Is This a Zombie?

Is This a Zombie?

Is This a Zombie? anime cover art featuring the Magical Garment Girl Haruna
Is This a Zombie? Cover Art

Overview

Is This a Zombie? is officially listed under the categories of romantic comedy, magical girl, and harem, but in reality it’s a comedy which makes fun of a bunch of different genres. The most obvious of these is the magical girl genre which is one I enjoy considering it was my start in anime.

This anime has it all. It has zombies, magical girls with chainsaws, ninja vampires, necromancers, and normal people too I suppose. What more could you ask for?

The general plot is that Ayumu was killed by a serial killer and brought back to life as a zombie by a necromancer. After that, he continued to come in contact with other strange people and monsters. That’s basically it. The plot is fairly loose so the show can essentially do whatever it wants.


Characters

Ayumu Aikawa is the protagonist who was murdered and then brought back as a Zombie. As a zombie he can use over 100% of his body’s power to fight, but also must avoid the sun or risk drying out.

While trying to live his best life as a zombie, he is then forced into becoming a magical garment girl whose job it is to fight monsters called Megalos. Unfortunately for him there is no male outfit for magical garment girls.

While all this is going on, he still has to play the role of a regular high school student as well.

Eucliwood Hellscythe (Eu) is the necromancer who brought Ayumu back as a zombie. She’s mute for the most part, having very few lines throughout the series. Instead she writes messages on a notepad which she holds up.

Eu is Ayumu’s main love interest and since she doesn’t speak, he often imagines her responding to him in ways contrary to how she actually responds.

Haruna is the genius magical garment girl who wields the chainsaw Mystletainn. Her magical garment girl abilities were absorbed by Ayumu causing her to not be able to fight the Megalos, so Ayumu was forced to use Mystletainn in her place. Although she is a child genius, she is still a child and shows it through her excessive chunibyo, much like Megumin from KonoSuba.

The final of the main group is Seraphim. She’s a ninja vampire who serves Ayumu although she frequently hurls verbal abuse in his direction. I don’t like her character as much as the others so I don’t really have much else to say about her.

Ayumu Aikawa as a Magical Garment Girl from the anime Is This a Zombie?
Ayumu Aikawa as a Magical Garment Girl

Conclusion

After I watched the first season I wasn’t really sure what to make of the anime since it was so all-over-the-place. However, after watching the second season I decided that I did really enjoy it and so I have to give it a 7/10 for being entertaining. My favorite parts definitely involved Haruna, as I’m always a fan of comedic relief lolis and magical girls.

I would recommend this anime to anyone who likes comedy or satirical anime, but even if the satire is lost on you, it’s still a fun watch.

The OP for Is This a Zombie? can be found here.

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