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Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? – 04

「ちょ、俺輝いてる?」 (Cho, Ore Kagayaiteru?)
“Am I Shining?”

And I thought that Kore wa Zombie Desu ka couldn’t get any better — apparently I was wrong again. Somehow this show manages to combine the perfect amount of humor with spot on timing while still retaining some kind of seriousness when the time calls for it. Starting with such an innocent scene with Sera cooking for the first time and somehow creating some kind of sludge that’s strong enough to melt an iron wok, I never expected a Doberman from the underworld to randomly appear. It only got better as I watched it try to chug down a cup of hot tea only to have the contents spill all over him.

But what really grabbed my attention was the second half of the story. When Ayumu confronts Yuu about who she really is, I never expected to see such a heartfelt conversation. After listening to Ayumu read her notes out loud while connecting his memories of her from the past, I couldn’t help but feel a little sad over the entire situation. But as I watched Yuu slowly breakdown after revealing her secrets, with tears flowing down her face from the fear that Ayumu would abandon her, I started to feel my heart sting a little.

Ayumu, being the suave person he is, managed to ease Yuu’s fears and made her smile all at the same time. After such a heartfelt scene, I was surprised when after a quick transition to a battle with a huge whale megalo just after Ayumu finished talking about protecting Yuu from anything (including nuclear missiles). Once again being subjected to watching Ayumu transform into a Masou Shoujo, I was glad that focus was on the battle and not on his man-pantsu. But the embarrassing scenes didn’t end there! Apparently when you combine a zombie with Masou Shoujo, using your zombie abilities to power yourself up causes your costume to transform — frilly flowers, high heels, huge ribbons, a tiara, and a full blown dress were the few things I caught on Ayumu’s new outfit. If it wasn’t for such a girly outfit, I think his 1000% powered From the Heavens Kick might have been the manliest thing I’ve seen all season.

After watching Haruna manage to hold a gigantic whale up with magic and Sera taking the extra effort to call Ayumu a “cross dressing piece of shit festering in a bag of rotting garbage” only moments after she had just complimented him, everything just felt perfect. Like I said earlier, this show’s ability to time the jokes just right makes them that much funnier.



January 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm
  • January 31, 2011 at 7:30 pmMasterDragonKnight

    I just want to give Yuu a hug. She is so strong-willed but so fragile at the same time.

  • January 31, 2011 at 7:30 pmShadiic

    It was such a tear jerk when I saw about Yuu’s background and the reason why she acts the way she does. It also says a lot of what she thinks of Ayumu as she finds him funny and is attached to him. When she wrote that Ayumu must hate her was really hard, but he stayed firm considering the other monsters he had to face in his normal (?) life. This week I wasn’t fussed with the ninja girl’s insults as well they were true and not for no reason, though the last insult was a bit tsun. :) Still have no clue on the killer, but Ayumu has definately ruled out Yuu.

  • January 31, 2011 at 7:32 pmDawn

    Lol, I thought it was funny when the dog guy tried to drink the tea and just splashed it on himself.

    I wanted Ayumu to scream at the serial killer as he slowly lost consciousness, “Not again you bastard!!” A lot of powerful scenes happened this episode that I thought they could have limited them with some profound lines to give off an emotional/dark appeal. But alas, looks like they want to go for the 50/50 gag mix bag instead.

  • January 31, 2011 at 7:32 pmxcswmboy

    INA~ZUMA KIIIIIICK!! w/ribbons

    I’m thinking/hoping Ayumu’s delusions of Eu may not be too off the mark if she starts displaying more emotions.

  • January 31, 2011 at 7:35 pmRoy Mustang

    BGM during fight scene was beyond awful and distracted from the story. Scene with Yuu with excellent.

  • January 31, 2011 at 7:37 pmretake09

    even sadder at the end.

  • January 31, 2011 at 7:40 pmReallySwag

    This was really sick, but Now with the hospital girl dead and the Killer back in action. this shit is getting tight.

    i honestly had high hopes she was the killer. guys i was wrong. and how does a watcher of hell die like that? seriously

  • January 31, 2011 at 7:40 pmbanzemanga

    lol. The manliest man on a woman’s dress. That is sure ironic. XD

    • February 1, 2011 at 3:36 ampaulrenzo

      I will politely disagree. Btw, Kogarashi says hi.

