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Is This a Zombie?
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka Volume 1 novel.jpg
Cover of the first volume of Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? as released by Fujimi Shobo featuring Haruna
これはゾンビですか?
(Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka?)
Genre Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Magical girl, Harem
Light novel
Written by Shinichi Kimura
Illustrated by Kobuichi
Muririn
Published by Fujimi Shobo
Demographic Seinen
Imprint Fujimi Fantasia Bunko
Original run January 20, 2009 – ongoing
Volumes 14 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written by Shinichi Kimura
Illustrated by Sacchi
Published by Fujimi Shobo
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Dragon Age
Original run January 9, 2010 – ongoing
Volumes 8 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Takaomi Kanasaki
Produced by Satoshi Fujita
Seiichi Hachiya
Seiichi Kawashima
Tomoki Numata
Written by Makoto Uezu
Music by Shinji Kakishima
Studio Studio Deen
Licensed by
Network TV Saitama, Gifu Broadcasting System, Inc., Chiba TV, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, Mie Television, Tokyo MX, TV Kanagawa, TVQ, Nico Nico Channel, AT-X
Original run January 11, 2011March 30, 2011[n 1]
Episodes 12 + OVA (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Is this a Zombie? of the Dead
Directed by Takaomi Kanasaki
Written by Makoto Uezu
Music by Shinji Kakijima
Studio Studio Deen
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, TVQ, Sun TV, Gifu Broadcasting System, Inc., Mie TV, BS11, Chiba TV, TV Kanagawa, TV Saitama, AT-X
Original run April 5, 2012June 7, 2012
Episodes 10 + 2 OVA (List of episodes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Is This a Zombie? (これはゾンビですか? Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka??), also known as Korezom (これゾン Korezon?) for short,[1] is a Japanese light novel series by Shinichi Kimura, with illustrations by Kobuichi and Muririn. Since January 2009, 13 volumes have been published by Fujimi Shobo under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint. There are currently five different manga adaptations based on the universe of Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? being serialized. A 12-episode anime adaptation produced by Studio Deen aired in Japan from January 11, 2011 to March 31, 2011 on TV Saitama and other networks. A second season, titled Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead (これはゾンビですか? オブザデッド Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Obu za Deddo?), aired in Japan from April 5, 2012 to June 7, 2012 on Tokyo MX and other networks.

Plot[edit]

