「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.