      • February 1, 2011 at 9:05 amfeal87

        Maid Guy is top, here and forever. :D

  • January 31, 2011 at 7:46 pmjrj

    10x power of a zombie on masou shoujo? so much lol there…
    though the kick was kind of cool (I was waiting for him to use the chainsaw though…)
    so Yui is the harem breaker here? are we sold out to that route yet?
    and perfect shock at the end with the death… can’t wait for more.

  • January 31, 2011 at 7:49 pmAvalanche

    Well, looks like everyone who guessed Kyoko was the killer is wrong (myself included). I cannot express in words how awesome this episode is. Anyone get a screencap of the slasher?

    • January 31, 2011 at 7:54 pmxcswmboy

      Maybe not, Kyouko actually slashed herself with a razor to the neck, so it could still be some ritual thing she’s pulling. I did not catch the slasher, but I remember the figure being kind of petite. So, the theory should still be good.

    • January 31, 2011 at 8:10 pmVsin

      Well, I saw the white hair and I did catch a glimpse of the gauntlets. So it definitely wasn’t Kyoko (brunette) and it’s impossible for Yuu to have done so either.

      Considering how the armour is a limiter, could it be possible that the other person is just some random other who so happens to use the same gauntlets? Or maybe it’s Yuu’s sister that we don’t know about, though I’d facepalm if it was.

    • February 1, 2011 at 12:25 amKaosu

      Well now this episode sure answered alot of questions. However, did anyone see a metal katana drop out of Kyoko’s hand when she died(wanna make sure i’m not hallucinating like I did last week)?

    • February 1, 2011 at 2:55 amZaku Fan

      It was a short knife, not a katana. It seemed to be a fruit knife to me. Judging from the slash (neck on left hand side while she is a right hander), it was a suicide attempt.

      My guess is that the collection of souls is complete and kyoko is completing the final steps ie. her dying. As for a motive, i’m guessing its to either get power from the night king or become his avatar or THINK that she will get power but bceomes his puppet.

    • February 1, 2011 at 5:01 amMC

      Nice catch w/ the fruit knife. That pretty much makes the probability of Kyoko being the killer rise to like %85 to me, especially how quickly they made that scene go by. I didn’t even notice it, or maybe that was just me.

    • February 1, 2011 at 7:40 amDani

      Really ? On the contrary, that scene made even more sure that she is the killer. The killer is collecting souls, maybe her soul is the last one ?

  • January 31, 2011 at 8:01 pmKarmafan

    There are many shows that have the elements we see here in this series and they do a great job but dont’ always balance the comedy, drama, or Suspense the way this series does. You truly never know what you are gonna see next. But none of them balance them all together like this series does. Its like High School Of The Dead, Cardcaptor Sakura, Rosario & Vampire, and Clannad all rolled into 1 series.

    There aren’t as many good series this season but the ones we have are all telling great stories (Dragon Crisis, Fractale, Freezing, Gosick, Level E, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Yumekui Merry, and the returning Kimi Ni Todoke).

    • January 31, 2011 at 8:27 pmAlec

      imo, we actually have lots of good series this season. having 5-6 good series in a season is actually alot. compare this winter season to last years winter season. The difference is like heaven and earth. Level E, Puella Madoka, Hourou Musuko, Fractale, Yumekui merry Those 5 are no doubt the best this winter season season. Kore Wa Zombie Desu ka, in the otherhand is the biggest surprise imo. It is capable of being in the top 4 this season: assuming it stays consistent and blow our minds off that is.

      Dragon Crisis = too average. everything is mediocre.
      Gosick = good, but its not there yet
      Freezing = Terrible, I HAD high expectations for this one
      Infinite Stratos = seems like another one of those typical harem shows, ep 4 was good imo

      • February 1, 2011 at 5:07 amMC

        Hey, I’m starting to become a fan of the Gosick series. I wasn’t expecting much out of it, especially when I heard the novel wasn’t that good, but so far it’s there imo.