Ayumu Aikawa is a zombie resurrected by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe after being killed by a serial killer. As he tries to make the best of his undead life, he encounters a Masō-Shōjo (魔装少女?, lit. Magical Garment Girl, a pun on "mahō shōjo", meaning magical girl) named Haruna and inadvertently takes her magic powers, being forced to become a Masō-Shōjo (and thereby crossdress) in the process. With Eucliwood, Haruna, and a vampire ninja named Seraphim living with him, Ayumu helps battle demons known as Megalos while trying to figure out the mystery behind his own death.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Ayumu Aikawa (相川 歩 Aikawa Ayumu?)
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima (drama CD), Junji Majima (anime) (Japanese), Austin Tindle (English)
Ayumu is a high school boy who was killed by a serial killer and resurrected as a zombie by the Necromancer, Eucliwood Hellscythe. As a zombie, he is near invincible and can exceed the limits of the human body, giving him great physical strength. However, he still feels pain (but gets over it very quickly), his bones can still break (but can be put back and heal together again) and will also dry out in the sunlight. His body is also weak against fire and tends to break down if used to its utmost limit. There are also various aspects of his zombie nature that Ayumu has yet to discover, such as the ability to absorb magic (stronger magic absorbs weaker magic). As a result of absorbing Haruna's magic, Ayumu is forced to become a Masō-Shōjo, pink frilly outfit and all, in order to fight Megalos.
Throughout his encounters, it is shown that he is rather a unique zombie, which is possible due to the powerful magic Eu used to revive him. In Episode 11 of the anime adaptation, when Mystletainn recognizes Haruna as its owner again, it enables both of them to transform into Masō-Shōjos in tandem, right before they fight Yoruno. In Episode 12, he temporarily borrows Eu's powers, but, much to Sera's chagrin and ire, winds up having perverted thoughts that affect all the girls within the vicinity. In the manga, it is shown that Ayumu can kill Megalos with his zombie powers without becoming a Masō-Shōjo himself. When he absorbed Haruna's magic, it prevented her from using/touching Mystletainn. When Ayumu turns into a Masō-Shōjo, he still has his zombie powers, but loses some negative effects, such as a weakness to sunlight. He is also more aggressive in the manga, as seen in his fight against Kyoko, when it takes the appearance and intervention of Ariel to stop him from killing her. Whereas in the Anime, he refrains from killing her for good, after figuring out that she was down to her very last life. Ayumu has a hidden talent, he's able to break-dance, which he was able to impress Eu, but was asked not do to that again.
Haruna (ハルナ?)
Voiced by: Kaoru Mizuhara (drama CD), Iori Nomizu (anime) (Japanese), Jād Saxton (English)
Haruna is a Masō-Shōjo from Villiers who wields a chainsaw named Mystletainn (ミストルティン Misutorutin?) and battles demons known as Megalos. She can also use her magic to repair damage caused from her battles and erase people's memories, the latter ability which becomes useful to Ayumu at the end of Episode 1 (as revealed in Episode 2). She was originally ordered by her teacher, Dai-sensei, to go to Kyoto to get some tofu, but she ended up in Tokyo instead. After first encountering Ayumu, following a fight with a demon, her magical powers are absorbed by him, due to the fact the magic Eu used to revive him is stronger than hers. As she tries to figure out this situation, she appoints Ayumu to fight the Megalos in her place as a Masō-Shōjo, and also starts living with him. She is a great cook, though its usually limited to just making fried eggs (tasting very delicious and amazing that people are so surprise for it just being eggs). Despite being a self-proclaimed genius, she has trouble remembering people's names or important details of assignments, since she only remembers what she deems interesting and forgets everything else. Ayumu's name is an exception to this, suggesting that she cares about him. Haruna appears to have some romantic feelings for Ayumu, having a dream of kissing him and even later actually asking him to kiss her. She's even jealous of Mael's (Yuki) relationship with Ayumu, showing her jealousy whenever he's to close to her.[2][3] Eventually, Mystletainn recognized her as its owner again, enabling herself and Ayumu to transform into Masō-Shōjos in tandem, in time for the final battle against Yoruno.
When Iori Nomizu was asked which part of her was similar to Haruna, the character she was voicing, she stated that she and Haruna were both very energetic.
Eucliwood Hellscythe (ユークリウッド・ヘルサイズ Yūkuriuddo Herusaizu?)
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (drama CD), Midori Tsukimiya (anime) (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English)
Delusion Eu (Season 1) Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi, Mika Kanai, Tomoko Kaneda, Yūko Minaguchi, Satomi Kōrogi, Sakura Tange, Yuki Matsuoka, Noriko Hidaka, Fumi Hirano (Japanese), Alexis Tipton, Tia Ballard, Trina Nishimura, Callie McHalen, Jamie Marchi, Leah Clark, Carli Mosier, Luci Christian, Kara Edwards (English)
Delusion Eu (Season 2) Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa, Kikuko Inoue, Omi Minami, Kimiko Koyama, Mariko Kouda, Etsuko Kozakura, Chisa Yokoyama, Mayumi Iizuka, Sumi Shimamoto, Yui Horie, Rei Sakuma, Yū Kobayashi (Japanese), Lydia Mackay, Trina Nishimura, Carli Mosier, Alexis Tipton, Jamie Marchi, Tia Ballard, Leah Clark, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Brina Palencia, Kara Edwards, Luci Christian, Emily Neves (English)
