Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Review: Kore wa Zombie desu ka? 9 and 10


A combination of the recent earthquake/tsunami in Japan, as well as my laziness has resulted in a dual review this week.  Now's the time for the thrilling climax... if this were a shonen action show.  But it's not. It's a comedy with a zombie/Masou Shoujo, a mute necromancer, and their merry friends.

More after the break!

Episode 9 begins with Yuu and some guy on a roof.  Suddenly, Yuu summons a scythe. What's going on here?!  It seems Sera is, in fact, under orders to kill Yuu.  And, yet, she doesn't want to, or so it seems.  And now Ayumu and the gang have to look for her.  This mystery man wants to prevent that.  And he's not afraid to trap Haruna underneath Yuu's doll to accomplish his goal.  Naturally, this gets Dai-sensei's attention.

Episode 10. It's apparently winter, and Yuu has left.  Everyone is trying their hardest to find her, but to no avail.  Meanwhile, Sera is attacked by "a conservative ninja like herself".  Supposedly, she was attacked for violating her orders to kill Yuu.   Did you know that vampire ninjas are very adept at playing the violin?  Yeah, neither did I.  In any case, Ayumu decides to go to the convenience store where *cue flashback*.  Suddenly, more zombies.

 Episode 9 was good. The borderline parody of magical girls is very present here, right down to the friendship speech at the end.  It's such a good parody of the genre, from the cross-dressing magical "girl", to the half-baked friendship speech.  Episode 10 appears to be setting up the finale, since there's a serious business tone about the show now.  For a 12-episode series, this is the right time to set up the finale, so it's got that going for it.

I still don't appreciate sticking drama into a comedy show.  While it's better done this time, it was still a rather sudden transition.  Other than that, nothing glaring caught my eye.  Another great episode, if you ask me.  Episode 10 carries many of the same issues that episode 9 did, namely the somewhat shoehorned drama.  Suddenly, parasite bomb!  If there's one thing that gets on my nerves, that would be it.

Kore wa Zombie desu ka? 9

Animation Quality: 4.5/5
Comedy/Action: 4/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Episode Plot: 5/5
Plot Advancement: 4.5/5

Overall:  4.5/5

Do NOT mess with Sera.
Kore wa Zombie desu ka? 10

Plot Advancement: 5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Drama/Action: 3.5/5
Episode Plot: 4/5
Animation Quality: 4/5

Overall: 4/5

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