The answer to the question posed in the title of Is This a Zombie?
(2011) is "yes": High school student Ayumu Aikawa died, then was somehow revived by necromancer Eucliwood "Eu" Hellscythe. As if being a zombie weren't tough enough, Ayumu somehow absorbs the power of "Magical Garment Girl" Haruna, enabling him to wield a pink chainsaw that dispatches supernatural monsters called "Megalos." But he wields it wearing a frilly dress, hat, and ribbons. Eu and Haruna move in with Ayumu and are soon joined by buxom vampire ninja Seraphim. The premise of Is This a Zombie?
is no sillier than Ah! My Goddess
or Tenchi Muyo!
, but director Takaomi Kanasaki and his crew can't seem to decide if they're making a harem comedy, a supernatural adventure, or a fan service jiggle-a-thon. Ayumu is typical of the good-natured, devoted schlubs at the center of many harem comedies: he cooks and cleans for the women who move into his conveniently empty house and becomes attached to all of them. But unlike the girls in Love, Hina
and other examples of the genre, the women in Zombie
aren't nice to long-suffering Ayumu. Haruna screams, fusses, and kicks him; Seraphim beats him up and refers to him as a maggot; Eu is kinder than the others, but she communicates only through written notes, and is no bargain. The tone of the show shifts radically in episode 9, growing darker as the filmmakers tardily introduce a couple of threatening subplots. The story ends with episode 11, and the last two installments are just fan service farces that have nothing to do with the rest of the series. (Rated TV MA: violence, violence against women, nudity, risqué and toilet humor) --Charles Solomon
(1. Yes, I Am a Masou-Shoujo, 2. No, I'm a Bloodsucking Ninja, 3. Yes, I Have Twin Tails, 4. Am I Radiant? 5. Yes, It's Miyako Tofu, 6. Yes, I Am the Harbinger of Death, 7. Hey, What School Do You Go To? 8. Hehe, I'm a School Wife, 9. Yes, I'm a Great Stripper, 10. No, That Will Explode, 11. Yes, Stay at My Place! 12. Yes, Still Goes On, 13. Eh? This Is the Final Episode?)
Some guys have no luck; he's got no pulse. That's life for poor unfortunate, undead Ayumu. First, he was murdered by a serial killer. Total bummer. Then he was resurrected as a zombie by a cute little Necromancer. That seemed pretty cool until she moved into his house, refused to speak, and forced his rotting carcass to do all the cooking. After that, a magical girl in a pretty pink dress used her matching chainsaw to chop his corpse in half. Luckily, the Necromancer's powers of resurrection trumped those of the chainsaw chick, so instead of dying (again), Ayumu became the world's first magical girl zombie. There's also a voluptuous vampire ninja who thinks zombie boy is a pervert and a hideous crayfish demon who wants to devour him. Confused? All you gotta know is this: zombies, frilly dresses, demons, and more chainsaws. Pink. It s the new dead.