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Ayumu Aikawa is a anime/manga character in the Is this a Zombie? franchise
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Tagline: Ayumu is a zombie who wants a regular life. One day, he crosses path with a Magical Girl, and his life is forever changed when he dons the Magical Girl outfit to become the world's first cross dressing, Magical Girl? Zombie.

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (Is This a Zombie?) is a franchise that is originally a light novel series, and it was created by writer Shinichi Kimura and illustrators Kobuichi and Muririn. The series spawn multiple adaptations: five manga series and two anime series. The manga is produced by Fujimi Shobo. For the anime, both seasons are produced by Studio Deen and directed by Takaomi Kanasaki. The first anime season is legally licensed by FUNimation.

Plot

Ayumu Aikawa is a lazy teenager who wanted a normal life, and when he meets a beautiful, silver haired maiden clad in iron, Eucliwood Hellsythe, and befriends her, he goes home where he gets murdered. Eucliwood resurrects Ayumu as a zombie using her necromancer powers. Now, he lives with Eucliwood and goes to school without revealing to anyone that he is a zombie. As he goes to school, he searches for his killer. One day at the cemetery, he encounters Haruna, a Magical Girl, who falls from the sky and on top of him. Ayumu's life gets crazier when Haruna and busty vampire ninja live with him.

Characters

Ayumu Aikawa

Voiced by: Junji Majima Austin Tindle

The sunlight hating, cross dressing, Magical Boy who has fantasies about Eucliwood calling him, "Onii-chan." He seems to get in troubling situations with Haruna and Seraphim who sees him as a pervert.

Eucliwood Hellsythe

Voiced by: Midori Tsukimiya (Ep. 12*) Cherami Leigh

Eucliwood (AKA Yuu) is a quiet, silver haired necromancer. Others see Yuu as the Harbinger of Death, but Ayumu sees her as a close friend and possibly more. Unable to talk due to her powers, she communicates with a notepad.

*Note: She is voiced by many Seiyuus due to Ayumu's fantasies.

Haruna

Voiced by: Iori Nomizu Jad Saxton

Haruna is an energetic, flat chested, Masou Shoujo girl with a passion for inventing things. After being stripped of her magic, she lives with Ayumu and teaches him the way of the Masou Shoujo. Her specialty is cooking fried eggs that look like gold!

Seraphim

Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa Morgan Garrett

She's a busty, vampire ninja who loves saying Tsubamegaeshi with her attacks. Her favorite word to called Ayumu is dung beetle.

Yuki Yoshida

Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto Brittney Karbowski

She is another voluptuous, vampire ninja who loves Tonkotsu Ramen soup and uses it as a weapon. She belongs to a faction opposite of Seraphim. She goes by Yuki, Maelstrom, and Tomonori.

Taeko Hiramatsu

Voiced by: Rie Yamaguchi Erica Harte

She is the only normal girl in the series, and she has a crush on Ayumu.

Sarasvati

Voiced by: Aya Gōda Caitlin Glass

She is a vampire ninja and the superior of Seraphim. She is a conservationist who upholds traditions with utmost priorities.

Orito

Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino Anthony Bowling

He's Ayumu's best friend who is a super pervert. He doesn't know that Ayumu lives with 3 beautiful ladies.

Why Watch?

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? is for older audience due to graphic violence and abundance of fan service scenes. It's a show for those who love the supernatural themed harem. Don't take the story too seriously for the show. It's a comedic series that puts an emphasis on its ladies and male lead but mostly the ladies.

To add more information about the story, the difference between season 1 and season 2 is that season 1 has the element of mystery and focuses on the relationship of Ayumu and Eucliwood while season 2 focuses on the rest of the girls.

Manga, Anime, or Light Novel?

The anime and manga have different art styles. If you love big boobs and older female character art, go with the anime. If you prefer younger female character, go with the manga. The manga has more fan service focused on Haruna while the anime has more fan service towards the bustier characters such as Seraphim and Yuki.

