels.

While resting, Chihiro spots a picture of his mother in one of the books. The wind blows it off his hand and into a hole on the wooden floor. Reaching his hand to retrieve a box, he finds a book on resurrection. Talking to his uncle, he analyzes the book is not of any worth and thinks someone wrote it as a prank. Rea is considering Aria’s words if she would be really happy if she disappeared but her head is in too much pain from last night’s hangover. As reward for helping cleaning out the books, uncle tells them about some beautiful waterfall nearby and they can get there via walking. Chihiro didn’t want to go but since they can’t leave the girls going by themselves, he is forced to be a man. I think he preferred to be a zombie. Besides, I figure Chihiro will be the one who will need the saving. While walking, Chihiro was reading that resurrection book that he didn’t pay attention when the road forks itself into two. Needless to say, he got separated from the girls by the time he realized it. He enters the hotspring area and soaks his legs. Little does he know, Rea is bathing in it. Thanks to the mist, they can’t see each other. Till their hands meet. Rea starts attacking him with a stick but he makes a run for it. In the end when they leave, only Chihiro didn’t get to see the waterfall. Yeah, it must be so worthwhile for the girls. Chihiro is still intrigued with the resurrection book in hand. He notes whenever he thinks of this trip, faint memories of his mother come to mind. Meanwhile Rea approaches a well and lets out her scream of frustration.

Episode 1
The series proper begins with Rea shouting down the well as Chihiro in a nearby abandoned building as the sole witness. We are also introduced to Chihiro’s obsession with zombies, his family members that also include his senile grandpa Jogorou and pet cat Babu. One day Babu died in a truck accident and that was the first time he felt a loss of his family member (remember, his mom died so long ago he barely remembers her). It made him realize how fragile and fleeting life was. He became desperate. Remembering the book of resurrection he took back from Tohoku, despite the contents with loads of rubbish, he decides to give it a shot. What is he going to lose anyway? So he tries mixing several ingredients to concoct a potion but no desired results yielded. Also, the sight of Rea’s nightly visit to the place. On his way to school, he learns from his perverted loser friend, Yasutaka and quiet buddy Mogi about Sanka Girls’ Academy. The newly enrolled girl of the school is Rea and what a beauty she is. Especially when she is the daughter of the director of the school. Forget it Yasutaka. She’s out of your league. Untouchable. Back home, Chihiro gets a rude awakening by Ranko making her usual visit. You can tell this childhood friend has a crush on him. But because of his zombie obsession, you know why lah. I think she coming here to return and borrow his zombie videos is just an excuse to see him.

Back to his resurrection experiment, there is one page which is blurred out. The page that needs him to mix some poisonous herb for the concoction. So it’s trial and error. Then here we go again. Rea walks up to the well. Yells “I want to be free!”. Some drama for Chihiro. Till he heard her say something about her father taking nude photos of her. So surprised that he dropped his ‘film refreshment’ and this alerts Rea. Embarrassed, she wants him not to tell anybody about this. In fact, she feels like dying and want to reborn as a different person. Yeah, rich people have it tough as what Chihiro understands. Rea also learns about his resurrection experiment. He knows he is selfish to wake Babu up from his peaceful slumber but can’t help it. He wants to see him move again. Rea supports his idea as her father a neat freak won’t even allow her to keep pets. Chihiro then says since Rea mentioned she wanted to die, maybe he could test this potion on her and turn her into a zombie. Just kidding! Rea dismisses she has dated in her life before so Chihiro also explains he has no interests in living woman. This prompts Rea to ask if she becomes a zombie, he’ll take responsibility of her. Well, he’s thinking about it. Well, that enthusiasm on her face doesn’t look good.

Episode 2
After 5 days, Babu still remains a corpse. After this, Chihiro might just give up or give Rea eat its corpse! Just joking! Rea thinks she knows what other poisonous herb is missing and goes to get them. Rea narrates her father’s extreme love. She had lots of maids took care of her but the slightest blooper even if it’s not their fault, that maid is never seen again. When Rea was young, she never realized the harm in getting pictures of her nude body taken. It was only when she grew older that she realized something was wrong. Even at school she always felt the presence of her father’s subordinate. Juri Nakadai was the girl she considered her first friend allowed since her family was quite respectable. She thought everything would be alright till she confide in her about the nude photos. Her friend viewed it as wrong and should speak up. After all, Juri often quarrelled with her father so it’s normal. This was something that she would later come to regret. When she tells father about it, he tries to brainwash her it is the kind of love that nobody else will understand. She isn’t convinced. Knowing that somebody had ‘poisoned’ her mind, Danichirou made his move. Soon Juri’s family faces lots of hardship even though they didn’t know what they do wrong and is forced to move. Juri blames Rea for everything, thinking she had offended her or something and parted ways. Her last words were she shouldn’t have become her friend. Danichirou continues his pure love for Rea taking nude photos for her as Rea resigns herself to hold it in if it means preventing someone else suffering from it.