Eucliwood, called Eu (ユー ?) for short, is a Necromancer who brought Ayumu back to life to be her guard, and has been living with him ever since. Her magic is so powerful that she has to wear heavy armor and suppress her emotions in order to control it. Her words also carry strong magic, and she is able to kill someone just by saying "Die" (for example, when she takes on Kyoko and says "Die" multiple times, draining the latter's life supply), so she avoids talking and instead communicates through written notes, mostly pertaining to her appetite. She experiences severe pain whenever her magic is activated, and she claims that even if she were to die, her magic would continue uncontrolled. She is also capable of becoming a Masō-Shōjo, and it is implied that she interned at Matellis, under Ariel. Even though she considers Ayumu to be her servant, she's shown to care about him and has admitted that she's in love with him, but can't express them currently. Ayumu constantly provides her with comfort whenever she thinks about her many insecurities, and she is shown to take these feelings between them to heart. Out of all of the girls, Eu seems to have the closest relationship with Ayumu. She does not like people talking about death or telling someone to go die, since (as she takes on the pain of anyone she heals, revives or kills) she understands the pain of dying, despite being immortal herself.
Ayumu often daydreams about her behaving like a visual novel character and speaking in a cutesy manner (voiced by a different voice actor in each episode of the anime). In Episode 11 of the Anime adaptation, she spoke to Ayumu for the first time, indicating that she has gained some control over her magic. How or what she did to control it is a mystery; however, she sometimes forgets she can control it, as seen in Episode 12, when she has to use a machine (developed by Ariel) in order to compete with the others in an idol singing competition. The machine temporarily transfers her powers to Ayumu; unfortunately for him, his thoughts quickly spiral out of hand.
Seraphim (セラフィム Serafimu?)
Voiced by: Shizuka Itō (drama CD), Yōko Hikasa (anime) (Japanese), Morgan Garrett (English)
Seraphim, "Sera" (セラ?) for short, is a well-endowed vampire ninja (吸血忍者 Kyūketsu-ninja?) who combines her Secret Sword Technique: Swallow Cut (秘剣 燕返し Hiken Tsubamegaeshi?, English anime: "Swallow Return Strike") and ninja reflexes with her vampire powers to fight her enemies. She is able to form a pair of bat wings and a katana out of leaves. Her signature outfit consists of a yellow spaghetti-strapped top (that reveals her midriff) and dark blue jeans (this outfit is the one she wears most often in promotional material). As a vampire, Sera periodically requires blood to stay alive, and can anesthetize people with a kiss in order to numb the pain from neck bites. She does this with other girls, since kissing a boy would symbolize marriage in her faction's rules. She comes to Ayumu's house to serve Eu, though when rejected, she ends up being Ayumu's servant in hopes she can change Eu's mind. She is rather cold towards Ayumu, constantly calling him a dung beetle (クソ虫 Kuso-mushi?), though has a healthy respect for his combat abilities. In Episode 9, Sera has a brief argument with Ayumu over her participation in the contract Saras put out on Eu and, on moral grounds, decides to let Eu live. Later in Episode 10, Sera is killed by Yoruno, only to come back to life when Eu pricks her own finger to supply blood for her — blood which will ultimately make her the key to sealing the gates of the underworld one episode later. In later Novels, she seems to be developing feelings for Ayumu, slowly becoming more of a tsundere than when they first met. In Episode 8 of Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? of the Dead, it was confirmed by Kyoko that Sera does love Ayumu.
Mael Strom (メイル・シュトローム Meiru Shutorōmu?) / Yuki Yoshida (吉田 友紀 Yoshida Yuki?)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (drama CD), Hisako Kanemoto (anime) (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski (English)
Mael is a vampire ninja from a different faction from Sera's, who's also a student in Ayumu's high school, where she's known as Yuki Yoshida. Because of how this name is written, she is often nicknamed "Tomonori" (トモノリ?), which she only allows Ayumu to call her by that name. Mael is able to use tonkotsu ramen soup to instantly defeat Megalos, though the explanation behind it is too advanced for even for her to understand. She even has a machine which sprays the same soup over the city, to use whenever a horde of Megalos attack. However, in the Anime, the machine had failed (hinted that Sera's faction had destroyed it, because it might upset the natural environment when used), and thus the project for the machine was given up.[2] As a result of accidentally kissing Ayumu when he was pushed by Haruna, they are technically declared married by her faction's customs, and she constantly acts like a wife while at school. Even though she accepts her position as his wife early on, due to custom, she eventually develops strong feelings for Ayumu due to his kind and courageous persona. She is rather tomboyish, speaking with the term "ore" when talking about herself.
Sarasvati (サラスバティ Sarasubati?) / Kirara Hoshikawa (星川 輝羅々 Hoshikawa Kirara?)
Voiced by: Aya Gōda (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English)
Sarasvati, "Saras" (サラス Sarasu?) for short, is a vampire ninja and Sera's superior who lives in the human world as Kirara Hoshikawa. She's also known as Lovely Kirara, leading a "double" life as an idol singer, and garnering much popularity in the human world. She later puts a contract out on Eu for being a Megalo magnet and has Sera to do the job. She isn't too happy to find out that Sera had disobey her orders, and so (just for the effort) puts a hit on her as well. Though she considers Sera a traitor for abandoning the mission, later on Saras saves her and Haruna from Yoruno. She later revokes the hit on Eu (and, by extension, the hit on Sera), following the success of her and Mael's combined factions in sealing the gates of the underworld (though Sera was ultimately the key, since she had Eu's blood flowing through her veins after a fatal injury incurred by Yoruno). She becomes a major character in Jigoku Hen, as well as later Light Novels. Later, she falls in love with Ayumu (to be more precise, lust at first sight when she sees his butt and curve lines, but properly falls in love with him nonetheless).

