"What was my finishing move? Let see uh...Oh right I think it was...Mystletainn Kick!"
"That's not a kick! You cross dressing pervert!......."
Quote that while is not the norm for every part of the series, makes up about 85% of the story. Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? is an action harem at it's core with tons of comedic moments to fill the time. I won't lie, what drew me to this anime was the title picture of a magical girl...with a chainsaw. Getting superficial here but who doesn't appreciate a chainsaw toting magical girl(and later magical girl boy, well, whatever the hell he's suppose
On to the first section, the story. I won't be going into many details since I can't do it in way without spoiling it. At the first third or half of the story nothing much is going on other than character introductions. This is fine because there's a lot of great comedy to be had and it's fun to see the characters interact with one another. After that the story starts picking up at a decent pace although it's a bit confusing to follow due to some awkward shifts in the episodes and what seem to lack of explanation in terms of certain back stories for characters introduced later on. Despite being a sporadic mess at times it's not the worst story out there. For a harem it actually carries a story in a decent, sorta realistic(for it's universe) way without being forced.(I think people with a lot of experience with harems know what I mean with that trend to try have serious moment in the last two episodes of a series and it come off as feeling fake).
The art for series was very fun to look at and fit the series perfectly for what it is. The backgrounds were pleasant to look, particularly the graveyard and the city as a whole. If I recall there wasn't a lot of stuff going in those backgrounds but still nice designs. The character designs were good and fit the personalities of the characters, the necromancer and Haruna magical girl outfit were probably the highlights. The enemies gave the vibes they needed to give off appearance wise(whether it was to look seriously or be utterly hilarious the crayfish Megalo.
The sound is possible my favorite part about the show. The opening almost never failed to get excited for watching the new episode. I don't believe I ever skipped that or the ending. The ending song is also great I loved how it had a game show/arcade game vibe to the song. On the background music, it's the typical fare but it's memorable. For the more quote on quote heartfelt moments there was a nice lonely piano bit that for me invoke childhood memories. There is also a quick ostinato thing that usually play during battles and some of the funnier bits. I would link it but I don't think it's been uploaded. The voice actors were excellent, I expected nothing less. Props especially go to Junji Majima who voiced Ayuma.
The characters in the show range from being typical to your standard harem to being a little unique. Ayuma himself is a bit of a typical harem lead in being a perverted clown but as shown when times get serious this guy is really willing to give it his all and not a hesitant cowards. Eu, the silent necromancer, is a great female lead. Even without ever really saying anything she made quite an impact in what she wrote on her notepad and her actions. The other characters are stereotypical to a harem but all played a fun role. Haruna is a highlight for being an high energy idiotic "genius" who intentions are hard to understand even as the show unfolded. The villians were the weak point in the character department for this show, not exactly memorable and once out of the picture they're gone, no mention.
This was very a fun show to watch week after week if for one reason alone. At the end of the day it was over the top cheesy fun. It entered as a good goofy show and it ended as a great goofy show without ever really compromising how it started originally. Recommended to those who want to watch a decent harem or simply a fun show to pass the time.
This is my first review so any comments on how I could improve it and how much I suck are appreciated. :)