Can you take a zombie to the water park?
What They Say:
Yes, it keeps going.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the less than thrilling final episode of the main storyline in the previous episode, Kore wa Zombie desu ka? intends to end things with its season run by going for the fun aspect this time around. While I had really enjoyed a lot of this series, the serious arc towards the end just didn't connect well and felt rushed and disjointed in a lot of ways. Considering the honest emotions that came out at times earlier in the run, it felt like it lost its way pretty heavily as it went along. So getting an episode here that ends things on a fun note, with fanservice, smiles and silliness feels very appropriate. Epilogue episodes like this can be hit or miss though depending on how far they carry it since sometimes it can be too much, or nowhere near enough.
Through some amazing coincidences, the majority of the cast ends up winning tickets in various instances to an indoor water resort park for a day of fun in the pool. Considering the number of women in the series, that means a lot of work for the animators as they have to design quite a few bathing suits of skimpy material. And they do it fairly well which is nice, as there are quite a few stills that show the girls playing in the water. There's some serious material mixed into it as well, especially an early scene involving a brief talk between Ayumu and Sera at the juice bar. But as nice as those segments are, they're pretty few and far between overall.
A very good chunk of the episode is given over to an idol contest between the two vampire ninja girls which has the musical component ramped up with plenty of singing. I rather liked the animation in this as they pan over the audience with the way they bounce so enthusiastically for their favorite idols. The inclusion of Haruna in it just didn't work through and made me cringe a bit more than I would have liked. The expected moment does get brought into the episode though, and it does feel somewhat appropriate. With a little help from Dai, Yuu is able to pretty herself up nicely and get out there and sing a very soft and haunting son that wins over the audience entirely. There's no shock there, from style to results, but it does feel like a good way to end the series run for Yuu, even if it uses some wonky gags in order to make it happen.
The epilogue episode of Kore wa Zombie desu ka? is all about the characters, fanservice and fun and it does pull it off for the most part. I've sort of lost interest in the musical side of voice actors over the years so the concert approach here, which does dominate the episode, doesn't excite me like I'm sure it does a lot of the audience. But what we do get is a fairly fun indoor resort episode overall that has everyone showing up, having fun, wearing bathing suits and going through a big shame moment at the end. There's a somber edge to all of it as well, but it doesn't define things. Yuu's song is spot on and the last moments with Ayumu as he walks through his zombiefied life makes you smile and leaves you curious for little more of the series. Cautiously interested. There's a lot I liked about the series overall, but it faltered pretty heavily in its last act, which this episode helps to ease a fair bit.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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