Antagonists[edit]

Kyoko (京子 Kyōko?)
Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya (Japanese), Lindsay Seidel (English)
First introduced as a supposed childhood friend of Ayumu's classmate, Orito, and a survivor of the serial killer attacks. In actuality, she is a Masō-Shōjo and the serial killer responsible for killing Ayumu. By killing various humans and sacrificing their souls, she is able to add those lives to her own, allowing herself to be revived if she is killed. She seems to display yandere-like tendencies at times. It is later revealed she is being possessed by the King of the Night. Following her defeat by Ayumu, he shows her mercy by refusing to kill her for good once she is down to her last life, and she is imprisoned for re-education purposes after Ariel shows up to congratulate Ayumu for being merciful in defeating her, warning him that she would have killed him in retaliation if Kyoko had lost her last life at his hands. She is later arrested by Dai-sensei but breaks out to let Ayumu know she truly does love him.
King of the Night (夜の王 Yoru no Ō?)
Voiced by: Koji Yusa (Japanese), Eric Vale (Season 1), J. Michael Tatum (Season 2) (English)
A former zombie that was brought back to life by Eucliwood, who also goes by the alias "Yoruno" (夜野?). According to her, his heart became filled with malice and she had to kill him, but it appears he is still alive. He has the same zombie eye expression as Ayumu. In episode 10, he succeeds at what Sarasvati's subordinates had earlier failed to do when he kills Seraphim in a sneak attack, though Eu brings her back with her own blood. In episode 11 of the anime adaptation, he realized that what he did to Eu was wrong, and said to Ayumu that "in time you will understand the hardships of living an immortal life". He then once again desperately begs for Eu to kill him saying that he can't take it anymore. His last request is to be a penguin in his next life because he likes penguins.
It is hinted that King of the Night doesn't loathe of immortality by itself but rather, immortality and yet unable to be with Eu (because he killed a fellow Seventh Abyss).
Chris (クリス Kurisu?) / Takeshi Kurisu (栗須 猛 Kurisu Takeshi?)
Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English) (Chris)
Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (Japanese), Kent Williams (English) (Kurisu)
Takeshi Kurisu seems to be Ayumu's teacher, but in fact she is Villiers' strongest Masō-Shōjo, Chris. She also used to be Ariel's mentor, but was turned into a plain middle-aged man by the Queen's curse - because she was purported to be the leader of a coup, which in fact, Ariel concocted the coup a century before the events of the series. Since then, she has been plotting her revenge against Ariel for letting her take the fall (along with some of the others involved in the coup). Due to her strength and her status as a villain, she can be considered the Masō-Shōjo that all Masō-Shōjos fear. Thanks to her friend Naegleria's ability to cancel magic, she can turn back to a Masō-Shōjo while she's drunk. Due to Ayumu always coming to talk to her she seems to have developed a slight liking to him. Even calling him a good drinking buddy in the anime and saying she will be waiting for him to join her for a drink.

Other characters[edit]

