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Anime Stats
Days: 90.9
Mean Score: 5.51
  • Total Entries918
  • Rewatched0
  • Episodes5,267
Anime History Last Anime Updates
Love Live! Superstar!!
Love Live! Superstar!!
Aug 24, 10:25 AM
Watching 5/12 · Scored -
Shirobako Movie
Shirobako Movie
Aug 14, 10:42 AM
Completed 1/1 · Scored 8
Nomad: Megalo Box 2
Nomad: Megalo Box 2
Jun 23, 11:39 AM
Watching 11/13 · Scored -
Manga Stats
Days: 3.2
Mean Score: 7.33
  • Total Entries69
  • Reread0
  • Chapters568
  • Volumes46
Manga History Last Manga Updates
Act-age
Act-age
Aug 11, 2019 12:01 PM
Reading -/123 · Scored 8
Domestic na Kanojo
Domestic na Kanojo
Jan 15, 2019 2:42 AM
Reading -/292 · Scored -
Melody Lyric Idol Magic
Melody Lyric Idol Magic
Jan 29, 2018 6:51 AM
Plan to Read · Scored -

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AC23 Apr 27, 10:26 PM
in what world this person is real?

the commenter below me, hes been running around telling people their taste is shit & *DEMANDS* an explanation.

no one can enjoy anything or even breath these days, without being judged.
sudihari Apr 9, 8:09 PM
Zombieland Saga is unironically the best anime of 2018.

Let me tell you a little story. Once Upon a Time, I got hooked on the idol genre, and descended into what is commonly referred to as idol hell. However, contrary to popular belief, I was able to snap out of my zombie like trance and escape from idol hell, and I can happily say that I’ve been clean for over two years. No longer having an interest in idol anime, I had no inclination to watch Zombieland Saga, and had planned on skipping it. What a sad, misguided fool the me before watching this anime was…anyway, I eventually got around to watching it thanks to my weak mind being influenced by Youtube videos that told me to give this anime a shot. In this review, I’ll explain to you why Zombieland Saga isn’t just great for it’s drop-dead hilarity and entertainment value, but for its unexpected complexity that you might just miss out on if you just skim the surface of this surprisingly great anime.

That’s right, this is actually going to be a somewhat intricate review since Zombieland Saga is totally worth analyzing. So if you don’t have much time and have to Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!, here’s a little tl;dr for you: I came for the quirky idol shenanigans + zombies combo, stayed for the amazing comedy, and left absolutely loving the diverse and both figuratively and literally fleshed out characters (Get it? Cuz they’re zombies?)

This anime really hits like a truck in how quickly it transitions from a seemingly typical idol anime opening sequence what with our heroine Sakura’s upbeat and energetic disposition to an intense and hilarious death scene backed by heavy metal music after like 30 seconds into the first episode. I was instantly hooked after this unique beginning, and the anime just got better from there.

It’s no spoiler to say that our protagonist is as dead as someone who, well, died. However, she is revived via necromancy by a sunglasses wearing manager dude named Koutarou who also brought back six other SUPER LEGENDARY girls from the dead all for the purpose of them forming an idol group with the monumental goal of saving a declining Saga.

If that sentence long synopsis doesn’t get you to tingle with excitement in anticipation to see where the heck this anime goes, then I don’t know what will.

It’s no secret to say that I didn’t watch this anime hoping to find something with a compelling narrative and developed characters and was instead looking for something that would make me smile in amusement. And I can happily say that Zombieland Saga made me die of laughter (Don’t worry about me though, I was brought back to life…Though sadly not as a LEGENDARY zombie idol) This is the funniest anime that I’ve seen all year. Each episode contains a plethora of comedic moments, and there was always something new and creative so it never felt like I was watching the same routine with each passing episode. Now if the good comedy was all Zombieland Saga had, I would have been perfectly content with the anime and left satisfied. However, there is so much more to this anime than that, and its greatest strengths revolve around the cast.

