Do you know when you are going to die? Michiru Kita does, as she has the ability to see the ring of death around people's necks. The darker the ring, the closer to death someone is. She notices that two boys in her class, Chika Akatsuki and Shito Tachibana, have completely black rings. Seeking to warn them of their impending demise, she stumbles onto their secret: they are already dead, but they are kept alive due to a contract with Zombie-Loan. Of course, nothing comes without a price. The boys must hunt down and destroy zombies, seeking to use Michiru's "Shinigami Eyes" to help them in their endeavor.
I have noticed that I haven't written any reviews on bad anime lately so I'm definitely going to try.
Zombie Loan is quite a lame excuse for a zombie anime that contains more plot holes and inconsistencies than a George Romero movie (look him up)
The story is quite laughable in every sense of the word. It is a mix of fan service, action, and comedy. Of course there are ways to execute a combo like this well, but it doesn't pull it off at all. They do well to suck you into the show with the first few episodes, but further down the road, you will notice it gets more and more ridiculous to even an open-minded person such as me to accept. The enemies are also pretty unimpressive. When I expect brutal zombie fights, the least I would expect would be puppies, nuns, and otakus. To give the story some credit though, it does get fairly decent towards the end after all the characters have established themselves. Also, don't forget the fan service as they try to hit all points of fan service from bishoujo to loli to bishonen. It's all there.
Theres nothing wrong with the art, but theres nothing great about it either. It's obvious from the start that the main aspect of the characters are their sex appeal and their HAIR. Yes their hair, its noticeably more detailed than an average anime, and pointy. I'm surprised no ones eyes gets poked out from all the pointy hair flying around. Suffice to say, they drew most of the men in a bishounen style whereas the women were drawn with a cute moe style (again with the fan service). Girls who love that style will like the boys and the same goes to the boys who love the girls. As for me (being a guy), I loved how all the girls were drawn and even their characteristics weren't bad at all. Aside from favoritism, everything else from backgrounds to static objects and stand ins were just average in my book. Nothing to write home about.
The sound is also not very stellar for such a short anime. A lot of MAL users didn't seem to appreciate the opening theme song (ref: MAL forums). As for me, the OP was average it seems like they were trying to steal a page from Death Note with a hard j-rock theme with no real relevance to the show. The sound effects throughout the show are also average. You'll encounter more comedy sounds than anything else. Also, theres a lot of music in the show, but in the same token, theres a lot of 'dead air' (like a faint wind blowing). But for the most part you will wish they lightened up on the background music. It's only saving grace from a "Pathetic" score (1 point), is the voice casting. Well you can tell the girls are all voiced in a cute or 'typical' manner but some of the guys didn't sound too good in my opinion. One of the main characters even has a nasally tone to his ranting and raving which was quite irritating at times.
Although it's very hard to take an anime like this serious when ALL THREE main characters special abilities are horrible from the start. One can see a band on their neck showing if that person is alive or dead. That ability is fine, but the other two have to switch hands with each other in order to call forth a sword or gun. Which begs the question... why not just keep your own hands to yourself (the reason is also pretty lame IMO). Now I could understand if there was a decent explanation, but its lame. Theres holes like this throughout this show as you would expect from an 11 episode show. Some of the holes are big, like how did they get so good at fighting, or why even bother going to school when your dead and broke. I'm sure you'll find your own issues to pick on throughout your viewing. A good point of the characters though is the fan service aspect as they again cover as many aspects as they can, but even that can help the score that much.
Overall, it's an all right anime that looks like it tries too hard to please a broad audience in such a small time. Even the manga felt to ambitious as well. I believed if Peach-Pit focused more on the story rather than the fan service, it would have been a much better show. Its a shame that such a bad story came from the same person that made Rozen Maiden, Shugo Chara, and Di Gi Charat.
Quite a unique storyline, much different than most out there. Although the story could have probably developed even more and a lot better if there were more than 11 episodes. That just cut the story too short, which was kinda disappointing.
Personally, I don't like this type of art style that was used in Z-Loan too much. Usually I'd prefer artwork more like that of Death Note. However, I think the art fit this particular series well, however it isn't the best art out there.
Usually I like loud songs and metal songs, but the opening song was just horrendous. I couldn't stand listening to it. The ending theme was fine though. The background music fit the scenes it was used in well, so they did that good. Nothing else really so say about the music work. It was overall good.