Tulio Orito (織戸 闘莉王 Orito Tūrio?)
Voiced by: Shinya Takahashi (drama CD), Hiroyuki Yoshino (anime) (Japanese), Anthony Bowling (English)
Ayumu's classmate and friend, who is often jealous of Ayumu's current situation of living with three beautiful women. He briefly knew about Ayumu's (then-new) double life as a Masō-Shōjo, but fortunately, as revealed at the start of Episode 2, Ayumu erased his memory of the incident, along with those of the other students, and presumably erased himself from all the pictures they took of the incident, as well as all copies they presumably sent to their friends.
Taeko Hiramatsu (平松 妙子 Hiramatsu Taeko?)
Voiced by: Rie Yamaguchi (Japanese), Erica Harte (English)
Taeko is Ayumu's classmate and, Yuki and Kanami's best friend. She's a cute girl with pigtails, and one of the few people in class (during the beginning of the series) who'll talk with Ayumu. She also has strong romantic feelings for Ayumu, which is why she wears pigtails (since Ayumu likes girls with pigtails).
Kanami Mihara (三原 かなみ Mihara Kanami?)
Voiced by: Mina (Japanese), Emerick Jade (English)
Kanami is Ayumu's classmate and, Yuki and Taeko's best friend. On Saras' "Unlock 'Dere Dere' Side of Five Maid Cafe's Maids", she's the last contestant whom even Ayumu couldn't beat; however, she was beaten by Orito's rather forward statement (shouting to her "I Love You, Kanami"), catching her off guard and really affecting her deeply (which may be a hint of a possible crush on him).
Shimomura (下村?)
Voiced by: Itsuki Takizawa (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)
Often called Anderson-kun (アンダーソンくん Andāson-kun?) by Ayumu, Shinomura is Ayumu's classmate and the school playboy, who is in reality a resident of the Underworld (possibly of high ranking, since he addresses Eu without any honorific), although studying abroad on Earth. He seems to have the tendency to tease people, though he's very kind.
Ariel (アリエル Arieru?) / Dai-sensei (大先生?, lit. "Great Teacher" and she is called "Head Teacher" in the English Dub)
Voiced by: Ai Shimizu (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)
Haruna's teacher at Matellis, who has an affinity for Kyoto-made tofu and sends Haruna to get her some, due to her credit cards being overcharged. It is unknown what her true motives are, but she is very protective of her students and will kill anyone who harms them (even if they have committed a terrible crime). It is later revealed that she was formerly the second in command of Villiers, and had planned to overthrow Lilia Lilith, the Queen of Villiers, a century before the events of the series, and appointed her mentor, Chris, as the leader of the coup. It ultimately failed, and Chris (along with a few others involved) took the fall, with Chris herself cursed into the form of a middle-aged man; however, Ariel herself apparently managed to escape punishment and only demoted to a teacher instead.
Akuma Danshaku (悪魔男爵?, lit. "Baron Demon")
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa (Japanese), Mike McFarland (English)
Akuma Danshaku is the head of the Vampire-Ninjas. He often vomits blood since he was also cursed by the Queen, presumably after taking the fall, along with Chris, for participating in Ariel's failed rebellion. When he gone missing after the fall, the Vampire Ninjas falls into several groups, while Seraphim is appointed the mission to search for him. He also participated in the making of Vampire Ninjas' customs. According to him, the custom of forced marriage is a measure as most female Vampire Ninjas would rather stay single.
Naegleria Nebiros (ネグレリア・ネビロス Negureria Nebirosu?)
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese), Kelly McHalen (English)
Naegleria is Eu's friend from the Underworld, and a member of the former Seventh Abyss. She's recognized to be the Underworld's strongest. While on Earth, she's also known as the dōjinshi Nene (ネネ?). Naegleria has a habit of falling asleep whenever she feels like it, at any place, at any pose, at any moment (even while standing upright, or even while walking out of the shower). She's also has the largest bust size than any of the other female cast, including Sera's. Saras is also a big fan of her. Naegleria is also the one who made the magic gauntlets which keep Eu's magical powers in check. Later on, she's also the one who helps Chris transform back into her original Masō-Shōjo form while the latter is under the influence. Just like Chris she seems to have taken a slight liking to Ayumu saying she was almost willing to fight Chris for him.
Lilia Lilith (リリア・リリス Riria Ririsu?)
Voiced by: Mariko Honda
The Queen of Villiers who meted out punishment to Chris and Akuma (and a few other Masō-Shojōs) for their involvement in a coup Ariel concocted, but Ariel herself has since reformed following the incident and still teaches at Matellis. In anime, she seemed to have watch some of Ayumu's adventures through a mirror and has taken a slight interest in him. In the later novel, Ayumu accidentally kissed her, which caused her view Ayumu as a decent combatant and ordered Kyoko to put a curse on Ayumu. She is infamous of adapting her Masō-Shōjo weapon after studying any personnel that she viewed has the potential to challenge her as a counter measure.
Meringue Salveria (メレンゲ・サルベリア Merenge Saruberia?)
Meringue is an owner of a ramen shop "Meringue" and a former member of the Seventh Abyss. She changed Orito into a Megalo to get Eu angry.

