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Is This A Zombie? Of The Dead: Season 2 DVD Review

Is This A Zombie Of The Dead Season 2 DVD

“Is This A Zombie? Of The Dead” is a meandering mess.

In the second season of “Is This A Zombie?” (dubbed “Is This A Zombie? Of The Dead”), the story picks up where season 1 left off. Once again, we follow the adventures of Ayumu, the chainsaw wielding Haruna, and the necromancer Eucliwood. Throughout the 11 episodes, viewers will find stories revolving around: Ayumu transforming into a magic girl (naturally), more fights against Megalos creatures. a hiking trip, Haruna’s injured magical chainsaw Mystletainn, Yuki, Saras and Sera (vampire ninjas), a cursed dance, Ayumu becoming a celeb, Ayumu engaging in a challenge to make 5 waitresses go crazy for him for a free dessert at a cosplay restaurant (say that 5 times fast), a classmate with a dark secret named Anderson, characters getting ill, a school festival, a mysterious ring, the villainous Masō-Shōjo named Chris, Kyoko returning with vital news about Chris, an underworld warrior named Naegleria, and a marriage. But wait, there’s more! This second season set also includes 2 OVAs involving swimming, a birthday party for Eucliwood and a flea market contest.

As I mentioned in my review of “Is This A Zombie?,” I have nothing against goofy anime comedies. When done well (think “Sgt. Frog” and “Shin Chan”) they can be highly entertaining. Unfortunately, ‘Zombie’ is the type of comedy that thinks it is funnier than it really is. Throughout my years of reviewing anime series, I have scarcely come across a series that is so unfocused and random. Just when you think the series couldn’t get sillier, along comes “humor” involving Sarasvati fawning over Ayumu’s butt and a lengthy “Full Metal Panic” toy discussion. To say the show is all over the place is an understatement.  It just becomes maddening after awhile.

Perhaps the show’s biggest sin is the fact that many unresolved questions and subplots arise in season 2. Granted, the writers are clearly building towards something and hinting at what is to come in a possible season 3 (as with the cliffhanger ending of a certain girl with a doll), but it’s insulting for fans to have to sift through so much filler. Did anyone REALLY need to see the cosplay restaurant episode or the two useless OVAs? Those episodes are simply a waste of time when there are clearly more pressing stories to be told.

Video/Audio:

The season, which is presented in widescreen, doesn’t have the most exciting looking animation quality, but it’s acceptable. Honestly, I’m not sure why they didn’t do a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.

This set contains English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Japanese Stereo tracks. While there are always going to be fans who go straight to the Japanese tracks, I firmly believe these two tracks are on equal ground. You can’t go wrong with either one.

Extras:
* Trailers for “Sankarea- Undying Love,” “We Without Wings,” “Heaven’s Lost Property,” “Lupin The Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine,” “Fairy Tail,” “Haganai,” “High School DxD,” “The Future Diary,” “Michiko and Hatchin,” and Funimation.com
* A talkative commentary on episode 4 by Anthony Bowling, Caitlin Glass, Morgan Garrett, and Brittney Karbowski.
* Textless opening and closing songs.
* A U.S. trailer for “Is This A Zombie? Of The Dead.”
* Commentary on episode 10 by Jad Saxton, Austin Tindle, and Jerry Jewell. Jeewell talks about his directing work while the cast talks about characters and voice acting. Same old, same old.
* “Character Actors In Action: Episode 1 Video Commentary”- Hooray! Funimation has produced another video commentary! This one includes Austin Tindale, Cherami Leigh, Morgan Garrett, and Jad Saxton. I don’t know if it’s the fact that it’s more entertaining to watch them than to hear them, but I find the video commentaries to be vastly superior to a majority of the audio commentaries. I even like the amusing pre-commentary visual gags.

Overall Thoughts: If you loved the first season of “Is This A Zombie?,” you’ll probably enjoy the even goofier second season. If you found season 1 to be profoundly unfunny as I did, you’re going to be in for a world of hurt for season 2.

October 20, 2013 - Posted by | DVD review | ,

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