suntzuanime

A thoughtful response to current anime.

Kore Zombie – Episode 10

We lost our necromancer, again.  Wasn’t that the cliffhanger last episode?  For someone with such amazing powers she sure ends up playing damsel in distress a lot.  I guess the issue is that her powers are seriously colored with evil, she can’t use them to e.g. change the TV channel without getting out of her chair, because the nature of her power would corrupt the TV into a giant TV monster that would rampage throughout the town.  It is a good thing we invented the remote control!

I dunno that I really buy the “curse” of having great but darkly colored power, honestly.  Either you can cheat and exploit your power for good, in which case it works out great, or there is some conservation law that leads to constantly increasing evil entropy, in which case just don’t use your power.  I guess in Eucliwood’s case “don’t use your power” is exactly what she is trying to do, but it leads to her having to e.g. never talk or emote.  That seems like a pretty legit curse, actually.  Ok, I can buy your premise, at least long enough to get me through episode 10 of Kore Zombie.

…thirty minutes pass…

You can tell this guy is the villain because he's trying to convince people that immortality isn't sweet as heck.

This was a really depressing episode.  One friend abandoned us, another friend was branded a traitor by her tribe and cast out by the only family she had known, and then we were thrown into a hopeless battle against an immortal shadow wizard who rips off our legs and strangles us to death, we were abandoned by our friend again, and then another friend sacrificed himself to protect us.  It’s a good thing we had Haruna’s relentless cheerfulness around.  In her own way, she might be the best character in the show.  She always warms my heart when she shows up.  She seemed excessively  shallow in the beginning, but she’s actually one of the more compelling cheerful energetic girl type characters I’ve seen.  Maybe it helps that they mixed a little tsundere in.  That usually helps.

This was also a really good episode.  The contrast between the downbeat nature of everything but Haruna and Haruna’s upbeat personality really worked, I thought.  And this time, the battles made sense, we were fighting enemies that had already been introduced, and we got lots of juicy villain-hero dialogue.   This episode wasn’t filler,  I guess was the issue.  Filler works fine in a slice-of-life show, but it’s death for a fighting show, and this is at heart a fighting show.

I guess we get to stress-test the limits of his zombification, now.  Even without protagonist immunity, it doesn’t seem like a bomb like that should kill him.  If nothing else, there is another zombie who wants to die, and has access to bombs like that, but isn’t dead.  On the other hand, he seems to have to be hand reassembled after every dismemberment?  So if he gets turned into a fine red grey mist, what happens to him?  Does he sit around conscious that he is dripping all over the scenery but unable to do much until someone scrapes him up and puts him in a human-shaped jelly-mold?  I guess we’ll find out next time.

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