Zombie-Loan: When Zombie Banks Compete, You Win!
So, Zombie-Loan. Stupid name, but can it possibly be a good anime? Let’s see. The protagonist is an anemic girl who wears glasses, wears twintails, and gets bossed around. Okay, sounds good! Someone was doing their “what does Hung like?” homework. Kita Michiru is constantly bossed around. By her classmates, her foster parents, and more recently, by A-kun and B-kun. A and B are famous for having survived some kind of incident where everyone else died. Like Harry Potter! Or not really.
One day, Michiru happens upon A and B whupping on some helpless pup! The puppy happens to be a member of the undead. They’re also about to kill Michiru, but I guess they ended up feeling sorry for her. The next day, they ask for her help. Why? Because she has the eyes of a shinigami! No, she didn’t agree to cut half of her life off, that’s another manga.
Michiru uses her eyes to look for people with black rings around their neck. The blacker, the more dead they are. Incidentally, A-kun and B-kun have totally black lines around their necks, which means they’re totally dead. But they took out a ZOMBIE-LOAN (with a low 9.68 APR), so it’s okay. Michiru fails at the ring spotting miserably. She finds old ladies and punks, but no zombies.
At the end of the day, the don’t find any zombies, but maybe that wasn’t the point. Maybe all they were looking for was the memories that they created while looking for zombies! Precious memories that will live in their hearts forever! Nah, they were looking for zombies. Cliffhanger: Michiru sees a dark grey ring developing around her neck! OH SNAP!
So yeah, the art for Zombie-Loan is excellent. Peach-Pit (of DearS and Rozen Maiden fame) were behind it, so it’s no surprise that the character designs are pretty sweet. Animation is pretty solid too.
I’ve heard this story is actually shoujo. So there should be more romance and less zombie hunting? I’m not quite sure where the plot is going, it’ll take a few more episodes to really find out.
The OP and ED for this anime are pure garbage. Pure. Garbage. That’s all I’ll say about that.
Zombie-Loan is sort of an on the fence anime for me right now. I’m kinda strapped for time these days, so I might just do Potemayo and Umisho. Sorry, but this Zombie-Loan has been declined.