「ウォーキング・ベット SAGA」 (Wookingu Betto SAGA)
“Walking Bet SAGA”
While most of Zombie Land Saga Revenge has been centered around the aforementioned “Revenge” as they make more appearances in the national spotlight, this episode highlights the main consequence that comes from giving themselves such wide exposure. Mainly, it gave the investigator Shinta Okoba more ammo to work with as he aims to find leads as far as why the girls closely resemble people who are no longer alive.
The biggest bomb-drop of the episode was the end-of-episode reveal that Okoba saw Yamada’s head fall off. He’s spent so long within the past season trying to find some lead as far as why Franchouchou’s band members suspiciously resembled deceased actresses, idols, and locals. While some of the low-stakes episodes have been nice and breezy, it’s exciting to see that they’re starting to take the story more seriously and are willing to give Okoba enough ammo to actively try to uncover how it was possible for Kotaro to bring people back to life.
Additionally, we also have one small hint at Yamada’s ancestry with her family’s ancestral grave being right next to Sakura’s. It’d be interesting to see how they end up following through on who exactly the Legendary Yamada Tae is and if she ends up being semi-related to Sakura. It also calls into question whether any of Sakura or Tae’s immediate family are still wandering about Saga.
We’ve gotten to see the people who knew Lily, Ai, and Saki from way back when, but it’s more surprising that nobody Sakura knew has come out of the woodwork, shell-shocked that she’s been wandering about since she passed away far more recently than the others. Similarly, any of Yamada’s relatives might help bridge the gap as far as who exactly this girl is and what she was up to before she passed on.
Speaking of people from Saki’s past, her best friend’s daughter Maria shows up again to intercept Yamada by both getting her involved in a contest that Maria’s new hip-hop dancing troupe is involved with. Additionally, we get some closure on behalf of Maria’s rival Misa, who finally wins big during her new gig of boat racing. It’s not much, but it provides some light fluffy fun and helps us catch up with what they’ve been up to since the first season ended.
But above all else, this episode gave us a fun excursion where we got to see the Legendary Yamada Tae work her magic across Saga. On top of being beloved for her adorable zombie-like behavior, the episode has a ball animating her struggle as she wants to eat every snack around her, wrapper and all, while she gets dragged along from one scheme to another that would hilariously end up covering the 20 million yen they were missing.
On top of that, we’ve got a song that might even be better than last week’s scatting with a theme song built around Yamada’s quest to get groceries. It was pretty funny to see the lyrics pop up to capture the essence of the epic grocery run Yamada has to make as she dawdles about on the street and tries to eat the flowers around her. The scenes that had a ton of substance to it might have been scattered about the episode, but it’s hard not to love an episode dedicated to watching Yamada goof off and growl as she noms on any food, hair bun, or object in her path.