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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translation Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 16 and Up
  • Released By: Yen Press
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200 each
  • ISBN: 978-0759528406
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Zombie Loan

Zombie Loan Vol. #05-#06

Zombies abound!

By Danielle Van Gorder     September 07, 2009
Release Date: February 17, 2009

Zombie Loan Vol. #05
© Yen Press

Two new organizations enter the picture - the plot thickens!

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Peach-Pit
Translation: Christine Schilling
Adaptation: Christine Schilling

What They Say
When the Z-Loaners learn that Shito's been kidnapped by a mad scientist, Chika, Michiru, and the group's newest addition, the axeman Sotetsu, don't hesitate to rescue their tall, dark, and grumpy friend... even despite the recent, shocking revelations about his past. The intense battle that ensues leaves the group exhausted, and Koyomi decides that the only cure for these blues is some all-night karaoke! But little do they know that the very people behind all the illegal zombie activity are getting their groove on in the very next room! Just who... or what... is A-Loan!?

The Review!
Shito's been kidnapped by a mad scientist, and it's up to Chika and Michiru (along with a motley crew they manage to pick up along the way) to rescue him.  But unfortunately it won't be that easy - in addition to zombies, Yoshizumi has been working on creating powerful and nigh-indestructible golem to do his bidding.  The end result is undeniably grotesque, but the ending to the fight ends up being surprisingly anticlimactic.

While the team has time for a celebration and a little karaoke, there are forces at work that are going to make things rather difficult for them in the future.  The new Chairman of the Ferrymen has created an organization much like Z-Loan, and the new A-Loan is now their direct competition.

And competition there is, over the top and even more excessive than the rest of this series has been to date, with a side of romantic tension thrown in to spice things up.  But it's when both groups are drawn to Michiru's school and attacked that things get really interesting.

I kept finding myself distracted by the print quality in this.  Seriously, its gorgeous, and I really wish every other company out there would take notes.  And also I would like a pony.  Michiru gets to be kind of awesome in a couple of scenes, which saves the story from being only a confused mess.  There's so much going on and so many different characters, and it all sort of feels cobbled together.  Even the Big Dramatic Twist kind of fell flat.  This series needs some serious focus, and fast.


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