Chihiro wonders Rea is taking too long and sees her trying to climb down a cliff dangerously. He manages to pull her back up before she slips. She’s not worried because he’ll resurrect her, right? If the potion works. The flower she had taken is hydrangea. There are lots of them blooming around her house as this flower is also her family’s crest. Chihiro finishes mixing and pours it down Babu’s throat. Nothing happens. I guess that’s it. End of experiment. Noticing Rea had sprained her ankle from that slip, he decides to offer her a ride home. He should be more tact in carrying a lady like that. Rea thinks to herself how she yearns to be a normal girl and laugh with everyone. That’s why she wants to be reborn again. At the bottom of the hill, Rea wants Chihiro to drop him off here since she will be using a shortcut up back to her mansion. It’ll be bad if her father finds out about this. Yeah, you don’t know how scary he is. Little did Rea know, her father has spotted them via his binoculars from his room. Chihiro goes home and didn’t expect Ranko to be at his place. She gets suspicious over his activities. I mean, why did he buy packs of ice for? Then she opens the box that contains Babu’s corpse and suddenly Babu jumps out and flies into the night sky!!! What just happened?! Rea is in her room and she couldn’t take anymore of this. She’d rather die than live in a cage. She had stolen a small ounce of the potion and even though she knows the resurrection won’t work, at least the poison is enough to kill her. She swallows it.

Episode 3
Morning comes and Rea wakes up. I guess the poison didn’t work either. Well. Back to life. Back to hell. Aria chides Rea for going out so late because it would damage her reputation. Danichirou tells her to stop yelling at Rea so she leaves. Rea continues to be submissive to her father, much to his delight. When the butler comes in, Rea is prompted to leave. But she eavesdrops and hears the butler telling Danichirou about the boy Rea was with last night. The only answer for Chihiro: Castrate him! Oh sh*t! Meanwhile Chihiro is trying to get Babu down from tree. He’s so happy Babu is back from the dead. I’m not sure if Ranko is convinced. Mero is unmoved because she has long accepted her brother is a zombie loving pervert! When Jogorou asks about the commotion, Mero tells him Chihiro adopted a cat that looked like Babu and claimed he resurrected it. Grandpa only heard the resurrected line and got excited. Chihiro and Ranko follow Babu walking throughout the city. I think Ranko’s waist was too big so she got stuck in the middle of a drain! Chihiro left her stuck there just to go after Babu! Elsewhere Yasutaka is lamenting his loser problems to Mogi when never in his wildest dreams Rea appears before him! Unfortunately she is asking about Chihiro. That lucky bastard! Of all people, why him?! She needs to warn him about the castration. Eh? Do such words ever leave such a lady’s mouth? Anyway she leaves but unknown to her the butler is watching her every move and reporting to Danichirou. Chihiro follows Babu to the bottom of the cliff filled with hydrangea and sees the cat chewing on its leaves. Rea is walking precariously on the narrow strip of path on the cliff’s top when to her surprise Danichirou and his butler pop up. He wants her to come home but she slaps his hand away. She summons enough courage to ask father to give her freedom. What freedom? Freedom to leave the house? Freedom to love? Knowing she just wants to go see Chihiro, he forcefully drags her home. Suddenly Babu appears and the sight of this filthy cat shocks him. Rea is delighted to see Babu resurrected but her father tries to whip it away. As Rea protects Babu, she accidentally falls off the cliff. Oh no! Halfway down, he body got pierced by a tree! Oh sh*t! OUCH! Chihiro had seen everything and hopes this is not a bad joke. Come back to life! Come back! Oh. He got his wish. Rea stands back up! No way! The effect was still there although she drank the potion some time ago. So Chihiro. Remember your promise about taking responsibility?

Episode 4
Danichirou thanks God for this miracle. But Rea told him she has been reborn. She is no longer human. Shocking, no? Aria confronts him after hearing the maids talk about Rea. He is in a daze. Her daughter died, stood back up and left him. All Aria care about is if this word gets out, her position as the school’s chairman is in jeopardy. Realizing Rea may have gone with Chihiro, Danichirou labels him as the source of evil and will free Rea with his pure love. Thanks to her stitching classes, Rea is able to stitch back her own wound! A perk of being a zombie is that she feels no pain. So she’s bumming around in his room. He doesn’t know what to make of this. Should he be happy? Should he be worried? Should she act more like a zombie? Basically her idea of him taking care of her is to let her experience a normal girl’s life she never had. Going to the summer festival should be a nice start. Suddenly Ranko’s voice is heard outside his window. She’s going to make him pay for ditching her in the drain this morning. He doesn’t want her up his room. Better let her know it’s porn that Rea. Chihiro talks to Ranko at the river bank and about Babu’s fate. Then he gets another annoyance he could do less off. Yeah, Yasutaka is not happy. Or so it seems. He wants Chihiro the God to introduce him to Rea. Then it hit Chihiro that Rea had become the zombie girl he had always wanted. Rea decides to go take a shower but didn’t count on Jogorou coming in. He thinks Sada has come back to him and starts glomping her! Rea runs away in time before she gets molested. Mero comes back and learns from happy grandpa that Sada is back from the dead. Mero reminds him grandma’s name is Kiyo. Oh hell… Suddenly the old man doesn’t know what he’s doing in the first place. When Chihiro gets back, he sees Rea sprawled all over the floor only clad in a towel. Zombies don’t catch a cold. They don’t get stomach pains either. He is ecstatic with his dream coming true. Actually Rea points out she can’t move. She feels her body has hardened. Chihiro fears something is wrong and touches her body. Though Rea is full of life, he never noticed her body is dead. This means her flesh is naturally rotting away. In a month, she’ll be all bones. He must do something to preserve her body. Or else how can he let her experience a normal girl’s life, right?