        Fractale has been REALLY a dissappointment for me after the first episode…they need to get the ball rolling…it’s only 11 ep. long!

    • February 1, 2011 at 12:43 amP0NCH

      Balance is definitely key! Especially with all the crazy and random things going about.

      Have to agree with Alec as well- there are a surprising number of good shows this season.
      Much better than I had anticipated anyways, heck I almost over looked this show!
      Haven’t gotten around to watching Gosick yet, but Madoka, Fractale, and IS are pretty awesome.

  • January 31, 2011 at 8:28 pmrasone0104

    Good episode Zombie Desu Ka? altough it was a more serious episode than we expected it really is one of the better ones this season. The only part that i didnt like about the ep is the randomness the whale presented it just seemed so out of place to me. On the otherhand seeing that gigantic thing fall against and “OMG” powered up masou shoujo was funny. The Yuu X Ayumu combi grows stronger and stronger per ep and I am not one bit disappointed by it. And IMO the girl who was shown dead in the end is the real killer ,comparing it to an Aizen Sousuke scenario. XP

    • January 31, 2011 at 9:01 pmAoihoshikage

      I totally agree regarding the random appearance of the whale. We see a nice Ayumu x Yuu moment and then bam! Triple A Megalo whale appears! *Ayumu proves his maniless* Well, overall, minor detail. I suppose randomness should be expected given the metling pot of various characters already in the series (i.e. sudden masou shoujo, vampire ninja appearances).

      I must say, I hope Studio Deen doesn’t drop the ball on this series. Each episode has been better and better. So far, it’s the one anime next to Gosicks that has me looking forward to the next episode each week.

  • January 31, 2011 at 8:47 pmClick

  • January 31, 2011 at 8:53 pmTama

    Great episode, Lol… I never expected ayumu dress become cuter until power level 1000%

  • January 31, 2011 at 8:58 pmMrBrownSound

    “No no more, you can’t get any cuter!” is something like what she said, lol.

  • January 31, 2011 at 9:11 pmGuy

    i hated how the cute doggy died almost as fast as he was introduced XC

    • February 3, 2011 at 6:32 am0927123

      Yeah, I agree. :(

  • January 31, 2011 at 9:17 pmSuppa Tenko

    So Ayumu used his Zombie powers to create a Final G-Impact Gigantic Sonic Boost *something* Rider Falcon Meteor Richard Kyoukaku Tenka Muteki Catapult Blade Gespenst Mystletainn Kick!?

    • January 31, 2011 at 9:18 pmSuppa Tenko

      Oh and that Twintail girl, I have a feeling she’s not really dead… unless they killed her off to get rid of suspicion that she is the cereal killer as well as possibly show casing the death note like abilities of the cereal killer.

      • January 31, 2011 at 10:04 pmxcswmboy

        lol, cereal killer, sorry, but its funny.

      • February 1, 2011 at 10:37 amZeta

        Cereal Killer? I lol’D!.

      • February 1, 2011 at 11:15 amAlec


      • February 3, 2011 at 6:33 am0927123

        Needs MOAR COW MILK!!!

  • January 31, 2011 at 9:51 pmfraisen

    i dunno. for some reason i cannot see the awesomeness of this episode like the rest of you did. it felt like it was all over the place.

  • January 31, 2011 at 10:27 pmVagueSomething

    Well there’s another dinner scene to add to the long tradition of horrible anime cooks. It was both terrible and funny how they just wait for him to eat and then demand dinner from him as soon as he regained consciousness. Truly this is the zombie curse.

    Actually, I don’t think the whale is as random as people seem to think. After Yuu explains why she can’t express emotion otherwise it messes up fate, she then cries seriously. I read the whale appearing as a result of Yuu finally showing emotion, hence demonstrating why it is such a problem. In all I found it rather funny. Ayumu makes his bold declaration after comforting Yuu, looking up at the infinite universe and more or less saying, “Go on, do your worst!”. Then straight after, fate throws a giant flying, school-outfit-wearing whale at him. Fate has a sense of humour, perhaps.

