Is It A Zombie? + Is It A Zombie? Of The Dead Collection Blu

Please note that this review contains spoilers for Is This a Zombie? & Is it a zombie? deaths.

Is it a zombie? and Is it a zombie? deaths are a 22-episode duology that aired in 2011 and 2012 respectively. The overall series is based on the light novel of the same name by Shinichi Kimura, with art by Kobuichi and Muiririn. He tells the story ohf high school student Aikawa Ayumu, who meets his untimely demise thanks to a serial killer, only to be resurrected as a zombie by the necromancer Eucliwood Hellscythe, or Eu for short.

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The tale sees Ayumu take on the role of guarding Eu, only for hijinks to result, such as an encounter with Haruna, a Magical Garment Girl (translated as a pun on “mahō shōjo” meaning Magical Girl), inadvertently lets him take over her role after removing her abilities, effectively becoming a cross-dressing Magical Girl in the process.

He also becomes acquainted with a tsundere vampire named Seraphim who wishes to serve Eu but is rejected so instead reluctantly becomes Ayumu’s servant in an effort to persuade her (though secretly also to get closer to Ayumu). With the help of what essentially becomes his harem, Ayumu battles demons, called upon in the Megalos universe, in an effort to find out why he died this way.

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From this synopsis, the themes of supernatural comedy with ecchi elements become clearer and the series mostly sticks to familiar formulas of the genre while being quite humorous in the process. The idea that this harem is actually people who can barely stand each other is a refreshing take on the trope…until they eventually get interested in Ayumu, that is.

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The story base, as stated above, results in a two-season anime that’s nothing spectacular but doesn’t try to be – it’s a fun supernatural game that features battles decent and interesting world-building like familiar mythological tricks. beings and develops his character’s stories reasonably well.

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The show also perhaps takes itself a little too seriously at times, allowing comedy to seep in and undermine those serious moments. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the last episode of the first season, which is more or less the familiar concept of the pool episode, with a talent contest. It was rather shocking tonally after the more serious climax that had just arrived.

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Of the two seasons, I felt the first is stronger overall as the second shows signs of fatigue with its comedic episodes and lacks the more engaging plot of the first. Story progression in the second season also seems slow, with the story taking less prominence than the comedy-driven plot. A disappointing villain doesn’t help matters here either. The second season, however, introduces new characters, including soft-spoken Taeko and a warrior from the Underworld named Negrelia.

8A03B186 64C0 453F 83A4 88B7AE311641Looking at the voice cast, I thought that the main VAs of Junji Majima and Kotono Mitsuishi, portraying Ayumu and Eu, present the characters’ personalities well and also realize the more serious moments; the rest of the supporting cast holds together. I didn’t listen to the Funimation English dub for this review, but the option is there for those who prefer it.

The animation was handled by Studio Deen and directed by Takaomi Kanasaki (School Rumble 2nd semester) which would go directly Kono Suba. The action sets are treated decently here and the use of pink links in the overall branding of the series.

Both series feature a score composed by Makoto Uezu, who also worked on Kono Suba and other notable anime including Assassination Classroom and The heroic legend of Arslan. His work here hits the juxtaposition of comic and supernatural shonen scenes pretty well. Yoshikazu Iwanami, who has worked on too many series to count, provides sound direction here.

Is it a zombie? and is Is it a zombie? deaths are presented by MVM Entertainment on four discs, which replicate Funimation’s 2014 and 2015 releases in the lineup of anime classics. The Season 1 release unfortunately does not contain the Season 1 OVA as featured on the DVD release.

Picture quality is solid and offers a decent upgrade over the DVD versions, and sound quality is also good in both Japanese and English audio options.

Special features include episode commentary and video commentary, as well as textless songs and US trailers.

To conclude, the two seasons of Is it a zombie? The series provides a supernatural comedy streak with decent action and, depending on your personal claim, a comedy that uses the offbeat premise and story, although for me the first season is stronger than the second in terms of story development. ‘story.

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