Episode 5
Chihiro asks Mero about the book of preservation she had. Unfortunately she lent it to a friend. He turns on the air-cond in his room to full power and since he can’t leave her lying on his bed, he moves her to the closet. Do zombies weight this heavy? Or is it just Rea? Oh wait! Chihiro lacks physical stamina. Ranko meets a friend of hers who is worried about Rea because she hasn’t been attending school for the past few days. She shows her pictures of Rea whom every first year knows and the idol that she is being worshipped to some. Ranko learns that something must have happened to Rea since she heard from her friend that the maids in the house are panicking. Chihiro is helping to clean the temple as Doon asks him about the taking in another cat right after Babu’s death. Chihiro dismisses it and this is the real Babu himself and got grandpa’s support to back him up. Grandpa starts laughing that the resurrection medicine he made had Babu and Sada resurrected. Yeah, who the hell is Sada? Chihiro is suddenly interested in the resurrection medicine but grandpa loses his memory on what he was talking about. It made Chihiro think that if grandpa really made it, then he might know something about preserving corpses too. Mero wants to clean his room so Chihiro had to lie he loves cleaning and will do it himself. Ranko comes by for her usual delivery. Then she relays the news that Rea is missing. It could be a problem because her family is one the temple’s regulars. Ranko then cooks up a story that she may have eloped in a forbidden love and turned into a zombie. Ranko leaves but remembers the need to borrow a zombie movie. She lets herself in to Chihiro’s room to browse. Finding the room very cold, she also finds a long strand of black hair. She opens the closet but doesn’t find anything. Don’t look up because Rea is on the ceiling! CREEPY!!! Too late! Rea attacks and drops on her. In a state of shock, Rea proceeds to molest Ranko’s delicious boobs and rip her shirt apart! Then she licks them! Are zombies perverts? The familiar scream has Chihiro rushing all the way back to his room and sees Ranko being violated by a zombie! Then Rea jumps onto Chihiro and in the process, kisses him. That’s another wish come true for him.

Episode 6
Just as Ranko suspected and feared, Chihiro is keeping Rea in his room and since he refused to let her see a doctor means she must be a zombie. Ranko accuses him for being a murderer and would go this far to make his zombie girlfriend come true! She’s going to call the police! But save that for latter because Rea is acting strange. They see her crawl out on the rooftop to follow Babu. Chihiro wants Ranko to go get Jogorou who is in the bath now. Chihiro follows Rea and is surprised to see the girl and cat eating hydrangea leaves over the fence. He notices life coming back to her eyes and realizes the hydrangea’s poison extends the effects. Ranko manages to get Jogorou (not after a series of molestation) and he explains about the potion that if a zombie is left alone after giving the potion, it will gradually fade away till it becomes a corpse again. Things he needs to do to preserve the body include regular exercise, low temperatures and regular doses of hydrangea leaves (Ranko’s molestation continues). Then he notes that although the decay can be delayed, it cannot be stopped. Just when he is about to get to the important part, Ranko whacks him and turns him back to the senile old man. Bummer. Doon sees Rea and realizes she is that missing girl. Chihiro pleads for him to allow her to live here though he can’t explain the details. Doon agrees because for the first time he has decided to take responsibility for something other than zombies. Plus, this temple used to be a refuge in the past and he has no reasons to stop him. So with that permission, Rea doesn’t need to hide anymore. Does this mean they’ve been living secretly? Oops. This doesn’t sit well with Ranko despite her putting up her usual tomboy moves on Chihiro and calling him a skirt chaser. So Chihiro starts making his observation diary to preserve Rea. He lets her use his room while he camps outside. Seems Rea has no recollection of the kiss. She also has her mental limiters shut off, which means she is stronger than an ordinary human. Chihiro proceeds to record every second of Rea. Like a stalker. I think he’s enjoying it. Knowing Rea can’t eat food, at least he can fake it and make it seem like she is eating by taking the food up to the room. Ranko brings some clothes over for Rea. Chihiro also observes that Rea and Babu might still be the same inside, they’re still no longer living beings. Taking Rea out for a night walk (to exercise), he continues observing how the world doesn’t know that a zombie is walking among them. It’s just like an everyday life. Rea is grateful to Chihiro because if not for him, she wouldn’t have been free. But the problem now is to stop the decay. Since he is thinking too much, he didn’t look before crossing the road. He could’ve been roadkill like Babu had Rea not pull him back. But too strong she pulled him that he was flung into a tree. Seeing his bruised elbow, she licks it. Does it hurt? Of course. But a zombie girl licking it…

Episode 7
We take a breather from the living boy and zombie girl as this episode is about Ranko and her relationship with Chihiro. Her family runs an inn and she helps out. Sometimes Chihiro comes to help in the kitchen and her mother would tease them like the perfect couple they look. She even encourages them to go for it if there’s a chance! Further flashback reveals she first met Chihiro when she was young and lost at a grave while her family was holidaying here. It was love at first sight. Her prince charming. Soon Doon introduced Chihiro and she promised to befriend him. She found out his love for zombies and would prefer to stick indoors watching them rather than going out. The only way is to turn off the video and force him out. Along the way, a couple of boys start picking on Chihiro and made him cry! It dawned to Ranko that the prince she envisioned turned out to be a zombie lover-cum-cry-baby. By the time she was to go home, she was over with him. Back in reality as Chihiro is forced to help Ranko with her delivery, Yasutaka the eternal loser once more blows his top to see them ‘dating’. He laments all the girls always flock to him despite himself declaring so proud of being a pervert. Maybe that’s why the girls stay away from him. The flashback continues with Ranko narrating it was not only 2 years later she saw Chihiro again. Her family moved to this town to open an inn. Though she had gotten over her crush, she wanted to be a good playmate. He still hadn’t given up his zombie obsession and her mom had a soft spot for him. This only made her depressed. One day accompanying Chihiro to get a movie (guess what genre he got?), they end up arguing what kind of movies they like. She takes the video and wants to exchange it for another one. Along the way, a giant black dog growls fiercely at her. Chihiro was scared but he picked up a metal pipe and started swinging to scare the dog away. It was when her love for him rekindled. Asking him the kind of girls he wants to kiss, guess his answer? He wants to smooch a zombie girl! Back in reality as the duo finish up their delivery, Chihiro is going to part when Ranko pins him to the wall! What is she going to do?! Seems like she is going to kiss him but backs out. She runs away and couldn’t get the scene of Rea kissing him out of her head. At the hilltop, she yells at the top of her lungs she won’t lose out. Living girl versus zombie girl. The odds are heavily stacked on her.

