This post has no spoilers, so don’t be afraid to read it if you haven’t watched Kore wa Zombie Desu ka.
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka tries to walk a line between comedy and a semi-serious plot. The latter fails for the most part, the plot always feels like it’s taking a backseat to the comedy. This anime is like that one friend that can never be serious, and when they try it just doesn’t feel right. Keep reading after the break.
During fight scenes the characters will stop and make jokes—I never felt like anyone was ever in any real danger. Even the villains are easily distracted. So most of the conflict feels meaningless. There’s no sense of urgency and the action never lasts long enough. You could call the battles anticlimactic, the last one especially.
Yet—there are times when Kore wa Zombie Desu ka truly shines, like during the first few episodes. The bar gets set high plot wise, but things never fully flesh out. Although, there is one great plot twist that caught me off guard in the early episodes. I actually think they should have stretched the first arc out longer, after it’s wrapped up—things start to feel messy. The second act isn’t as enjoyable as the first.
One other thing to note is the gore—if you don’t like gore this anime isn’t for you. One minute everyone is having a good time, and then all of a sudden, body parts are flying across the screen. I’ll admit this can be disturbing at times.
Complaints aside, I think this is a good anime. The production values are stunning and it has a likable cast of characters (even the villains). So if you want something that will make you laugh and impress you with it’s visuals (or possibly make you cringe at the sight of flying limbs), I recommend you give Kore wa Zombie Desu ka a chance.