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.
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.
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 (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 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!
She's a busty, vampire ninja who loves saying Tsubamegaeshi with her attacks. Her favorite word to called Ayumu is dung beetle.
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.
She is the only normal girl in the series, and she has a crush on Ayumu.
She is a vampire ninja and the superior of Seraphim. She is a conservationist who upholds traditions with utmost priorities.
He's Ayumu's best friend who is a super pervert. He doesn't know that Ayumu lives with 3 beautiful ladies.
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.
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.
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).
A set of 1/2 scale (5cm) fairies from Humanity Has Declined are now available for pre-order ahead of an August release. The six pre-painted figures in the first set features a quartet of dancing Yōsei-san from the anime's finale, The Fairy's Secret Tea Party, with one in three different dance poses, along with a tea set.
The set goes for 3600yen ($36).
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The publisher of the Zero no Tsukaima light novel series, MF Bunko J has confirmed in an obituary dedicated to him and posted earlier this morning in Japan that the author, Noboru Yamaguchi had died from his 2 year long battle with cancer on April 4th. He was 41 years old. A private ceremony was held on April 10th in Japan.
Yamaguchi had long planned to write the final volumes of the long-running fantasy light novel before falling ill to cancer, receiving successful surgery to remove it in 2011 and telling fans that he would write and finish the main novel series once he recuperated. However, he continued to struggle with his health, even enduring another hospital stay in late 2011, but not before contributing directly to the final season of the anime adaptation aired in Winter of last year. Below. the obituary translated in full:
The writer, Noboru Yamaguchi has fallen to the battle against his sickness at the young age of 41 years old on April 4th, 2013. Yamaguchi first made his name in writing for video games, then made his professional novelist debut through the Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko label in the year 2000.
In 2004, his "Zero No Tsukaima" novel was first published by the MF Bunko J label and it quickly became a hit, fascinating many fans and resulting in 20 volumes and 5 spin-off novels while contributing to 4 seasons worth of anime. MF Bunko J and Media Factory feel sincerely indebted to Yamaguchi Noboru sensei and his "Zero No Tsukaima" series. He was indeed, our benefactor.
Just like his work, Yamaguchi sensei had a bright and cheerful personality and was loved by many of his friends, editors and anyone who had met him. He was always comfortable in his own skin and full of courage and humor, which have not changed from the first time I have met him to the very end, even during the hardships that he endured mentally and physically.
April 11th, 2013Media Factory Inc.
Editor in Chief, MF Bunko J
Yamaguchi had confirmed in 2011 that he had advanced-stage cancer that was originally considered inoperable. However, during an unrelated gallstone surgery, the cancerous growth was confirmed to have shrunk in size. Yamaguchi then learned that there was surgery that he could have that might cure the cancer. He reported later that year that this surgery ended without incident, although he returned to the hospital at the end of 2011.
Source: ANN (Took the 2nd paragraph)
Funimation has posted a trailer for the Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail without a release date yet. The OVA will be released in a DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack.
Brace yourself for a barrage of hot lead and shorts short in the gun-blazing follow up to the critically-acclaimed Black Lagoon. This tour de violence was inspired by the masters of mayhem John Woo and Quentin Tarantino -- and brought to you by the studio behind Hellsing Ultimate!
The cutthroat crew of Black Lagoon faces their stiffest challenge yet when a Venezuelan assassination sparks a killing spree that spans the globe. Roberta was a reformed assassin until a clandestine clash between politically backed acronyms claimed the life of her master. In flash of a muzzle, she goes from maid to murderer on a pill-popping, crimson stained quest for vengeance. When Revy and the gang are hired to stop Roberta's killing spree, they quickly find themselves in the middle of an international shootout starring everyone from the KGB to the CIA. The bullets are flying, the bodies are piling up in the street, and Roberta's painting the town red -- with blood.
FUNimation's North American release of Summer Wars director Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children is still hitting film festivals rather than a wider theatrical or home video release, but it's getting to many corners of the country this month.
Dallas International Film Festival (link)
April 8 - 10PM
5321 East Mockingbird Lane
Dallas , TX 75206
April 13 - 12PM noon
3699 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
Boston International Children’s Film Festival (link)
April 16 - 12:45PM
April 17 – 3PM
Remis Auditorium, 161
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase (link)
April 20 - 3:45 pm
April 21 - 1:00 pm
Digiplex Mission Valley
7510 Hazard Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92108
American Cinematheque (link)
April 27 - 7:30PM
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Newport Beach Film Festival (link)
April 27, 2013 - 12:15pm
The Triangle Theater
1870 Harbor BlvdCosta Mesa , CA 92627