Episode 8
Though Rea joins the family at the dinner table, but can Chihiro stop filming her? It’s rude and invasion of privacy! Even zombies have a right to privacy! We hear more of his observations that she doesn’t need to use the toilet (good news for men, eh?) and how he is expecting to cough up hydrangea leave balls like Babu did after every munch. No such hope. In exchange to film her, she wants him to take her out shopping. I guess he is fine since she’s a zombie. Meanwhile Ranko’s heart is unsettled. She can’t help think she’ll lose Chihiro to that zombie girl. But no over fretting over it now as she joins Mero and her friends in another bath. Unknown to Chihiro and Rea, Danichirou has sent 3 guys to observe them. When the time is right, they will kidnap Rea once she is alone. Danichirou comments that Rea thinks she may have attained freedom but that freedom is fake. She will have her come back to him and teach her the true meaning of freedom. In the haunted house, it is ironic to see Chihiro scared of ghosts! WTF?! Even Rea is faring better and commenting and the stitching. WTF?! While taking a break, Rea is so happy Chihiro is taking care of her that she is close to tears. If only she had tears. He thought he knew everything there is about a zombie, eh? You learn something new every day. When Chihiro leaves to get something to eat, suddenly the perpetrators make their move. Oh wait. It’s Yasutaka. His annoying loser personality is kicking up as he tries to make Rea go out with him. Danichirou’s men decide to wait and see what follows. Rea can’t go out into the direct sunlight so the underlings think this is now or never. In a slick cooperative move, two of them grab Rea while the other one knocks out Yasutaka. He didn’t know what hit him. But Rea fights back and her supernatural strength means the perpetrators are unable to keep a hold on to her. She is swinging the bench chair around in panic! Chihiro rushes to the commotion only to see things have died down and she thanking him for coming to her rescue. What did he do? But the baddies aren’t out yet. Change of plans. They bundle Chihiro into their car instead. They report about the blunder to Danichirou and thought of dropping him somewhere to try and retrieve Rea again. But he wants the boy brought to him. He is going to settle this once and for all.

Episode 9
We take a break from that kidnap to bring to you an episode on Mero now! The events happen right after her brother takes in Rea. In class, Mero is part of a 3-member Occult Club with Ichie Shinoda and Miko Yasaka as the other members. Ichie is excited to go find more zombies after reading reports on its sightings. Miko points out they already have one: Mero. Haha! That’s a good one. I mean, she wants to uncover a real zombie. They think their art teacher Mizuki Yamanouchi is suspicious. Ichie saw her feeding something that moved in her bag and there’s blood dripping from her mouth too. They’re going to find evidence she’s a zombie. So as they hide in the art room and wait for her arrival, I guess the ‘horrifying’ sight gave them away. It is revealed that she was feeding her pet crocodile with liver. Worried it might escape while home alone, that’s why she brought it to school and feed it after school hours. Since the liver she cooked looked delicious, she can’t help try some and got food poisoning (this describes her weight loss). With her case a ‘solved’, Miko tells something interesting. One day on her way home, she smelled something like boiled corpse. She followed the smell which leads her to a couple’s house and saw them boiling body parts! But it turns out the couple were experimenting to make a new recipe for his ramen menu using pig bones. The corpse smell was the garbage from the ingredients they used. Despite the ramen reeking with corpse smell, it tastes very good! Surprise, surprise. Hey, wait. There’s no zombie in this story! Yeah, Miko thought the ramen tasted better than zombies. Now it’s Mero’s turn. She points out a real zombie is living in her house. Ichie is excited but after describing non-zombie-like traits (zombies are vegetarians because they eat hydrangea leaves?), Ichie realizes she might have been fooled because the ‘zombie’ may be her brother’s delusions. So much for that. Oh, you don’t know it’s just right under your nose. Ichie accidentally brings up the topic of her mother so this has Mero remember the only thing about her. Her bandaged hands were very cold. Mero is praying at her mother’s grave when Rea comes by. She praises Mero for doing a good job taking care of things. Well, if the men in her household were more responsible, she’d had it easy. Rea offers to help and this scene reminds Mero of her mother. She looks so much like her. Mero flusters and her face all red. Rea wonders what is wrong and touches her forehead. The cold feeling of her hands felt like her mother’s! In that moment, Mero blurted out “Mama”. She realized what she’s doing and got embarrassed. While running away, she tripped and bruised herself. She lets Rea treat her. Next day when she shows a picture of beautiful Rea as the zombie to her friends, Ichie really feels she has been bamboozled. How can zombies be this beautiful?! But for Mero, she felt something of her mother in Rea.

