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  • Audio Rating: NA
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  • 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?

Kore wa Zombie desu ka? Episode #10

Kore wa Zombie desu ka? Episode #10 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     March 21, 2011
Release Date: March 21, 2011


Kore wa Zombie desu ka?
© Crunchyroll

Life without Yuu just isn't worth living, even if you're a zombie.

What They Say:
Episode 10 - No, that will explode

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Life hasn't changed all too much in the months since Yuu left after what had happened ni the previous episode as life goes on. Or, at least what passes as life for Ayumu since he's a zombie after all and already dead. While Yuu's been gone, Ayumu spent some time looking for her but time has a way of slowing down things like that. With Haruna and Sera still living with him though, he has plenty of the usual routine material to go through as he tries to play it right by now seeming too sad or overcompensating all that much. Haruna and Sera have ended up falling into a bit of a routine themselves where they try to not say much about what's going on and some of the underlying issues between all of them in order to not make a scene or to make Ayumu feel even worse.

The series does offer up an interesting moment early on here though when you have Ayumu out and about at night on an errand and he comes across King (who I believe goes unnamed here yet again), who was behind Yuu getting all confused in her head about things. He's surprised to find Ayumu and Ayumu is really surprised to learn that he's a zombie. Viewing him as the reason for his hurt, he sets out to be manly by dealing with the guy so he can get on the right path to finding Yuu, but it goes in any direction but that. Especially when Haruna and Sera show up and just want to help but find themselves outclassed by him. It's a good segment of action as it plays out, and as Tomonori shows up to deal with things herself a bit, as it puts a little more strain on everyone but also shows just how outclassed everyone is at the moment.

When the show has some energy, it really gets moving and has a sense of purpose. There's a lazy approach to part of this episode prior to the action, but where it really moves again is when Ayumu learns that Yuu was back in the area, which lead to an unfortunate incident for Sera. But it's enough to get Ayumu on th hunt again and going after Yuu since he wants her back at the house with him. It does take a curious turn when everyone sits down for some dinner together in the small apartment where she's staying, but it wants to ask more questions than give answers at this point. Amusingly, Haruna is all in favor of this since it means lots and lots of food to be had. There's a bit more scale to the story introduced here because of Yuu that works rather well with the people that are after her, but it it comes down to more questions than answers which can be a bit frustrating.

In Summary:
Kore wa Zombie desu ka has a good episode overall even if it is frustrating in actually giving us some information to work with. What makes things even more frustrating is that Yuu can't talk, or won't talk at this point really, and as the situation gets more curious with what the other zombie is after, we don't get that side of the story just yet. Focusing on things from Ayumu's point of view works well though since he's such a sympathetic character and we know how simply and truly he feels about her even after all that's happened. Seeing what he'll go through to go find her feels far more realistic than most series do in a way, which is strange to say, but he's going to his limits and continues to look, but it's not fanatical. Of course, considering who Yuu is, even he'll realize she may not be anywhere easily found at this point. Everyone comes across well here and there's a good serious side to building up for the finale of the season, but it really needed to give us just a little bit more meat to work with. Beyond that, this continues to be the dark horse strong show of the simulcast season for me.

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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