Friday, February 25, 2011

Review: Kore wa Zombie desu ka? 7

The history of the universe is, as we all know, a vital part of high school mathematics.

After dropping hints at an overarching plot last week, I was very intrigued to see how the show handles those implications.  Was I pleasantly surprised? Was I horribly disappointed?  Or was it just "meh"?  Answers to these questions, if nothing else, follow.

First thing we see is... a girl slurping noodles. (Chug, chug, chug!)  Cut to Ayumu studying astronomy. With Haruna as the teacher.  Remember kids, you need a string to spin a galaxy, and that's where the string theory comes from. Oh, and Ayumu is SUPPOSED to be studying mathematics.  Evidently, you shouldn't ask a genius to help you with simple mathematics.  Because if you don't listen, you get whacked with a squeaky hammer that anyone can buy for 5 bucks.  Of course, Yuu (voiced by Yuki Matsuoka this week) offers to just do the math for Ayumu.  Oh, and it's summer, which means blazing sun.  Ayumu is not thrilled with having to fight a megalo in such heat.  Moving right along, Dai-sensei has another favor for Ayumu. As if he doesn't have enough to do...  In any case, the megalo gets beaten... by having tonkatsu ramen splashed on him.  Yes, that girl we saw slurping noodles is, in fact, another vampire ninja. Yay, character introductions!  And we learn more about vampire ninja culture to boot.

Hard to find things to say about this show that I haven't said already.  One thing I REALLY liked was that Yuki Matsuoka, who, of course, voiced one of my favorite characters EVER, Tsuruya, was Yuu's "voice" this week.  Spectacular animation, especially during the fight with the megalo.  One rather amusing scene was when Ayumu tried to run 100 meters... and ended up jumping off the bridge and into the water below.  Top-notch work once again.

When so much goes right, it's hard to find something wrong with a show.  I have no complaints at all about this episode. That's how good it was.  Even the "ero-megane" didn't bother me all that much. In fact, I just loved Ayumu's reaction.  Not to mention the fact that the glasses work on BOTH genders, and not just his new wife, either.  Though that may be a turn-off point for some people.

A damn near perfect episode.  Constant in-your-face humor creates a nice episode that is a welcome relief from a certain other series this season.  Additional benefits include a second vampire ninja, accidental marriage that no one in Ayumu's class finds odd, and ero-glasses.  No question here, this show knows what wants to do, and it does it right.  Sign me up for episode 8.

Kore wa Zombie desu ka? 7

Plot Advancement: 4.5/5
Characters: 5/5
Comedy: 5/5
Episode Plot: 4.5/5
Animation Quality: 4/5

Overall:  4.5/5

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