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Zombie Land Saga

Type: And they say comedy is dead!

Synopsis: Thank you, I’ll show myself out.

Pros: The anime is about a group of zombie girls from different times brought back to life to become Idols for a small Japanese prefecture. Saga is apparently a real place, though I don’t know how hard up they are for tourists. I hear their chicken is pretty good. Anyway, this show is known for being one of the best comedies of 2018. The comedy comes from three sources: The clashes of personalities between the girls, the brash nature of their manager (Kotaro), and the shows love for abrupt jokes. I mean, when the opening joke of a girl getting hit my a truck becomes a meme, I think you know what kind of show your getting into. The show has a strong cast, and I especially liked Sakura’s anxiety, Saki’s rudeness, and Yugiri’s slapping ability. If you want just pure comedy, I would say focus on episodes 1-5, which show the girls getting into idol-related situations as a group. From doing a silly commercial to trying to land a promotion deal, Franchouchou’s hijinks do a lot to sell the ensemble nature of the show. And the show does get very silly. The animators were clearly having fun at some moments. Tae bursting into a room will never be not great.

Cons: First off, this is an idol show. Zombie gimmick aside, a lot of the stories revolved around being an idol. So if you aren’t digging the rise of idol shows in anime, this probably won’t change your mind. This is because two of the show’s main characters, Ai and Junko, have story arcs the specifically revolved around being idols. Being only actual girls with idol experience, the show explores Ai and Junko’s hesitation to join another group. The show actually does a lot of character work, despite having a reputation as a irreverent comedy. Episodes 6-12 gives each of the characters (except Yugiri and Tae) spotlights episodes exploring their pasts in some way. Ai and Junko have a philosophical disagreement over idol-fan interactions. We learn how Lily and Saki died, and the people they left behind. We also get a three-episode exploration of Sakura’s character as the season finale. While all this is great, is does take away from the comedy of the earlier episodes. So from a comedy scale of Adam Sandler to Adam Sandler, I’d give this a Adam Sandler in Click (2006). Solid, but some of the emotional beats don’t quite mesh well with the comedic nature of the story. (p.s. Those 3D performances were also not great!)

Watch it: Better than dying, resurrecting, then becoming a singer (4/5)

MVP: The Rap Battle in Ep. 2

With one season out, will I live to see season 2? The way the anime industry is going, I don’t know….

Best Episode: Ep. 8 “Go Go Neverland SAGA” (Apparently there was some controversy over Lily being trans, but honestly? It’s a very sweet and funny story. Father-daughter stories get me ever time).

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Princess Resurrection

Type: Necromancer Lady

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Synopsis: Good guy Hiro Hiyorimi dies trying to save a young woman from certain death. His good deed impresses the young women so, that she rewards him by reviving him. But theirs a catch. Hiro has to be continually revived, or else he dies for good. The price? Eternal service to this demon princess whose family is currently in the middle of a war for the throne. Not only that, but the royal family is apparently very good for you to eat, forcing Hiro to defend the princess from every swamp-thing, mummy, and Jason that comes a-calling. Maybe death wouldn’t have been so bad…

Pros: Their are two aspects of the show that I really liked. First, I really enjoyed the monster aspects of the show. Instead of going for traditional demons, the show decided to use werewolves, vampires, witches, ghosts, the classics basically. Its got an old school monster movie feel that I really enjoyed. I mean, the Princess’s royal guard is really just a werewolf, vampire, frankenstein, and zombie. Second, I was intrigued by the war for the throne. I’m a big fan of parallels in anime, so it was a treat when a member of the Princess’s family showed up with their own royal guard and robot bodyguard. If the show ever gets more seasons, I hope it decides to incorporate more of the royal family dynamic into the plot.

Cons: The first half of the show is stronger than the second half. The show begins by slowly introducing the main cast, using monsters of the week to flesh out the story. For example, the invisible man was used to showcase the intensity of the war for the throne. The second half of the show is used to transition into the main plot about the royal family, but it does it in manner that makes the episodes feel like fillers. Character wise, the protagonist Hiro Hiyorimi kinda bugged me. He’s an alright dude, but is completely useless in a fight. But weirdly enough, he always participated in fights. Why didn’t the princess train him? Why does she even keep him around? Hiro’s whole role felt forced a times, making you wonder why he was even their.

Watch it?: Give the first 13 episodes a shot, then see if you want to watch the rest. (3/5)

MVP: Flandre

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Best Episode: Ep.25 Princess Delinquent (bad robot)

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Is This a Zombie?

Type: Zombie Magical Girl Boy

Synopsis: Ayumu Aikawa is killed one night by a serial killer. Lucky for him, he had entertained a cute girl with his break dancing skills a few hours earlier. That girl was a necromancer, who revives him as her slave. Then, about a month later, he accidentally absorbs the powers of a Magical Girl for himself. He later gets accidentally engaged (married?) to a ninja vampire, thus making him a Zombie Magical Girl Boy member of a Vampire Ninja clan.

Pros: Man, this show is awesome! When its On, brother, it is On. First, Ayumu is a zombie, so he’s always killed in some hilarious way. Second, he’s a magical girl, and ends up fighting his enemies in a cute magical girl outfit. Third, he has three vampire ninjas crushing on him, two of which refer to him a a piece of shit. Fourth, he deals with all these stresses mentally by imagining that the necromancer, Eu talks like a love lore little sister. So not only is he a Zombie Magic Girl, he’s also an extremely rare interesting harem protagonist.

Cons: This first season is weaker than the second season. The first season deals with Ayumu’s death, then follows up with the Necromaner’s back story. Whenever the “plot” shows up, it drags the show dangerously close to generic waters. Ayumu’s murderer is crazy, but Ayumu gains victory. Eu is “kidnapped” and Ayumu has to save her while simultaneously affirming his feelings for her. Luckily, the second season manages to insert the plot more organically than the first.

Watch it?: Do you even have to ask? (4/5)

MVP: Mael Strom

School Wives are the best kind of Wives

Best Episode: S2, Ep.4 “No, Get Lost, Good Sir” (Cosplay Cafe Tournament!)

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High School of the Dead

Type: Anime Grindhouse

Synopsis: Oh man! Oh man! There’s all these zombies everywhere! Everyone’s shooting and killing each others! Its all bloody and gross! And all the girls have big boobs! It was sooo cool!

Pros: So. many. Zombies. This is a zombie story done through the anime style. There’s no superpowers, no sunny optimism, and no happy endings. Like all great zombie stories, this is about a group of people trying to survive as humanity is literally and metaphorically dying around them. They have to get from point A to point B without losing themselves to sorrow and despair. But its also a zombie story done through the grindhouse style. This means lots of violence and lots of sex, which are delivered superbly via the anime style of animation. If you like guys like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, then you’ll love this anime.

Cons: There’s not really anything wrong with it. The violent and sexual imagery make is unsuitable for younger viewers. If you’re offended by sexploitation, then this one isn’t for you. It ends rather abruptly. On a personal note, I disliked the character Rei Miyamoto (too high maintanence). And its still an anime, with some anime troupes (ex: the girls with big boobs), so anyone looking for a strictly  traditional western zombie story may be turned off.

Watch it?: Yes. Anime Grindhouse. (5/5)

MVP: Kohta Hirano & The Opening

  

First One for his sheer insanity, the Second for its sheer awesomeness

Best Episode?: Ep. 9 “The Sword and Dead”  (so sexy, yet so deadly)

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