Never have the words ‘Zombie’ and ‘cute’ been used in the same sentence, unless it is Zombieland Saga. The anime is created by Cygames with Apex Pictures and is independent of any source material. Its first season in 2018 was quite a success. It aired in October 2018 and was shortly followed by a manga adaptation. The anime adaptation came from MAPPA’S studio, and it hasn’t given much to complain till date. The anime has been written by Shigeru Murakoshi and directed by Munehisa Sakai. Japanese stations AT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, BS11, Saga TV, and TVQ, broadcasted the anime. The English subtitled version was broadcasted on Aniplus Asia. Crunchyroll later licensed Zombieland Saga, Funimation, Medialink, Netflix, Bilibili and have been available for streaming on these sources ever since.
The name of the anime sounds too intense for its true comedic nature. This CGDCT (except in zombie-form) anime received an outburst of positive responses from fans all around. It was nominated for several prestigious awards, which included the Anime of The Year (Mappa) and The Best Character Design. Mamoru Miyano, the Japanese voice actor of Kotaro Tatsumi, was awarded the Best VA Performance for this anime. What’s all the more evidence of the first season’s success is the release of the second season two and a half later!
The second season comes out on MAPPA’s tenth anniversary with more exciting content.
Zombieland Saga: Recap and Overview
Zombieland Saga is an anime that even an average anime fan has heard of. Idols are pretty popular in anime. But zombie idols? The idea is bizarre, but they are much adorable than they sound. The complete uniqueness in the idea is perhaps what gets more people hooked to this anime.
The first season revolves around Sakura, who wants to be an idol. She is killed by the nastiest villain in the entire anime industry: a truck. Following a concussion, she dies, but she is resurrected by Kotaro Tatsumi ten years later. He aims to save the Saga Prefecture, for which he has resurrected singers from different eras. Now ten years after her death, Sakura has no recollection of her memory.
She teams up with Tae, Junko, Lily, Ai, Yuugiro, and Saki to form the idol group Franchouchou. Sakura’s enthusiasm brings up fruitful results as she works hard at her job. She encourages everyone to do better while remembering fragments of her memory. Towards the end of the anime, she is frustrated by everyone’s lack of enthusiasm. Her memories return after she is hit by a truck (again), but she loses her memories of being a zombie. She realizes that she suffers from a stroke of bad luck where things don’t work out for her even if she tries hard. She leaves the group, but she is encouraged by Kotaro.
In the end, Tae comes forward and tries to scold her. This moves Yuugiri and Ai, leading them to convince Sakura to rejoin again. The anime ends with a cliffhanger where Okoba had started noticing the similarities between these girls and their personalities when they were alive.
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Zombieland Saga: Revenge Release Date
The second season of Zombieland Saga was announced in July 2019. Later in a broadcast, it was declared that the second season would be called Zombieland Saga: Revenge. The anime has a lot of plot holes to fill from the first season. Moreover, it ended on a tempting cliffhanger that had already made it obvious that a second season would be coming up. How Cygames takes the plot on ahead in this season is worth wondering.
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The Anime aired on 8 April 2021 at midnight (as per JST). MAPPA has animated the second season. It has been licensed by Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Muse Communication. The episodes will air weekly on their online platforms.
There has been no information regarding the episode count. However, we are hopeful that it will have at least 12 episodes like the first season. The opening theme is ‘Taiga Yo Tomi Ni Naite Kude,’ and the ending song is ‘Yume o Te ni, Modoreru Basho mo Nai Hibi o’.
Official PV Of Zombieland Saga: Revenge
The first PV was released on 1 January 2021. It introduces the main characters and their manager Koutaro Tatsumi. You can watch the subbed version of this PV on the official YouTube channel of Funimation.
Another PV was released on April 5, 2021. The second PV features some daily life events of the members of Franchouchou.
There are some high expectations from the upcoming plot. Details related to Tae and Yugiri’s past are still untold. Let’s hope we get to see more of these characters in the new season.