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Tsundere Mash-Up

Welcome to the second Tsundere Mash-Up blog (female edition)! Our combatants are Astarotte Ygvar (Astarotte's Toy) and Haruna (Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?). I pick these two because they are violent loli girls who have snaggle tooth. Also, they both sang one time.

For those who are unfamiliar with Tsundere characters, here is a definition by our Anime Vice wiki editors:

"Tsundere" is a portmanteau of two Japanese phrases: "tsuntsun" and "deredere" and refers to characters who act hostile to the object of their affections, but secretly (or not-so-secretly) harbor feelings for them.

Facts

I tried not to give too much facts that leads to spoilers. Beware of the facts I give if you are looking forward to try these series.

  • Astarotte is a succubus who hates men. Yet, when she matures, she has to form a harem of men in order to survive by taking their semen.
  • Astarotte's love interest is Naoya Tohara who she finds perverted. At first, she hates him due to his gender. Like all tsundere, she warms up to Naoya.
  • If Naoya sees someone's panties, she punishes him with silly requests such as having him cross dress.
  • Example: She secretly wants Naoya step in and say he loves her during the scene where a foreign prince tries to propose to her at school.
  • Haruna is a magical girl (Masou Shoujo) who hunts Megalos for a living until she meets Ayumu who robs her of her magical powers. Now, she is forced to live with the pervert.
  • Haruna's love interest is Ayumu Aikawa, but it's implied because Haruna never confessed in the series.
  • She usually beats him bloody for doing perverted things.
  • Example: It's implied that Haruna has feelings for Ayumu because she beat Ayumu in jealously when she sees Ayumu and Yuki are getting close.
  • Note: According to Dai, Haruna remembers people's name who she deemed important.

Given the facts, who do you see as the most/better Tsundere character?

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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.

Sources

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Kadokawa Promotes Lollipop Chainsaw with Highschool of the Dead

Imagine my surprise as I was browsing for pictures of Saeko Busujima that I stumbled on this illustration by Shouji Sato, artist on HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD, of the star of LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW, Juliet Starling, along with Saeko and Rei Miyamoto, two of the stars from H.O.T.D..

Highschool of the Dead x Lollipop Chainsaw by Shouji Sato
Highschool of the Dead x Lollipop Chainsaw by Shouji Sato

I was originally pretty confused about this cross promotion. Other than they are both about chopping zombies up. I didn't see any other connection. I know Dragon Age magazine, where H.O.T.D. is originally serialized, loves to put Saeko and Rei on the covers despite the series being on hiatus. It wasn't until I paid more attention to the LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW trailer that it all fell into place. H.O.T.D. is published by Kadokawa. LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW is being published by Kadokawa Games.

Oh yeah, if you didn't know, That's the living-disembodied head of Juliet Starling boyfriend, Nick, tied to her belt. It all makes more sense once you realize this is another Suda 51 project. You can check out a trailer for the game here:

[UPDATE]

A big thanks to user DrifterInGreen for jogging my memory that I saw pictures a while ago for alternate costume options for Juliet that include both Saeko and Rei. A little further digging led me to even more anime based costumes for Juliet. The list I could find includes Haruna from IS THIS A ZOMBIE?, Shiro from DEADMAN WONDERLAND, and Chisusa Manyu from MANYU HIKEN-CHO. What bothers me though is that I've yet to be able to confirm if these costumes will be available outside of the Japanese version.

HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD is currently being published in the U.S. by Yen Press and the first six volumes are currently available to buy. LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW will be coming to the XBox 360 and PS3 this June.

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ AnimeVicers/ @ FoxxFireArt

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