Aikawa Ayumu is a normal high school boy. One day he is killed by a serial killer and revived as a zombie by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe. He starts to serve Eu as her guard but he happens to deprive the mahou shoujo Haruna of her magic power. Haruna orders Ayumu to fight against the anti-mahou shoujo system "Megalo" in her place.
It has been years since my last contact with the series, I had first seen both anime, had alot of fun doing so, since the cast had alot of charm, but then, the usual LN anime adaptation situation happens, and after almost 3 years, the LNs are finally available to read in english!
Have you seen the anime before, enjoyed it? Then you just read these, you will probably still remenber bits of the story so most twists wont came as such... well dont worry about that, because now that I have readed enough, there is alot of material that wasnt adapted to the anime,
or that they just decided to instead of following that outcome, to go in a different direction, so you will be reading and thinking I dont remenber this part!
So rejoice because if you have only seen the anime, you have missed alot of great material, like the full coverage of the arcade in vol 2-3, and trust me some more pretty signifcant stuff.
Ayamu is how you remenber him, a former human-now-zombie with loli-ponytail-twintail affections that constantly comments about his current predicaments sometimes mocking himself, others having his usual delusional lews stuff going on, a pervert, "not as much pervert as Orito", but still, your lewd likeable main lead. He finds himself constantly re-imagining Yuu (Eucliwood) words to suit his imouto fantasies.
Yuu, the necromancer that saved his life, burdened with some weighty powers, the root of her great hardships (the origin of most of the misfortunes that befall to our leads), these are soo burdersome to the point she has to keep things in check, by avoiding her emotions and trying to remain cold and unaffected, which may lead some to think she has a bitter personality, but in true she is the most kindest person around, caring alot for Ayamu and the rest of the party.
Haruna, easily teased multiple times by our zombie, never waiting when knocking on the door of her room, trying to see her embarassing moments (it kinda becames a joke, that never gets old). The cute lively Haruna is a pompous masou shoujo (yes masou,not mahou) with an unrivalled genious in whatever she does, when she puts effort into it, likewise unbeatabled with pouring out the most eccentric and quirky refereences you will find, she is definitly a wild one, much due to her cheerfullness, the oddball of the series, there is never a dull moment with her around (neither soundless).
Her ahoge is very cute, and the best at signalling her current mood, when she is not being truthfull, no worries, there is always that lil ahoge bouncing around to speak volumes for her embarassament, or happiness, which all mighty lofty Haruna of course cant always expose, a too self-respecting Haruna, an adorable Haruna!!
Seraphim... get used to the frequent insult assault from the pridefull Sera mostly befalling on Ayamu, and his newly "fond" crossdressing tendencies, there is so much love, and distastefullness from here, that quotting "You little piece of shit, I knew you were disgusting, but seeing you this closely, you truly are outrageously gross and revolting, please get away from me and die! But first try out this food." The funny thing is her most powerfull weapon is her amazing cooking skills which she is proud to show time and time again, much for the grief of our hero that has to try and eat it all, before it melts the whole table!!
Sera-chan is your "conventional" vampire ninja with all the style and coolness you could expect from a samurai, plus alot of tsun tsun (and some good dere dere too), she is every thing you would expect from the combination of vampire + ninja, with a very luxurious and voluptuous body, to boot it up nicely.
We all know Ayamu is more in favor of "smaller hills", but faced with the richfulness truly of Sera's, Ayamu isnt indifferent, since there is just too much bountifulness on those nice curves and cleavage for him to avoid beinga looker, and thank god he is a zombie, so Sera can target practice in all she wants, until her heart is contented with. She also supposedly shares a relation ship of servant-master with Ayamu, so that is way she tends focus all of her desires and emotions on Ayamu, but he is a zombie, so he can live with it.
From the air-headed tomboyish Yuki or "Tomonori", Haruna's new aprentice, to the refined and fierce Sarasvati, one of Sera's boss, and the owner and true lover and workshipper of Ayamu's "shiny nicely made butt", they are also great addictions on ther own to the harem. Not to mention Kyouko, the one responsible for the status of the main lead, a tricky devlish one, that cames to make amends with her previous self later on.
There is also alot more of Chris, since the anime skipped many of the original content.
As such there is alot of different characters and types for you to enjoy your time while reading, and alot of teasing stuff too.
"That ring was made for that cute girl there to contain her powers", spits out blood like a man in a terminal disease phase, "dammit, my doctor told me I should'nt call little girls cute"...
Like I mentioned, there is a plentiul of unique cast, and not all are females so dont worry.
It all works very well in providing enjoyment, the cast may seem generic but each as its own stuff going, that adds laywers of deepness to them, it is your generic harem story with a spin of death, action, romcom, zombies, vampire ninjas and crazy mahou shoujo weirdness going about, on paper it may seem weird and trivial, but it just works right. There is not much reflection to take from this reading, dont rationalize, just let yourself indulge in the amusing and for the most part laid-back narrative, and you will get your time valued by the end.
The interaction between the characters is what will keep you compelled, since there is no oustanding story or plot going (despite some great twists and turns that really pick the story up when it mostly is needed).
Thus Ayumu is the key in bringing everything together, the obvious source of the harem, he had to be different from your usual shallow romcom harem lead, and while he shares some troupes, it is not usual to see one like him.
The pacing at first surprised me, since volume 1 cover half of season 1, but then volume 2 and 3 cover the rest of season 1, so while most stuff from the first volume was adapted with detail, with volume 2, there will be alot of new stuff looking forward to, from this point on, the pacing wasnt bad either.
There is alot of different stuff going on in each volume and I have fully readed four of them so far, so like any story, as its ups and downs.
I m not trashing the anime, yes it diverges from time to time, but most of the end goals are the same, and the anime has a plus, Ayumu is a bit more funnier there, his comments are more whimsical, the voice acting helps bringing more life to his dialogue, and that helps later on when reading the Light Novel, since you can have more feedback of own Ayamu badmouths and makes fun and a satire of his current predicaments.
So Kore wa Zombie desu ka? is a must read, all the more if you have seen and enjoyed the anime, and if yo never seen the anime, you could give the source material a try, but if you find it hard to get a better picture of the mood, or the cast, give the anime a try first, and it will do wonders henceforth.
I will keep updating the review since there is no other review yet, as I dive further into the LN.
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