Zombie Land Saga is an anime made by studio MAPPA and is a comedic idol anime. With the premise being about a bunch of girls from different time periods being revived as zombies in order to be a group idol that will revitalize the city Saga.
First of all, when it comes to the anime idol genre, I could care less. I only started watching it due to all the praise people gave this show and how not only is it funny, but has lots of heart to it. Finishing up the anime, I say those people are correct. As the show was a fun experience with lots of emotion with one episode almost getting me to start crying. It is an anime that has lots of fun with the ridiculous concept of zombies girl trying to be an idol group lead by an energetic nut who revived them. It knows how to use that energy to have lots of fun expression, situation, and slapstick that you can do with the main cast being zombies. I mean granted as it is often said, comedy is subjective, but if you like the first episode, you might like the rest. I mean the comedy become less and less present as the show goes on, but still overall funny and has lots of really fun expression with the characters.
When it comes to the comedy, I expected to be just them taking the piss out of idols show or being a parody of it, but that not exactly the case. I mean as the show progress it does play with the tropes very straight. But what it smartly does is used the expectation of the audience ready to laugh, ready for that big joke and turn it on its head. Specifically with an episode starring one of the idol Lily, the short blue hair girl, that not only deal with loss and grief but another topic that I did not expect the show to be capable of handling well. It manages to subvert my expectation and rethink of my initial thought when I was watching that episode. That what makes the show much more than just simply an idol parody or idol comedy, it's one that has the main cast going through personal ordeals. With all their regret from death being brought up. With all the characters being unique, different and have their own set of charm, that you want them to succeed and overcome their own obstacle. The only real comedic character is Tae who is basically just a zombie, which is hilarious, but they even manage to make her be full of expression and feel like a part of the team. It knows how to make the audience laugh, cheer for the characters, and even feel with them.
That being said, it is somewhat straightforward with the tropes. I mean in the first episode they were playing heavy metal, then the second episode there was a rap battle. After that, the songs and performance did just become your typical idol songs, with just random stuff happening because the idol group has bad luck. It no longer became an idol parody, but just an idol comedy show with them being zombie as a gimmick. So that was a bit disappointing. The show became less crazy as I thought it would be judging from the two-episode and the awesome opening. I mean I guess it made it up with some emotional episode, but not all of them were equally as strong. So by no mean a perfect show, but an enjoyable one nevertheless.
Also as for the animation, it is studio Mappa, and for the most part, it looks great. I mean it is very expressive with the characters that do make the comedy pop out. With lots of bright colors, and knowing how to make the zombie characters look creepy. So, for the most part, I have no major complaint about the animation except for the CGI. Often in idol anime, they would have CGI for the dance sequence to save money, and I totally get it. But the CGI at best is tolerable but still bad. It did not make my eye burn, but made me wish it was done with 2d animation. I mean this is making a bunch of money, so for the next season either go with 2d animation or at least upgrade from early PS2 graphics to PS3 graphics. But aside for that again no real complaint about the animation in general.
This zombie idol anime was surprisingly fun. While a bit too straightforward with some of the idol tropes, I do give it prop for almost making me cry which deserve praised in it of itself. I give this show a B-
I enjoy the anime but it was at its strongest in the first two episodes. While the I am not an idol fan, I have to say the music and dancing was not memorable compared to other idol shows I watched. I can't tell if the show wanted to be an idol show or something else. the elements don't really mix. I feel it is not parodying idol shows at all since they had a cultural clash of Showa and modern idols. If it is explaining something rather making fun of something.
Oh it left some questions and some girls unexplored.
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT