I never thought I would see the day when ‘zombie romance’ was an appropriate way to describe something other than a horrible nightmare or pot-fueled scribblings.
So hey, another blind shot at something from spring. The usual stuff applies as far as the aesthetic and quality side goes: Everything looks pretty nice, but nothing too special. Although it does remind me of a slightly less SHAFT-y Bakemonogatari. There are still the art shifts and SHAFT-like scenes, but it’s toned down and overall more normal. Music was nothing to write home about and – aside from the ‘please make it stop’ OP – I never even noticed any.
But, y’know, this isn’t a show that you watch for the art or the music. This is a show that you watch for the sweet, loving story of a boy, his potentially zombified/dead cat, and his entrails-hanging-out zombie girlfriend. I’m not kidding, that’s how it goes. It’s an interesting as hell premise and thankfully the characters can support it. Everyone is likeable, from Furuya’s slightly terrifying obsession with hooking up with the undead to Ranko’s slightly terrifying implications that she wants to hook up with her cousin. I am calling that one right now because I have never seen cousin relationships in anime go any other way. So yeah, everyone is fun and enjoyable and strange.
Well… except for one person. Sanka Rea, daughter of a rich, influential family and title character of the series. Also the female lead, which makes her Furuya’s abomination of a lover. I don’t know what it is about her. Maybe it’s her constant complaining in the first real scene she’s in, maybe it’s her complete ignorance, maybe I just don’t like zombies, but I had no idea I was capable of hating a female lead more than Senjougahara from Bakemono. It’s like they took the bitchiness and abuse away from Senjougahara and replaced it with just… whiny, angsting annoyance.
Granted, I could be wrong. Maybe being a zombie makes her less annoying, who knows? But anyway, aside from her, it’s a good show. If nothing else, give it a shot because… Well, it’s got a hell of a premise and I feel that some vague semblance of originality should be rewarded. Anyhoo, expect the first impressions to wrap up this week. Which will then be followed by final impressions. I’m never escaping this backlog, am I? Whatever, as always, thanks for reading and have a good’un.