Monday, December 12, 2011

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? [is this a zombie?]

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
(これはゾンビですか? Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka??, lit. Is this a Zombie?) is a Japanese light novel series by Shinichi Kimura, with illustrations by Kobuichi and Muririn. The series' title is officially abbreviated as Korezom (これゾン Korezon?).[1] As of January 2011, seven volumes have been published by Fujimi Shobo under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko label. There are currently three different manga adaptations based on the universe ofKore wa Zombie Desu ka? being serialized. An anime adaptation produced by Studio Deen aired in Japan between January 11, 2011 and March 31, 2011.[2]


Ayumu Aikawa is a zombie resurrected by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe after being killed by a serial killer. As he tries to make the best of his undead life, he encounters a Masō-Shōjo named Haruna and inadvertently takes her magic powers, being forced to become a Masō-Shōjo in the process. With Eucliwood, Haruna, and a vampire ninja named Seraphim living with him, Ayumu helps battle demons known as Megalos while trying to figure out the mystery behind his own death.


A manga adaptation by Sacchi started serialization in the shōnen manga magazine Monthly Dragon Age on January 9, 2010. The first bound volume was released by Kadokawa Shoten on August 9, 2010,[17] with three volumes currently available in Japan as of July 9, 2011 under their Dragon Jr. imprint. A 4-koma adaptation called Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, It's 4-koma Flavor. (これはゾンビですか? はい、4コマ風味です。 Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hai, Yonkoma Fūmi Desu.?), illustrated by Mūpa, and a third manga adaptation named Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, I'm your Wife. (これはゾンビですか? はい、アナタの嫁です。 Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hai, Anata no Yome desu.?), illustrated by Ryō Hasemi, are also being serialized in Monthly Dragon Age.[5] The manga is licensed in North America by Yen Press, and will release the first volume in March 2012.[18]


An anime adaptation of Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?, first announced on May 17, 2010,[2] was produced by Studio Deen and aired 12 episodes on TV Saitama, Chiba TV, and Sun TV from January 10 to April 4, 2011, with subsequent broadcasts on Gifu Broadcasting System, Inc., KBS Kyoto, Mie TV, Tokyo MX, TV Kanagawa, TVQ, Nico Nico Channel, and AT-X. Episodes 10 and later were pushed back a week due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[23][24] The series was also simulcast by Crunchyroll on their streaming site.[25] An OVA 13th episode was released on DVD with the eighth light novel on June 10, 2011.[7] The anime is licensed in North America by Funimation Entertainment under the title Is This A Zombie?, and will release the series in 2012.[26]

A second anime season, tentatively titled Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Hell Arc (これはゾンビですか?地獄変 Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Jigoku Hen?), has been confirmed in the July issue of Monthly Dragon Age, and it is set to air in April 2012.[27][28]

The opening theme is "Leave-It-To-Me Tonight" (魔・カ・セ・テ Tonight Ma-Ka-Se-Te Tonight?) by Iori Nomizu while the ending theme is "Realize, Mr. Zombie, I am your Classmate" (気づいてゾンビさま、私はクラスメイトです Kizuite Zonbi-sama, Watashi wa Kurasumeito Desu?) by Rie Yamaguchi with Manzo.

When Iori Nomizu was asked which part of her was similar to Haruna, the character she was voicing, she stated that she and Haruna were both very energetic.[29]


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