    All in all, another enjoyable episode.

  • January 31, 2011 at 10:39 pmAnne

    This episode was just amazing!

  • January 31, 2011 at 10:46 pmmarke

    Hmmm, good episode. I guess.

    Kyouko “dead” is surprising.

    Those who watches this, whatever you do. DON’T GO and READ AT THE LIGHT NOVEL FORUMS!
    I just got spoiled…

  • January 31, 2011 at 11:00 pmGuardian

    So, since I loathed the first episode as an unfunny pile of garbage, I should avoid this one even more than I have every one since then. Gotcha.

    • February 1, 2011 at 5:44 amrsquirrel

      While you’re at it, might try also avoiding reading blogs about it, and if you’re truly on a roll, might do your best to not reply to them either.

  • January 31, 2011 at 11:05 pmChocolate

    When I was about to think it was a bit slow on plot progression, episode 4 brings a wonderful blend of emotions as well as an awesome fight scene. I have to admit I was a bit tearful when I saw Yuu suddenly cry, thankfully Ayumu comforted her in the end. The way it’s going, I really want a Yuu and Ayumu ending.

    The scene at the end wasn’t as suspensful where it shows Kyoko’s death scene, there was nothing leading to it and when it showed she was dead, I felt like “Oh crap..guess she’s dead, that sucks”. I feel like it could of had a little more emotional impact. Also, the hilarious ED song right after kinda spoiled the mood It was trying to achieve :P

  • January 31, 2011 at 11:09 pmChocolate

    Also, I find it wierd how the doberman defended Ayumu, even though he was a zombie..perhaps he didn’t want Hellscythe-sama to feel any more pain to restore him? I wish he didn’t die, just when I was liking and appreciating his character, thinking that he could be a cool character, he dies soon after :/

    • February 1, 2011 at 12:17 amElevator

      I think that was supposed to be a joke. Doberman tried to defend Ayumu, who didn’t need any defense, but fails at it anyway as they both got impaled, and dies a futile (but very noble) death.

  • February 1, 2011 at 12:14 amElevator

    This show is 100% proof moodswing whiskey

    Vampire ninja girl can’t cook!
    - one scene later -
    The collector of souls strikes
    - one scene later -
    Green tea waterfall!
    - one scene later -
    Second encounter with murderer, sacrifice of the soul collector
    - one scene latHNNnnnnng -
    I will protect you no matter what!
    - one scene later -
    Giant flying whale, the blossoming Ayumu
    - one scene later -
    Dead Girl

  • February 1, 2011 at 12:32 amP0NCH

    Kicking a whale’s head clean off, and in a dress to boot! Dammit I love this show XD
    In all seriousness though the scene with Yuu and Ayumu was wonderful and touching, without being cheesy or over dramatized.
    It’s a shame that the Doberman was killed off, especially after being so helpful to Ayumu. Kinda makes me wonder if there are other megalo’s who are not hostile and what there intentions/goals might be. After all, the Doberman obviously knew who Yuu was; perhaps there is some connection to the necromancers and the megalos?

  • February 1, 2011 at 1:08 amNorwegium

    Now the question is…why would the dog, who by the looks of it, wasn’t much of an immortal. Sacrifise himself for Ayumu, who is indeed an immortal? And i got the impression he knew Ayumu was An Zombie, so WHY?

    Oh well, it was stupid and all that, but the rest of the episode sure made up for it. Ayumu kicking the head of the whale would make for an awesome GIF.

    • February 1, 2011 at 2:58 amZaku Fan

      Actually we don’t know if he really dies. There’s dfferent immortality possibilities. Like Ayumu rebuilding himself from his pieces, the dog could simply return to his post and be forced to stay there while regenerating

      • February 1, 2011 at 3:00 amNorwegium

        Well, i didn’t say he died. Did i now? I simply said he sacrificed himself. But im not blaming you, i can see how it looks like i meant it that way.

