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Is This A Zombie? Vol. #03 Manga Review

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Is This A Zombie Volume 3
Is This A Zombie Volume 3

Another bland volume of absurd randomness.

Creative Staff
Story: Shinichi Kimura
Art: Sacchi
Translation: Christine Dashiell

What They Say:
Ayumu and his housemates are getting on just as if they were an actual warm (or, in his case, cold) and loving family. And with Eu under threat from a mysterious nemesis known only as the “King of Night,” the motley crew is tighter than ever as they resolve to keep the “shady necromancer” safe. But when the resident vampire ninja, Sera, receives orders from home that threaten Eu’s well-being, will she turn her back on her new friends?

Following up the exciting climax of the last volume, our heroes find themselves facing down the menace of… their house. It turns out Eu’s powers simply send everyone home, preventing the situation before it could even really get started. After figuring out dinner plans, Eu decides to tell everyone the identity of the young man from before. It seems he was the strongest man in the underworld, but when he died Eu turned him into a zombie, causing him to become evil and forcing Eu to banish him. As such, he now hates Eu for what she did to him.

From there on, Tanabata based silliness ensues until a herd of Megalo chase Ayumu right to Kyouko. She seems to be trying to get a hold of a certain weapon that she thinks Ayumu possesses, but thankfully he is able to use the power of porn to escape unscathed. After some cooking related antics, we learn some new and shocking information: Sera has been ordered to kill Eu. Apparently, the vampire ninjas plan to use a weather machine to (somehow) turn everyone into vampires, meaning that the Eu is no longer necessary. Sera decides that instead of simply following orders, she’ll just go smash the stupid weather machine and ruin the clan’s plan instead. The destruction seems to be going well, until the enemy manages to escape with the machine, and we also find out that Mael is also a robot because it’s not like this series had enough weird stuff going on already.

As the volume comes to a close, Eu runs away from home, worried that her presence is putting the others in danger.

In Summary:
Once more, this series manages to produce a rather bland and generic volume. Though the number of off the wall factions and abilities continues to climb, it still doesn’t do much to spice up the series. We of course also get plenty of cliché tropes covered here, as well as a tiny smidge of character development. We also get the pleasure of seeing the cool cliffhanger from the last volume completely and utterly wasted right at the start of the volume, which is just a real treat. Perhaps this series will eventually manage to rise from the bland depths of mediocrity, but this definitely isn’t the volume to do it.

Content Grade: C+
Art Grade: B
Package Rating: A-
Text/Translation Rating: A-

Age Rating: 17+
Released by: Yen Press
Release Date: November 20th, 2012
MSRP: $11.99