Zombie Land Saga
|Zombie Land Saga|
Promotional art for the anime.
(Zonbi Rando Saga)
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Munehisa Sakai|
|Written by||Shigeru Murakoshi|
|Music by||Yasuharu Takanashi|
|Original network||AT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, BS11, Saga TV, TVQ|
|Original run||October 4, 2018 – present|
|Written by||Megumu Soramichi|
|Original run||October 8, 2018 – present|
Zombie Land Saga (Japanese: ゾンビランドサガ Hepburn: Zonbi Rando Saga) is an anime television series produced by Cygames in collaboration with Avex Pictures, and animated by studio MAPPA. The series began airing in Japan from October 4, 2018.
In the year 2008, high school girl Sakura Minamoto is abruptly killed in a traffic accident. Ten years later, Sakura, along with six "legendary" girls from various eras of Japan's history, are brought back as zombies by a man named Kotaro Tatsumi, who seeks to save Saga Prefecture by putting together an all-zombie idol group known as Franchouchou.
- Kotaro Tatsumi (巽 幸太郎 Tatsumi Kōtarō)
- Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo (English)
- A manic producer who resurrects Sakura and the other girls as zombies to revitalize Saga Prefecture by forming the idol group Franchouchou, tentatively titled Death Musume and Green Face by him. He is a skilled make-up artist, able to make the zombies look like normal humans during their public appearances. He also carries a supply of dried squid with him to appease the zombies.
- Sakura Minamoto (源 さくら Minamoto Sakura) / Zombie 1 (ゾンビィ1号 Zonbii Ichi-gō)
- Voiced by: Kaede Hondo (Japanese); Brina Palencia (English)
- A high school girl and aspiring idol who died in 2008 after being hit by a truck. She is the first of the zombies to regain consciousness after her resurrection, but retains no memories of when she was alive.
- Saki Nikaido (二階堂 サキ Nikaidō Saki) / Zombie 2 (ゾンビィ2号 Zonbii Ni-gō)
- Voiced by: Asami Tano (Japanese); Caitlin Glass (English)
- A delinquent girl and former biker gang leader who conquered all of Kyushu with her gang, Dorami, during the 1990s. She is the leader of Franchouchou.
- Ai Mizuno (水野 愛 Mizuno Ai) / Zombie 3 (ゾンビィ3号 Zonbii San-gō)
- Voiced by: Risa Taneda (Japanese); Bryn Apprill (English)
- The former lead performer of Iron Frill, a 2008 idol group that Sakura previously idolized in life, who was killed after being struck by lightning during a concert.
- Junko Konno (紺野 純子 Konno Junko) / Zombie 4 (ゾンビィ4号 Zonbii Yon-gō)
- Voiced by: Maki Kawase (Japanese); Amanda Lee (English)
- A soft-spoken idol from the Shōwa period who was popular during the 1980s before dying in a plane crash.
- Yugiri (ゆうぎり Yūgiri) / Zombie 5 (ゾンビィ5号 Zonbii Go-gō)
- Voiced by: Rika Kinugawa (Japanese); Stephanie Young (English)
- A courtesan who lived between the Bakumatsu and the Meiji Restoration eras in the 19th century.
- Lily Hoshikawa (星川 リリィ Hoshikawa Ririi) / Zombie 6 (ゾンビィ6号 Zonbii Roku-gō)
- Voiced by: Minami Tanaka (Japanese); Sarah Wiedenheft (English)
- A seemingly happy and prodigious child actress, and the youngest member of the group. She also inquires about the group’s homepage.
- Tae Yamada (山田 たえ Yamada Tae) / Zombie 0 (ゾンビィ0号 Zonbii Zero-gō)
- Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (Japanese); Dawn M. Bennett (English)
- The only "legendary" girl with no other title, and the only zombie who has yet to regain her human consciousness. She is the one who officially names the group Franchouchou, which is derived from her sneezing.
- Male Cop 1A (警察官A Keisatsukan A)
- Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)
- An unnamed police officer who repeatedly encounters Sakura and the other undead girls.
- Romero (ロメロ)
- Voiced by: Yasuhiro Takato (Japanese); Alejandro Saab (English)
- Kotaro's undead pet toy poodle.
Production and release
Cygames announced the series, in collaboration with Avex Pictures, on July 5, 2018. The series is directed by Munehisa Sakai and written by Shigeru Murakoshi, with animation by studio MAPPA. The series' character designs are provided by Kasumi Fukagawa, Kazuo Ogura is the art director, Takashi Yanagida is serving as director of photography, Azusa Sasaki is the color designer, and Masahiro Goto is editing the series. Yasuharu Takanashi is composing the series' music, which will be produced by Avex Pictures, while dugout is producing the sound. The opening and ending theme songs respectively are "Adabana Necromancy" (徒花ネクロマンシー Adabana Nekuromanshī, lit. "Fruitless Necromancy") and "Hikari e" (光へ, lit. "To the Light"), both performed by Franchouchou (Kaede Hondo, Asami Tano, Risa Taneda, Maki Kawase, Rika Kinugawa, and Minami Tanaka). The 12-episode series began airing on October 4, 2018, and is broadcast on AT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, BS11, Saga TV, and TVQ. The series is being simulcast by Crunchyroll and simuldubbed by Funimation.
