Jan 18, 2011
Pan151 (All reviews)
"Kore wa Zombie desu ka?" is, despite what the "Zombie" in its title might suggest, the extreme opposite of every zombie show you've ever seen before. Forget about mindless monsters trying to eat you alive. What we have here is a harem mixed with slapstick comedy, magic and lots of gore.

Story: As in most harem animes, the actual story is not the show's main focus. However, at first glance, it seems quite a promising one for its genre, though pretty simple: A high school student is murdered after he is attacked by an unknown person. However, he is revived as a zombie with the help of a weird necromancer girl. From then on, he serves as her undead servant, while at the same time searching for the one who killed him, as well as continuing his school life. Various other (female) characters are also introduced, including a magic girl and a vampire-ninja, each with their own mini-backstories.

Art-Animation: Like most of the latest anime, the animation is very good. The designs are crisp and well drawn, and I dare say quite pretty. I can't say that I have any particular problem with it whatsoever.

Sound: The voice acting does its job well, with the voices being properly funny or serious depending on what is needed. There is nothing really memorable about them, but that's not nececerily a bad thing, as long as the job gets done. What I do have to aplaud is the OP, which is officially my third favourite OP of all time (behind only the OP of Umineko and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni).

Characters: To the core, the characters in "Kore wa Zombie desu ka?" are pretty much the usual Harem stereotypes: A teenage guy surrounded by a bunch of girls (which include the typical tsundere, loli etc). However, the fact that they all belong in the supernatural world slightly changes things. They can all be quite kickass at times (except for the Necromancer girl, who is extremely docile 99% of the time, but bringing people back from the dead is even cooler anyway ;) ). They can all be hilariouly funny at the same time, and they all seem to have some higher goal in life than just sleeping with the other characters - which some of them also have, nontheless. To sum it up, they seem like proper characters, unlike in the majority of harem animes. I mean, what other harem features a zombie and a vampire ninja among the protagonists?

Enjoyment: This a harem anime, so fanservice and tyical harem humor is always going to be there. But there is much more to it than that. The element of slapstic comedy is always there. What is unusual is the excecive (for the genre) amount of gore - which can be strangely funny, rather than shocking, at times. Add to that all the supernatural stuff... you 've got yourself a very good combination right?

Overall: Harem, Comedy, Supernatural, Gore, School Life... there are not many series that combine all these. "Kore wa Zombie desu ka?" does so, and it seems to do so well. If you like any of the above genres, you 've got to give this a try. You might love it or you might not... but you'll never know until you try for yourself.