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  • Art Rating: C-
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Yen Press
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 0-7595-2836-5
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Zombie Loan

Zombie Loan Vol. #02

By Greg Hackmann     January 29, 2008
Release Date: February 05, 2008


Zombie Loan Vol.#02
© Yen Press


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:PEACH-PIT
Translated by:Christine Schilling
Adapted by:

What They Say
This second installment of PEACH-PIT’s hit manga finds the Z-Loan office’s teen trio hot on the trail of an elusive psychopath known as “the Butterfly.” Amidst all the excitement, poor Michiru hasn’t gotten much of a chance to get used to her new digs, her new friends, and now, a new member?!

The Review
With Michiru restored to life and out of her relatives' house, she's just discovered a small practical flaw in new life plans. Since her inheritance is still legally tied up until she turns 18, Michiru's been left with no money to spend on food or rent, and has been reduced to buying leftover breadcrusts with the change that she fishes out of vending machines. Amazingly enough, Chika and Shito do her a small act of kindness by arranging for her to live in the school's abandoned monastery. Of course, there's a small catch to the arrangement: her roommate is the dual-personality-wielding Koyomi/Yomi, whose latter personality is equipped with a "Shinigami tongue" capable of making predictions of immense value to zombie hunters like Chika and Shito. And by some stretch of logic that only PEACH-PIT need understand, the sole way for the duo to extract information from Yomi is to convince Michiru to kiss her. (Classy.)

The Biblical gibberish that emerges from Yomi's lips isn't much of a lead for Chika or Shito to go on at first, but that changes with the timely reappearance of Chika's pretty-boy friend Shiba. When presented with this information and some photos taken at a recent crime scene, Shiba is able to decode a clue so intricate that it could only be deciphered by someone with an extensive knowledge of Kabbalic numerology -- or, failing that, someone who's seen the ending to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The Zombie Loan crew suspects zombie involvement in the murder and gathers to collect information about the person claiming responsibility for the murders online, who has serendipitously arranged for a clandestine meeting with the members of the world's least secure underground Web site. These plans exclude Michiru, however, who's been sent off on a clothes-shopping trip with Koyomi instead.

If all you're looking for out of Zombie-Loan is fanservice, good news: here, PEACH-PIT are even more hellbent on throwing in trashy fanservice scenes than in the last volume, and are less concerned than ever about how badly they're shortchanging the actual storyline in the process. Now I've got nothing against series that can be stupid and entertaining at the same time, but so far Zombie-Loan has only got the "stupid" part of that equation pinned down. Whether Chika and Shito are forcing Michiru to kiss Koyomi, or whether Koyomi is stuffing Michiru into frilly maid outfits, nearly every story event in this volume is just a thinly-veiled excuse for cheesy fanservice that fails to take the story anywhere. Halfway through Volume 2, I started yearning for Volume 1's pacing problems; even though the story crept forward unbelievably slowly in the last volume, it was at least it felt like it was eventually going somewhere.

I've been honestly trying to give the series a fair shake; but the first two volumes of Zombie-Loan are the only books I can remember that have actually turned reading manga into a chore, rather than something that I do for enjoyment. Really, the only draw here is the excessive fanservice, and let's not kid ourselves: if fanservice is what you're after, there're plenty of other titles there to cater to your needs -- including ones that deliver actual, honest-to-goodness stories along the way. Skip it.

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