I really enjoy watching Zombie-Loan. It’s one of those animes that I turn to when I’m craving a light supernatural comedy.
This anime is about a girl, Michiru, who possess eyes that can see black rings around people’s necks which signifies their impending death. One day, she catches a glimpse of black rings around the necks of the two popular boys, Chika Akatsuki and Shito Tachibana, from her school who are famous for miraculously surviving a viaduct accident where about twenty people died. The two actually did die at the accident but they made deal with a loan office called Z-Loan where they must hunt down zombies if they want to stay alive. When Chika and Shito find out that Michiru is able to see the death rings, they use her to help them with their part time job.
What I find makes this anime interesting are the characters. I think that Michiru, Chika, and Shito are very dynamic. They have different sides to them and they’re back story is really interesting. I like how they progressively develop throughout the episodes, especially Michiru. In the beginning she used to be a pretty feeble, pushover character, but then her resolve grows stronger and she will try to defend herself when she can; however, I do have a complaint. I don’t understand why she keeps wearing her glasses. I mean, it’s understandable in the beginning, but I would’ve thought that she would be over her trauma after working in Z-Loan. Michiru could have honestly identified zombies faster if she just ditched the glasses. Moving on, Chika and Shito make a great duo. They complement each other and they’re entertaining to watch.
The storyline is interesting as well; it never really bore me. It’s unfortunate though that they’re not making a second season. I ended up reading the manga just to find out what happens after and there is so much more exciting events that unfold! A lot of things that were left unexplained in this anime are explained and things just start tying together. I have to mention that the anime does play out a bit differently than the manga. There’s some things from the manga that I wish the anime included. In the anime, they don’t really show Chika and Shito’s developing feelings for Michiru, and if they did, it would be pretty ambiguous. The manga, however, makes their feelings show through a little bit more explicitly (blushing, jealousy, etc.). If there is a second season, I think that’s where the romantic sparks would be active; another reason why I think it’s regretful this anime is discontinued.
Personally, this anime is ambiguous in a sense that I can never be fully satisfied with it despite liking it a lot. So I would still recommend this to anyone because it’s a fun one to watch.