Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (これはゾンビですか?, Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka??, lit. Is this a Zombie?) or Koreha Zombie Desuka? 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 of Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? being serialized. An anime adaptation produced by Studio Deen began airing in Japan from January 11, 2011.[2]



[edit] Plot

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.

[edit] Characters

[edit] Protagonist

Ayumu Aikawa (相川 歩, Aikawa Ayumu?)
Voiced by: Junji Majima
Ayumu is a high school boy who was killed by a serial killer and resurrected as a zombie by the necromancer, Eucliwood Hellscythe. As a zombie, he is invincible and can exceed the limits of the human body, giving him great physical strength. However, he still feels pain (but gets over it very quickly) and will also dry out in the sunlight. His body is also weak against fire and tends to break down if used to its utmost limit. There are also various aspects of his zombie nature that Ayumu has yet to discover, such as the ability to absorb magic. As a result of absorbing Haruna’s magic, Ayumu is forced to become a masō-shōjo, pink frilly outfit and all, in order to fight Megalos. Throughout his encounters, it is shown that he is rather a unique zombie, which is possible due to the powerful magic Eucliwood used to revive him.
Haruna (ハルナ?)
Voiced by: Iori Nomizu
Haruna is a masō-shōjo (魔装少女?, lit. magically ornamented girl, a pun on “mahō shōjo“) from a magical world who wields a chainsaw named Mystletainn (ミストルティン, Misutorutein?) and battles demons known as Megalos. She can also use her magic to repair damage caused from her battles and erase people’s memories. She was originally ordered by her teacher, Dai-sensei, to go to Kyoto to get some tofu, but she ended up in Tokyo instead. After first encountering Ayumu following a fight with a demon, her magical powers are absorbed by him, due to the fact the magic Eucliwood used to revive him is stronger than hers. As she tries to figure out this situation, she appoints Ayumu to fight the Megalos in her place as a masō-shōjo and starts living with him. She is a good cook, though is usually limited to just making fried eggs. Despite being a self-proclaimed genius, she has trouble remembering people’s names or important details of assignments, since she only remembers what she deems interesting and forgets everything else. Ayumu’s name is an odd exception to this.
Eucliwood Hellscythe (ユークリウッド・ヘルサイズ, Yūkuriuddo Herusaizu?)
Voiced by: Midori Tsukimiya (main), Kotono Mitsuishi, Mika Kanai, Tomoko Kaneda, Yūko Minaguchi, Satomi Kōrogi, Tange Sakura, Yuki Matsuoka
Eucliwood, called Eu (ユー, ?) for short, is a necromancer who brought Ayumu back to life to be her guard and has been living with him since. Her magic is so powerful that she has to wear heavy armor and suppress her emotions in order to control it. Her words also carry strong magic, as she is able to kill someone just by saying it, so she avoids talking and instead communicates through written notes, mostly pertaining to her appetite. She is also capable of becoming a masō-shōjo. It is shown that she does care about Ayumu even though she considers him to be her servant, therefore she may have feelings for Ayumu, but cannot express them currently. She does not like people talking about death or telling them to go die since, as she takes on the pain of anyone she heals or revives, she understands the pain of dying despite being immortal herself. Ayumu often daydreams about her behaving like a visual novel character and speaking in a cutesy manner (voiced by a different voice actor in each episode of the anime).
Seraphim (セラフィム, Serafimu?)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa
Seraphim, “Sera” for short, is a well-endowed vampire ninja (吸血忍者, kyūketsu-ninja?) who combines her Tsubamegaeshi sword technique (秘剣 燕返し, Hiken Tsubamegaeshi?) and ninja reflexes with her vampire powers to fight her enemies. She is able to form a pair of bat wings and a katana out of several leaves. As a vampire, she periodically requires blood to stay alive, and can anesthetise people with a kiss in order to numb the pain from neck bites. She tends to do this with the other girls since kissing Ayumu would qualify as a sign of marriage (although it’s mostly just because she dislikes him). She comes to Ayumu’s house to serve Eucliwood, though when rejected, she ends up being Ayumu’s servant in hopes she can change her mind. She is rather cold towards Ayumu, constantly calling him a “piece of shit” (クソ虫, kuso mushi?, lit. “dung beetle“), though has a healthy respect for his combat abilities.
Maelstrom (メイル・シュトローム, Meiru Shutorōmu?) / Yuki Yoshida (吉田 友紀, Yoshida Yuki?)
Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto
A vampire ninja from a different faction from Seraphim’s who is also a student in Ayumu’s high school. Maelstrom is able to use tonkotsu ramen soup to instantly defeat Megalos, though the explanation behind it is too advanced for even her to understand, and has a machine which sprays said soup over the city whenever a horde of Megalos attack. As a result of accidentally kissing Ayumu when he was pushed by Haruna, they are technically declared married by her faction’s customs, and she constantly acts like a wife while at school, where she goes under the alias Yuki Yoshida. Because of how this name is written, she is often nicknamed “Tomonori” (トモノリ?) by Orito, who lives next door to her.