Episode 10
Chihiro is tied up in a room in Danichirou’s mansion. The maid was polite to tell him she had orders not to free him. Aria comes in and talks bad about her daughter. Now she’s a zombie, she reeks more, eh? How can a mother talk like this about her daughter? On the contrary, Rea is not her daughter and she has not given birth her life. This means Aria is Danichirou’s second wife and Rea is the child from his first. Now it’s time for some back story. All the maids were once hired to be Danichirou’s potential wife. Each of them had their pedigree and education so not every woman who wants to work here can simply become one. Aria was one of these maids too. Aria became a maid when Danichirou was a graduate student. All the maids tried to appeal to him but were never successful. Thoughts that he wasn’t interested in women even surfaced but Aria didn’t give up because no men have resisted her charms. So she worked hard and paid detail to his needs and slowly he began calling her more often. But in the end, he was not swayed by her too. One day they had a fencing event in the mansion for a community service where all the disabled in the area were invited. Danichirou was a participant and naturally won. However he was not happy with the easy win it’s like as though they purposely lost. Well, the Sanka family contributed lots to the fencing association so it was a foregone conclusion he would win the competition every year. Till he met this wheelchair girl who mentions it is a sin to show disrespect. Even if the match was fixed, as long as he practiced, the efforts he put in were real. He was struck with her words and soon proposed to that 15 year old. Of course this was met with lots of objection from his family because she’s a commoner. However Danichirou will forgo his inheritance to marry her. They continue to protest but he threatens them that anymore of this, they will incur his wrath. After leaving them speechless, he married her.

Soon after Rea was born, she died. He sank into depression. So bad that he looked like a living zombie. Aria continued to take care of him till he recovered. Then at last, she thought he won over him when he married her. But after years of marriage, Danichirou never looked at her as a woman. The marriage was because he thought Rea needed a mother figure. But even that was unnecessary as he was the one attending to Rea’s every need. She could only watch from a distance. One day the butler tells Aria it is time to give up pursuing for Danichirou’s attention. Through a secret hole in the wall, he lets her peep the hideous act of Danichirou taking photos of naked Rea. I guess that’s when she lost it. In the end Danichirou kept doting on that girl while longing for her mother so how can Rea be Aria’s mother? Aria tries to seduce Chihiro with her body, trying to convince him that this is way better than a zombie. Too bad madam, he’s only interested in zombie girls. And that’s a fact. Aria breaks down that nobody gives her any attention. Somehow Babu manages to get in the room and she thought this cat loves her. Till Chihiro points out it’s a zombie. Get away! The maid wheels Chihiro away to Danichirou while Aria is left to envy him. He’s actually paying attention to him while she received none. I guess the need-to-go-to-the-toilet trick won’t work because the maid will gladly clean up where he does his business. In the room filled with pictures of Rea, Chihiro comes face to face with the mad man himself. Danichirou thanks him for everything because of that, his desire to protect Rea burns stronger now. But yet, he won’t forgive him. This is a fine mess he’s gotten into, eh? Rea hails a taxi to rush back to her mansion while Yasutaka is still out cold.

Episode 11
When Rea enters her home, the maids tell her under Danichirou’s orders, they can’t let her see him. Then they capture her and tie her up. Much to Rea’s dismay, the maids are having fun putting on cosplay costumes on her! So cute! She has had enough of it and breaks out from her chains. Chihiro is wheeled into the fencing dojo where they will settle to see who gets custody over Rea. Since Chihiro doesn’t know how to fence, Danichirou gives him the freedom to use any sword or any martial arts stance. He doesn’t even know a single one. So why does Rea want to be with a man who lacks any talent and skill? Suddenly Chihiro takes off his helmet and starts laughing. He’s pretty bold to start mocking Danichirou! At least he’s got the balls to do it! He tells him this custody battle is futile and for him to take nude pictures of his daughter, he is just a creep. No wonder she wants to run away. Instead of seeing who can protect her, they should worry what Rea wants. Rea has the right to decide on her own life (despite she’s undead now). He points out he is more interested in restraining than protecting her. The last straw came when Chihiro mentions it must be hard on Rea to be treated as his wife’s replacement. Danichirou is so mad that he trusts his epee through Chihiro’s chest! Danichirou reminds him he has the power to erase his existence and has underestimated him. Rea is horrified to see this scene. But even horrifying is Chihiro head butts Danichirou! Hey wait a minute. Shouldn’t Chihiro be dead after getting stabbed? Maybe his excitement in seeing Rea in a bunny outfit lessens the pain? After all, a zombie in a bunny outfit is a combo he had never imagined before! But seriously why is he still alive. Thinking back, he realized Rea’s hydrangea poison is still inside him. Remember the incident she licked his wound? Yeah, he proclaims himself as a half zombie!

Danichirou is about to slice off his head but is stopped by Rea. If he insists on fighting, she will be his opponent. Danichirou is shell shocked since he is only doing this to protect her. He only wished for her condition to be cured. He suggests moving to America as he has made the necessary preparations and have hired the best doctors and researches that will cure her. Plus, how can a foolish boy with no knowledge or wealth save her? But Rea is fine with her condition. If they need to leave town to be cured, she’d rather stay. Even if it’s just a short time, as long she can stay with Chihiro she’ll be satisfied. Danichirou still can’t believe this so Chihiro tells him straight that all Rea wants is not to be special but to be normal. How many of Rea’s wishes has he granted? Thinking back, none actually. Danichirou realizes he is at fault, the reason she died to achieve this. Chihiro admits his shortcomings and also wants his help to make Rea stay a little longer. Danichirou asks Rea if she won’t regret this and she answers with confidence she won’t. With this, he entrusts Rea to Chihiro’s care. Say what? But only for the time he is overseas to find a cure for her condition. He warns him about stripping Rea of her innocence and Chihiro assures he won’t do something like that. Then Chihiro collapses as the effects of the poison wear out. Now he’s bleeding like mad. After Danichirou leaves for overseas, Chihiro wakes up in his room. Alive. Alive as in the living. He’s not a zombie. Thanks to the maids, Chihiro’s life is saved. They also made Rea wear a nurse outfit because they believe it will make Chihiro happy. He is, right? Ranko comes in worried and notices Rea. She makes her first introduction to her. And she is Chihiro’s fiancee. What?! Chihiro doesn’t remember making such a childhood promise. Apparently during elementary school she asked him to be his fiancee. Because he doesn’t know what that is, he agreed. Really? Just joking! That really made your heart jumped out through your throat, eh? With Ranko getting her usual physical on Chihiro, Rea realizes that she is in love with him.

