It's a bit of a shame that Zombie-Loan had to end as abruptly as it did
considering I did find it quite entertaining to look into. The premise
itself was quite original where Chika and Shito are being loaned life as
zombies in exchange for hunting evil "illegal" zombies. The show
effectively mixes serious and comedic moments as it looks into the
various dealings that Shito, Chika and the other members of Zombie Loan
deal with, particularly the chemistry between Shito and Chika as they
don't exactly get along much of the time in the series. The show does do
well enough in fleshing out the backgrounds of the two boys and Michiru
and what led them to become clients to Zombie Loan thus it is easy to
get some sort of connection with their characters. It also does well
enough at covering the exact details surrounding zombies in the world of
the series and the conditions surrounding Shito and Chika's deal in
still being alive.
However with the anime being based on ongoing
source material, Zombie-Loan definitely leaves the feel of being
incomplete. Some characters have their backgrounds hinted upon yet are
never explored and there are some lingering plot developments left
hanging such as the presence of several groups serving as adversaries to
the Zombie Loan group.
The presentation to Zombie-Loan does come
across as a bit subpar. While scenery and character designs do have a
decent amount of detail with subdued colors that fit in well with the
supernatural feel the series gives off, the animation noticeably takes
shortcuts and the series is nowhere as fluid and vivid as titles like Death Note
that aired in the same year. While the soundtrack does its part with
having insert music tracks that fit in with the mood of specific scenes,
none of it really sticks out. Not to mention that the OP and ED musical
choices can be quite grating to the ears and are best to skip through.
Zombie-Loan proved to be enjoyable for me thanks to its original
premise and chemistry between Shito, Chika and Michiru. However, it was
quite clear this series had a bigger story that it didn't have the time
to tell thus unless another season of Zombie-Loan comes out, the viewer
is left to try continuing the series through the manga source material.
It makes for a worthwhile watch, as long as you go into it knowing that
you are only being exposed to one part of the series.