Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Episode 5 Review

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Episode 5 Review

Is Anywhere Safe?

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Episode 5 still didn’t introduce the blonde girl. But, there is a blond boy now: Kencho. I was wondering when he was going to dye his hair. But, there wasn’t all that much to it. He just did it because he wanted to.

However, something that seems pretty important came up right after this scene. Kencho saw online that parts of Japan have been retaken from the zombies by the military. Though, as of right now, it doesn’t seem like there are many safe places.

Still, Akira is pretty confident that his parents are safe. They live out in Gunma, which is a prefecture up in the mountains. So, surely, the zombies haven’t spread there yet, right? Well, I’m not so sure about that. You see, we still don’t actually know how the outbreak began.

Kencho with blond hair from the anime series Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Episode 5
Kencho with blond hair

We don’t know why some people, like Akira and Kencho, didn’t turn into zombies from the start. And, likewise, we don’t know why other people, like Saori (Akira’s coworker), did. So, there’s no reason to believe that anyone would be safe. The initial outbreak appeared to be spontaneous and random.

My prediction is that when Akira and Kencho finally make their way to Gunma, it will be overrun. They might find Akira’s parents zombified. Or, they might not find them at all. But, either way, I’m not expecting Akira to be able to see his parents alive.

I guess it would make more sense if he found them as zombies. That way, he would at least get to say his goodbyes. To me, that feels like something this series would do. It wouldn’t leave the fate of Akira’s parents ambiguous. And it wouldn’t have his trip to Gunma end without him seeing his parents.

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Hero of the Dead

The main bucket list item of Episode 5 is Akira’s childhood dream of wanting to be a superhero. But, superheroes aren’t real. So, how is he going to go about accomplishing that? He has a bit of an idea.

Akira only needs two things to achieve his dream. He needs to dress like a superhero. And he needs to save someone in need. The second part shouldn’t be too difficult. With the zombie outbreak, there are people in need of being saved all over the place. But, what about the costume?

The costume has to do more than look the part. It needs to protect Akira from the bites of the zombies, too. And, luckily, he knows just the outfit for the job: A shark diving suit. By spray painting it, he can make it look like a superhero costume. And it’s designed to withstand bites.

Akiraiger protecting a girl from zombies from the anime series Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Episode 5
Akiraiger protecting a girl from zombies

Surprisingly, Akira’s plan of becoming a superhero worked. Of course, the shark diving suit was able to protect him from zombie bites. But, it does nothing to prevent him from being swarmed. And, that’s almost what happened to him when four athletic zombies had him pinned to the ground.

If any more zombies showed up, Akira would have been in some real trouble. He probably wouldn’t have been able to shake them off. And, that’s not all. The shark suit may protect against bite punctures. But, it doesn’t protect against bite force.

That means that although zombie bites aren’t going to infect Akira, they’ll still hurt. They can still break bones if they’re strong enough. Though, I’m not sure how strong a zombie’s bite is. Could it break a finger? Sure. Could it break an arm? I don’t know about that. A leg? I doubt it.

Zombie Shark Attack!

I have a few things to say about the zombie shark we saw in Episode 5. And the first is that there are no great white sharks in aquariums. The shark featured in this episode was a great white. But, great whites are notoriously impossible to keep in captivity.

Still, the anime at least tries to explain that away. One of the signs we see at the aquarium says this is the first captive-bred great white in the world. I guess I’ll give it some points for that.

And, if you’re going to include a shark in the series, it has to be a great white. It’s the most exciting and well-known of all the sharks, after all.

Also, despite how wacky the shark having zombie legs sticking out of it is, I liked it. That’s the kind of crazy thing I wanted from this series.

A zombie shark about to eat Shizuka from the anime series Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Episode 5
A zombie shark about to eat Shizuka

The final thing I want to mention about the zombie shark is that this may have been the first zombie animal. I don’t remember if we saw any other zombie animals before this episode. But, we now know the virus doesn’t only infect humans.

And, that fact only makes the virus more dangerous. If all you had to watch out for were zombie humans, that would be one thing. But, there are a lot of animals out in the world. You’d have to be wary of going into any body of water with fish, for one.

Also, are zombie birds going to be divebombing people? And, what about all the land animals? It’d be one thing if the virus only affected mammals. But, since it also affects fish, we can’t be sure. It could even affect bugs. Are mosquitos going to turn people into zombies?

Conclusion

What do you think of Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Episode 5? Was it worth the wait since there was no episode last week? Do you expect Akira to find his parents alive? And, did you like the zombie shark? Let me know in the comments.

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My review of Episode 6 is available now.

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