Terminology[edit]

Villiers (ヴィリエ Virie?)
Villiers is a country, ruled by a Queen, that exists in a parallel universe. The country is ruled by a matriarchy, with an unconditional ruling of women, although there are also a roughly 20 percent of population of males who are knowledgeable in magic as well. As a military territory, Villiers perform aggressive expansion over its neighboring territories, while utilizing unique powerful weapons for battle. It is also the home of the Masō-Shōjos (for the majority of them, anyways), where the training school Matellis resides.
One-hundred years ago, Villiers experienced a coup d'état, led by Ariel (Dai-sensei) and followed by Chris and Akuma Danshaku. The current-ruling queen, Lilia Lilith, was able to thwart the plans to overthrow her, and as a result, Chris, Akuma Danshaku, and many other Masō-Shōjos supporting the coup were punished; meanwhile, the true conspirator (Ariel/Dai-sensei) managed to evade punishment. Currently, Villiers and Underworld are sending Masō-Shōjos and Megalos to fight over in the human world, it is also hinted that Villers is now preparing a formal invasion.
Matellis
Matellis is a school in Villiers, where powerful unique girls train in becoming Masō-Shōjos. Currently, Ariel is the only known teacher. Haruna appears to be the 634,526,379th student, while Chris and Kyoko are both former students. Ayumu is also technically accepted to be one of the students as he does fight as a Masō-Shōjo for Haruna.
Masō-Shōjo (魔装少女?, lit. "Magical Garment Girl"; English manga: "Magikewl Girl")
The Masō-Shōjos are magically-powered girls in cutesy girlish outfits (or in Ayumu's case, a guy in a dress), which grants them more powerful abilities. They achieve this transformation by using their own personal magically-powerful weapon (each Masō-Shōjo possesses her own unique magical weapon; although, as in Eu's case, some circumstances will allow a Masō-Shōjo to use a fellow Masō-Shōjo's own weapon), and reciting a specific incantation: Nomobuyo, Oshi, Hashitawa, Dokeda, Gunmīcha, Dēribura (ノモブヨ、ヲシ、ハシタワ、ドケダ、グンミーチャ、デーリブラ?), which is backwards for Raburī de Chāmingu Dakedo Watashi wa Shi o Yobu Mono (ラブリーでチャーミングだけど私は死を呼ぶ者?), meaning "I'm Lovely and Charming but I Summon Death". They're generally clad in pink frilly dresses, and are responsible for hunting down Megalos. This power is obtained by training at Matellis, a school in Villiers.
Underworld
Underworld is a parallel universe where the dead go once they have died. It is also where Eucliwood is from.
Megalo (メガロ Megaro?)
The Megalos are recurring monsters, often shown in constant battle with Villiers' Masō-Shōjos. They are generally depicted as various animals who wear gakurans. During the Second Season of the Anime, it is revealed that the Megalos were created by the Underworlders, and were designed to defend them against the Masō-Shōjo during the war between the two civilizations.
Seventh Abyss (セブンスアビス Sebunsu Abisu?)
The Seventh Abyss is a former special unit created to protect the Underworld from Valliers (and their Masō-Shōjos), and so it was made up of the strongest warriors of the Underworld; it was also formed way before the Megalo System was established. There were seven members, currently known members includes Eucliwood Hellscythe, King of the Night, Naegleria Nebiros, Meringue Salveria, and a Captain. The Seventh Abyss was disbanded when King of the Night murdered the Captain. According to Shimomura, most of the members of Seventh Abyss are known be above of Underworld laws, as they are too strong to be restricted.
Vampire Ninja (吸血忍者 Kyūketsu-Ninja?)
The Vampire Ninjas are a class of vampires who are trained in ninjutsu. They are composed of many factions, who can oppose each other, and have unusual customs, including a kiss on the lips from the opposite sex as a sign of marriage. They live by their code, and refrain from ever breaking it. The main mission for Vampire Ninja is to protect the human world from other parallel universe. Following the reappearence of Akuma Danshaku, the former leader, Vampire Ninjas of different factions are now in the process of merging.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? began as a light novel series written by Shinichi Kimura, with illustrations provided by Kobuichi and Muririn.[4] The first volume was published by Fujimi Shobo on January 20, 2009,[5] with a total of 14 volumes published as of October 19, 2013 under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint.[6]

