Kore wa Zombie desu ka? Episode #11 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Monday, March 28, 2011
Release Date: Monday, March 28, 2011

Ayumu's decision is made to get Yuu back and go back to the way things were.

What They Say:
Episode 11 - Yes, stay with me!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With this episode of the series, the show takes a bit of a quiet turn for a lot of it after recent events that have put a strain on the relationships between all the characters. It does start off in an interesting way as we see Ayumu's body pull itself back together, which is pretty creepy but also a good reminder for those girls still with him that he definitely has his own issues that they sometimes forget since he seems so normal. For Ayumu, it's another element of the way he's so disconnected in a way as he retreats into himself, which leads to a series of interesting discussions with the mental version of the girls as they beat the snot out of him physically and verbally over the way he's become. Ayumu's not an overly strong guy, but he's not a pushover either, but he's been beaten down enough at this point to be more susceptible to things.

All of it pushes Ayumu back towards having to deal with the King of the Night as he's intent on causing a whole lot of trouble, though he doesn't seem particularly keen on actually doing it. His threats about destroying the city are more matter of fact than anything else. It's a curious turn of events when they get together at Tokyo Tower where there's a problematic relationship between Yuu and Ayumu, since neither can really say what it is they feel or to be true to themselves because of the pain they feel they'll cause. It all has a very quiet sense of dread about it, but it feels very off at the same time as they spend their time together there with the King of the Night just rambling on about things that feel like they should be making more sense. He's not a compelling character unfortunately, as the show proved to be more enjoyable dealing with the smaller issues rather than the larger ones.

Ayumu's fight is for Yuu in the end and the scale of it here simply feels unusual in a couple of ways. The large scale presentation of the fight, with the student-styled whales floating around the tower and the sense of pure dread from it doesn't connect well. What feels even more out of place is the more personal fight as Ayumu takes his fists to his enemy, leading to some very, very bloody moments as he pummels the stuffing out of him while claiming that he's the only one that truly knows Yuu and that should be more than enough. There's some definite ties between the King of Night and Yuu which is displayed very emotionally here, but that character has had so little resonance since his introduction that it all rings very hollow. Ayumu's push feels more honest and natural, but his methodology leaves a lot to be desired and pushes him further down an undesirable avenue, no matter how pure it is in its own way.

In Summary:
Kore wa Zombie desu ka? is a series that really had me intrigued from the start and had some very emotional scenes that were very well done throughout it, but everything feels too forced and rushed here at the end. The main storyline does come to a decent conclusion that finishes off the main issue at hand, bringing Yuu back into the fold, and the serious side of it is certainly wrapped up if you go by the next episode preview. This episode left me fairly bland on a few different levels, where it felt like it was trying too hard and being something that it shouldn't have been. A lot of the problem comes down to the King of the Night himself as he's been such an uninteresting character since his introduction and the way he operated never really made him a threat, though he had his own plans. It was all just sort of there, hung out to be seen, with little that really resonates or connects.

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: C+
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 16 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?