Episode 12
Feels like a drama filler to tone things down in this episode finale. Chihiro must be feeling the burden of responsibility, eh? How do you exactly take care of a zombie? The only person he can rely on his grandpa but that guy is always out of his mind most of the time. Heck, make that all the time. During meals, Mero tried making her dish with nothing but hydrangea. Hey, she’s ‘vegetarian’. Then Mero starts hitting the hard questions for Chihiro. Is Rea going to school? Is she going to stay here indefinitely? I’m sure Chihiro is finding a tough time trying to answer that without giving too much away. Health problems? Yeah. She’s dead. The fireworks festival that Rea wanted to go so much got cancelled due to the rain. So Chihiro got this idea that they should hold their own fireworks festival. Ranko has a spare yukata that she can lend her. Oh. Just the word of Ranko (and that girl is coming too), sends uneasy vibes to Rea. Even dead people have heart feelings. Do they? So Ranko comes and helps Rea put on the yukata. They have a little girl to girl chat. Ranko knows Chihiro is doing this to make Rea happy because that kid was never interested to go on any festivals she invited him. Then they talk about Rea’s uncertain fate. How long will she last like this? Where will she go?

Of course, these girls can’t have a conversation if they don’t put in Chihiro as the topic. Romance wise, that is. Rea seems conservative and don’t mind Ranko hogging Chihiro all to herself just to be considerate. She’s comparing herself she’s not as close as her and he’s only paying attention because she’s a zombie. So Ranko tells her that they’re rivals and since she’s a girl, she needs to live every day to the fullest. No holding back. Live life to the fullest. There’s only 1 problem. She’s dead. Oh, the irony! Though Ranko won’t lose, she also doesn’t want Rea to give up and do her best. The mini fireworks went by without a hitch. Rea soon returns to her own home to get her belongings since she has decided to return to school. Aria is informed of her return and confronts Rea. So what’s her problem now? Danichirou told her not to do anything. So don’t worry, Rea won’t get expelled or anything. This means Aria won’t even look after, care or give a damn what happens to her. Rea is okay. She is prepared for the worst. And so just like that, they part. Rea walks with Chihiro to the abandoned building. Must be her new place to live. Perhaps fitting for a zombie girl? He gets frank with her that he wants her to stay this way as long as possible. She too gets frank and wants to make the most of her life. I think she borrowed most of the lines from Ranko. As Chihiro start ranting away, Rea somewhat falls into a zombie trance and jumps onto him! And bites his lips! Are zombies vampires too? At that moment he felt like he shared all his happiness and sorrow with her.

It’s… Alive!!!
Not one of the best endings but I guess it can’t be helped. What else more is there to the story once the main ‘antagonist’ is ‘defeated’. For now. The only real challenge left is to preserve Rea for who knows when the decaying will intensify. But we’ll leave that horror thought for another day. So basically what I figured is that this story is just about a girl who wants to be ordinary and a guy who really gets his dream to come true. What we mostly see here is their daily lives, drama and the interaction with each other. Nothing more. We get a slight peek into their past and some of the other supporting characters but that’s about it. At least this series breaks the typical conventional of what zombies should look and behave. Yeah, they aren’t mindless hideous dead people with rotting flesh out for your brains. Too much Hollywood could make one stereotype against zombies. They have feelings too, you know. Do they? I’m sure we could play a host of dead idioms like drop dead or wouldn’t be caught dead with or half dead but it won’t be so nice speaking ill of the dead. Dead on.

Chihiro as the main protagonist isn’t your typical knight in shining armour. Saying that he is too ordinary wouldn’t be accurate because of his obsession with zombies. He just doesn’t mingle with the rest of society and could easily been labelled an outcast. Would he care about that? Plus, Chihiro isn’t really that nice of a kid. I mean, as we see it the only reason why he is housing Rea and taking responsibility of her is because she is a zombie. That’s her only merit to him. If she was a living being, I don’t think he would have really cared about her. Sure, initially when they first met at the abandoned building, he was ‘kind’ enough to listen to her, talk to her but I think that’s about it. He’s just there and it’s not like he is a cold-hearted bastard with no reason to chase her away so just let her be. But I would also like to believe that Chihiro really does care for her as a human, a living being. When he talked back against Danichirou about Rea, I am pretty sure he was standing up for her as Rea a person, a girl, and not a zombie. Of course being a zombie is what made him go the extra length for her. Otherwise if you observed, he really doesn’t pay too much heed to Mero or Ranko. One thing strange about Chihiro is during comical or surprised scenes, though this is intentional, the drawing and art of his face reminds me like Bakemonogatari’s Koyomi Araragi. I thought they had a striking similarity there. Even some of the visual styles and close-ups resemble close to SHAFT’s trademark but I guess it’s okay for Studio Deen to have a variety of them. At least they didn’t clutter the screen with unnecessary texts.