No. Title Release date ISBN
01 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, I'm a Masō-Shōjo (これはゾンビですか? はい、魔装少女です Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hai, Masō-Shōjo Desu?) January 20, 2009[5] ISBN 978-4-8291-3370-5
02 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, I Am the Harbinger of Death (これはゾンビですか? そう、私は死を呼ぶもの Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Sō, Watashi wa Shi o Yobu Mono?) May 20, 2009[7] ISBN 978-4-8291-3370-5
03 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? No, That Will Explode (これはゾンビですか? いえ、それは爆発します Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Ie, Sore wa Bakuhatsu Shimasu?) September 20, 2009[8] ISBN 978-4-8291-3442-9
04 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yeah, I'm the Strongest Teacher! (これはゾンビですか? うん、先生が最強だよ! Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Un, Sensei ga Saikyō Dayo!?) January 20, 2010[9] ISBN 978-4-8291-3481-8
05 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Oh, My Darling is Good-For-Nothing (これはゾンビですか? ああ、マイダーリンはロクデナシ Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Ā, Mai Dārin wa Rokudenashi?) May 20, 2010[10] ISBN 978-4-8291-3524-2
06 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, Both Are My Wives (これはゾンビですか? はい、どちらも嫁です Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hai, Dochira mo Yome Desu?) October 20, 2010[11] ISBN 978-4-8291-3574-7
07 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, She is the Sleeping Boobs (これはゾンビですか? はーい、眠れるチチです Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hāi, Nemureru Chichi Desu?) January 20, 2011[12] ISBN 978-4-8291-3605-8
08 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, I'm Sorry for Kissing You (これはゾンビですか? はい、キスしてごめんなさい Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hai, Kisu Shite Gomennasai?) June 10, 2011 (limited edition)[13]
June 18, 2011 (regular edition)[14]
ISBN 978-4-8291-9764-6 (limited edition)
ISBN 978-4-8291-3650-8 (regular edition)
The limited edition release contained an OVA episode on DVD.
09 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, I've come to bless(curse) you (これはゾンビですか? はい、祝(呪)いに来ました Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hai, Iwa(noro)i ni Kimashita?) November 19, 2011[15] ISBN 978-4-8291-3701-7
10 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, I'm Lovely and Charming (これはゾンビですか?10 はい、ラブリーでチャーミングだけどあたしは Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hai, Raburī de Chāmingu Dakedo Atashi wa?) April 25, 2012 (limited edition)[16]
May 19, 2012 (regular edition)[17]
ISBN 978-4-8291-9766-0 (limited edition)
ISBN 978-4-8291-3761-1 (regular edition)
The limited edition release contained an OVA episode on DVD.
11 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, She's Meringue (これはゾンビですか?11 はい、メレンゲです Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hai, Merenge Desu?) October 20, 2012[18] ISBN 978-4-8291-3811-3
12 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, I Am the One Who Cries Love (これはゾンビですか?12 そう、私は愛を叫ぶ者 Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Sō, Watashi wa Ai o Sakebu Mono?) February 20, 2013[19] ISBN 978-4-8291-3858-8
13 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? No, It Does Not Have a Memory At All (これはゾンビですか?13 いいえ、全く記憶にございません Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Iie, Mattaku Kioku ni Gozaimasen?) May 18, 2013[20] ISBN 978-4-8291-3887-8
14 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, I'm Withdrawal Anyway (これはゾンビですか?14 はい、どうせひきこもりだけど Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hai、Dousehi Kikomori Dakedo?) October 19, 2013[6] ISBN 978-4-04-712916-0

Drama CD[edit]

A drama CD for Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? published by Marine Entertainment was released on December 30, 2009.[21] The drama CD was released in both limited and regular editions.[21] Both editions' first pressings came with a B2-sized poster.[21] The limited edition also came with a booklet written by Shinichi Kimura and a telephone card illustrated by Kobuichi and Muririn.[21]

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation by Sacchi started serialization in the shōnen manga magazine Monthly Dragon Age on January 9, 2010. The first bound volume was released by Kadokawa Shoten on August 9, 2010,[22] with 8 volumes available in Japan as of December 6, 2013.[23] A 4-koma adaptation called Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, It's 4-koma Flavor. (これはゾンビですか? はい、4コマ風味です。 Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hai, Yonkoma Fūmi Desu.?), illustrated by Mūpa, and a third manga adaptation named Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, I'm your Wife. (これはゾンビですか? はい、アナタの嫁です。 Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hai, Anata no Yome desu.?), illustrated by Ryō Hasemi, are also being serialized in Monthly Dragon Age.[4]