[edit] Antagonists

Kyoko (京子, Kyōko?)
Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya
First introduced as a supposed childhood friend of Ayumu’s classmate, Orito, and a survivor of the serial killer attacks. In actuality, she is a masō-shōjo and the serial killer responsible for killing Ayumu. By killing various humans and sacrificing their souls, she is able to add those lives to her own, allowing herself to be revived if she is killed. It is later revealed she is being possessed by another evil.
King of the Night (夜の王?)
Voiced by: Koji Yusa
A former zombie that was brought back to life by Eu. According to her, his heart became filled with malice and she had to kill him, but it appears he is still alive.

[edit] Other characters

Orito (織戸?)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino
Ayumu’s classmate and friend, who is often jealous of Ayumu’s current situation of living with three beautiful women.
Taeko Hiramatsu (平松 妙子, Hiramatsu Taeko?)
Voiced by: Rie Yamaguchi
Ayumu’s classmate, a girl with pigtails and one of the few people in class who’ll talk with him.
Ariel (アリエル, Arieru?) / Dai-sensei (大先生?, lit. “Great Teacher”)
Voiced by: Ai Shimizu
Haruna’s teacher at her magical school who has an affinity for Kyoto-made tofu and sends Haruna to get her some due to her credit cards being overcharged. It is unknown what her true motives are.

[edit] Media

[edit] Light novels

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? began as a light novel series written by Shinichi Kimura, with illustrations provided by Kobuichi and Muririn.[3] The first volume was published by Fujimi Shobo under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko label on January 20, 2009. Seven volumes have been published so far as of January 2011.[3]

No. Title Release date ISBN
01 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, I’m a Masō-Shōjo (これはゾンビですか? はい、魔装少女です, Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hai, Masō-Shōjo Desu?) January 20, 2009 ISBN 978-4-8291-3370-5
02 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, I am the Harbinger of Death (これはゾンビですか? そう、私は死を呼ぶもの, Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Sō, Watashi wa Shi o Yobu Mono?) May 20, 2009 ISBN 978-4-8291-3370-5
03 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? No, It explodes (これはゾンビですか? いえ、それは爆発します, Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Ie, Sore wa Bakuhatsu Shimasu?) September 19, 2009 ISBN 978-4-8291-3442-9
04 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yeah, I’m the Strongest Teacher! (これはゾンビですか? うん、先生が最強だよ!, Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Un, Sensei ga Saikyō Dayo!?) January 20, 2010 ISBN 978-4-8291-3481-8
05 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Oh, My darling is good-for-nothing (これはゾンビですか? ああ、マイダーリンはロクデナシ, Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Ā, Mai Dārin wa Rokudenashi?) May 20, 2010 ISBN 978-4-8291-3524-2
06 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, Both are my wives (これはゾンビですか? はい、どちらも嫁です, Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hai, Dochira mo Yome Desu?) October 20, 2010 ISBN 978-4-8291-3574-7
07 Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hāi, Nemureru Chichi Desu (これはゾンビですか? はーい、眠れるチチです?) January 20, 2011 ISBN 978-4-8291-3605-8

[edit] Drama CD

A drama CD for Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? published by Marine Entertainment was released on December 30, 2009.[4] The drama CD was released in both limited and regular editions.[4] Both editions’ first pressings came with a B2-sized poster.[4] The limited edition also came with a booklet written by Shinichi Kimura and a telephone card illustrated by Kobuichi and Muririn.[4]