Story-wise, I only read the first 2 volumes of the manga (illustrated by Sacchi). There are some minor changes such as how Ayumu met Seraphim. The anime has an exclusive scene where Seraphim fights Ayumu. The manga does not have the scene. For the most part, the manga and anime has the same storyline. However, I assumed the manga is ahead of the anime since the anime's season 2 just set up things.

Sub or Dub?

It's up to you. The best way to decide is to watch both the first episodes in sub and dub. The weird altercation to the dub is the use of Magical Garment, and it ruins the theme a bit.

(This is the 2nd season trailer for the video above).

Thanks

Thank you everyone for reading this Beginner Guide! I thank these guys who supported me in the wiki project and Anime Vice community: , , , and .

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Because of some developments in Sword Art Online and some crazy experiences in the anime world, I was inspired to make this blog. Onii-chan and the incest thing are a hot yet creepy concept in anime. They serve as comedic scenes. I'm going to leave out the incest part for today.

Here's my question of the day for y'all.

Why do guys enjoy being called Onii-chan?

I have four videos as examples.

Clannad

I'm not familiar with this show, but when you search Onii-chan on Youtube, it's the first and best example I found.

Here's the English version. Notice how the feeling of endearment and nauseating cuteness has disappeared. The Onii-chan business is better executed in the Japanese version. This cultural thing (more like fetish) doesn't really exist in the American culture.

Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka?

High school student Ayumu Aikawa is murdered after being fatally stabbed in the back by a serial killer. Thanks to necromancer Eucliwood Hellsythe, however, he is resurrected as a zombie. Grateful to his savior, Ayumu invites her to reside with him in his house and continue his everyday life.

Trying to take advantage of his undead life by hunting for his serial killer at night, Ayumu meets a demon-hunting, chainsaw-wielding self-proclaimed "masou-shoujou" (Japanese pun on magical girl) named Haruna. After this fated encounter in which Ayumu accidentally gets cut in half and Haruna inadvertently dematerializes her clothes while trying to magically heal him, Haruna also moves in to Ayumu's residence. Zombie Ayumu's high school life is never quite the same as it used to be.

Next up is an anime series that I somehow fell in love with during my Anime Vice years. I can't remember how I got into it. It's must have been Daniel or Sotyfan16 who recommended to me since I'm not normally into shows with fan service. I'm more of Shonen fan.

It's too bad that the first video has no subs, and it has a lot of clips. Eucliwood is the embodiment of Ayumu's fantasies, and she's god damn irresistibly cute. He loves being called Onii-chan.

He even tried to force Seraphim to call him that. Though, he failed.

Answers

It's hard to explains why. This is my best guess.

Some guys have a sister complex (if that's the right word), and they enjoy being the big brother to a cute girl. It provokes a Moe reaction inside them.

I remember sickVisionz telling me why, but I forgot what he told on some thread.

I did this blog because I was bored with wiki editing. You know me.

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Overview

Welcome to the Anime Wrap-Up blog for Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? of the Dead anime series! The anime is also known as Is This a Zombie? of the Dead as well.

The anime aired in Japan from April 5, 2012 and ended in June 6, 2012 with a total of 10 episodes. Shinichi Kimura is the original creator of the franchise with Kobuichi and Muririn as the original character designers. It is produced by Studio DEEN and directed by Takaomi Kanasaki. This anime is the sequel of Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? (Is this a Zombie?) series.

Plot

High school student Ayumu Aikawa is murdered after being fatally stabbed in the back by a serial killer. Thanks to necromancer Eucliwood Hellsythe, however, he is resurrected as a zombie. Grateful to his savior, Ayumu invites her to reside with him in his house and continue his everyday life.

Trying to take advantage of his undead life by hunting for his serial killer at night, Ayumu meets a demon-hunting, chainsaw-wielding self-proclaimed "masou-shoujou" (Japanese pun on magical girl) named Haruna. After this fated encounter in which Ayumu accidentally gets cut in half and Haruna inadvertently dematerializes her clothes while trying to magically heal him, Haruna also moves in to Ayumu's residence. Zombie Ayumu's high school life is never quite the same as it used to be.

