It's bad enough being a teenage zombie. Try adding some magical girl style on top of that. And being a guy.
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Based off of the light novel series by Shinichi Kimura with illustrations by Kobuichi and Muririn that began in 2009 alongside a manga by the same author with artwork by Sacchi, Kore wa Zombie desu ka? has made the leap to anime form from Studio Deen. The light novel series has six volumes under its belt, offering plenty of material to work with, since the manga version is running in a monthly magazine and only one collection has been published so far. With zombies being big these days in a lot of different forms, this series has the potential to be something fun in the genre, something we don't always get as most zombie related flicks are serious in their horror nature. Excepting of course Shaun of the Dead.
The show revolves around Ayumu, a young man who was killed only to be revived by Yuu, an attractive young woman with a gothic look about her. The two are currently living together with him as something of a servant of hers, but he still goes through his normal daily routines of things like going to school and so forth. She doesn't speak to him, writing down only notes, but there are sequences in which she gets to talk through visuals in Ayumu's mind, which is all light and amusing. For Ayumu, his life is beset with troubles at times, such as seeing him getting hit by a bus while rescuing a cat, but sometimes it hits bigger problems. Such as when he's spending some time in the cemetery where he feels at piece. At least until a chainsaw wielding young woman named Haruna arrives to cause trouble and starts beating the crap out of him because of what he is. At least until she ends up crashing with him and Yuu for a bit.
Haruna's something of a magic based girl, but she's lost her powers since coming here so she's relying on her chainsaw and the kindness of others. Not that she's kind herself as she lords things over Ayumu since she dismisses him easily enough because of his zombie state. Ayumu's dialogue and inner monologue over his problems are very amusing as he deals with how his body fixes itself and the like, including having his lower half re-attach itself completely. It's not done with a lot of heavy gore or visual exploitation, to the dismay of some I'm sure, but it's more about how he copes with things than that. And in this area, Ayumu scores well because of his deadpan nature and servant ways that he's found himself forced into because of his circumstances.
The deadpan nature works well as does the style of comedy, but it also has some action to it as well. The main piece of it in this episode has a mysterious man that's a creature known as a Megalo hunting up Ayumu and he catches up to him at the school. The transformation sequence is hilarious as we see his final form, but the action is pretty good overall with Haruna in a nightshirt with her chainsaw, as well as her own transformation sequence. What takes it further is seeing Ayumu using all of his power to deal with the creature but also utilizing Haruna's power since he ended up with it. The transformation sequence he goes through is simply priceless and adds that layer of over the top comedy to make it just right.
While I dislike the non-translated name for this series, what we get here has a lot of potential as Ayumu is thrust into two very different situations. First as a zombie and then as a magical girl. The combination of the two with his deadpan delivery style and the use of Haruna and Yuu helps to tie it together. The opening episode is a bit slow at times and takes a bit to find its rhythm, but at the end of the episode it feels like it's all coming together better. It's got the right kind of pervy nature, though Haruna could have been a bit more dressed after her transformation, while hitting other angles rather well. It's not a must see show at this point, but it offers enough possibility here to be worth checking out the first few episodes at the least.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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