Not every zombie is the monstrous, brain-eating type. One night while walking home from the convenience store, regular high school boy Ayumu Aikawa is killed by a serial killer, and is just as suddenly brought back to life by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe. One small caveat: he’s now a zombie. Things get even weirder for him when he accidentally steals a magical girl’s uniform, and thus her powers! Haruna, the ex-magical girl, orders him to fight evil creatures known as Megalo in her place until they can figure out a way to get her powers back to her. It seems that life is just going to get stranger and stranger for poor Ayumu from here on out in Kore wa Zombie desu ka?. – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
Is This a Zombie? takes the well-known zombie theme and creates something unlike we’ve seen before by combining zombies, necromancers, vampire ninjas and even magical girls into a show that is wonderfully unpredictable and these unpredictable elements make Is This a Zombie? a brilliant and comedic romp. With great action sequences, a nice level of fan service and unique character backgrounds this zombie is certainly the freshest we’ve seen in a long time and definitely worth your time.
I remember this during the original airing. The comedy is the ~playing off the straight man~ schtick and it does it very well. The main character’s slow acceptance of the situation along with his visualized mental states are hilarious and worth the watch. As characters get added there isn’t a single character that doesn’t add some funny to the show.
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The first season was successful enough that a sequel series, Is This a Zombie? of the Dead, followed a year after this season’s initial run. Funimation simulcast that one, and so presumably will eventually be releasing it on DVD, too. For now, though these 13 episodes will have to suffice.
Kore wa Zombie is a fun little ride. It has good action, good characters, and some pretty funny comedy. It starts to lack that comedy as it progresses, but the story isn’t all that bad, just nothing worth remembering. There are some idiotic moments (the last episode), some cool moments (the whale), but overall it’s a lot of meh. It just never seems to find its stride. With a second season on the way though, we can hope that it will provide better bad guys and figure out whether it wants to be a funny plot-based story or a serious plot-based story.
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While perhaps still not essential anime viewing by any means, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Of the Dead is an obvious improvement on the original. Its got a clearer focus on what it wants to be, a better variety/quality of jokes and a more interesting array of character focus. Its only really the rushed story that lets it down, and that could have perhaps been sorted with an additional two or so episodes. If you were a fan of the first season then you’ll love this, and if like me you felt underwhelmed by the original then …Of the Dead may just prove to be somewhat of a surprise hit.
As I said earlier, Is This a Zombie? has a bit of everything for everyone. Some might be turned off by the fan service or the over the top comedy, but I think it all fit perfectly in the overall scope of this series. For me the show was a bit of a “sleeper”, as in I didn’t expect much from it. Thankfully it turned out to be quite a fun show overall with a solid plot to carry it. Consider the first season recommended.
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Kore wa Zombie~ is a rather unique anime, perhaps something you’d expect if you crossed J.C. Staff with SHAFT. It definitely won’t win any awards and it’s not exactly thought provoking, but it easily makes up for it in sheer ridiculousness and outrage. So why should you watch Kore wa Zombie desu ka?
A fun series that has lots to offer, just a shame that season two became an anchor around the series and dragged it notoriously down into mediocrity. There are some great moments throughout the series, both in season one and two. Worth a Watch, for sure, just take into consideration that season two is nothing like season one.
Even though it’s not the sort of anime I’d rush to watch, I still enjoyed it anyway.
The Nihon Review
It’s a very weak three stars: I liked it more than I’d expected, I disliked relatively little, and I was never entirely sold on it, which leaves it squarely in the middle. For fans of the harem genre, this is more likely to be a strong three stars or weak four stars.
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I was surprised by Is This A Zombie and yet at the same time disappointed. The show was better than I thought it was going to be but as soon as you start getting that sort of feeling of pleasant surprise the show drops you on your head and you’re left wondering what the hell just happened. The story had some strong points and some not so strong points but it does a well enough job to keep you hooked for long enough to become invested in it. The characters were funny and kept this show afloat. Without these characters this show would’ve sunk. The voice acting was amazing and was a god send to the show. Would I highly recommend Is This A Zombie? Probably not. But if you’re looking for a comedy with some ecchi in it or are just bored and want a show to kill a little time then I say go for it. Keep your expectation under control and you might end up liking the show. I just wish the show would’ve followed through on it’s potential.
The Nihon Review
What Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? does is much like throwing in episodes about rape or murder into a perfectly functional sitcom in order to punch up the finale. It’s awkward, unnecessary and unless you’re willing to burn the barn down and leap into the path of School Days’(1,2,3) WTF-ery, it’s just plain dumb. I believe that sitcoms should remain sitcoms, and not mutate into some serious drama the depth of which the established material simply cannot handle.