Wrap-Up

Good

Eucliwood talks more in this season
Eucliwood talks more in this season

The anime still has its bizarre, random humor as well as fan service (if you enjoy gainax bounce and sexy cosplay). It's great to see character growth in Kyoko who was a bad girl last season. I find her scene when she and Ayumu make up touching. Plus, Eucliwood's origin story gets a bit of attention. For the first time, we see the Underworld and the King of Night which is actually a beautiful place. Unlike last season, Eucliwood talks more which I find very enjoyable for her character. I find her voice very sweet.

We got new characters: Chris, Anderson (Shimomura), and Nene (Naegleria). They are unique and funny in their own way. Chris is a loli, Masou Shoujo girl who is cursed by the queen to take the form of a middle age man. What I love about her is that she exposes Ayumu like a lolicon he is. For Anderson, he is Ayumu's classmate and denizen of the Underworld. I like his sense of humor especially when he got Ayumu to do embarrassing things in front of Eu or the fact he started touching Orito in an erotic way. Nene is a former warrior who is the strongest in the Underworld, and now, she is a doujinshi artist with sleeping problems. What I love about her is that she is pretty bold. When Seraphim asks her if Ayumu did lewd things with her, she just answers that Ayumu is man and shrugs it off.

Bad

Sarasvati's love grew for Ayumu from admiring his butt from afar
Sarasvati's love grew for Ayumu from admiring his butt from afar

The beginning of the season is a bit slow. When I watch episodes 1 to 3 twice due to wiki editing, I find it boring. The last season is more funnier and had more suspense because Ayumu is still searching for his killer. Furthermore, this season lack action when you compared to last season. In the last season, you had fights for Kyoko and the King of Night. Here, there are fights between Chris and Belphegor, but there is not much.

This season feels like a filler because I felt it had no direction besides setting down the plot for next season and introducing characters (if there is one). They did not defeat Chris since they need more allies and Ayumu to get stronger. Last season had more of a focus on two characters: Ayumu and Eucliwood. Whereas in this season, the focus is more spread out. This time, Sarasvati and Kyoko had some attention due to some changes. Sarasvati's relationship with Ayumu has become one sided love while Kyoko goes from bad girl to misunderstood girl. I forgot why Kyoko killed Ayumu in the first place.

I wish they reveal more origin story for Eucliwood, Haruna, and Seraphim. I know they did uncover Ayumu and Eucliwood's past, but they did not show Eu's flashback in season 1.

Overall, this season needs more action and character origin stories.

Cram Report

I really wanted to do a weekly report project to cover this anime along with the other on-going anime. However, I had school and other things. This week, I didn't know the anime did end on episode 10. I was still waiting for a new episode as I was working on. This is section is more of a run down on all the episodes with the best moments. Hopefully, it's not too long for you guys.

What were your favorite episodes, best moments, and worse ones?

Ep. 1: Yes, Yet Another Masou Transformation!

Ayumu meets Chris, a young girl who gets drunk, at school. Ayumu's roommates think Ayumu is hallucinating. Meanwhile, Orito and the others present to Ayumu, pictures of a young man cross dressing as a Masou Shoujo. They think it looks like Ayumu. Ayumu runs off to complain to Chris only to find a Megalo. Can Ayumu beat the Megalo without jeopardizing his reputation?

Best Moment: Ayumu getting exposed as an exhibitionist to his classmates.

Ep. 2: Oh, Goodbye Me

Yuki asks Ayumu to go hike with her into the mountains, but when Ayumu brings his roommates, Yuki gets a bit disappointed. She lightens up when Haruna mentions that they are not in love with Ayumu, and they want to have fun with her.

Best Moments: Sarasvati saying "My Darling" and uploading images of Ayumu's butt on the web.

Ep. 3: Yo! That's You! Passion!