Ironically for Rea, she was ‘dead’ while alive and when she died she become more alive. While she was still breathing like a human being, she was like a caged bird with no liberty and only experienced true freedom when she was reborn a second time. She has Chihiro to thank for. But sometimes I wondered even if she is experiencing the normal life now, is she truly living one? Because normal high school girls aren’t dead. And as pointed out, she lost some sensations since her nerves under her skin are dead. So how can she really feel them? I don’t know but at least it’s the closest thing she’ll ever get to go through since she never had a chance whenever her father was around. Danichirou is a character that everyone will definitely would like to pick a bone with. Just like how he deems others cannot understand his pure love for Rea, we too cannot comprehend his twisted version of love. It might feel that he is making Rea as a substitute for his first wife but going so far to the extent of taking nude photos? At least he doesn’t post them on Facebook or YouTube. Thank God. Still, that act of his makes him no greater than a paedophile. What more, his own daughter. I know (decent) parents are always concerned about their children but I’m not sure about his over-protectiveness over Rea. What was he trying to protect her from? As Chihiro pointed out, it felt more like he is restraining her. From what? The outside world? Should’ve gone to live on an uninhabited island. It’s good that he finally realized but I get a feeling he won’t come back soon or anytime because there is no cure for zombies! Good luck travelling the world for the rest of his life and thus giving Rea the freedom she always wanted. Now Chihiro has got a problem of taking care of her to his grave. Just who will outlast who? Aria is also another despicable character. Despite the flashback to understand how she turned out to be such a heartless woman, even though you pity her for what she went through, I feel it is still very wrong for her to take it out on Rea who has nothing to do with it. She tried to woo Danichirou and ended up getting ignored. It’s like she’s like a ghost in the mansion. After all, what is there to do when you’re the wife of a filthy rich husband. Drink and get drunk the whole day. That’s the path she chose. She could’ve been someone who guided Rea and maybe both the girls will end up opening Danichirou’s eyes. Instead I guess she was just selfish from the start, from the time she joined as part of the maids.

The other minor characters seem to be rather okay but they don’t really impact much in the storyline. For instance Mero is so monotonous and lack of any emotion that she just might be a living zombie in the family. I don’t know if she was born like this or something traumatic happened that caused her to become like that (I doubt it’s her mom’s death because she died when the kids were too young to remember and understand) but there was one point Mero did show a gust of emotions. So she’s not that all ‘dead’ either. She too has a weird habit. Like for instance, I notice her sleeping pyjamas are like those of dead spirits. Maybe she’s into this sort of thing. Doon is a tolerating father and my guess why Chihiro is able to keep Rea’s zombie as a secret well isn’t because his father and sister don’t really care about him but because they’re family, they have this bond and trust within each other. After all, Chihiro isn’t harbouring an evil spirit, right? Is Rea one? Ranko adds spice and liveliness to the otherwise mundane temple family and some love rivalry. Unless some drastic change happens to Chihiro, we know Rea has the upper-hand in stealing Chihiro’s heart. Yasutaka… He’s an idiot. Now we know that living and dead girls don’t want to be his girlfriend. Haha!

The most amusing character in this series has got to be Jogorou. Agree? This little old man is really senile. You got to love him partly because of his forgetfulness. Each time during dinner, he would shriek in horror some kind of weird food he dislikes in his bowl. Each time Mero would coolly retort it is not what he thinks and it’s so and so. He realizes his mistake and calms down. It won’t be long (not even 5 seconds) before his forgetfulness takes place and repeats what he says. The cycle goes on… Just funny, don’t you think? He is like a cue for comical relief and his face and skin tone makes him look like a zombie too… And who the hell is Sada? Must be some other woman he was in love with other than grandma, eh? Whether Jogorou really made the resurrection medicine or just part of his senile mind is another matter. As for Chihiro and Mero’s mother, though it is not clearly explained, I have a hunch that she may have been a zombie temporarily before she died. Firstly, Mero’s reference that her hands are cold. Whose kid will ever think their mother’s hands are cold? Even if you live in North Pole, to a kid, his/her mother’s hands will always be warm. Secondly, she had bandages all around. Doon’s refusal to speak about the issue clearly makes it more suspicious. In the early episodes, Chihiro had strange and horror-like flashbacks but can’t seem to remember or put them together. So what are they actually because we don’t see them anymore but I’m sure that it has something horrifying to do with her.

I’m sure that with Rea breaking all the standard norm on zombies, you might have a few questions that might boggle your mind. At least mine did. As a zombie, her inner organs don’t work anymore, right? Like her stomach. So, when she eats those hydrangea leaves, how do they get processed anyway? Flow directly into the bloodstream? Zombies have flowing bloodstream? She may cough it out like Babu but surely the medicinal values of the leaves must be absorbed and processed in her body somehow, right? Being a zombie means you can’t die, right? So what happens if you dismember her? Will she still be alive? Assuming her lungs aren’t working, she’s not breathing too, right? That means she can’t drown either, right? What about times when Rea starts going into a trance? She likes to jump and hug onto others and bite them. So far she’s only done that twice and both on Chihiro so it’s not quite right to jump to a conclusion. But really, what causes her to go into that state? Lack of hydrangea poison? Seems like it. Yeah, best ‘joke’ ever. Zombies are ‘vegetarian’. So be sure to grow lots of hydrangea leaves for them to chew. But I guess even if she’s a zombie, some of her body organs are still functioning. Like her eyes. She still can see. Her mouth. She still talks instead of moaning “Uuuuunnnnnnggggg~”. Her brains. She still can think and move her limbs. Now the mother of all questions… How do you make love to a zombie! Now that Chihiro has kissed her, considering taking it to the next level? Too bad she can’t really feel. No men can satisfy her with her dead senses so it’s a shame you’ll always be labelled bad in bed by a zombie. Haha! Oops.