[edit] Manga

A manga adaptation by Sacchi started serialization in the shōnen manga magazine Monthly Dragon Age on January 9, 2010. One volume has been released thus far.[3] A yonkoma adaptation named 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 is also being serialized in Monthly Dragon Age.[3] 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 is being serialized in Monthly Dragon Age.[3]

[edit] Anime

An anime adaptation of Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?, first announced on May 17, 2010,[2] is being produced by Studio Deen and began airing from January 11, 2011. Crunchyroll will simulcast the anime on their streaming site.[5] An OVA 13th episode will be released on DVD with the eighth light novel to be released in June 2011.[3] 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 both she and Haruna were both very energetic persons.[6]

[edit] Episode list

This incomplete list is frequently updated to include new information.
# Title Original airdate
01 “Yes, I’m a Masō-Shōjo”
“Hai, Masō Shōjo desu” (はい、魔装少女です)
January 11, 2011[7]
Ayumu Aikawa is a zombie who was brought to life by the necromancer Eucliwood Hellscythe after being killed by an unknown assailant. A month since then, Eucliwood has been living with Ayumu as he continues to search for his killer. Whilst searching a graveyard, Ayumu encounters a chainsaw-wielding “masō-shōjo” named Haruna fighting a giant demon bear known as a Megalo, cutting through Ayumu to defeat it. Haruna attempts to erase Ayumu’s memories afterward but he inadvertently absorbs her magic. Haruna decides to stay at Ayumu’s house until the matter is resolved. The next day, Ayumu is approached by a crayfish-like Megalo. Haruna arrives but is unable to summon her magic, so Ayumu uses his zombie strength to pummel the Megalo. He then discovers that he can use Haruna’s magic to transform into a masō-shōjo, costume and all, to finish him off. After landing and facing humiliation from his classmates, Ayumu is informed by Haruna that he is to fight the Megalos in her place.
02 “No, I’m a Vampire Ninja”
“Ie, Kyūketsu Ninja desu” (いえ、吸血忍者です)
January 18, 2011[7]
A week after the Megalo attack, Ayumu’s dinnertime is suddenly interrupted by the appearance of a vampire ninja named Seraphim who requests the assistance of Eucliwood. Wanting to replace Ayumu’s role as Eucliwood’s servant, Seraphim challenges him to a fight which Ayumu just barely manages to win. Seraphim decides instead to become Ayumu’s servant and live with him so she can be close to Eucliwood. Ayumu recalls the night when he first met Eucliwood. Later that night, Ayumu came across a house being attacked by a serial killer, and was stabbed by a sword in the process before Eucliwood revived him as a zombie. The next day when Haruna gets into an argument with Ayumu and tells him to die, Eucliwood slaps her, saying death isn’t to be taken lightly, so Haruna apologises to her.
03 “Yes, I Have Twintails”
“Sō, Kamigata wa Tsuintēru ni” (そう、髪型はツインテールに)
January 25, 2011[7]
Ayumu goes bowling with his classmate, Orito, where they happen to run into Haruna, Eucliwood and Seraphim who have been spending the day playing games together. Ayumu tries to keep Orito from finding out the girls are living with him, but fails miserably. Afterward, Orito takes Ayumu with him to visit a girl named Kyoko who was injured in the serial killer incidents. Once alone with her, Ayumu asks Kyoko about her attacker, whose description supposedly matches that of Eucliwood.
04 “Wait, Am I Shining?”
“Cho, Ore Kagayaiteru?” (ちょ、俺輝いてる?)
February 1, 2011[7]
While wondering if he should suspect Eucliwood, Ayumu is attacked by a Doberman Megalo named Kerberos Wansard, though he stops when he recognizes Eucliwood. As he takes his leave, he mentions taking the soul of someone being killed, so Ayumu decides to follow him. Kerberos mentions to Ayumu about how Eucliwood takes on people’s pain when she heals them. After arriving at the crime scene, where the soul had already been sacrificed, they are both stabbed and Kerberos is killed, with Ayumu unable to make out the killer’s face. Upon returning home, Ayumu talks with Eucliwood, who explains that in order to keep her magic under control, she can’t express emotions or speak any words. Eucliwood cries, wondering if Ayumu hates her now that he knows this, but he insists that he will stay by her side. The next day, the city is attacked by a giant Whale Megalo, which Seraphim and Ayumu in masō-shōjo form fight against. After Seraphim cuts it, Ayumu utilises 1000% of the Magiclad Girl form’s power to kick its head off.