Very good characters. The tension between Chika and Shito was great for the story, especially because no matter what, they were stuck together because of their hands. All of the characters were pretty interesting themselves. Michiru had a good background story. Koyomi was my probably favorite, with her energetic normal self, and then becoming the lesbian Yomi, her alter-ego. Then there's all the others like Yuuta, with her "talking" hands, Bekkou (or ferryman), who's the leader of Z-loan, even though he appears like somebody you wouldn't really expect to be in charge, Chika's father, who looks like a girl, Chika's sister, who does nothing but text message on her phone, Shimotsuki, who's a younger girl, yet a chairsperson, Shiba, who at first appears to be a good guy, and the Shinigami, who becomes a like a small creature after losing his core.
The cast is all very interesting, however, since the series is too short, it didn't allow for too much development, so that's why I give a 8, and not 9.
Definitely a great series if you're bored one day and just wanna watch a whole series, packed with parts of action, comedy, and horror. I watched it all in one day, since it's only 11 episodes, and I think it's best viewed like that. Very enjoyable series overall, even if it is very short.
Overall, as you can see, I give it a 7. For reasons I've already explained above. I'm pretty sure an OVA will be coming out, so at least maybe we'll get to see a better ending in that.read more
I thought that i was going to give this a bad score because the first 2 episodes were boring and i didn't like the art style but i always finish what i start and i thought i was going to be tortured watching the other episodes, but the story hooks you in the next episodes and you kind of forget the art style.
At first it might seem boring because it felt like it was slow and Michiru was boring, to be honest, in all the episodes she is boring and useless and the art style didn't help, but you're hooked to the story because it felt interesting and unique, sometimes can be predictable on what's going on, but still it's something you want to see, but it was short even counting the two specials that are episode 12 and 13 and the end leaves you wanting to see what happens next, i think the episode 13th being the most interesting and leaving you with an open ending, overall it was good.
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I didn't like this art style for the most part, i got used to the character design till the episode 6 even tho i thought it wasn't what i liked but i tried to like it, there were parts when the art of the characters design turns to chibi and it was funny, overall was fine.
The sound, the voice acting and the music were good, i didn't liked the OP or just the singer, it sounded like someone was screaming in pain but the melody was good, the ED was good too, overall the sound was good.
The characters were well developed, there was one that i felt was useless and that was Michiru, she was bland and you could take her from there and you won't miss her, maybe feel sorry for her in some scenes but she started to be a better character till the episode 13 but that wasn't enough, the MCs Shito and Chika were good, not something special but they were good, you will get surprised by them and the interaction between the characters made this good, overall was good because you don't get to know about some characters and i didn't felt attached to them.
You can get good enjoyment from this, the comedy was good, the interaction between the characters was the best, even Michiru when she interacted was good, the story is very good and you won't get bored, maybe the first 2 ep. but after those 2 ep. you will like it, overall was good.read more
Zombie-Loan was quite a fun anime even though it was too short for my liking. Eleven episodes is just too short for a series, considering most have at least 12 episodes.
It's an interesting story, very original if you ask me, and it has it's good and bad parts. It's somewhat predictable from time to time and there aren't many plot-twists that could surprise you. Plus, I really would have liked more action in it, sometimes it just takes too long for the fighting to start even though it would look like an action anime first. Aside from that, it was pretty good. The worst part is that it ended abruptly in episode 11, just when the REAL action seemed like it would start. Just the producer's way to say "read the manga if you wanna know what happens".
I really liked the art, it was quite new to my eyes. The characters are each drawn in their own style and it was interesting to see how the male leads were tall and athletic, with almost no muscles on them and so on. Considering their "status" it suits them well. For the fans, it has some chibi scenes and stick-art scenes some fo the time to add to the fun. The art for the combat scenes was good but not the best, I enjoyed it nevertheless.
Well, the soundtrack was good, nothing much to say about it, each song was fit for the scene. The only thing that bothered my ears was the opening song. Sure, the off-vocal was totally awesome, I really liked the guitar sounds, but when the singer started "screaming" in I would immediately skip forward. Ending song was fine, though not the best, with a great off-vocal.
The characters were very well made, though most didn't have such a detailed background. Each had it's own unique personality and you could easily start liking one of them. Too bad some characters didn't have enough screen time (even though I liked them more than the main characters) and some had more than they really needed.
Overall I enjoyed this (too) short series. I'd give it a 7.8 as a grand total (but I rounded up to 8).
If you're into action, comedy, zombie related things and some drama here and there, watch Zombie Loan. Even though it's not one of the greatest anime out there, it's not a waste of time either.read more
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