Zombieland Saga First Impressions (1): Just an average, everyday idol show

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This series doesn’t even make me sad to be watching an idol show. It does make me feel bad writing about it, though, since I think a lot of the episode relies on surprise to deliver jokes. Personally, misdirection humor tends to work pretty well for me, so I had a blast watching the episode. So yeah, zombies forming an idol group. What could go wrong?

The opener really does a great job of setting the tone for the series. Truck-kun is merciless. I probably should have noticed the giant 2008 calendar in the beginning, but the typical idol girl introduction really disarms you. I also loved the way the screaming music starts just as the camera zooms on Sakura’s dying face.

I’m not going to lie. I was really hoping that Sakura’s appearance in this whole section was just a result of her own personal perception. I think showing off the manager’s makeup skills makes more sense, but I like the idea of messing with perception, and it reminds me of Gakkou Gurashi.

This is a good representation of what it feels like when you’re the only person paying attention in class. Also, can we talk about the sound effect that was playing when the morning sun was being shown? I don’t know if it shows up in other media, but it sounds exactly like the sound effect that plays when you “wake up” in 7 Days to Die (which is a game I’ve played a lot).

It’s a funny joke…but I actually do want to know how Koutarou managed to bring everyone back as zombies.

I don’t know how I feel about the fact that extreme headbang is the only appeal of these zombies. I guess they’re just starting out, so I shouldn’t be so harsh.

I’m relieved to see the other zombies waking up. Dealing with a single sentient zombie would probably get old pretty quickly. We should give zombies more personality, right? That being said, it does bring up a troubling question. Just what exactly does Sakura do in this show? Before, she was just “the sane one”, but what now?

4 thoughts on “Zombieland Saga First Impressions (1): Just an average, everyday idol show”

  1. There’s definitely the question of where does this show plan to go. As much fun as this first episode was, it didn’t really give much of a direction other than the vague ‘save Saga’ kind of thing. It will be interesting to see what the second episode does in terms of follow up and if it kind of fleshes out these characters or the story any more.

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