05 “Yes, It’s Kyo-Tofu”
“Ee, Kyōtōfu dosue” (ええ、京豆腐どすえ)
February 8, 2011[7]
In order to stay alive, Seraphim drinks a little blood from Haruna, kissing her as an anesthetic. As the girls takes a bath, Ayumu takes a call from Haruna’s teacher, Dai-sensei, who tells her she originally planned to send Haruna to Kyoto to get some tofu, but she ended up in Tokyo instead. Ayumu then gets a call from Kyoko, who agrees to meet up with him to help get some Kyoto tofu. As the two meet up at the graveyard, Kyoko suddenly stabs Ayumu, revealing herself as both the serial killer and a masō-shōjo. She tries to kill Ayumu, but Haruna and Seraphim arrive to back him up, though Kyoko still has the advantage using powers similar to a Megalo’s. As Ayumu transforms and joins Seraphim in fighting her, Kyoko reveals she decided to start harvesting souls in order to become immortal. Ayumu manages to grab hold of Kyoko while Seraphim stabs through him to get to her. However, she manages to survive and wounds Seraphim, forcing Eucliwood to step in.
06 “Yes, I am the Harbinger of Death”
“Sō, Watashi wa Shi o Yobu Mono” (そう、私は死を呼ぶもの)
February 15, 2011[8]
Eucliwood negates all of Kyoko’s attacks and manages to transform herself into a masō-shōjo, which brings Ayumu to the conclusion that it was her who had absorbed Haruna’s magic to the strength of her own. Taking the fight elsewhere, Eucliwood uses the power of her words to kill Kyoko over and over. However, Kyoko manages to stop this by tearing her eardrums and attacks Eucliwood with a powerful explosion which knocks her unconscious. Resolved to protect Eucliwood, Ayumu manages to get up close and negate Kyoko’s magic before killing her down to her last life, which he decides to spare. Dai-sensei appears to take Kyoko home in order to reeducate her when another evil presence possesses Kyoko and escapes with her. Eucliwood mentions the presence was that of a zombie that she was forced to kill when it was consumed by malice.
07 “Hey, What school do you go to?”
“Oi, Omae Doko-chū dayo?” (おい、お前どこ中だよ?)
February 22, 2011[8]
Ayumu gets Haruna and Eucliwood to help him study for an exam so he doesn’t have to spend summer at school. Following the exam, as Ayumu searches for Haruna, who sensed a Horse Megalo during the exam, he gets a call from Dai-sensei asking him to hold onto a certain something. As Ayumu enters the battle, he is double-teamed by a group of Jellyfish Megalo but is rescued by a ramen delivery girl who manages to defeat the Megalo with her tonkotsu soup. She is revealed to be a vampire ninja named Maelstrom, though as Haruna gets annoyed with Ayumu ignoring her, she accidentally pushes Ayumu onto Maelstrom, making him kiss her. Maelstrom later takes Ayumu and Seraphim to her secret base and explains about how they use a machine to rain tonkotsu soup on hordes of Megalos. After they leave, Seraphim reveals that, because of the kiss ealier, Ayumu and Maelstrom are allegedly married. Afterward, Ayumu and the girls celebrate Tanabata. The next day at school, Maelstrom declares her married status to Ayumu’s entire class while Ayumu learns the items Dai-sensei wants him to hold onto are x-ray glasses.
08 “Hehe, I’m a School Wife”
“Ehe, Gakuen-tsuma desu” (えへ、学園妻です)
March 1, 2011[8]
09 “Yes, I’m a Great Stripper”
“Hai, Nugu to Sugoin desu” (はい、脱ぐと凄いんです)
March 8, 2011[8]

[edit] Reception

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? was recognized in Fujimi Shobo’s 20th Fantasia Awards for long-running novels as an honourable mention.[9][10]

[edit] References

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  10. ^ “第20回ファンタジア長編小説大賞受賞作 蒼穹のカルマ1 これはゾンビですか?1 はい、魔装少女です” (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved January 29, 2011.