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  • 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?

Kore wa Zombie desu ka? Episode #02

Kore wa Zombie desu ka? Episode #02 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     January 17, 2011
Release Date: January 17, 2011


Kore wa Zombie desu ka?
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The story of the magical girl zombie is only just beginning, if you can wrap your head around the idea.

What They Say:
It's been a week since she'd moved in. I'm working on accepting my bizarre life. I'm not especially tolerant. I just don't want to think about the hard stuff. Now that I think about it, the time I became a zombie was just like this. The day I was killed my a serial killer, I met a fantastic girl... While I was thinking about that, another strange girl appeared.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The opening episode of the series showed us just how awkward life as a zombie can be for young Aikawa with what he has to go through on a regular basis. What took it to the next level was introducing the fact that he actually is a magical girl of some sort now which lead us to a transformation sequence that made many cringe, but also laugh as he topped it off with the right sounds and a big ass chainsaw with his name on it. Living with the women he does now would seem like a positive but you know he's only going to see the rough parts of it all, but he does at least seem to treat Yuu very politely and with a certain kind of affection and respect. Haruna he has a little less respect for since she's caused enough problems by simply being around which caused his acquisition of her magical girl powers.

Aikawa's life is the kind where when things happen, nobody really blinks an eye. During a relatively quiet dinner with the two women he's now living with, a beautiful and busy raven haired women simply materializes in front of them. Introducing herself as Seraphim as everyone just sort of blandly listens to her, she's here for something but Yuu just writes down that it'll be best to simply send her away rather than get involved in her mission which has her asking Yuu for help, though she refers to her as Hellscythe. Seraphim's all about talking about her special secret sword technique with everything she says but Yuu is simply very dismissive of her overall. It's a very mellow and almost laid back quiet introduction for a new character and you can sort of feel Aikawa's internal sigh over having someone else around now.

Seraphim's actually rather amusing because of her very serious manner as she's essentially introduced as a vampire ninja who wants Yuu to help her. There's an amusing fight early on as she and Aikawa duke it out a bit but his deadpan personality makes it even more amusing, especially at the end as he stands there with a throwing star in his forehead. Bringing Seraphim into the show allows Aikawa to relate how he met Yuu as she wants to know why he' with her and as closed off as she is. It's an amusing story when told, especially as we see him attempting to break dance in front of her, and the kind of initial impression he made on Yuu that got things moving a bit more in the surprising direction. While the show has a dark edge with him being a zombie, introducing a serial killer storyline into the past and showing just how brutally Aikawa was murdered almost feels a bit out of place. It shows his sense of doing the right thing clearly, and why Yuu brought him back to life, but it's a curious turn of events for the show.

In Summary:
With the second episode of the series, I'm admittedly concerned that we're already introducing another woman to the show. With Yuu and Haruna in the first, I would have preferred a little more time with those two to clear things up a bit and to let both of them shine a bit more. Seraphim's not a bad character and she fulfills certain stereotype requirements but doing the whole vampire ninja involved in a war that's over a hundred years old just feels like they're hitting bullet points rather than storytelling. There are some good moments to be had in here, such as Haruna's meals and Yuu's reactions to certain words and phrases being used, but the key thing to take home here is the origin story of how Aikawa and Yuu ended up in the situation they're in together. That works and works well, though it darkens up events more than I suspect they would since it was easy to envision his death and zombification being based around humor.

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.


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