Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka – 08: The Sudden RomCom Fest
It’s another of those slice-of-life episodes here in Kore Zombie. Sure, it’s great seeing Ayumu and his accidental harem make merry in the sunshine, but we’ve got to consider that it’s nearing the end of the season. While it sticks true to its slapstick comedic nature, we’ve got precious few episodes left for this series to flesh its characters out. There’s next to no action in this week’s episode, but we are given two tantalizing events that hints of what’s going to come in the next episode.
Owing to the the kiss that Ayumu accidentally planted on Yuki last episode, we see the jealous side of Haruna. It’s quite a puzzling directional change for this anime, considering that Haruna hasn’t shown the slightest bit of interest in Ayumu till last episode, where she was eager to get Ayumu’s attention when it was taken away by Yuki. Now, she’s become extremely bipolar/tsundere for Ayumu, which makes me question the motives of the creators. How old is Haruna anyway? From the looks of it, she’s portrayed like a girl who is in or only just graduated from elementary school, her being a genius notwithstanding. There is really no point to Haruna liking Ayumu, simply because it is such a sudden development, and it could really be meant for the sole purpose of building Ayumu’s ever-expanding harem.
Yuki on the other hand is very earnest in her desire to come to like Ayumu. However accidental, the vampire ninja code put Ayumu and Yuki in this awkward situation, but Yuki is determined to make something good out of it. She inquisitively searches for answers from her friends, and their interactions at Mask Donalds (nice wordplay, and the theme of the restaurant is hilarious as hell) lead to Yuki forming multiple theoretical situations in which she is forced to abandon her boyish character portrayal and to look more feminine to appeal to Ayumu. It’s what they describe as being alluring through discordant behaviour. Yuki would attempt to throw Ayumu off by being feminine (naked apron) and being cute (teehee~). It’s amusing to say the least, and by the looks of things, she is far from being tsundere towards Ayumu, and he is more willing to reciprocate, only that he objected to Yuki openly acknowledging their ‘marriage’.
Seraphim receiving a letter would be the first of two major events in this episode. At the start of the episode, Ayumu, like any self-respecting high school boy that has unexpectedly got his hands on some invaluable treasure, harnesses the spectacle’s ability to his heart’s content. When he gets hit by a net swung by some preschooler, Ayumu flings himself in the spectacle’s general direction, using every morsel of his strength to save it from being crushed by an oncoming vehicle. Anyone remembers episode 1, where Ayumu similarly flings himself to the road to save a cat? Well, the sands of time have shifted, and Ayumu’s motivations to fling himself to the road are no longer as pristine as it was weeks ago. His body is battered, and his spirit is weary, but the treasure is safe! Hastily, he puts it back on, but his joy is short-lived. Seraphim snatches the spectacles from him, claiming it to be her belonging. It is revealed later in the episode that Seraphim uses the spectacles to read hidden messages in the letter. There is a sense of foreboding, as Seraphim stares at Eu with a concerned look, indicating that something may happen to Eu.
The second event of note would be the appearance of a pony-tailed shopkeeper, who has possibly something to do with the King of the Night. He makes an appearance during Ayumu’s so-called date with Haruna, only that he invited Seraphim, Eu and Yuki along. Nothing much of note, as the second half of the episode is dedicated to a rather standard date scene, y’know, going to the mall and arcade and such, that ended off with a ride on the Ferris Wheel. It is at that point where the shopkeeper makes another appearance, and confronts Eu. The next moment, Eu and the shopkeeper are gone. It all points to the next episode picking up the pace, where I’m sure Ayumu and co. will have an encounter with the shopkeeper who abducted Eu.
The general atmosphere of this episode is lively and has almost a slice-of-life feel to it, but I much preferred the action scenes back in Episode 6. I feel that this is but a transitional episode, where nothing much is being revealed, but I’m quite sure Kore Zombie will come back with a bang in the next episode, as there’s not really much room for another episode like this, considering the length of this series.