Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? – 12 (END)
「はい、まだ続きます」 (Hai, Mada Suzukimasu)
“Yes, There’s Still More”
The infamous beach/pool episode — who would have thought that something so simple could be done so skillfully? With the actual story finishing last episode, all I can say is that this final episode left on a really happy note.
So, you have the average run-of-the-mill pool episode where fan-service is running rampant. Then you have a this show’s pool episode, one where you get a handful of amazing fan-service shots but aren’t focused on the pool. The addition of an idol competition during a simple pool visit was so out there that for a show like Zombie, it almost felt normal. Sera and Saras could probably make it big in the idol business — with such well endowed bodies and their ability to utilize their ninja skills to change within seconds.
But the fun doesn’t end there, and not only does Haruna’s flamboyant attitude bring everything up another notch but even Yuu takes the chance to perform on stage! Idol concert — more like a crazy Idol Rock and Ballad concert! Watching Haruna wear such a ridiculous outfit and rock out on Mysteltainn was definitely interesting to say the least but it was a nice treat to see Yuu completely out of her armor. But, as things in Ayumu’s world never end well, I’d like to note that it’s painful to watch him act like such an airhead after his amazing performance last episode. But boy, imagine how fun the world would be if all the females got stuck wearing things like this. Let your imagination run rampant!
Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve watched a show that’s been amazing in the beginning, slightly less amazing toward the end, and then manages to turn around and deliver an amazingly strong ending (even if it is full of plot holes). When the season started, I wasn’t sure what to make of another zombie show. With memories of High school of the Dead still fresh in my memories, I was hoping that “Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?” would be something different — which it totally was. I never expected things like a main character whose voice actor changes week after week, a male Masou Shoujo, or even vampire-ninjas!
Watching the story change from feeling like a slice of life to a full blown battle was fun in its own right, but what probably had me coming back week after week was the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious, usually over the top, humor. A bento full of eggs, ramen with the power to vanquish enemies, x-ray glasses, and climbing up walls with suction cups is just the tip of the iceberg. All these little jokes put here and there were used in such a perfect manner that even the silliest of things still had me laughing my head off. If watching Haruna get woken up by a pissed off chicken alarm clock or a wolf splashing tea all over himself didn’t get you laughing, I don’t know what will.
From a character standpoint, I don’t think we could have had an even better rounded cast. Starting in order of appearance for Ayumu’s harem, you have the silent cute one (Yuu), the flamboyant and violent one (Haruna), the ridiculously rude and blunt one (Sara), and the fairly normal one (Tomonori). Sure, there was Hiramatsu (girl from the ending voiced by Yamaguchi Rei) and Kyoko who mysteriously disappeared and never returned, but it’s nice to see each person in Ayumu’s harem feel different than the one next to them. Then you have Ayumu, the manliest protagonist of the season. The fact that he never had to rely on someone else to do the fighting for him puts him pretty up there — watching him amp his body up to over 1000% power is just awesome. But besides his manliness, I enjoyed watching him somehow reciprocate everyone’s feelings in a way that didn’t leave anyone out but at the same time made it clear who he really wanted.
All in all, I’m so happy that I decided to cover Zombie. Even with the plot holes surrounding Yuu’s voice and with Kyoko still missing, I think Zombie has been an awesome show. Based on the Takaii meter, an unknown list of things that I use before I recommend something, I would definitely recommend this show to anyone. Unlike High school of the Dead which was full of fan-service moments, I’d like to say that Zombie uses fan-service a bit more tastefully. There’s still boobs bouncing in certain places, and certain male pantsu shots I could live without, but I don’t think it’s pushing the boundaries too far. Before I end this post, I hope everyone watching this show laughs one more time — That’s not a kick!
P.S. Toward the end of the episode, did you notice this girl? Makes me wonder who she is.. Possibly a hint at a second season?!