  • February 1, 2011 at 2:33 amciaomon

    nice episode, i didn’t expect yuu to show her emotions this early on in the series haha. i like the cold and direct yuu that reacts to ayumu’s humourous fantasies www.
    + i noticed that no one has made a japanese whaler joke yet haha. i hate to be a joy-kill but the animal rights activist inside of me just can’t help but think that that scene was a big slap in the face to the whole anti-whaling campaign, even though i know that this is probably totally unintentional. i will still thoroughly enjoy this anime series though. the characters are too likable and i’m in love with haruna-chan www, i think it’s the fang and her childish behaviour that does is for me.

    i have to add that sera’s “white pantie” quote from last episode was hilarious XDDDD, i must have played that clip over 50 times. hikasa youko is incredibly funny wwwwwwww.

  • February 1, 2011 at 2:52 amoutcast

    Not much on the how the necro’s power works, if her emotions have anything to do with megalo’s, the mystery killer and how it could be that vampire sitting in the attic during all the bloodworks, or the ending.
    Fast post Takaii, but a bit lacking.

  • February 1, 2011 at 3:00 amZaku Fan

    Given that Yuu has that much power stored inside her, i would guess she’s going to be the target. Sera and Ayumu would protect her and probaly Haruna after she gets over Ayumu liking Yuu more.

  • February 1, 2011 at 3:56 amPera

    Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? and Dragon Crisis is so far my favorite’s this season. Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? makes me laugh every time, and it’s so damn hilarious when Ayumu transform’s into a Masou Shoujo, it’s so stupid watching him fight in that pink dress xD I can’t for the moment get enough of this show. I look forward watching the next episode

    • February 2, 2011 at 8:30 pmfraisen

      have you seen level e? that one is on a whole different level of hilarity/absurdity.

  • February 1, 2011 at 3:57 amJusta_Dream

    Roflmao! This episode was pure win in both the funny and serious parts. Although, as funny as it was, I could do with less Masou Shojou Ayumu and his man-pantsu. I’m guessing that the killer has the artifact and that is why Ayumu always freezes up. It could be the sword but in any case the artifact is called ‘fear’ and so it would make sense if it causes people to freeze up in fear. He’s probably so afraid he doesn’t even realize it. That’s my guess anyway.

  • February 1, 2011 at 5:03 am7

    A++ will watch again

  • February 1, 2011 at 5:14 amLitho

    This show is satanic!!

    The words “Niku, niku, kani, niku, ebi, tamago!!” have been repeating themselves in my head since last night….

    • February 2, 2011 at 12:40 amSquaredonut

      I’m ashamed to admit, but i just had to rewind and watch the beginning seconds of the episode over and over again at least 5 times. That “Niku, niku, kani, niku, ebi, tamago” made my day. Just loved the way Haruna spins in out of nowhere and starts cooking.

  • February 1, 2011 at 6:08 am♕Croosboy♕

    Comedy, drama, cross-dress, action. what more?
    nc episode
    but still the there are still mystery in the last episode.
    Did the girl commit suicide or is there more to it. nc way to leave a cliffhanger

  • February 1, 2011 at 6:21 amricz

    the girl … she commit suicide
    she’s so mysterious in the first place
    she liked ayumu?why?

    • February 1, 2011 at 8:06 amdo_ob

      Suicide my ass, that was murder

      • February 1, 2011 at 11:56 pmricz

        pretty stupid of you!!!
        You don’t even know the difference between suicide and a murder o.O

      • February 2, 2011 at 10:55 amZaku Fan

        Actually it really could be a murder but the things just don’t add up.

        i) Ayumu doesn’t remember her
        ii) She’s the height of the shadow
        iii) She survived the attack when i think a news report said no survivors
        iv) She knows how to use a wooden sword
        v) She was holding the knife that fell off her hand
        vi) Her slash was on the side where she would have slashed herself with her right handed knife
        vii) She knows how Yuu looks
        viii) She knew Ayumu by first look

        Despite all this, it is possible she was killed by another but i would estimate the chances to be no more than 10%

  • February 1, 2011 at 10:25 amGhostalker

    I can’t help but lol and at the same time embarrass on that power-up scene. I agree with everyone here,..it’s the manliest thing in this season so far.