This series also highlights several issues. Most prominent as mentioned is Rea’s abuse. Danichirou may call it his pure love but in our eyes, chaining up a girl in the house and not letting her do anything that isn’t even close to being dangerous is just cruel. There is the issue of neglect too for Aria’s case. I feel Danichirou not only never looked at her as a woman but a human being either. She’s being treated like some sort of object that was never needed in the first place. I guess you could say that as each passing day, Aria has been rotting away drinking. There’s another zombie in the making. For Chihiro, it would be responsibility because for a guy who never cared about anything unrelated to zombies, he has got this perfect chance to show that he isn’t just a zombie geek and matures enough to see to it that he tends to Rea’s needs. Of course as said, Rea as a zombie is the main motivation that kept his interests in her going. For Rea it would be freedom. It’s the case of the grass is always greener on the other side. Rich girl wants to be a normal girl and other ordinary girls yearn to have her rich and luxurious lifestyle. When you don’t have it, you want it. When you got it, you don’t appreciate it. Then there is acceptance. For Chihiro it would be okay, but what about the rest of the world if they ever find out? It’ll be more than just skin colour and skin ‘freshness’.

For the voice acting, the most amusing one has got to be Yuka Iguchi as Mero. As opposed to her annoying high pitch squealing voice for genki girls, here she really does a good job in portraying Mero as a deadpan monotonous girl. Like as though she’s a zombie. She sounds more dead than her other role that doesn’t involve high pitch squealing, Miku in Senki Zesshou Symphogear. Unshou Ishizuka as Danichirou was perfect in making him sound like a twisted and overprotective father. His low voice gives out that creepy yet assertive feel of this mad man. He was the voice of Sakaki in Shijou Saikyou No Deshi Kenichi and Bunta in Initial D. Other casts include Ryohei Kimura as Chihiro (Kodaka in Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai), Maaya Uchida as Rea (Mari in YuruYuri), Sayuri Yahagi as Ranko (Haruna in To Love-Ru), Mayumi Asano as Aria (Hilda in Eureka Seven), Shiro Saito as Jogorou (Colonel Mokkoi in Toriko), Seirou Ogino as Doon (Himekawa in Beelzebub) and Shuuhei Iwase as Yasutaka. Misato Fukuen (Eve in Black Cat) must have the easiest script as Babu because after all, cats don’t talk right? Heck, this one doesn’t even meow but go “Ba~Bu~”. Isn’t that how it got its name? Nano.ripe sings the opening theme, Esoragoto and that drowsy voice once more reminds me of how they sing many of the songs in Hanasaku Iroha. Let’s say it is not to my liking. Surprisingly the ending theme by Annabel, Above Your Hand is a very slow and calming piece. So slow and calm that it might put you in sync with the dead! No, I’m not saying that this song is for the dead but it is slow enough to give that impression. And what is the deal of Rea bumming around in the bowling alley in this ending credits animation? Sure, it’s that abandoned building but it just feels out of place. Just like zombies walking amidst us, eh?

The funniest and amusing part of the series has got to be the next episode preview right at the end. It seems like a section whereby Mero (or is it Yuka Iguchi herself?) is complaining and reluctantly doing her job to narrate the next episode preview. Man, she even breaks the fourth wall by wanting to take her complaints to the producers! Who the hell wrote this kind of stuff? But eventually she does her cute high pitch squealing voice just to appeal to everyone before going back to her monotonous voice to complain again. Eventually she calls it quits so much so Chihiro, Ranko or Rea had to do the preview on her behalf! But at times she’ll be back to interrupt halfway or whatsoever! And she doesn’t even sound happy about it! Just quit if you don’t want to do it anymore! Another amusing part is the second title of each episode. Though appearing at the end of the episode and just before the end credits, some of them are pretty witty and are related to the events in that particular episode. For example, episode 4’s “She’ll Sleep When She’s Dead”, episode 5’s “Upstairs Grave”, episode 8’s “Taken Away”, episode 9’s “Is The Truth Out There?” and episode 12’s “The Meaning Of Bite”.

It’s hard to classify this show as a horror because if you have a cutie like Rea a zombie, you won’t go screaming but fawning over her. I can see why not only Chihiro but other guys would be falling head over heels over this girl. She’d be a girl to die for. Haha. It’s hard to classify this show with fanservice because you do get your rare fanservice shots but I would hardly call them one since I’m not the kind that gets stimulated at near naked bodies of zombie girls. I prefer ‘fresh’ ones. Oops. If you want zombie and fanservice combo, go watch Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka. This show is definitely not action like its zombie themed counterparts like Highschool Of The Dead or Zombie Loan because no other zombies’ head were smashed in the making of this series. Overall this series starts off fine with a quirky idea but somewhat loses steam in the middle when it sidetracked a little. Nevertheless it’s still a good watch if you want to watch something light with zombies. Come to think of it, I think I’m already a zombie due to my midnight tryst with animes. Stayed right up till the wee hours of the morning to watch my anime turned me into one. I might not be infatuated with zombies but sometimes I do feel like getting up and do that zombie dance in Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Oh, better not leave my brain at the doorstep watching mindless animes for who knows the zombies might not be as vegetarian as you think.