|No.||Title[a]||Original air date|
|1||"Good Morning SAGA"|
"Guddo Mōningu Saga" (グッドモーニング SAGA)
|October 4, 2018|
|Sakura Minamoto, a high school girl with aspirations of becoming an idol, is suddenly hit by a truck. Awakening with amnesia, she finds herself in a zombie-filled mansion in Saga Prefecture, discovering that she has become a zombie herself when she is shot by a frightened police officer. A man named Kotaro Tatsumi explains that he has resurrected Sakura, who has been dead for ten years, along with several other zombie girls from various eras to form an idol group and revitalize Saga. Needing stimulation to awaken the other girls from their braindead state, Kotaro brings everyone to perform at a death metal concert. Despite Sakura's doubts, the girls react to the music and make it through the performance through screaming and headbanging alone, during which Sakura recalls some of her memories from when she was alive. Although the performance ultimately ends in disaster, almost all of the other zombies manage to regain their senses the next day.|
|2||"I ♡ HIP HOP SAGA"||October 11, 2018|
|Displeased with their situation, the zombies Ai Mizuno and Junko Konno attempt to leave the mansion, prompting a worried Sakura to follow after them. The girls try to evade a group of rappers trying to hit on them, only to encounter the same policeman from before and run back to the mansion. The next day, the girls put on another show in which they nearly break their masquerade as regular humans when Tae Yamada – the only zombie yet to regain her senses – is accidentally decapitated on stage. Sakura gets into an argument with her rebellious bandmate Saki Nikaido over Tae's head, which escalates into a rap battle that convinces the audience that the fiasco is another part of their act.|
|3||"DEAD OR LIVE SAGA"||October 18, 2018|
|As Kotaro makes plans for a live flash mob performance, the girls try to decide on a name for their group, ultimately settling on the name Franchouchou after the sound of Tae's sneezing. While the others motivate themselves to practice their routine overnight, Ai and Junko remain skeptical, leading the others to begin the performance without them. The performance runs into trouble after Sakura forgets her lyrics, but Ai and Junko step in to save the show, managing to attract at least one fan.|
|4||"Warming Dead SAGA"|
"Wōmingu Deddo SAGA" (ウォーミング・デッド SAGA)
|October 25, 2018|
|With their budget running out, Kotaro sends the girls to perform at a hot spring resort in Ureshiro to earn a sponsorship deal with a pharmaceutical company. After taking a sightseeing tour and discussing their goals as idols, the girls discover that the skin patches they are promoting are effective at loosening their stiffened muscles, which they use to good effect during their performance. Later that night, Sakura, Saki, and Junko sneak into the hot springs against Kotaro's instructions, only to be spotted out of their human disguises by the pharmaceutical company's president, terrifying her and resulting in the girls losing the sponsorship deal.|
|5||"The Nice Bird SAGA in Your Heart"|
"Kimi no Kokoro Naisu Bādo SAGA" (君の心にナイスバード SAGA)
|November 1, 2018|
|To raise their profile, the girls perform in a commercial for the fried chicken restaurant Drive-In Tori, which is edited with footage of Tae attempting to devour the company's mascot. Later, the girls participate in the Kashima Gatalympics while wearing promotional Franchouchou T-shirts as a publicity stunt. When the girls get covered in mud in the first round, they are forced to keep themselves dirty to avoid washing their human makeup off, which ruins their self-advertisement. After Tae wins first prize, Sakura remembers giving her a spare shirt and tells her to remove her muddy clothes, only to discover that the clean shirt underneath is actually for Drive-In Tori. Meanwhile, a journalist in attendance named Okoba recognizes Junko after viewing the Drive-In Tori commercial and decides to investigate her.|
|6||"Because It's Sentimental SAGA"|
"Datte Senchimentaru SAGA" (だってセンチメンタル SAGA)
|November 8, 2018|
|As Franchouchou hold a photo op session with a small group of fans, Ai and Junko clash with each other over their different opinions on how idols should interact with their fans. Sakura hears from Junko about how hard she tried to become an idol in life, only to die in a plane crash before her first tour; feeling her outdated mindset on idols is hindering the other girls, Junko contemplates leaving Franchouchou. Meanwhile, Saki learns from Ai about how her death from a lightning strike during an outdoor concert left her with a fear of lightning and a determination not to be overshadowed by her own death. The next day, Kotaro announces that Franchouchou will be a part of the Saga Rock Festival where Ai and Junko are to perform a duet, causing the group to feel uneasy.|
|7||"But It's Zombiemental SAGA"|
"Keredo Zonbimentaru SAGA" (けれどゾンビメンタル SAGA)
|November 15, 2018|
|Junko refuses to practice for Franchouchou's Saga Rock performance and locks herself away, forcing Ai to cover her portion of their duet. On the day before the show, Kotaro assures Junko that she does not need to follow the modern standards of the idol industry, convincing her to rejoin the group. When a thunderstorm strikes during their performance, Ai breaks down on stage and struggles to sing, but Junko lends her support and helps her overcome her fear. In the middle of their song, the zombies are struck by lightning, which illuminates their bodies and electrically filters their voices. The audience and media are impressed by these effects, and Franchouchou are reported as Saga Rock's breakout idol group.|
|8||"Go Go Neverland SAGA"|
"GoGo Nebārando SAGA" (GoGoネバーランド SAGA)
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