You really can’t go wrong when your characters are a bunch of LEGENDARY girls in an idol group called FranChouChou. Outside of Sakura, who suffers from memory loss, a typical anime trope that Zombieland Saga actually executes better than literally every other anime that utilizes memory loss, our girls include my personal favorite, the LEGENDARY Saki Nikaidou, a fiery, outgoing girl whose voice and character design are so hot that they make me catch on fire. Plus she’s a rapping biker girl who likes chicken and goes down in a blaze of glory TWICE. I guess the perfect girl does exist. We also have Ai Mizuno, a girl who was a successful idol in life who had a simply LEGENDARY death after giving one last electrifying performance. Let’s not forget the soft spoken yet powerhouse vocalist Junko Konno, whose LEGENDARY rise to stardom may have been cut short by an unexpected crash and burn, but she lives on in our hearts…and as a zombie. Lily Hoshikawa is a kawaii girl who was a LEGENDARY child actress who unfortunately ended up in a hairy situation that her little heart just couldn’t take. Still, she’s a true star, and her cuteness is infectious. Next, we have the ever enticing and LEGENDARY Yuugiri, who is the most experienced of the girls in more ways than one~

Finally, we have THE LEGENDARY TAE YAMADA, and thanks to her inclusion as the star of the show, I was practically mandated by the animu gods to bump up my score for this anime by a full point. So yeah, the girls in this anime are just so…Illustrious.

You’ll notice that the girls all lived in different eras, so they obviously were exposed to different cultures based on the times that they lived in. A lesser anime would have glazed over this fact, but not Zombieland Saga, and this was the point that I realized that this anime was something special. Junko and Ai were to first to go through compelling character arcs, and their stories were pretty engaging, and set the stage for the upcoming character arcs. The episode dedicated to Lily was, to put it bluntly, LEGENDARY. Zombieland Saga had done it. It became the first anime I’ve ever seen to make me laugh hysterically AND be brought to the verge of tears thanks to an incredibly well produced character driven episode. I didn’t think anything could top the epicness of the rap battle, but the emotions I felt thanks to Lily’s story certainly did. I was trapped in a sea of emotions throughout the entire episode, and I could probably write an entire review just dedicated to that episode alone. Seriously though, I have never seen an anime handle Lily’s character type nearly as well as Zombieland Saga did, and at the end of the day, Lily is Lily.

And of course, it goes without saying that Saki’s episode was pure greatness. Saki is just that good.

A strong demonstration of camaraderie between characters is something that I rarely see sufficiently executed in anime. So imagine my shock when I realized that Zombieland Saga of all things was able to pull it off. The bonds that these characters have with each other grew from constant arguments and not being on the same page in the first few episodes into an in sync family who would do anything to help each other out. This is demonstrated the clearest near the end of the anime. I won’t spoil exactly what, but something happens to Sakura that causes a rift between her and her fellow zombies. The way that all of the girls try to get her back to her old self is extremely heartwarming, and it really goes to show how far these girls have come. And thanks to their positive relationship with one other, they’re able to put on some spectacular performances. And now we get to the other great part about this anime.

Its music is hella good.

For the past several weeks I’ve been listening to the opening theme song, Adabana Necromancy, constantly. I play it when I eat. I play it when I sleep. I’m playing it as I’m writing this review. It’s a pretty damn good song. And you know what else is good? Literally every insert song in this anime. I’ve already mentioned the rap battle, which was pretty off the chain. Lily’s song and Saki’s song are two personal favorites of mine, and every musical number in this show is just really catchy. If FranChouChou ever put on a show irl, you better believe I’d buy tickets to go and see them, and I would be screaming and crying at the awesomeness alongside those two heavy metal guys who’ve attended every show that the girls have put on. Seriously though, those two guys really are the unsung MVPs of this anime.

When it comes to the voice acting, as Phil from Hercules would say, I’ve got two words for ya: Frickin Miyano Mamoru! This boi is my favorite male seiyuu, and his performance as Koutarou is simply LEGENDARY. Some of the best comedy from this anime comes from the combination of Koutarou’s absurd lines plus Mamoru’s expert delivery of them. And of course, the ladies voicing our lovely zombie idols do an exceptional job. And they even got the LEGENDARY voice actress of Usagi from Sailor Moon to voice the LEGENDARY Tae Yamada. I didn't expect anything less.

Visually speaking, this anime is animated quite well. I love the character designs, and the fluidity of their movements during scenes like the rap battle and Lily’s song is very impressive. But there’s one glaring issue with the visuals, and I’m sure you know exactly what I’m referring to. You guessed it, I’m talking about none other than the CGI.

Which is an acronym that I made for Cute Girl Idols.

