Kore wa Zombie desu ka? Episode #09 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Monday, March 07, 2011
Release Date: Monday, March 07, 2011

The close bonds of this new family is put to the test as emotions are laid bare and fateful choicse made.

What They Say:
Episode 9 - Yes, you won't believe what's under this

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The situation has certainly changed once again as Yuu now finds herself off elsewhere with a kidnapper of sorts and all her friends are now trying to figure out what to do. The monkeywrench in the works though is that Seraphim has received orders to kill Yuu because her superiors believe that her presence in the world is what's causing more of the Megalo's to appear, so eliminating her will take care of it. Naturally, that's a source of contention amongst the group as Ayumu can't believe she'd do it and accuses her straight off before even asking what Sera will actually do. It's nice to see how the group has come together as each of them has moved in since it hasn't been overly forced or really all that chaotic and silly like you'd expect. Sera actually seems to be fairly strong of character here as she goes through all of this with them.

Because of the seriousness of the situation, watching the action-ish events play out amongst everyone with the giant critter that's causing trouble feels very out of place. The real focus is on that of Yuu as she's being told about how she brings destruction and is the one responsible for so much pain. The arrival of Dai from the Academy brings a little more impact to events that play out there since she's obviously quite a powerful magic user who dislikes seeing things like this happen to people she cares about. Dai does get involved in the fight happening near them by giving Ayumu the chainsaw he needs, which helps him get closer to Yuki who is going through a real issue here where she's sacrificing herself for the greater good. There's some wonderful emotion and honesty here, but at the same time it falls a bit flat because you know they're not going to off her at this point. It has all the hallmarks of a big point in the show as they put their money where their mouth is for the look of it, but it lacks the kind of emotional resonance that other parts of the series has had.

In Summary:
Kore wa Zombie desu ka? has been one of the more interesting series of the season because of its quirky nature and the surprising strength of the interactions we saw early on. It does jump around a little and the growing of the cast felt like typical harem material, but it utilized it in different ways by avoiding having them all fall head over heels for Ayumu. With this episode, we see some serious things thrown at Yuu about her place in the world and what she causes, which leads to her making an important decision. Of course, like most people when faced with these things, we don't talk about them with those that we're close to and instead just make the decision and follow through on it. While a large part of the episode is basically okay, the final piece is where it shines with the way the creative staff and animators have managed to eke out some real emotions and sense of pain amongst them. The show can be difficult at times with some of the things it does, but just these few minutes of payoff in this episode helps salvage the rest of it from mediocrity.

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?