WHATCHU KNOW BOUT DAT ZOMBIE SWAG!?!? HUH??? NOTHING!!! WHATCHU KNOW BOUT THAT DRAG SWAG!!??! NUTTIN’ BRO!!! WHY AM I TALKING IN CAPS!!?!? BECAUSE GLO DID IT, EVEN THOUGH I’VE ACTUALLY DONE IT A LOT BEFORE THAT!!! Okay okay, I’m done! But seriously though, what DO you know about zombies in anime?
Well, not too much other than High School Of The Dead. In regards to “drag,” I guess you could technically say trap characters drag, but I don’t think so. Even if you’ve seen a lot of zombies and/or drag in anime, I think this is the first time zombies AND drag have been forcefully (yet perfectly) married together. RuPaul doesn’t have shit on this series. Seriously. Lets take a look at episode development graph. The blue dots are for the serious/action scenes and the pink dots for the funnier parts. I tried to be as unbiased as I could, but a little bit seeps through. If you’re wondering how the show progresses, I recorded almost every major moment.
You all should know I hate boring reviews, so I’ll do my best to keep this one from making you all go to sleep *cough cough…Hyouka.* To quickly summarize, Is This a Zombie? is steeped in comedy, centered around high school guy Ayumu Aikawa, a (once normal) zombie resurrected by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe after being killed by a serial killer. The thing is, Ayumu isn’t your typical brain-dead zombie. In this show’s definition, a zombie is basically a reanimated human who’s practically immortal. Other characters such as Haruna, a magical girl; Seraphim, a DD-cupped ninja; along with the necromancer live with Ayumu by the third episode. The anime then delves into the mystery behind Hellscythe and entangles the remaining characters’ lives who fight to defend her.
OH…I ALMOST FORGOT…Ayumu turns into an EPIC CROSS DRESSING magical girl, complete with ribbons, gloves, stockings, and panties. I had a hard time not waking up the neighbors! OHHHHH…I ALMOST FORGOT AGAIN…there’s a pink chainsaw involved o_O”
The thing I like best about the show is how it seamlessly integrates the humor with more serious moments. I’m not entirely sure how many of you are familiar with Tyler Perry, but he’s famous for making incredibly silly movies in appearance. However, when you start watching one, it’s apparent a surprising amount of thoughtfulness went into more serious themes. The same thing’s done by this show: it pulls you in, then disarms you to get ready for a serious action sequence. Although this concept is far from original, it can be astonishingly effective.
The smaller touches are nice too. Something as little as the spicy, cocky Haruna exclaiming the name of an impending kick only for it to be a final blow of a fabulously pink chainsaw instead. In another episode, Ayumu gets his undead hands on some X-ray specs and that’s when the real fun begins. Honestly…this shit is just too much. Whoever thought of this show needs to be shot — with some freaking GREY GOOSE! I’m telling you, Shinichi Kimura (manga writer) was so drunk when he wrote this because there’s NO WAY anyone could have come up with this off the head under normal circumstances. The sweet thing is you don’t need alcohol to appreciate it unlike some other shows with more than 30 five-second eye-shots *cough cough…you know.*
If you haven’t guessed I like the show, then I’ll explicitly say, I LIKED THE SHOW! The pacing was just right and the characters, though cliche, fit in very well with the story. With the scale I used in the graph, I think Kore Wa Zombie Des Ka deserves a solid 8/10. Keep Draggin’ on.