That’s right, as I said before, these cute girl idols are drawn to look pretty attractive, but they’re, you know, rotting corpses, and I don’t know about you, but I’m not into necrophilia. Yet the girls’ cutesy designs have consistently tempted me throughout the anime’s run time, which has been problematic since it’s called into question my morality and…Oh wait, you thought by CGI I meant the Computer Generated Imagery that this anime scarcely deploys? The CGI implemented during some of the dance sequences that is literally used for less then ten minutes of the entire anime’s run time and doesn’t look nearly as bad as people make it out to be? Well personally, I have absolutely no qualms with the CGI. There’s definitely worse out there, trust me.

Zombieland Saga impressed me. It put a fun twist on the idol genre that not only made it incredibly entertaining to watch, but also allowed it to develop some truly great and unique characters. I haven’t enjoyed watching an anime this much in a long time. And if you haven’t watched this anime yet, you really should Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! and watch it as soon as possible. It just isn’t right to miss out on such a LEGENDARY anime.
sudihari Apr 9, 8:03 PM
the two type of joke that you mentioned work well together and there's never an issue with the story. I don't see a problem with seeing characters flashback sometimes and they certainly didn't use their traumas as a joke so you're wrong about that part being a joke. You know what's a joke? Your review
sudihari Apr 9, 8:00 PM
your zombieland saga review barely explains anything. You mentioned how the show got tangled up because it tried to juggle between 2 different type of joke but you failed to give an example of this actually happening in the show which automatically invalidates your argument since you aren't able to provide any strong evidence to support your claim
MainstreamBean Apr 17, 2019 2:24 PM
Aye thanks for the impressions man, and yeah I want to wait for more episodes to come out for Carole and Tuesday, as its an original bones anime and it looks like it has a lot of heart put into it, so I would like to watch it at a good pace rather than strictly weekly. I'll be sure to take your word on these, as I've contemplated on getting back into watching seasonal shows weekly, but there are a few interests in mind.
MainstreamBean Apr 7, 2019 12:24 PM
Yea, I'm planning to watch Sewayaki Kitsune because I've been reading the manga since it came out, and Kimetsu no Yaiba by ufotable. I'll try OPM Season 2, although I'm wary of the studio change. It would be nice if you could hit me with some impressions of some of the stuff coming out, since I'm not the biggest fan of watching seasonal like I used to be, as I prefer to watch things at my own pace with an anime completed, but there may be some that are worth getting into on an early start.
MainstreamBean Apr 4, 2019 1:55 PM
Agreed. I tend to drop anime that fail to interest me or set up enough in the first few episodes, so forcing myself to watch one just for a negative review feels a bit so and so, especially for seasonal.
MainstreamBean Apr 3, 2019 1:44 PM
Yeah, I see what you mean. It's fun writing, but there is also a lot of competition once all of them are immediately posted. I also appreciate your reviews too, as when it comes to negative ones especially, it really helps to get straight to the point and providing criticism the show deserves. I'll also probably end up reviewing shows I'm inherently interested in as well.
MainstreamBean Apr 2, 2019 2:13 PM
Dang man, that really means a lot. Thanks for checking out my reviews, or lack thereof. I've really been wanting to write a lot more on here, but I tend to lack behind when it comes to the more recent shows airing, as if I end up posting a review late, it will more than rarely garner any attention due to the overflow of more recent ones being posted up before my own. Thanks again for the feedback! :D
KazuyaKiyoshi Dec 21, 2018 10:47 PM
Your Shishunki Bitter Change review is great. It reminded me of how grounded this manga is for a gender bender story and made me pick it back up after having dropped it for a while. Really wish more series in this genre explored their premise with the same level of tact and depth as this manga.
Touniouk Jul 23, 2017 10:30 AM
Happy new year.
Playcool Jan 3, 2017 2:07 PM
Is that Lucia I see?
Ihateplebs Dec 22, 2016 1:13 PM
it's overrated
Ihateplebs Dec 21, 2016 11:20 AM
It has fanservice, it's a harem
http://pm1.narvii.com/6210/3abcf9e9050ccbdb1e1d3173571ba88ad7e2eea5_hq.jpg DEEP AND MATURE
Ihateplebs Dec 21, 2016 9:01 AM
it doesn't deserve 10/10