Kore wa Zombie desu ka? Episode #06 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Monday, February 14, 2011
Release Date: Monday, February 14, 2011

The fight against Kyoko goes big when Yuu utters but a single word.

What They Say:
There's a person I've been searching for. The serial killer who killed me. Face to face with this person, there's something I've finally realized. Only death can cure my stupidity. I was stupid. Yuu, let's end this and go home. Let's have dinner when we get home. Think of what you'd like to eat.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The arrival of Kyoko onto the scene is something that's definitely changing the balance of things here at the halfway mark. With Aikawa realizing that she's the one that's been drawing the Megalo to the world as the most powerful source of magic, it explains some of what's been going on since the start. Interestingly, Yuu is taking her arrival as a very personal thing and has made sure that Aikawa and the others stay out of the fight she's putting herself into. Yuu as a fight isn't exactly what we get here though at first as she's just a very straightforward person, telling her to leave in her own way before letting her voice eke out even just a little to deal with X. It's a powerful moment where you realize that Yuu has the ability to kill a person with a single, softly spoken word. It's enough to really cement her position in the scheme of things for Aikawa as he sees it happen.

Kyoko's certainly an interesting addition to things as she seems to have gained so much power that even Yuu's words of death aren't strong enough to kill her as she's able to rise from it. There's a lot of power at work here as we see at the start as she's able to take Yuu down, even temporarily, as her own body is bloodied and falling apart. Kyoko looks positively creepy as she's had her skin flayed from her, leaving a bloody under section visible. Combine that with her being fairly over the edge mentally at this point with the kind of weird and sad kind of crazy and she's a hell of a lot of fun to watch. At least from the outside as Aikawa has stepped up to stop her from hurting Yuu any further and has transformed himself to try and take her down with his magical girl powers and chainsaw. While the visuals are kind of sad with him in the outfit, Aikawa has a really strong sense of emotion and connection here that really lets him shine in going against her. You can feel his honest and firmly held beliefs about Yuu and his place with her as being the guiding force behind stopping Kyoko.

The fallout from the events here is pretty mellow overall, almost a bit anticlimactic. Kyoko is dealt with in a straightforward way and things are rather quiet at first until an even larger villain is introduced in a rather amusing way as he takes over the body of Kyoko to speak to Yuu. It's more of a tease than anything else, but it's done in a more subtle way than I would have expected in any other series where it would be flashy and big before they disappear until near the end of the season when the next confrontation occurs. Taking this approach, it allows for events against Kyoko to end with a bit of a whimper, or more of a sigh, than anything else and that lets the character settle back into a routine for the short term while taking in all that's happened. It has its moments of lightness to be sure, but as a way of dealing with the bigger events at the halfway mark of the season, it's pretty ideal and in tune with the characters themselves.

In Summary:
Kore wa Zombie desu ka? continues to defy my expectations of the show. If there was one that seemed to be riding the wave of other shows from its title alone, this was it, but it instead has proven to be a show with a surprising amount of heart and character that has managed to make a lead character with no voice to not be a campy joke. While the supporting cast and grind against you a little, they're under utilized at this point and Aikawa's transformations are kept few and far between overall. It's a show that could easily go into the big comic harem realm but instead provides for a more serious avenue to explore that has largely avoided having the women go head over heels for him in competition. There's a lot to like here that continues to make this the dark horse best series of the season.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.



Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Crunchyroll
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Kore wa Zombie desu ka?