The manga by Sacchi is licensed in North America by Yen Press. The first volume in English was released on March 27, 2012,[24] and since then seven volumes have been published, with the eighth scheduled for July 22, 2014.[25]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 August 9, 2010[22] ISBN 978-4-04-712679-4 March 27, 2012[26] ISBN 978-0-3162-1036-2
2 January 8, 2011[27] ISBN 978-4-04-712707-4 July 24, 2012[28] ISBN 978-0-3162-1037-9
3 July 8, 2011[29] ISBN 978-4-04-712735-7 November 20, 2012[30] ISBN 978-0-3162-1038-6
4 December 9, 2011[31] ISBN 978-4-04-712763-0 April 23, 2013[32] ISBN 978-0-31-624533-3
5 May 9, 2012[33] ISBN 978-4-04-712796-8 July 23, 2013[34] ISBN 978-0-31-625271-3
6 October 20, 2012 (limited edition)[35]
November 9, 2012 (regular edition)[36]
ISBN 978-4-04-712806-4 (limited edition)
ISBN 978-4-04-712838-5 (regular edition)
October 29, 2013[37] ISBN 978-0-316-24318-6
The Japanese limited edition release contained an OVA episode on Blu-Ray Disc.
7 May 9, 2013[38] ISBN 978-4-04-712870-5 February 18, 2014[39] ISBN 978-0-316-36904-6
8 December 6, 2013[23] ISBN 978-4-04-712963-4 July 22, 2014[25] ISBN 978-0-316-37677-8

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation of Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?, first announced on May 17, 2010,[40] was produced by Studio Deen and aired 12 episodes on TV Saitama, Chiba TV, and Sun TV from January 10 to April 4, 2011, with subsequent broadcasts on Gifu Broadcasting System, Inc., KBS Kyoto, Mie TV, Tokyo MX, TV Kanagawa, TVQ, Nico Nico Channel, and AT-X. Episodes 10 and later were pushed back a week due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[41][42] The series was also simulcast by Crunchyroll on their streaming site.[43] An OVA 13th episode was released on DVD with the eighth light novel on June 10, 2011.[13] The anime is licensed in North America by Funimation Entertainment under the title Is This A Zombie?, and released the series on December 4, 2012.[44][45]

A second anime season, titled Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead (これはゾンビですか? オブザデッド Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Obu za Deddo?),[46] first announced in the July issue of Monthly Dragon Age, aired on Tokyo MX from April 5, 2012 to June 7, 2012, with subsequent broadcast runs on TVQ, Sun TV, Gifu Broadcasting System, Inc., Mie TV, BS11, Chiba TV, TV Kanagawa, TV Saitama and AT-X.[47][48] An OVA episode was released with the tenth light novel volume on DVD on April 25, 2012,[16] while the eleventh episode was released with the sixth manga volume on October 20, 2012 on Blu-ray.[49] The second season is licensed by Funimation Entertainment for simulcast on their video portal, under the title Is This a Zombie? of the Dead.[50] MVM Films have licensed both series in the United Kingdom.[51]

The opening theme is "Leave-It-To-Me Tonight" (魔・カ・セ・テ Tonight Ma-Ka-Se-Te Tonight?) by Iori Nomizu while the ending theme is "Notice Me, Mr. Zombie, I am your Classmate" (気づいてゾンビさま、私はクラスメイトです Kizuite Zonbi-sama, Watashi wa Kurasumeito Desu?) by Rie Yamaguchi with Manzo. The opening theme for the second season is "***Passionato" (***パショナート ***Pashonāto?) by Iori Nomizu, while the ending theme is "I'm a Beginner at Love (T_T)" (恋のビギナーなんです(T_T) Koi no Beginā Nan Desu (T_T)?) by Rie Yamaguchi.

Appearances in other media[edit]

A costume based on Haruna's outfit can be unlocked in the 2012 video game, Lollipop Chainsaw.[52]

Reception[edit]

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? was recognized in Fujimi Shobo's 20th Fantasia Awards for long-running novels as an honourable mention.[53][54]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Episodes 10 and later were pushed back a week as a result of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

References[edit]

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