It has taken me almost 2 years to watch the first 7 episodes of Zombie Loan for a reason. Since blogging my first impressions of Zombie Loan in July 2007 I have tried and failed multiple times to endure the experience watching the anime in it’s entirety but I have now given up as I could better spend my time watching other anime or feeding my Japanese drama obsession.
Why I hate it
Michiru Kita is a clumsy female high school student who posses “shinigami” eyes which allow her to see darkened rings around the necks of persons who will die soon with pitch black rings indicating that the individual has already died. Terrified of her ability she wears glasses to obscure her vision so that she is unable to view these rings. Her parents died when she was young and left a fortune for her which she cannot gain until she is a least 18 years old. She runs into Chika Akatsuki and Shito Tachibana at school one day and notices pitch black rings around their necks and that’s how the story (and I use that term lightly) begins.
Shito, Michiru and Chika
Why I really really hate it
Why are there so many shinigami in anime? Why did it promise so much with such a cool art style and decent character design? Why did I feel more and more disappointed, frustrated and lost with each episode? Zombie Loan’s story is a steaming cocktail of bad comedy, hentai, hints of yaoi, and boring characters. Everything seems tied together by the sacred story telling art of jotting down a few ideas on tiny pieces of paper, putting them into a barrel then throwing that barrel from a plane. The writer then pieces those ideas together to form the story while adding a sprinkle of anime stereotypes to sell the product. School based story (check), retarded female lead (check), flashing lights and transforming before action scene (check)…and I could go on and on.
Bekko – the only interesting character in the 6 or so episodes I watched
Don’t watch Zombie Loan and if your friends try to get you to watch it or tell you how cool it is pepperspray them and run to the nearest police station.
I didn’t think it was possible but Michiru Kita is worse than Orihime Inoue from Bleach
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