Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wicked Anime Reviews #11 Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? (Is this a Zombie?)

Anime reviews delivered directly to the face!

What's it about?
An Anime where the main characters include a Zombie, Necromancer, Magical Girl, two Vampire Ninjas (because just having one wasn't ridiculous enough), and a pink chainsaw. Villains include demons such as a giant floating whale that wears a school uniform and fires fiery fuck you lasers. Story consists of slice of life meets shonen action meets harem meets romantic comedy which in turn punches a schizophrenic lobster in the face. It's balls to the walls crazy and breaks all of the molds in half before it shits in them in a way that makes you enjoy a nice cold beverage. I think I lost my train of thought...

Our protagonist, Ayumu, leads a pretty strange life. Being a highschool student, zombie, and a magical girl (I shit you not) all at the same time can be a bit rough at times. Especially since the sun happens to dry you up into a raisin. Being a zombie has its ups: your undead body gives you access to powers such as absorbing magic and being able to break the limits of strength that other humans are bound by. Though it also has its downs: the writers get to constantly abuse your nigh-indestructibility by putting you through ridiculous amounts of torture and cranking up the number of times you repeatedly lose your limbs. Ayumu also has quite the soft side as he's smitten over the dead-silent necromancer girl that resurrected him as a zombie: Eucliwood Hellscythe. There's also a hint of a darker side to it all due to the fact that Ayumu wants revenge on the serial killer that murdered him and his parents.

What rocks:
- Very few shows manage to make me laugh this hard this often while also tugging at my emotions with drama and tales of the heart.

- The fight scenes are better than most shonen titles and happen to be delightfully over the top.

- There's a wonderful supporting main cast of powerful females and even enjoyable side characters that you'd like to learn more about.

- 12 episodes means it's easy to watch during a lazy afternoon without too much effort.

- Where else can you find ramen that defeats demons, a fast-food chain run by angry luchadores, and pink, talking chainsaws?

- Plus, it's not often that we get a zombie as the main protagonist.

What sucks:
- Jumping from one end of the emotional spectrum to another can be a painful experience. Taking me from hilarity to despair in under five minutes is rarely if ever going to turn out well and the show doesn't always manage this gracefully.

- It starts off with a love triangle which I can dig but turns into a silly harem by the end of it all which seems rather unnecessary.

- Some characters simply don't get enough time to shine as they're either introduced too late in the series or they struggle for screen time. Though the last episode hints at a possible sequel so that may very well change.

- The main antagonists seem like brilliant characters that never get fleshed out enough to fully enjoy them.

This is Kylak signing out and glad that brains aren't a part of this zombie's balanced breakfast.


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