Studio: Xebec M2
Manga writer: Peach-Pit
Licensed By: Discotek Media
Music By: Hiroyuki Sawano
Original Run: July 3, 2007 –September 11, 2007
Episodes: 11 and 2 OVAs (basically bonus episodes)
Sorry to start this review off on a somber note but eventually we’re all going to die, yes even that weird occult girl you may have a crush on. But what if there was a way to cheat death, what if there was a way you could take out a Zombie-Loan?
Zombie-Loan follows Michiru Kita, a girl whose born with Shinigami Eyes. This power means that she has the ability to see the rings around peoples necks. You see in this world, as a person gets closer to their deaths a grey ring will start to appear around their necks and once their ready to be killed, said ring turns pitch black.
This ring symbolizes fate and humanities inability to stop death. These rings also happen to be very valuable to the other two main characters of Zombie-Loan Chika Akatsuki and Shito Tachibana. These two happen to go to the same school as Michiru and to everyone at school they seem to be good friends.
This couldn’t be further from the truth though because they hate each other but their “destined to collaborate” because they both have each others hands and if they stay apart, they’ll rot off and they need these hands to summon their weapons to fight zombies.
After learning about Michirus special eyes, they end up forcing her into the world of Zombie hunting which in turn gets Michiru killed (a fact that caused me to cheer a little). Now tied to their Zombie-Loan Michiru must overcome her shyness and help Chika and Shito located zombies with a high bounty.
Before I can continue I must mention that I hated the first two episodes of this show. Their way too slow and Michiru spends these two episodes screaming her head off which is especially annoying due to her naturally high-pitched voice.
However I recommend that you keep watching the show because after a slow and boring start, Zombie-Loan thankfully remembers that its based on a really good manga series and the show kicks itself into gear.
You see after spending the first two episodes in a school, the show thankfully moves away from that setting, preventing Zombie-Loan from becoming another supernatural high school based anime.
As the show barrels along we also get to learn more about our lead characters and they become both more likable and therefor more fun to watch. We learn that Chika wants to be come human again so he can go back to living with his family (which includes his cross-dressing father) and we learn about Shitos very mysterious past.
This means that to me Chika stopped becoming another short-tempered hyper-active anime character and becomes someone I wanted to watch win and Shito went from a cold heart jerk to a surprisingly tragic character.
Hell even Michiru develops into a fun character. She gains a will to live, she learns the value of friendship (did 4Kids help with her character?) and she learns to stand up for herself, which is sometime more people myself included need to learn about. Oh she also treats the Reaper Zarame like a toy when they meet him after becoming super deformed which is hilarious.
Since I brought up Zarame, lets talk about the side characters who are all completely insane in their own little way. From the mysterious head of Zombie-Loan Bekko and his MALE assistant Yuuta to the medical student Otsu who gets called Old Man all the time by Chika, Zombie-Loan has an awesome cast of side characters. It’s just a shame that Zombie-Loan ditches a couple of them after episode 7.
While I’m at it I should bring up the character Koyomi and her split personality Yomi. Koyomi is a member of Michuri dorm and she’s your stereotypical hyperactive anime character friend, with the unique ability to get drunk off of Fantan (Personally I’m more of a fan of Koca-Cola).
However her other half Yomi has the ability to channel the words of the dead and also has a crush on Michuri. By crush I of course mean that Yomi has a habit of fondling Michuri breast and they have a hot spring scene together because anime.
While I have touched on the story a couple of times throughout this “review” (lets face it you already know how I feel about Zombie-Loan), I want to go back to it for a second because Zombie-Loans plot is filled with twists, tragic moments and moments that had me laughing. Seriously the “Longing for Freedom” episode
Finally before I finish this review I want to bring up the shows soundtrack and to my surprise the soundtrack was great. I especially love the main theme titled Wolf Throat which made me want to increase the volume on my laptop and headbang to it. Sadly the ending theme isn’t as good though.
So that was my review of Zombie-Loan and despite how bad the first two episodes (seriously there terrible), I really enjoyed the rest of the show. Anyway come back in two weeks time when I’ll be reviewing Katanagatari so get the tissues ready. Also sorry for the late review.