Review: Zombie Land Saga & Zombie Land Saga Revenge
(Zombie Land Saga seasons 1 & 2)
Season Aired: Fall 2018 and Spring 2021
Zombie Land Saga is the bizarre three-way love child of Japanese Idol Culture, Josie and the Pussycats and Dawn of the Dead.
One of the things that makes Anime such an intriguing and dynamic form of entertainment at this time is the constant experimentation. New story concepts are constantly being thrown at the wall to see what sticks.
The concept of this show is pretty out there, but it is very sticky.
The Plot in a Nutshell:
A necromancer / talent agent desires to revitalize his city with fame and economic prosperity. So, he does what any necromancer / talent agent would do in this situation: he digs up and reanimates dead famous singers.
With these talented zombies in tow, he turns them into a girl's Idol Group named "Franchouchou" and plans to use them to put his town back on the map.
All it takes is a little make-up to hide these ladies true nature. They're cute! They sing and dance! They want to eat braaaaaaaains!
Zombie Land Saga (seasons one and two) was 24 episodes of well done entertainment. While the first season was good, the second season was actually stronger and completed the story arc set-up in season one. Watching both together as one show was very satisfying.
The character work is very tight with each undead idol getting their own character arc and personality. The show mines much humor out of the premise of undead celebrities hiding their true nature. The performance work is very strong on this show and the voice talent can sing.
Funimation has an English Dub of Zombie Land Saga. I prefered the English Dub of this series because of all the musical numbers. The English voice talent was clearly chosen for their ability to sing. They do a really great job with the performance numbers if you prefer your songs in English.
Score: 4 out of 5
5 Brain wildly entertained. Neurons saturated with entertainment.
4.5 Brain extremely entertained. Neurons firing regularly. Outside world forgotten.
4 Brain entertained. Neurons well stimulated. Brain wants to look for the blu-ray.
3.5 Brain in Neutral. Neurons a little stimulated. Brain generally pleased.
3 Brain in neutral. Neurons flat lined. Meh, brain pleased just enough.
2.5 Brain in neutral but occasionally displeased.
2 Brain displeased and not entertained. Brain thinking about doing something else.
1.5 or less - Brain suffered through the show so it could tell you not to.