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Zombieland Saga – 04

「ウォーミング・デッド SAGA」 (Warming Dead Saga)
“Warming Dead Saga”

This week’s Zombieland Saga takes a trip to the nearby town in the Saga prefecture, Ureshino. Kotarou’s connections with Hisanaka Pharmaceuticals gave him an idea for Franchouchou’s next gig at Ureshino Hot Springs. Although Kotarou addresses that he wants the girls to train during their entire visit and avoid drawing attention as zombies in heavy makeup, they have other ideas in mind to let loose, have a good time, and learn about one another.

An important development that has surfaced during Franchouchou’s trip to Ureshino is the skepticism that they have over the circumstances that result in them becoming zombie idols. With cremation as a go-to method of laying the deceased to rest, they are confused as to not only how they died, but also how they were able to become zombies if they were supposed to be cremated. On top of this, they question who exactly Kotarou is and what he knows. During the episode, he drops his eccentric manager act to discuss his business relationship with a Hisanaka Pharmaceuticals representative and his interests in revitalizing the Saga prefecture, but because this scene was around the same time they questioned his identity at the foot bath, it raises further suspicion in Kotarou’s lack of transparency. Their conversation also fuels Ai’s discomfort with being a part of a group that was gathered together with little experience of what an idol group does, let alone the idea that they still have to play along with Kotarou, but she is willing to still be a part of the band as long as they’re able to perform without any problems.

The fourth episode also takes the effort to develop the bonds between the girls as they learn about each other and the world around them. Even though she has taken to calling Lily by the nickname “Shrimpy”, Saki is one of the friendliest and down-to-earth members of the group as she encourages Franchouchou to explore Ureshino and gives both Sakura and Junko the inspiration to sneak into the hot springs overnight to enjoy themselves without feeling cooped up in such a neat town. The second lease at life that resurrection gives some of the girls is also heart-warming with Yuugiri’s enthusiasm about experiencing the modern age. There is a comforting element to how someone from centuries ago like Yuugiri would not only be excited about the changes society has gone through since her time, but also reflect on how nice it is that she gets to experience the present day with her new friends. Similarly, it is very cute to see Junko start to warm up to her bandmates as she asks to join Sakura and Saki in the hot springs, and is open about her anticipation about growing together as a group.

Overall, it was a solid episode that didn’t feel as locked into the trappings of an idol show like the last episode did. Even if the CG was still in part of the dance scenes, it didn’t feel as distracting as the guerilla performance, and they helped to make their live performance for the company amusing with how they kept slapping dermal patches on themselves and their audience in spite of the on-screen warnings the show gave us earlier. There were also some cute and funny moments with the girls hanging out by Ureshino’s hot spots from the shrines and fish statues to the foot bath and hot springs. The hot springs hang-out devolving into a horror scene with the pharmaceutical rep running away from the zombie girls was another hilarious moment that took their status as zombies into account. Koutarou’s behavior in the beginning was also entertaining, but it’ll be intriguing to see what happens with him as the story progresses with the skepticism that Franchouchou has about his actions and role in their resurrection.

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October 25, 2018 at 4:24 pm
14 comments »
  • October 25, 2018 at 5:10 pmyoloalchemist

    Just another day in Miyano Mamoru’s crazy land.

  • October 25, 2018 at 5:14 pmRenaSayers

    Finally we get to enjoy a stress free episode, the last three were a mix bag of connecting the team together. This time we get to see less drama and more of the girls (cadaver) let their hair (scalp) down.

    https://randomc.net/image/Zombieland%20Saga/Zombieland%20Saga%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2033.jpg

  • October 26, 2018 at 12:43 amAngelus

  • October 26, 2018 at 4:42 amKoi

    It’s kinda weird this premiered in October where Halloween is taking place.

  • October 26, 2018 at 12:12 pmDanny

    I kept waiting for the make up to come off of their legs when they were in the foot bath. Then I kept waiting for their body parts to decay while in the hot springs. I keep waiting for those little extra problems which should occur as an undead.

    I love the zombie influence on their dance and lyric styles. Gimme more random head rolling, plz. Maybe some dropped toes and broken fingers.

    Really never liked the manager; here he goes and resurrects dead girls (it seems) and then treats them like ungrateful slaves while keeping them cooped up and demanding intense work and focus from people who were just revived into a brand-new life (in rotting bodies, no less). Ugh. waiting for his story and glad the girls are suspicious.

    Sakura is clearly the real leader of the group.

  • October 26, 2018 at 1:05 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    You also notice that they never show Kotarou’s face when his sunglasses are knocked off.

    https://randomc.net/image/Zombieland%20Saga/Zombieland%20Saga%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2007.jpg

    Also gotta love the faces XD

    • October 26, 2018 at 4:45 pmRenaSayers

      The selling point of the entire series so far.

  • October 26, 2018 at 8:32 pmHenrietta Brix

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxFkmmoROEo

    I expected him to be older… Not that young

  • October 27, 2018 at 6:08 amjohn

    I like this show so far but have only two complains, CG models during performance that don’t really bad, screaming manager is getting old now.

    • October 27, 2018 at 6:09 amjohn

      i botched my English completely, but you get the gist of it

  • October 27, 2018 at 11:24 amMockman

    This episode had several fun moments in it.

    I liked how even Tae was overcome at the sight of all the cakes in the window.

    Also, Koutarou’s response to seeing the girls wandering by the window was to turn on the brute charm with the Hisanaka exec. And like others, I’m wondering what the deal is with him.

    I didn’t mind the CG dancing. I think at least one alternative would be worse. I still remember a scene in Ouran Host Club, when near the end of the second episode, two characters danced in what should have been a wonderfully animated moment, but visually it was just a handful of still frames. So, I’m good with this.

    Overall, the interactions of all the girls reminds me of Zombie-kun (in Kore wa Zombie) when he commented that he never really started to live until after he was dead. The show is absurd fun and the zombies are surprisingly charming as they slowly come to life.

  • October 27, 2018 at 11:44 amMockman

    What’s the deal with Saga anyways? This show obviously has a weird take on the place, but Haganai did as well, when they played the Romancing Saga 3D console game that Rika had developed. The rationale for that game’s focus was simply that the company was located there. Makes me wonder if the people of that prefecture have a chip on their collective shoulder or a multitude of other neuroses.

  • October 28, 2018 at 2:25 amLoliHat

    Any bets that those medicinal pads from Hisanaka Pharmaceuticals will come back in a later episode as a “brick joke”?

  • October 29, 2018 at 2:35 amTarage

    Saki continues to increase her stock, as does Yugiri. Tae though… she continues to be best zombie.

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