One of the more comedic anime to air during the Spring 2012 season was Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead, the sequel to Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Produced by Studio DEEN and lasting only 10 episodes, this anime continues where the first season left off and continues to add more characters and more craziness.
Ayumu Aikawa, a normal teenage boy turned cross-dressing zombie-masou shoujo, finds himself caught up in battle after battle as old enemies return and new ones take to the stage. Thankfully, his harem of Eucliwood Hellscythe (the necromancer that saved him and turned him into a zombie), Haruna (a genius masou shoujo), and Seraphim (a vampire ninja) are still living with him. His “outer harem” of Yuki ‘Tomonori’ Yoshida (a vampire ninja), and Sarasvati (a vampire ninja idol) also make frequent appearances.
With such an interesting cast, I’m sure you’re probably wondering about what exactly they do. To be honest, I have no clue; the plot in Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead is all over the place. It included things like fixing Haruna’s magical chainsaw, curing an ill Eucliwood, reconciling with an old enemy, finding a way to defeat a new enemy, and upgrading a cross-dressing zombie. There is very little plot continuation between arcs and it seems almost like the story was written in a drunken frame of mind. That’s not a bad thing though, since the main selling point of the series is its crazy drunken comedy.
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead has some of the most random things you can think of; I actually think the writers were drunk when they wrote it. For example, one of the new characters in this season is Chris, a pink-haired fairy that’s always drunk (go figure), and pukes rainbows. And have you ever wondered why some people peel off all of the white stuff on tangerines/oranges? Well, it turns out they’re actually poisonous to necromancers. Sarasvati also has a thing not for Ayumu, but for his ass; how many girls out there actually fall in love with someone’s ass? One of my favourite parts was the life-draining dance that Tomonori and Haruna did. I thought this season was funnier than the first, and it is definitely the funniest anime so far this year.
Continuing with its success in the first season, Dyson Air Multipliers also make frequent cameos in the second season.
The animation quality was consistent throughout the series, and the character designs were kept the same as the first season, which is what I would expect from Studio DEEN. I did not notice any malformed characters or poorly drawn objects. It’s not feature film quality, but it’s certainly close and is definitely above average for TV anime.
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead won’t appeal to a lot of people, mainly the ones looking for a good story, but it is a good anime to watch if you want to experience some drunken craziness without the alcohol (or with alcohol for added effect). Except for some of the more hilarious moments, I probably won’t remember much of the series after a while. The disconnected plot makes it hard to remember what happened because each arc seems like a separate story with the same characters, and you end up forgetting about the less important ones. I am looking forward to a third season/movie/OVA though, and hope that they announce one in the future. How else am I going to get my fix of chibi-Eu’s?