Haruna and Eucliwood attempt to fix the chainsaw to no success. Meanwhile, Yuki is trying to perfect her dance for Sarasvati's concert with Haruna volunteering to help Yuki.

Best Moment: Seeing Ayumu dance.

Ep. 4: No, Go Home, Master
To forget all the bad things, Ayumu resorts to his hobby, scale models. When Haruna destroys his precious model, he chats with Orito about it. To cheer up Ayumu and to convince him not to cross dress, Orito takes Ayumu to a maid cafe where they play a game with Sarasvati. Will Ayumu and Orito beat Sarasvati at her own game?
Best Moment: Haruna losing her cool when she sees Yuki pouring water for Ayumu.
Ep. 5: Yes, This is Popular Every Year

When Eucliwood gets sick, Ayumu and Haruna tend to her needs, and Seraphim goes to her village to take care of some business.

Best Moment: Anderson making Ayumu do strange things such as dancing and stripping in front of poor Eu.

Ep. 6: Nope, You Can't Win

Dai calls Ayumu and gives him the good news that Mystletainn is almost fully recovered. Ayumu jumps with joy as he can erase everyone's memory of seeing him dressed as a Masou Shoujo. Meanwhile, Ayumu and his gang get ready for the cultural festival until some Megalos and a weird stranger appear. Will Ayumu beat these guys with his reputation intact?

Best Moment: After Ayumu erases everyone's memory of him wearing the Masou Shoujo outfit, he still cross dresses as a bride on the following day.

Ep. 7: Yeah, Sensei is the Strongest!

On the second day of the cultural festival, Haruna successively built a device that absorbs Eucliwood's excess mana. Yet, Haruna has to wear armor to supress the extra mana while she and Eucliwood visits Ayumu's school. Unbeknownst to them, the teacher confiscates Yuki's ring. At the bonfire, the teacher reveals himself to be Chris, the fairy, that Ayumu thought was a hallucination. It turns out that Chris used the ring and Haruna's device to break the curse to return to her normal self.

Best Moment: Ayumu's teacher transforming into Chris, and Ayumu going gaga over her like a lolicon.

Ep. 8: Heh, It's Party Time, Kyoko!

Ayumu throws a mixer to entertain Kyoko, so in exchange, Kyoko can give information on Chris's weaknesses.

Best Moment: Ayumu and Kyoko make up and reach closure.

Ep. 9: Ah, My Darling is a Ne'er-do-well

With Kyoko's information on Chris's weaknesses is false, Eucliwood shares some information about her time in the Underworld and points that Naegleria is the Underworld's strongest warrior. She tells Ayumu to request for her help in defeating Chris. It turns out that Naegleria (Nene for short) is making her living as a Doujinshi artist and refuses to help Ayumu. She asks him to help her with the manga. At the same time, Ayumu has promised Sarasvati that he will see her at her concert. Can Ayumu fulfill his promise and get Nene to help him and Eucliwood to defeat Chris?

Best Moment: Learning about Eucliwood's origin story and how Nene wanted to create a happy ending.

Ep. 10: But That's a Good Thing

After Ayumu has fail his trials, Dai erases his memories. Haruna begs Dai to give them a chance, and she lets them go inside Ayumu's memories. However, Belphegor takes control over Ayumu's body. It's up to Eucliwood and her gang to fight Belphegor in order to restore Ayumu back to normal with his memories.

Best Moment: Seeing Eucliwood's reaction when Belphegor pushes her buttons especially when he says he likes her.

Duders and Dudettes, It's Over

I had some inspiration from Gamer152 at Giant Bomb where he ends his blogs with this header (not exactly like this one).

I hope you guys and gals enjoy this wrap up article. All comments are welcome. It's too bad that this season is too short. I hope it gets another season. Right now, it just ended on a cliffhanger.

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Hello Anime Vice! I'm proud to present the fruits of the wiki editors' labor. We are done with season 2's episode project. For some odd reason, we skip season 1's project. We'll finish that later.