  • February 1, 2011 at 10:50 ampedobear

    The Dog prevents Ayumu’s soul from being reap out of his zombie body, by having himself impaled first.

    I find it funny at the later episodes if the one who pulled these crimes is a man crossdressing as a girl as well, vice-versa (Rolo is that you who commit the crimes!?! I thought you died a long time ago for overusing your time thingy. Ireia probably is Rolo’s sister.) These are just my speculations nothing more.

  • February 1, 2011 at 10:53 ampedobear

    Forgot to mention about the Madara suck to his dimension scene after Ayumu ate the extremely corrosive soup (It seems ceramics and glass tubes are good containers for these chemicals.)

  • February 1, 2011 at 1:45 pmNcrdrg

    I really love the change of direction Zombie is taking. I always prefer more serious shows but it still keeps nicely timed jokes (XD at spilling the tea). I’m all for a more serious tone with comedy mixed in rather than the opposite.

  • February 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm0927123

    Zombie never fails to deliver each week eh?!

  • February 1, 2011 at 6:22 pmX

    I wonder what kind of a girl would you call Sera? I mean you can say that Yuu is one of the cool silent type of girls, while Haruna can be a tsundere, but what about Sera? There at the battle scene she initially said about believing him, and suddenly insulted him and everything lol.

    • February 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm0927123

      I remember Senjougahara with the characteristics you’ve posted for Sera. hmmmmm

      • February 3, 2011 at 10:15 amHalconnen


  • February 1, 2011 at 7:34 pmAnonymous

    Kyoko with her hair down looks suspiciously like this girl at the end of the OP.


    Sexier than Sera.

  • February 1, 2011 at 9:19 pmJeff

    I really hope they push a Yuu pairing. Although there hasn’t been any romantic developments at all so far in this series.

  • February 1, 2011 at 10:46 pmNhelraios

    Good grief, just after that heartwrenching scene they pulled out that crazy masou shoujo transformation. I dont meant it in a bad way, In fact thats what got me hooked into this series, just like takaii said: “Somehow this show manages to combine the perfect amount of humor with spot on timing while still retaining some kind of seriousness when the time calls for it. “

    And in all seriousness, what did Haruna meant by “You musn’t get any cuter”? I wonder what couldve happen if Ayumu overdid it.

  • February 2, 2011 at 2:18 amOwaranai

    Think I’ve said this before somewhere, but I’ll just repeat it – KZDK is starting to feel like a minor version of those well-made shows in Kanon and Clannad with a good mix of humor, drama and (recently) well-placed cliffhangers.

    With this episode, I’d safely say most people watching this should be hooked.

  • February 2, 2011 at 7:21 amTez

    A lot of people are saying the whale thing was random, but I was expecting something to happen after Yuu cried like that. It seemed obvious to me that her magic summoned the thing.

  • February 2, 2011 at 11:25 amAnimato

    Is it just me or is Yuu’s seiyuu keep changing?

    • February 2, 2011 at 8:47 pmAutumn

      Lol. It’s a recurring joke to have her voice actress keep changing in Ayumu’s fantasies. Those voice actors are famous from hentai games and animes lol.

  • February 2, 2011 at 11:40 amewok40k

    yay for insanely overpowered male leads!
    yay for Dog Detectives!
    yay for ninja vampires cooking!
    but biggest yay for fragile-looking necromancers!

  • February 3, 2011 at 8:23 amActar

    No AT Field joke? Aw…

  • February 4, 2011 at 12:02 pmewok40k

    well, AT field aside, what about the whale lotta trouble and whale sushi?
    i also grew fond of the translation of Masou shoujo as Magiclad Girl…
    and if Yuu is the killer then I am the worst character judge in the world.
    no way such compassionate girl, literally taking on someones pain would murder people.
    plus she hates her magic power, while the murderer is trying to gain it…

  • February 9, 2011 at 4:57 pmexia

    I was eating a sandwich when the scene with the doberman drinking the green tea happened and I nearly choked from laughter. I couldn’t stop laughing for like a straight 2 minutes after that scene. I laughed through that important conversation of the doberman talking about Eu…This comedy just really caught me off guard.