Anime of Tomorrow
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (last thoughts)
Final impression – often underrated 7/10
Winter 2011 (title literal translation – Is This a Zombie?)
Eucliwood Hellscythe, the quiet necromancer. Haruna, the genius magic girl. Seraphim, the vampire ninja. Ayumu, the high school zombie. Combine them together and there’s no end to the problems they can cause for each other. When Ayumu accidentally absorbs Haruna’s magic girl powers, it becomes her responsibility to instruct her new cross-dressing apprentice. And when Seraphim challenges Ayumu to a duel to the death, it’s more of a war of attrition when they realize that neither can kill the other. But underlying all of this is Eucliwood’s secret powers and troubled past. If her three friends can’t team up to protect her from the mistakes she has made, she might have to leave forever.
Kore wa Zombie desu ka? falls into that class of wild and strange anime that a lot of love and hate relationships develop around. While it’s understandable why many would want to steer clear of it, the cast of random oddities fits with the anime’s overall tone to create a nice cohesion that feels acceptable. I hear a lot of people complain about Ayumu’s cross-dressing. But is that really something to complain about when the rest of this anime is oftentimes just off-kilter, goofy and fun? Yes, occasionally Kore wa Zombie gets a little too serious for its own good given its cast of oddball archetypes, but overall it’s very entertaining.