Recognitions

Please give these guys a round of applause for their hard work. I'll go in alphabetical order.

If I miss someone, I'm so sorry. You can PM me or comment, and I add you. I'm rushing this blog because it's Wednesday. Plus, I'll publish an anime wrap up to review this season.

Aarionf
Aarionf
Aarionf - He created Naegleria's page for this season.
AnimeReviewDaily
AnimeReviewDaily
AnimeReviewDaily - He's a new wiki editor who worked on Ayumu's relationships and powers sections and the 2nd anime season's character section.
Daniel Newton
Daniel Newton
Daniel Newton - Daniel formatted the episode pages for this season, and he added a lot of associations and characters to both character and episode pages.
Dochaus
Dochaus
DocHaus - He added plot summaries to the episodes for this season and last one, too. Funny story, I was adding misc sections and there was a glitch with the bullets. When I saved, everything disappeared including DocHaus's plot summary. He forgave me, and I re added the plot summary. It was strange, so I ended up typing everything by hand instead of copying and pasting.
FoxxFireArt
FoxxFireArt
FoxxFireArt - He added Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? Light Novel and Manga volumes to the franchise and created Lilia Lilith for this season.
Obsidian609
Obsidian609
Obsidian609 - He created characters and episode pages as well as adding associations and misc. things to the episode pages.
Takashichea (Taka)
Takashichea (Taka)
Takashichea - I went commando on the season 2 and finished adding synopsis, plot summaries, and points of interest sections to all of the episodes. My team and I managed to format most of the character pages and added content.

Wiki Pages

Please check out our wiki pages.

Thank you.

I wish I had access to the light novels to do work on them. I don't they're published in English yet.

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For fans who are new to Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (Is This a Zombie?):

Plot

High school student Ayumu Aikawa is murdered after being fatally stabbed in the back by a serial killer. Thanks to necromancer Eucliwood Hellsythe, however, he is resurrected as a zombie. Grateful to his savior, Ayumu invites her to reside with him in his house and continue his everyday life.

Trying to take advantage of his undead life by hunting for his serial killer at night, Ayumu meets a demon-hunting, chainsaw-wielding self-proclaimed "masou-shoujou" (Japanese pun on magical girl) named Haruna. After this fated encounter in which Ayumu accidentally gets cut in half and Haruna inadvertently dematerializes her clothes while trying to magically heal him, Haruna also moves in to Ayumu's residence. Zombie Ayumu's high school life is never quite the same as it used to be.

by Anime Vice Wiki Editors

Dub Cast

How do you guys feel about Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?'s Funimation Dub cast for season 1?

Ayumu Aikawa
Ayumu Aikawa
Austin Tindle
Austin Tindle
Voiced by Austin Tindle.
Eucliwood Hellsythe
Eucliwood Hellsythe
Cherami Leigh
Cherami Leigh
Voiced by Cherami Leigh.
Jad Saxton
Jad Saxton
Voiced by Jad Saxton.
Yuki Yoshida (Maelstrom)
Yuki Yoshida (Maelstrom)
Brittney Karbowski
Brittney Karbowski
Voiced by Brittney Karbowski.
Morgan Garrett
Morgan Garrett
Voiced by Morgan Garrett.
Orito
Orito
Anthony Bowling
Anthony Bowling
Voiced by Anthony Bowling.
Kyoko
Kyoko
Lindsay Seidel
Lindsay Seidel
Voiced by Lindsay Seidel.
King of Night
King of Night
Eric Vale
Eric Vale
Voiced by Eric Vale.
Taeko Hiramatsu
Taeko Hiramatsu
Erica Harte
Erica Harte
Voiced by Erica Harte.
Kanami Mihara
Kanami Mihara
Emerick Jade
Emerick Jade
Voiced by Emerick Jade.
Sarasvati
Sarasvati
Voiced by Caitlin Glass.
Kereberos Wansard is voiced by Mark Stoddard
Head Teacher is voiced by Monica Rial. I think the Head Teacher is Dai, but I'm not sure.

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