Please be aware that this evaluate incorporates spoilers for Is This a Zombie? & Is This a Zombie? of the Lifeless.
Is This a Zombie? and Is This a Zombie? of the Lifeless are a 22-episode duology which aired in 2011 and 2012 respectively. The general sequence relies on the sunshine novel of the identical title by Shinichi Kimura, with artwork by Kobuichi and Muiririn. It tells the story of highschool pupil Aikawa Ayumu, who meets his premature demise due to a serial killer, solely to be resurrected as a zombie via necromancer Eucliwood Hellscythe, or Eu for brief.
The narrative sees Ayumu taking on the position of Eu’s guard, just for hijinks to outcome, as an encounter with Haruna, a Magical Garment Woman (translated from a pun on “mahō shōjo” which implies Magical Woman), leaves him inadvertently taking over her position after he takes away her talents, successfully turning into a cross-dressing Magical Woman within the course of.
He additionally turns into acquainted with a tsundere vampire named Seraphim who needs to serve Eu however is rejected so as an alternative begrudgingly turns into Ayumu’s servant in an effort to influence her (although secretly additionally to get nearer to Ayumu). With the assistance of what primarily turns into his harem Ayumu battles demons, referred to in-universe as Megalos, within the effort to find simply why he died in such a style.
From this synopsis the themes of supernatural comedy with ecchi components turn into clearer and the sequence primarily sticks to the acquainted formulation of the style while being fairly humorous within the course of. The concept this harem is definitely folks that may barely stand each other is a refreshing tackle the trope…till they do find yourself being excited about Ayumu, that’s.
The premise for the story, as laid out above, ends in a two-season anime that isn’t something spectacular however isn’t attempting to be – it’s a enjoyable supernatural romp that options some respectable battles and fascinating worldbuilding like spins on acquainted mythological beings and develops its character backstories fairly properly.
The sequence additionally maybe takes itself a bit too significantly at occasions, permitting the comedy to creep in and undermine these critical moments. I additionally wasn’t a lot of a fan of the ultimate episode the primary season, which is kind of the acquainted idea of the pool episode, full with a expertise competitors. It felt slightly jarring from a tonal perspective following the extra critical climax that had simply come earlier than.
Of the 2 seasons, I felt that the primary is stronger total because the second exhibits indicators of fatigue with its comedic episodes and lacks the extra participating plot of the primary. Story development within the second season additionally feels sluggish with the story taking much less prominence than the comedy-focused plot. An underwhelming villain doesn’t assist issues right here both. The second season does introduce some new characters although, together with the soft-spoken Taeko and a warrior from the Underworld named Negrelia.
Trying on the voice forged I assumed the lead VAs in Junji Majima and Kotono Mitsuishi, portraying Ayumu and Eu, current the characters’ personalities properly and in addition realise the extra critical moments; the remainder of the supporting forged holds up total. I didn’t take heed to the English Funimation dub for this evaluate, however the possibility is there for many who want it.
The animation was dealt with by Studio Deen and was directed by Takaomi Kanasaki (Faculty Rumble 2nd Semester) who would go onto direct KonoSuba. The motion set items are decently dealt with right here and the usage of pink ties into the general branding for the sequence.
Each sequence characteristic a rating composed by Makoto Uezu, who additionally labored on KonoSuba and different notable anime together with Assassination Classroom and The Heroic Legend of Arslan. His work right here hits the juxtaposition of comedy and supernatural shonen scenes fairly properly. Yoshikazu Iwanami, who has labored on too many sequence to depend, supplies sound route right here.
Is This a Zombie? and Is This a Zombie? of the Lifeless are introduced by MVM Leisure throughout 4 discs, which replicate the Funimation releases from 2014 and 2015 beneath the anime classics vary. The discharge for Season 1 sadly doesn’t comprise the OVA for Season 1 as featured on the DVD launch.
The image high quality is strong and provides an honest improve from the DVD releases, and the sound high quality can be good throughout the Japanese and English audio choices.
Particular Options embrace episode commentaries and a video commentary, plus Textless Songs and U.S. Trailers.
To conclude, each seasons within the Is This a Zombie? sequence present a supernatural comedy sequence with respectable motion and, relying in your private pretence, comedy that utilises the off-kilter premise and story, although for me the primary season is stronger than the second by way of story improvement.